Puget Sound Book Artists invaded the small town of Winslow, Washington last Friday evening to celebrate the opening of Carpe Librum, at one of Bainbridge Island’s most respected galleries, Bainbridge Arts & Crafts. Several of our member’s works were on display along with many local book artists. The display was a feast for the eyes, with a diverse display of books including ones with metal covers, made of spools and fabric, a faux 19th century journal depicting the life of a young naturalist and beautifully leather bound books. Advocates for the book arts, Cynthia Sears and Hidde Van Duym curated this show that represented a broad cross section of artists from the Northwest.
As a book artist, my mind is constantly challenged by the almost bewildering display of versatility and resourcefulness other book artists utilize in their never ending quest to expand on the question; What is a book? Carpe Librum, the current exhibition at the Bainbridge Island Arts and Crafts Gallery www.bacart.org is no exception. Perhaps Susan Jackson, the Executive Director of the gallery summed it up best during the evening of the exhibition opening April 3rd, she was struck by not merely the amount of collective creativity the artists molded into their works, but also the exhaustive research behind the creation of each work.
Not content to be merely a stack of pages between two covers, the scope of the work in the exhibition entices the visitor to explore, contemplate, and enjoy. Carpe Librum makes us want to pick up each book and peruse them lovingly until we’ve coaxed their secrets out of them. In other words, to seize the book!
Carpe Librum: The Art of the Book
Curated by Cynthia Sears and Hidde Van Duym
Bainbridge Island Arts and Crafts Gallery
April 3 to April 26.
151 Winslow Way E, Bainbridge Island, WA (206) 842-3132,
Artists in the Exhibition:
Sam Garriott Antonacci
Elsi Vassdal Ellis
Jules Remedios Faye
Catherine Alice Michaelis