Dear Gentle Reader,
I am really excited about this show... First of all I will be reunited with a an old college buddy, Ms. Linda Piacentini-Yaple. Who is not only a wonderful book sculptor and creator but a really cool person and friend. It is a true honor to share a space with her. I hope you will enjoy the conversation about what books can be and I look forward to see you at Cannon Beach for the opening.
All the Best,
P.s. write when you can...
For Immediate Release:
Plans for Spring Unveiling Weekend (May 4, 5, and 6, 2012) are afoot in Cannon Beach!
The Cannon Beach Gallery is pleased to be hosting a dynamic exhibition, "Books as Arts", featuring two highly regarded Oregon artists, Linda Piacentini-Yaple and Beth I. Robinson. In addition, dozens of regional artists will be presenting their version of an altered book. The exhibition promises to be a fascinating collection of contemporary art work which explores the book as a medium in itself.
Book artist, Linda Piacentini-Yaple, creates books sculptures that tell stories about our past and present and reveal glimpses of possible futures. Piacentini-Yaple sees her work as a means of encouraging a dialogue, sometimes about uncomfortable moments in our history as a people or in our individual families. They are both engineering feats and little worlds that are sure to amaze viewers.
“The book artist interprets nature and music, decodes thoughts and ideas, clarifies questions, and illustrates answers. An artist book is the big picture-- and the smallest of its details,” Piacentini-Yaple explains.
Beth I. Robinson is the proprietor for Robin Press. She is a book based artist who often utilizes letterpress printing techniques, silkscreen, collage, box making, digital drawing and imaging. Her work deals with the concepts of wonder, loss, transcendence, synesthesia and the book. This show will be featuring mostly the "broadsides" from her work.
The gallery will also be displaying imaginative reinventions of the book in the altered book segment of the show in which regional artists took discarded volumes and created new pieces of artwork from them. Some of the artists who are participating in this segment of the show include Allyn Cantor, a former recipient of the Cannon Beach Arts Associations Individual Artist grant; calligrapher Marilyn Rooper; and contemporary painter, Roger Hayes.