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Ladislav Hanka, Bur Oak at Angel Field

October 2014: Three decades of Book Arts by Ladislav Hanka

October 3 -31
Opens during Art Hop, Friday October 3, from 6-9pm

This month the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center features printmaker and book artist Ladislav Hanka. About his work he says:

“People here know me for my etchings, but I have a secret second life as a book artist that takes my works around the world and into many libraries.  Much of my work explores environmental themes in series and I find that the book is a beautiful way to preserve these works alongside my thoughts and what went into their creation, with modest amounts of text set in letterpress on exquisite papers in a fine binding.  It’s an obscure art-form not particularly conducive to hanging on the wall, and yet who among us doesn’t love a book of old botanical engravings or getting a glimpse of Leonardo’s notebooks.  My own model is Linnaeus and his Lapland notebooks from the late 18th century.  Here you will see a selection from thirty years of activity in the book arts in collaboration with various book binders.”

  

Book Arts in Venice

September 5 – 26
opens during Art Hop September 5, 6pm – 9pm
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Western Michigan University students traveled to Italy to study book arts in summer of 2014 through the Frostic School of Art and Haenicke Institute for Global Education. This exhibition is of their work created during this trip.

Fall 2014 Workshops

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Pulp painting with guest artist Don Widmer

 We’re shaking things up around here with 10 new classes and many new instructors. That makes our Fall Workshop schedule, with 15 classes, the largest and most exciting one ever! The schedule offers Pulp Painting on Handmade Paper with visiting Chicago artist Don Widmer and several brand new classes like Painterly Monotypes, Introduction to Book Repair, and an encaustic adventure called Encaustigraphics. Of course, we’re not forgetting some of our most popular classes like Papermaking, Paper Marbling, Beginning Bookbinding, Image Transfer and Letterpress. No matter your interests, we’ve got something for you!

 

Poets in Print September 2014:

Katherine Bode-Lang and Laura Donnelly

Poets in Print: KBAC Gallery
September 20, 2014, 7:00 pm 

Katherine Bode-Long and Laura Donnelly

Katherine Bode-Long and Laura Donnelly

Katherine Bode-Lang was born and raised in western Michigan, where she attended Hope College. Her chapbook, Spring Melt (Seven Kitchens Press), placed second in the 2008 Keystone Chapbook Contest and earned the New England Poetry Club’s Jean Pedrick Chapbook Award. She has published in numerous journals, including The American Poetry Review, The Mid-American Review, Beloit, The Cincinnati Review, Tupelo Quarterly, and Subtropics. Katherine earned her MFA in poetry at Penn State University, where she is now an IT Trainer in the Office of Research Protections. She lives in central Pennsylvania with her husband, Andrew.

Laura Donnelly’s first book, Watershed, won the 2013 Cider Press Review Editors Prize. She is also the author of the chapbook Nocturne – Schumann’s Letters (Finishing Line Press),and her poems have appeared in Cimarron Review, DIAGRAM, Flyway, PANK, Poetry East, Rhino, and elsewhere. Originally from Michigan, she holds an MFA from Purdue University and a PhD from Western Michigan University, where she was Editor-in-Chief of Third Coast. She lives in Central New York with her husband and is on the creative writing faculty at the State University of New York at Oswego.

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