Friday, February 17, 2012

RENEW: Altered Books from Britain to Brevard

An exhibition of Altered British books created by Brevard Artists

The Satellite Beach Library (751 Jamaica Blvd in Satellite Beach, Florida) will feature an exhibition preview on March 6, 2012, from 6:30 to 7:30. This event is free and open to the public. Visitors will have the opportunity to handle and read the altered books and talk to the artists.

The exhibition runs from March 7 to 31 during library hours (Mon 9am to 8pm, Tue 12 to 8pm,Wed-Sat 9am to 5pm).

In 2005, the story began with the Maine College of Art and the Portland Public Library. The exhibit contained books that had been retired from the library. Those books were given to 200 artists to turn into works of art.  Local Brevard artist Paula Steere participated in the UK project and wanted to bring the idea to Brevard.

The starting point for the exhibition was a box of discarded books sent from the Center for Fine Print Research and described as "lovely, old and British." Participating artists chose a book and were able to alter it in any way. Their responses are diverse and uniquely personal. Thus, unwanted books have been renewed and transformed into innovative artworks.

Artists participating in the exhibit are: Alice Ahrens, Kaye Boggs,
Kathy Garvey, Witha Lacuesta, Janet McIlvaine, Cindy Michaud, Jeanne
Painter Johnson, Fay Picardi, Paula Steere, Helen Wheatley, and Katren

Information will be available at the preview evening for those interested in participating in future projects. Teachers will be able to discuss how the book arts can be used in schools.

For more information, contact Paula Steere, 321-917-3236 or

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