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“Transition” – 2016-05 Salisbury Book Guild and Academy Art Museum Faculty

April 27, 2016 @ 11:00 AM - May 28, 2016 @ 6:00 PM

“Transition” Exhibit
April 27-May 28, 2016

Artists’ Reception
Saturday, May 7, 3-5pm

Artist Books from the Salisbury Book Guild and from Faculty Members of the Academy Art Museum in Easton, Maryland.

Artist books, aligned to the printmaker’s art, present the viewer with many surprises in their myriad forms. They are portable, can be held in a (gloved) hand and examined at close range, without the traditional glazed framing of other original art.

Some binding styles are Concertina, Flag, Leporello,Single Fold and Drum Leaf. They originated as a contemporary art form in the 1960s, but they have a centuries-long history to inform them, originating with clay tablets and papyrus scrolls. Artist books may be editioned or one-off, and they are archived by art museums and private collectors. Many art universities have book arts departments.

Washington Printmakers Gallery is pleased to exhibit handmade artist books from two groups. The first, the Salisbury Book Guild, was formed in Salisbury, Maryland in 2008. Meeting monthly to share ideas and new creations, they include the following artists: Lisa Fritts, Martha Graham, Barbara Israel, Bonnie Lavish, Victoria Noonan, Barbara Schultz and Clytie Whitson Taylor (MICA ’71). Their books have been exhibited at the Atrium Gallery at Salisbury University, Salisbury, Maryland and the Art Institute and Gallery in Salisbury, Maryland.

Three additional book artists are on the faculty of the Academy Art Museum in Easton, Maryland, and they combine paper treated with walnut ink and paste paint, gesso and sumi ink, along with hand-calligraphed and digitally-created text. Joan Machinchick, Lynn Reynolds and Constance del Nero use traditional bindings as well as Japanese hand stitched and Coptic bindings. They have exhibited in museums and galleries on the Eastern Shore and in Annapolis, Maryland.

They are pleased to join WPG artist Gabriel Jules in an exhibition entitled “Transition,” which runs from April 27 – May 28, 2016. The opening reception is Saturday, May 7, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

— Rosemary Cooley, Curator