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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Upcoming Event—Next Weekend!

Cincinnati Book Arts Society invites you to a Meet-and-Greet Lecture with Beata Wehr, award-winning international book and visual artist and educator. Wehr will be speaking about her work and her process. The event is free and open to the public.

Friday evening, September 19, 7-8:30 p.m.
The Gallery Project
2718 Woodburn Avenue (Walnut Hills)
*street and lot parking available on and near Woodburn*

Paszport by Beata Wehr

Beata Wehr was born in Warsaw, Poland, and currently lives and works in Tucson, Arizona. Her advanced degrees include an M.A. in art history from Warsaw University and and M.F.A. in painting/combined media from the University of Arizona. She paints and creates artist's books, examining in her work ideas of home, place, time, transience and multicultural experiences. Wehr is currently an instructor at Pima Community College in Tucson and is available for workshops, private classes and critiques. See more examples of her work by visiting her website below.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Library Purchases from Bookworks XV

Congratulations to three CBAS artists—Janice Kagermeier, Lou Kroner and Margaret Rhein—whose entries in Bookworks XV have now been added to the fine collection of artists books at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

This year the accordion form was used in various ways to produce exemplary works. Jeanne Strauss-De Groote, curator of the Library's collection describes Janice Kagermeier's The Waldron as "striking" and "commemorating the life and destruction of a local Cincinnati Art Deco building located in Walnut Hills. The photographs and the text meld perfectly and the craftsmanship is beautiful."
The Waldon by Janice Kagermeier
The artist writes of her own collaged paper work: "This accordion book was made in remembrance of an apartment building in Walnut Hills, built in 1928 and demolished in 2011. It honors the former residents and the dramatic faces carved into the facade. One one side (shown) listings of Waldron residents during the building's heyday (culled from the Main Library's archival Cincinnati City Directories) are superimposed onto photos of the grotesque faces carved into its facade. On the other side, photos of the Waldron's demolition are visible in the background; in the foreground is a chronicle of building code violations during the then neglected building's final years."

Strauss-De Groote describes Lou Kroner's Don't Bug Me as "a very joyful and amusing little book made with one single sheet of paper. When fully open, the general shape of the book can evoke a small insect walking, creating a perfect harmony between the shape and the content."
Don't Bug Me by Lou Kroner
Lou's use of one sheet of paper for his book is most appropriate since he has recently taught how-to classes in the variety of ways to use this form, most recently to CBAS Study Group. His Bookworks XV entry was ink jet-printed on cardstock with decorative paper covers added.

Margaret Rhein's Memory Book—First Impressions was selected by Strauss-De Groote because it "is a beautiful accordion book containing very evocative printed images of abstract forms, witnessing the artist's rich imagination. The craftsmanship, also excellent, shows Rhein's talent in paper making and printing.
Memory Book—First Impressions by Margaret Rhein
 Rhein has a story to tell about her book that is made with her own pulp painting and water-based monoprints. She started with one of her old handmade paper collages from about 30 years ago. "I remember a friend mentioned that her husband had a paper punch for comb binding at his office so she took some of my handmade paper seconds and punched out rows of tiny rectangular pieces of paper that we were using in a confetti type of paper we were making along with circle shapes from sheet paper punches. I thought the left over grid-like paper was beautiful in its own way and later used it to create this architectural look collage sheet of 22" x 30" paper."

"Years passed and then I decided to cut it into squarish shapes to someday make into a book. When I took Johpaul Smith's printing class 'Yeah, I Can Print That' at [local] Tiger Lily Press earlier this year I was looking around to find interesting papers to print on and this group surfaced. I have also collected textures over the years that will emboss paper—old computer circuit boards, my husband's plastic mechanical drawing stencils, plastic doilies. And I'm especially attracted to circular shapes; these were great for inking up as well."

"I think the relationship between the paper collage and the printing on top enhanced the impact of both. The 14 individual images each tell their own story. I decided to use the accordion book format so that the work could be seen in many formations. I specifically printed some of the shapes to span two pages to carry the eye through the book."
CBAS gratefully acknowledges all the work by the Library staff 
to make our exhibition possible again this year.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Remembering Alice

We were all saddened to learn of the recent passing of book artist and CBAS member Alice Heyn Balterman. A treasure to the book arts community and a formidable creative presence in our city and beyond, she will be missed.

