Our first large group exhibition in over a year, BOOK MARKS, is open. There will be an outdoor reception at the Library on Saturday, July 24, 4-6PM, it will feature the installation THE YELLOW BOOK TREE and an exhibition of art celebrating our friendships with books on the indoor ArtWall. Outdoors will be mask optional, indoors will require masks. All unvaccinated guests are required to mask up, indoors and outdoors.
BOOK MARKS was inspired by bookseller and exhibition organizer Garth Kobal’s acknowledgment during the pandemic that, “books have been our most steadfast companions since childhood.” The show’s title is taken from Barbara Page’s recently published art memoir BOOK MARKS: An Artist’s Card Catalog featuring 430 richly illustrated artworks on library checkout slips, one for each book she had read.
The exhibition includes work by twenty-three artists in painting, sculptural work, installation, and mobiles that demonstrate our physical intimacy with books and their ability to transport us to places real and imaginary, to comfort or challenge. Erika Crofut’s towering Story Forest fills the airy space in the children’s library, while Zoe and Sergei Fedorjaczenko’s outdoor installation, The Yellow Book Tree, makes literal the concept of books growing as fruit on trees. Amanda Thackray’s luminous Glass Books, Robert Cronin’s paintings Natural Light and Summer Tutoress, and Danielle Mailer’s book-shaped Message 2021, represent books as surreal engines of illumination and gnosis. Emily Rutgers Fuller honors literary creators with her portraits of Emily Dickinson and Charlotte Bronte. Sue Berg repurposes stuff with books and little libraries, and there are books and page layouts by Robert Andrew Parker and Michael Gellatly, two prominent American illustrators. And Voices of South Africa by Tilly Strauss, utilizes her trademark technique of repurposing a book as the foundation for an experiential sketchbook.
Other artists participating in BOOK MARKS include Lori Barker, Megan Berk, Lena Curtis, Richard Griggs, Ani Jenkins, Garth Kobal, KK Kozik, Patty Mullins, Peter Steiner, and Judith Wyer.
Barbara Page will be in attendance at the July 24 reception to sign copies of her art memoir, BOOK MARKS.