‘Turning Leaves: New Directions In Book Arts’ at Chandler

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Arts / Sep. 13, 2012 10:26am EDT


“Podcast” is one of the works that will be on display as part of Chandler’s new exhibition, “Turning Leaves.” (Provided) “Podcast” is one of the works that will be on display as part of Chandler’s new exhibition, “Turning Leaves.” (Provided) In time for the turn of the seasons, the Chandler Gallery in Randolph will host an invitational artists’ book exhibition, “Turning Leaves: New Directions in Book Arts.”

The artists participating in this unique exhibit think “outside the book” in new and innovative ways with their one-of-a-kind or limited edition books. An opening reception and artists’ talk will take place Sunday, Sept. 23 from 4–6:30 p.m. The exhibit runs through November 10.

On view are drawing, painting, objects, sculptural elements, printmaking, letterpress, photography, collage, calligraphy and hand lettering, typography, handcrafted paper, photocopy, and other media. The two-dimensional, wall-relief, and three-dimensional books may be made entirely of images, may reveal themselves in prose, poetry or other uses of words, or may include images and words.

Artists represented in the exhibition include Cameron Davis, Kathy Fiske, Kerry Furlani, Ania Gilmore, Rebecca Goodale, Mary­anne Grebenstein, Deborah Howe, Katy Locke, Lorraine Reynolds, Susan Smereka, Nancy Stone, Stephanie Stigliano, Stephanie Wolff, and Bob Walp. A collaborative book includes work by Ann Forbush, Ania Gilmore, Anna Leliwa, Monica Mitchell, Jan Cadman Powell, Annie Silverman, Carolyn Swift, and Annie Zeybekoglu.

In order to gain a better understanding of each plant or animal that will become a part of her next artist’s book, Rebecca Goodale wanders into the woods and marshes by herself or with local naturalists. She seeks to inspire sensitivity for rare species by using her background in book arts and textile design to interpret color, pattern, rhythm, and transition.

Cameron Davis is a Senior Lecturer with the Department of Art and Art History and the Environmental Program at the University of Vermont. Her “Secret Garden” is a rebound 1962 edition of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s “The Secret Garden.” Alternating each of the 256 pages are drawings and paintings on sheer fabric or rice paper.

Kerry O. Furlani is known for her expressive slate carvings of incised and burgeoning forms. She gives life to her work using mallets and chisels, traditional methods introduced to her while training at the Frink School of Figurative Sculpture, in Stoke-on-Trent, England, in the late ’90s. Furlani engages directly with the stone, playing a visual game with stone fragments she finds in Vermont quarries, riverbeds, stone yards, and backyards.

Personal experience provides the creative seed for Ania Gilmore, living in “Boston, via Poland,” who says, “As an emigrant, I am infused with inspiration resident in my roots and history.”

Nancy Stone is a Williston book artist, painter, art teacher, co-founder/ chairperson of the Book Arts Guild of Vermont and a member of the Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville, Northern Vermont Artists Association, and a signature member of the Vermont Watercolor Society. Many of her books are inspired by personal experience, varying from a week to several years between concept and completion.

History inspires Deborah Howe, collections conservator at the Dartmouth College Library and a long-standing member of the Guild of Book Workers. She finds pre-existing texts that hold her interest and allow for interpretation in design.

With design sensibilities rooted in late 19th and early 20th century Fine Press traditions, designer, printer, bookbinder and papermaker Bob Walp pushes through traditional boundaries while still aspiring to high standards of craft and the best principles of readability. Bob’s printing and papermaking equipment at Chester Creek Press is more than three-quarters of a century old, little changed in essence from the late fifteenth century. Most of the illustrations in his books are printed from hand-carved wooden blocks.

Maryanne Grebenstein is the lead designer of The Abbey Studio where she makes hand lettered, one-of-a-kind books. She conducts calligraphy and manuscript gilding classes and has authored books and magazine articles on the subjects of calligraphy and medieval and renaissance manuscript collections. As a young adult she was introduced to illuminated manuscripts, and felt an immediate connection to and reverence for their creators.

Lorraine Reynolds’ mixed media assemblages are a collection of “glimmering prizes.” Assembled in old boxes, frames and books, found objects find unity and a common voice in her hands. Lorraine’s gift is in sifting through disparate objects, finding the compatible bits and pieces of others’ lives, and weaving their faint and ancient energies together until they sing in one voice.

In 2002, Susan Smereka was awarded a grant from the Kittredge Foundation to work in printmaking at Two Rivers Printmaking Studio. At her second residency at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in 2008, she began doing bodies of work in journal/ sketch books. Working in small, constrained spaces, she developed a repetitive and meditative language, gluing her hair strand by strand into small books, or cards that were bound into folios.

Stephanie Mahan Stigliano, a faculty member of the Visual Arts Department of Walnut Hill School for the Arts, of Natick, Mass., is participating in Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here; an international traveling exhibition of artists’ books and correspondence: the 9th International Book Art Festival (Poland 2012). Stigliano brought students to Poland to paint ceiling panels for a recreation of the 18th century wooden Synagogue, to be in the Museum of the History of Polish Jews. Stephanie combines visual art, sculpture and storytelling.

The artists’ talk and opening reception on September 23 are free and open to the public.

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