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Protected: My 2015 End-of-Year Evaluation and Wrap Up

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Current Exhibits and Events: The Phipps and Intermedia Arts

Two member announcements from last night's MCBA Visual Journal Collective meeting: Theresa Harsma exhibition of bookbinding explorations is up now through October 25 at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin. This is a lovely center about 30 minutes from the Minneapolis—St. Paul center, on a straight shot on 94. There is no […]

There’s Still Time to See Linda Koutsky’s Jewelry Exhibit

Linda Koutsky's beautiful found-object art jewelry is still on show at the Minnetonka Center for the arts through May 2. Read my review at the link provided. Make some time this weekend to get over to the exhibit. It will change the way you think about jewelry, jewelry shows, and those little bits of stuff […]


Wet Paint Staff Art Exhibition

 Above: the Wet Paint staff—the folks who help you when you go in for supplies and information. From left to right, back row: Jill, Darin (store manager), Paul, Kate, Virginia, Tim, Verra, Justin, and Greg. From left to right, front row: Ann, Beth (owner), Kristina, Anna, Allison, and Liz. Mark your calendars for a special […]


Books, Books, Books, and a Book Arts Show


Above: The result of the latest bookbinding binge (or so it seemed), in a sadly lit photo I took for record keeping, but you get the idea. The books all contain Nideggen for text paper. The two books on the left of each row have a lovely navy book cloth. The short book and tall book right of center with swirly purple and orange decorative paper have a dark, rich heather purple bookcloth. The book in the back row center has metalic paste paper. The red book near the left, and the far right book at the back with brush strokes on the decorative paper use Strathmore Aquarius II for the decorative paper. This is the first time I've used that for decorative paper and will be interested to see how it holds up for strength. It's lighter weight (80 lbs. vs. 140 lbs.) sure is an easier paper with which to work. I used almost the last of my Fabriano Uno Soft Press 140 lb. watercolor paper for the decorative paper on the other books. The large books are about 7 x 9 inches and the small ones are 7 x 5.25 inches. They are all 6-signature books, except for the small teal book which holds 12 signatures. (Why 6 signatures? I find that's a nice weight to carry around and a sufficient number of pages to work through in about a month. Then I'm usually ready for a different type of paper.)

A Book Arts Show and Related Programs: Front, Back and Between
Cleaning up after the recent book production frenzy I found my notice from MCBA about the current show. So I have missed telling you about the opening which was January 23, but you have until March 8 to check out "Front, Back & Between" which showcases work from twelve talented members of MCBA's Artist Co-op. The show includes a variety of prints,
artists' books, fine press works and other artistic endeavors. (Please use the link to MCBA to check their hours and to find directions.)

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