Monday, February 16, 2009

Reader's Art 9 is coming soon

Art in the Palm of Your Hand
READER’S ART 9: small, smaller, smallest
March 7- April 15

Susan Hensel Gallery is pleased to be opening the ninth annual Reader’s Art exhibition of artists books. In the year 2000, back in the wilds of mid-Michigan, Susan decided it was time to start showcasing book artists for Midwest audiences. Right from the beginning, in a tiny little alternative space, The Art Apartment, in East Lansing, Michigan, the show found not only participants (the easy part) but supporters and collectors. How ideal to begin the now venerable show of often tiny, apartment sized artworks, in that tiny eponymous space.

Now in it’s ninth year, Reader’s Art has showcased book artists from all over the United States and Canada, some famous, some totally unknown. Each year has had a loosely applied theme. This year the theme is SIZE. Most of the books will fit in the palm of your hand and some are downright tiny! This year, 22 artists from 11 states are sending in their work.

For the last few years the gallery has showcased several artists, exhibiting their work in depth. This year that privilege goes to popular South Minneapolis artist and teacher Jody Williams of Flying Paper Press . Jody was the inaugural recipient of the Minnesota Center for Book Arts Prize in recognition of her deep commitment to excellence in the book arts.
Also being shown in depth are Arizona artist Patrice Baldwin of Pequeño Press and
Washington artist Jill Timm of Mystical Places Press .

Many other artists are involved, 22 in all, including local filmmaker John Akre , painters Kate VanCleve & Judith Westergard and
former Minneapolitan Amanda D’Amico .

An added bonus, the Susan Hensel Gallery continues its partnership with Hudson High School, showing the visual journals of their English students.

Don’t miss the opening reception: Friday, March 7, 5-9pm.

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