Studio San Giuseppe Exhibition Announcement
(Cincinnati, OH) – The Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery at the College of Mount St. Joseph announces the opening of book/ARTS/book (September 22-October 25, 2013) highlights recent hand-made books by Cincinnati Book Arts Society (CBAS) members. An Artists’ Reception is planned for Sunday, September 22, from 2-4pm. A panel of CBAS members will discuss the current panorama for hand-made book arts at 2:30pm in Art 104, adjacent to the Gallery. The public is cordially invited to meet many of the participating CBAS members, view their work, take in the panel discussion and enjoy light refreshments.
The Cincinnati Book Arts Society was the inspiration of Gabrielle Fox, an internationally known miniature book artist and book conservator, in the late 1990s. Ms. Fox, who trained in England, describes Cincinnati book arts at that time as, “a very loosely organized group of both professionals and amateurs who live in the area and are artists, printers, paper makers, bookbinders, writers or have other associated interests.” In the summer of 1999 the first in the continuing series of book arts exhibitions at the Main Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County was staged. BookWorks 14 ran this past summer at the Main Library with 77 artworks displayed by 23 CBAS artists.
The exhibition at the Mount’s SSG Art Gallery features recent works by CBAS members that demonstrate various techniques and approaches used in traditional and contemporary bookbinding and is intended to expand the growing interest and enthusiasm for hand-crafted book arts to a wider regional audience and to continue the BookWorks tradition “to showcase a selection of handmade books that demonstrate a variety of techniques and approaches used in traditional and contemporary bookbinding.” Lou Kroner, current president of CBAS, offers this, “Members of the Cincinnati Book Arts Society are excited about the opening of the book/ARTS/book exhibition and especially about the collaboration between CBAS and the Mount’s Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery. CBAS was started to create a spirit of community among those interested in book-related arts and to re-energize those who still enjoy the look and feel of books. We look forward to future shared ventures.”
Membership has grown from an initial core group of dedicated individuals to 77 current members. CBAS applied for and became a non-profit organization in 2001. A variety of workshops sponsored by CBAS has included nationally known bookbinders, book artists, paper makers, printers, copyright law attorneys, and the most recent with internationally recognized author and pop-up book artist from England Paul Johnson. CBAS field trips have taken members to rare book libraries on campuses at the University of Kentucky and Ohio State University, Hebrew Union College’s Klau Library, the Lloyd Library (downtown), Larkspur Press in Monterey, KY, the Dard Hunter workshop in Chillicothe, OH, and Dolphin Papers in Franklin, IN. book/ARTS/book runs through October 25.
Studio San Giuseppe is a nonprofit art gallery located in the Dorothy Meyer Ziv Art Building on the campus of the College of Mount St. Joseph, Delhi and Neeb roads in Delhi Township, 15 minutes west of downtown Cincinnati.
· Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10am-pm, Saturdays and Sundays, 1-5 pm.
· The Gallery is closed on major holidays, including the MSJ’s Mid-Semester Holiday, Friday, October 11th.
· Admission is free. For more information, call Studio San Giuseppe at 513-244-4314.
The College of Mount St. Joseph is an undergraduate and graduate Catholic college of 2,200 students that provides an interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional curriculum emphasizing values, service and social responsibility.