Celebrating the handmade book

VERGENNES-Soaring imagination and creativity fill the Creative Space Gallery at 235 Main St. in Vergennes this month, as 20 members of the Book Arts Guild of Vermont and gallery artists present over 50 unique, handmade books.

Historically, book arts skills derive from the traditions of calligraphy, hand-made and hand-decorated paper, hand-sewn bindings, moveable pop-ups and more. Contemporary artists have interpreted these traditions in new and exciting ways.

The guild has previously exhibited work in Burlington, Shelburne and Rutland, and this is their first show for the public in the Vergennes, Middlebury and greater Addison County area of Vermont.

Participating members of the Book Arts Guild include Jill Abilock, Judy Brook, Bradley Fox, Rachel Gilmore, Amy Laipdow, Maryann J. Riker, Elizabeth Rideout, Vera Ryersbach, Susan Schlack, Judy Sgantas, Carolyn Shattuck, Nancy Stone, Sally Turner, Marcia Vogler, Ann D. Watson, Cynthia Weiss, and Susan Winslow.

Artists books by gallery artists Janet Seaburg and Daniel Doyle, and a photograph series by Kirstin Hoving, are also on view.

Check It Out: To register, call 802 877-3850 or e-mail info@creativespacegallery.org. Attend the "Pop-up Books" workshop with book artist Ann Joppe-Mercure, Saturday, May 8, 1:30-3 p.m. $15 per person, ages 6 and up (all ages welcome).

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