Burien Art Gallery’s “Page Turner: Contemporary Artist Books” Opens Friday

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The Burien Art Gallery will be hosting “Page Turner: Contemporary Artist Books,” a free exhibit of handmade artists books, beginning this Friday, March 5th at its Dottie Harper Park “Little Blue House” location at 421 SW 146th Street.

The exhibit features original work from 22 artists whose work has been shown in galleries throughout the U.S. and internationally.

Art lovers throughout the Puget Sound area are invited to visit the exhibit and also to lend support to the Burien Arts Gallery which plans to close temporarily following the show while it searches for a new location (EDITOR’S NOTE: We’ll have further details on the gallery closing soon, so stay tuned).

Jana Harper "Your Perfect Library"

The  exhibit will include original works from the following artists:

  • Ken Botnick
  • Diana Guerrero-Maciá
  • Regin Igloria
  • Chandler O’Leary
  • Carrie Iverson
  • Rachel Dennis
  • Mandolin Brassaw
  • Nicolette Ross
  • Molly Brooks
  • Lloyd McMullen
  • Neil Clark

Several university faculty will also be featured, including:

  • Jana Harper and Amy Thompson (Washington University, St. Louis)
  • Inge Bruggeman (Oregon College of Art and Craft)
  • Jessica Spring (Pacific Lutheran University)
  • Don Olsen (Art Institute of Portland)
  • Megan Sterling (Harrington College of Design)
  • Valerie Wallace (Portland State University)

According to a press release:

Visitors will experience “poetry, surprise, fury and wit” in the time-honored visual form of the handmade artist book.

Artist, educator and exhibit curator Kelda Martensen also noted that the artists featured are bringing a fresh look to this time-honored visual form.

People “will be both delighted and surprised,” she said of the innovative exhibit. “Each artist book sets the viewer on a creative journey. Visitors will find themselves in the stirring position of interpreter to a powerful conversation between artist and page as images and narrative unfold.”

A complete listing of artist biographies and images of selected artist books are available at http://contemporaryartistbooks.blogspot.com/.

The exhibit will be available March 5 – March 19, and the hours are Thursday-Friday Noon – 5 pm, Saturday 11 am – 5 pm and Sunday 11 am-4 pm.

Admission is FREE.

WHAT:  “Page Turner: Contemporary Artist Books” exhibit

WHERE: Burien Arts Center, located at 421 SW 146th St, Burien WA 98166

WHEN:  Friday, March 5th through Sunday, March 21st


INFO: Exhibit info at http://contemporaryartistbooks.blogspot.com/, Burien Arts: http://burienarts.org

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