The Alliance for the Arts has asked artists to literally create artwork out of books for its next juried exhibition. It's called Art of the Book, and has become increasingly popular in recent
As the publishing world turns digital, artists are utilizing bound books as a new medium. According to Alliance Exhibitions Coordinator, Krista Johnson, everything from scrapbook-style assemblages to sculptures literally carved from the pages of old, hardbound books are considered ‘Altered Book Art’.
This is the first time the Alliance has hosted such a show. It opens to the public on Friday, February 1 with the opening reception the following week on Friday, February 8 from 5:00-7:30 p.m.
The juried exhibit is presented in partnership with the Southwest Florida Reading Festival. Prizes will be awarded during the reception, including $300 for Best in Show.
Selected pieces from the exhibit will be on display at the Reading Festival on March 16 at Harborside Event Center in downtown Fort Myers. Artwork by Mary Ann Czarnecki will be on display in the Member Gallery during the exhibit. She will also be teaching a new adult class, called “Art of the Recycled, Repurposed” beginning Thursday, February 14, and a new youth
class, called “Journey Through the Art of the Book: Recycled, Rebound, Repurposed” beginning Saturday, February 9. In addition, she will offer adult & youth Try It Classes, which are free for Alliance members or just $5 for nonmembers, on Saturday, March 16.
Visit www.artinlee.org or call 239-939-2787 for more information about these educational
opportunities, or on the Art of the Book exhibit.
The Alliance for the Arts proudly supports artists and arts organizations in our area as the state designated Local Arts Agency for Lee County. The Alliance for the Arts galleries and gift shop are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1:00 on Saturdays. The Alliance is located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard, just south of Colonial Boulevard. To become a member, please visit http://www.artinlee.org/JoinUs/membership.html or call 239-939-2787.