Feb 222014
 
Mary Heebner, Unearthed, artist book

Mary Heebner, Unearthed, Artist’s Book

The KBAC is pleased to join the Friends of the WMU Libraries, the WMU Visiting Scholars and Artists Program, and the Gwen Frostic School of Art to host visiting artist Mary Heebner who will present an exhibition, lecture, and workshop.

Mary Heebner and Simplemente Maria Press: A Selection of Artist’s Books and the Paintings That Inspired Them

March 7—28
Opening reception March 7 during Art Hop, 6 to 9 p.m.

More paintings and book are on display at the Special Collections Department of WMU’s Waldo Library

Mary Heebner came to the book arts by way of her practice as a painter. All of the artist’s books created under her imprint ‘simplemente maria press’ originate with a series of drawings and paintings. Living in Santa Barbara, California, she has traveled extensively with her husband, photographer Macduff Everton, and these experiences often inspire her work. The result is an eclectic style, specific to real experiences on the road and in the studio, expressed in well-crafted objects that are tactile, sensual, and firmly rooted in  content. This exhibit will feature a selection of her paintings and books. For more information visit: www.maryheebner.com

Mary Heebner, Silent Faces/Ankgor, Artist Book.

Mary Heebner, Silent Faces/Angkor, Artist’s Book

Special Event:

Mary Heebner at our Spring Book Arts Social

Thursday, March 6, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Meet Mary and experience an interactive viewing of her books at our spring fundraising event. Find out more

Workshop:

Prototypes: At Play with Possibilities

Instructor: Mary Heebner / Fee: $75
Sat., March 8, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with lunch break

In this workshop we will explore how content can inspire the structure of a book, by making small prototypes. We will parse out individual ideas and discover how, through the preliminary mapping out of possible forms, images, and typefaces, you can begin a new book project. All the fun of making a prototype lies in playing around with possibilities. Come with inspiration, a short written description, a collection of images or poems, outlines, diagrams, special materials, or a collaborative idea and we will work together to find your book’s first form. 

No longer available.

Lecture:

From Start to Finish: A Painter’s Approach to the Book

Richmond Center for the Visual Arts, Room 2008, WMU
Mon., March 10, 5:30 p.m., with a reception to follow in the lobby

Mary Heebner’s work as a painter and book artist has often been inspired by her travels, including trips to Iceland, Chilean Patagonia, and Angkor Wat in Cambodia. In this lecture Heebner will show a survey of her creative work and talk about its sources.

Mary Heebner, making the artist book Silent Faces/Angkor

Mary Heebner, making the artist’s book Silent Faces/Angkor

Feb 222014
 
EdibleBook poster

Edible Book Poster designed by Elizabeth King

Friday, April 4, 2014
During Art Hop from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

The KBAC joins libraries and book arts centers from around the world in this delightful April Fools celebration of the art of the book! The Edible Book Festival has been celebrated in over 20 countries including Australia, Brazil, India, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, New Zealand, and Russia.Visit our Edible Book page to see entries from previous years and to get ideas. A Grand Prize, chosen by our judge, Chris Dilley of the People’s Food Co-op and a People’s Choice Award, chosen by vote among the public, will be given to the best entries. After the judging is completed we will eat the books!

It’s simple: submit a “book” made from food—anyone can enter, and there are no fees or pre-registration required. Bring your book to the KBAC between 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., Friday April 6. The judging will begin at 7:00, and the books will be eaten at 7:05. Also on display in the KBAC gallery will be an exhibition of our Poet’s in Print broadsides.

 

Judge's Choice winner Beverly Fitzpatrick with her entry "Bun Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest"

Judge’s Choice winner Beverly Fitzpatrick with her entry “Bun Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest”

 

People's Choice winner Chris Orsolini with her book "The Velveeta Rabbit"

People’s Choice winner Chris Orsolini with her book “The Velveeta Rabbit”

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Feb 092014
 
Mary Heebner

Artist Mary Heebner

Shake off some of winter’s cabin fever and join us for our

Spring Book Arts Social! 

Meet nationally renowned book artist Mary Heebner
Preview our limited edition book God of Longevity by treasured Kalamazoo poet Conrad Hilberry
Brainstorm your entry for KBAC’s Edible Book Festival
Tour the newly expanded Ladies’ Library

         …and other book arts delights

Thursday, March 6, 2014, 5:30-7 p.m.
Ladies’ Library Association
333 S. Park St., Downtown Kalamazoo

$25 per person
Hors d’oeuvres and wine

Dec 202013
 

Feb. 7–28
Opening reception Feb. 7 during Art Hop, 6 to 9 p.m.