Alice (center) with fellow artists Ruth (L) and Nikki (R) in the studio, Spring 2007 

We remember fondly our visit to Alice's amazing home studio in the spring of 2007. She was always so generous with her time and talents.

from the Enquirer, August 17, 2014:
Alice, nee Heyn, age 94, passed away Aug. 15, 2014, local artist of renown, beloved wife of the late Dexter L. Balterman, devoted mother of Marie, Andrew & Megan (Guy Cameron) Balterman, dear sister of the late Dr. Louis Heyn. Graveside services Tuesday, August 19, 11:00 A.M. at United Jewish Cemetery in Walnut Hills, 3400 Montgomery Rd., Cinti, OH 45207. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Friends of the Public Library or the charity of one's choice would be appreciated.

Here is a link to an Aeqai article about the exhibition last year at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County that honored Alice and her work: http://aeqai.com/main/2013/06/keith-kuhn-memorial-exhibit-alice-heyn-balterman-the-public-library-of-cincinnati-and-hamilton-county/
Covers of Alice's Auld Lang Syne currently in Bookworks XV
Inside Alice's Inside and Out currently in Bookworks XV

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

NOW! Workshop Registration Open

Here is the registration form for the September workshop with visiting artist Beata Wehr. (See post of 6/18/14.) Right click on the form, save as a jpeg and print out. CBAS members should have received the form in an email from Margaret Rhein paperpeg@gmail.com in the last few days.

 CBAS members and guests are also invited to attend a Meet-and-Greet and Lecture with Beata Wehr on Friday, September 19, 2014, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. The artist will have books available for sale.

Both lecture and workshop will be held at The Gallery Project near DeSales Corner in Walnut Hills.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Award Winning Book

CBAS is pleased to announce its annual Purchase Award from Bookworks XV, the exhibition currently on view at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County: THE BOOK OF POE by artist Carole Winters. The award winner will be donated by CBAS to the Library's extensive collection of artists' books in memory of Keith Kuhn, former CBAS Chair and Library Services Director. The selection was made by judges Arnelle Dow (Art for Artists program, Clifton Recreation Center) and Beth Brann (Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Graphic Design at the College of Mount St. Joseph).

The Book of Poe, Carole Winters
CBAS member Carole Winters contributed this artist's statement about her book: This is an on-going, in progress, hand-lettered and illuminated personal book/object for use in the contemplation of select poems by Edgar Allan Poe. She discussed her work with visitors at the first artists' walk through of the exhibition.

Our congratulations to Carole and gratitude to the judges. Visitors may see Carole's book displayed in the Library's Atrium through September 7.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Walking and Talking in Bookworks XV

Yesterday, in an informal walk-through open to the public, book artists with work in the recently opened Bookworks XV exhibition talked about the inspiration and creation of their books and answered questions from visitors. The stories behind the books are always as fascinating as the books themselves.

Jack Campbell reads from Emily Dickinson whose poetry and life inspired his entry this year.

Janice Kagermeier talks about her book of memorabilia from a childhood trip with her aunt.

So you won't want to miss the only other walk-through on Sunday afternoon, August 3, 2 p.m., in the Atrium of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (800 Vine Street, downtown).

CBAS Chair Lou Kroner shares thoughts with Librarian Jeanne Strauss-De Groote about his tiny book made from one piece of folded paper.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Save The Date!

September 20 (Saturday) and September 21 (Sunday) are the dates for a workshop with artist BEATA WEHR. It's not time to sign up yet, but as soon as the registration form is ready, it will be sent to all CBAS members and posted on the blog.
Beata, Wehr, Taming the Beast
The workshop, entitled Artist's Books as Containers for Ideas, will focus on working with text, images, materials and structures to create a unique artist's book. A poem, a letter, lyrics for a song, a short story, fragment of a journal, an image or an object will serve as an inspiration and/or will be included in a book. The class will contain many different activities: a short informal writing exercise, selection of images and materials, editing, working on a book structure, individual critique, group discussion and presentation of the final work.

Beata Wehr, 132 Memoir
BEATA WEHR is a visual artist and educator. She was bon in Warsaw, Poland, and currently lives and works in Tucson, Arizona, traveling back to Europe every year. She graduated from Warsaw University in Poland with an M.A. in art history and from the University of Arizona with an M.F.A. in painting/combined media. She paints and creates artist's books, examining in her work the ideas of home, place, time, transience and multicultural experiences. Her works were shown in many international and national exhibitions and are included in over 50 public collections in the USA and abroad. Beata taught art courses at the University of Arizona, Southwestern University of Visual Arts and Tucson Museum of Art and is currently an instructor at Pima Community College. Check out her website and be inspired: www.beatawehr.com

The workshop will limited to a small number of participants, so if you're interested, be sure to register early. It will be a great opportunity to work with content.

NOTE: Beata will be presenting a lecture about her work on September 19 (Friday), the day before the workshop begins. Details will follow during the summer.