During the month of May the Freeport Community Library will host an exhibit titled “The Many Faces of Artist Books.” Local artists Bonnie Faulkner and Suanne Williams-Lindgren will display a variety of different types of beautiful, interesting, and in some cases provocative artist books they have created.
What are Artist Books? Wikipedia describes them as “works of art” that utilize the form of the book. They are often published in small editions, though they are sometimes produced as one-of-a-kind objects.” Wikipedia goes on to say: “Artists’ books have employed a wide range of forms, including scrolls, fold-outs, concertinas or loose items contained in a box. Artists have been active in printing and book production for centuries, but the artist’s book is primarily a late 20th-century form with roots in earlier avant-garde movements.”
“Artists’ books,” says Stephen Bury, “are books or book-like objects over the final appearance of which an artist has had a high degree of control; where the book is intended as a work of art in itself.”
Artists’ books are made for a variety of reasons. They are often created to make art that is interactive, portable, movable and easily shared. Many artists’ books challenge the conventional book format and become sculptural objects. They may be created in order to make art accessible to people outside of the formal contexts of galleries or museums.
About the artists:
Bonnie Faulkner graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a BS in Art Education and a minor in Book Arts. In 2011 she received an MFA from Heartwood College of Art. Bonnie taught art for several years in both public and private schools. She is a prolific calligrapher and has taken several workshops in England with Master Calligraphers. Creating, designing and making artist’s books has been her passion for several years and she incorporates many surface design mediums and techniques in her work such as, mono print, block print, paste paper, stencil, calligraphy, watercolor, gouache, acrylic inks and others. Bonnie has been making mostly autobiographical books focusing on inner reflections and her lifelong connection with the natural world.
She loves to make pop-up books or books that have the surprise of movement as well as working with miniature books. Recent autobiographical book themes have focused on the great blue heron, United Society of Shakers, dragonflies, dreams, and the Heroine’s Journey among others. Bonnie also works with fused glass and is working on a series of glass mandalas and has created a few multi-media books including glass elements. She has served on numerous non-profit boards and currently is on the boards of the Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts, Bickford Education Center and Heartwood College of Art. She is also a studio monitor at Artascope Studios in Yarmouth.
Suanne Williams-Lindgren has taken numerous book arts and mixed media workshops throughout the years at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, MECCA, USM, and other settings. Currently she is taking art classes at USM. While her professional career has been as an Organization Development/HR consultant, retirement opened the door to Suanne pursuing her love of art. Suanne is happiest creating be it an artistic book, a collage, a delicious meal or a lovely garden spot. In 2014 she launched the Edible Book Festival at the Freeport Community Library with librarian Belinda Stewart. She is a member of the Kate Cheney Chappell Book Arts Critique group and serves as an advisor for the Maine Crafts Organization.
The Artist Book exhibit at the Freeport Community Library can be viewed during normal library business hours. The library’s hours and address can be found at:www.freeportlibrary.com or by calling 865-3307.
Special Opportunity to Learn More: If you are inspired by the artist book exhibit, why not consider taking the “Make Your Own Simple Blank Book” workshop onMonday, May 22 beginning at 6pm. Bonnie and Suanne will help you make a very simple, lovely blank book of your own that you can use as a journal, for notes, or as a mini-scrapbook. The workshop is appropriate for ages 12 and up. A $3 fee will charged the evening of the workshop. Please call the library at 865-3307 to pre-register, if you plan to attend.
Date(s) - 05/01/2017 - 05/31/2017