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Sunday, February 13, 2011

A CBAS Winter Gathering

Yesterday, CBAS had a relaxed and fun get together at Visionary and Voices in Northside, complete with food, art, and a few new faces too including CBAS's newest board member and library liaison, Jeanne Strauss-deGroot. 
I (Diane S) delighted in seeing the art at V&V but in particular was amazed at one of the Visionary and Voices artists; his studio area was plentiful with artwork of dashes and dots filling the surfaces of soda cans, bottles and planks. Inspiring!  Now on to Janice Kagermeier's post of the event:

Examples of artists' books

V&V Director Linda Dietrich talks about V&V's mission
Twenty two enthusiastic book artists and would-be book artists gathered on February 12 for a CBAS Potluck and Welcome.  The meeting was held at Visionaries and Voices in Northside, and the vibrant art-filled V&V studio proved to be a great meeting venue.  We're grateful to CBAS member and V&V Executive Director Linda Dietrich for her hospitality, and for the introduction to the important work her agency does with disabled artists.

After sharing a wonderful lunch that featured everything from salads to soups to homemade bread and some decadent desserts, we introduced ourselves, sharing how we got interested in book arts and what we're working on at the moment.  About half the group were veteran exhibitors in the annual CBAS Bookworks exhibit, and the rest of us were encouraged to submit entries for this year's 12th anniversary show.

One of the highlights of the gathering was the rich display of show-and-tell books, a wonderful testimony to the richness of the book arts community in Cincinnati.  Some members brought the books they had created in response to one of the Study Group's monthly challenges, others brought pieces they had shown in previous Bookworks exhibits.  The variety of works on display was amazing and truly inspiring.

Discussing and looking at artist book samples
All in all, it was a great gathering.   

Special thanks to Peg Rhein who first suggested the idea.  Maybe a new annual tradition?  

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