This exhibit by former KBAC interns Jeremy Emmendorfer, Brittany Stecker, and Keeney Swearer, will give us the opportunity to discover what these young artists are doing Here and Now.

Jeremy Emmendorfer, print.

Jeremy Emmendorfer, print.

Jeremy Emmendorfer graduated from Western Michigan University with a BFA in Printmaking in fall 2012 and currently resides in the Metro Detroit area. He has shown work both locally and internationally, and has work included in public and private collections that employ traditional printmaking practices with a contemporary approach.

Brittany Stecker

Brittany Stecker, Biologic, black ink on paper.

Brittany Stecker graduated from Western Michigan University with a BA in Art in 2009. She has shown in galleries and art centers throughout Michigan and in Chicago. Focused on line, pattern and repetition, she creates works inspired by the rhythms of the natural world. Some of the drawings in this show are created on paper handmade at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center. Brittany currently works and resides on the southern coast of Lake Michigan. Website: http://www.fieldworkstudios.com
Keeney Swearer, Growth, Porcelain, Wire.

Keeney Swearer, Growth, porcelain, wire.

Keeney Swearer is an emerging artist currently living in Minnesota. His work revolves around themes of authenticity. Keeney graduated from Kalamazoo College with honors. He works in many media often pushing the limits of the materials until their breaking point. Keeney has shown in Minnesota, Michigan and New York City. In addition to his personal work he currently works on collaborative projects as part of the Artorg organization. Website: http://keeneyswearer.com 

Dec 012013
 
Adriane Little

Adriane Little, Housekeeping, Mixed Media

Nov. 1–29, 2013;
Opening reception Nov. 1 during Art Hop, 6 to 9 p.m.

Adriane Little is a lens-based artist whose work has been exhibited in over 100 national and international exhibitions and video screening venues including the Three Rivers Film Festival, the Leeds International Film Festival, Real Art Ways, CEPA Gallery, the Institute of Culture, Trbovlje Slovenia, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, the Beijing B.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, and the Chelsea Art Museum in NYC. Her new body of work, to be exhibited in the KBAC gallery, turns to literature as a source of visualization in an investigation of ritual and trauma through the presence and absence of the maternal body. She says, “Here ritual is functioning as a singular and private act; under the burden of grief and trauma embedded within instinct, or what I call the matrilineal ghost.” Little is an Assistant Professor in the Gwen Frostic School of Art at Western Michigan University, and is represented by Peak Gallery in Toronto. Website: www.adrianelittle.com

Nov 162013
 
Melissa Jay Craig

(S)Edition, Melissa Jay Craig. Cast and hand-shaped abaca, embellished with cotton rag, Oct. 4–25

Oct. 4–25, 2013;
Opening reception Oct. 4 during Art Hop, 6 to 9 p.m.

Melissa Jay Craig is a Chicago based artist whose sculptural book works, paper sculptures, and installations are exhibited internationally.  Her work is included in many museum collections and rare book libraries and she regularly offers workshops at national arts centers including the Penland School of Crafts, the Morgan Paper Conservatory, and Women’s Studio Workshop. She writes: “In my work, I imply narratives authored by our beleaguered planet, set forth in a language long overlooked by humanity’s intellectual arrogance.  I perceive this as a language of dichotomy, of adaptation, of infinite cyclical renewal, of double-edged humor, of fierce, disturbing beauty and always, of the ultimate triumph of time.” Website: www.melissajaycraig.com

Workshop:

Kozo and Color
Instructor: Melissa Jay Craig / Fee $90
Sat., Oct. 5, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with lunch break

Kozo fiber, the inner bark of the paper mulberry tree (Broussonetia papyrifera) makes beautiful, ethereal yet strong papers, but is also a fascinating material in and of itself; its strands separate into luscious lace-like patterns and it takes on deep, vibrant color wonderfully. Come and see for yourself in this workshop where we will discuss methods for dyeing, and work with the fiber in both 2D and 3D applications. All levels of experience are welcome.

Oct 062013
 
Book Arts in Venice

Book Arts in Venice, Collaborative Letterpress Poster

Sept. 6–27, 2013;
Opening reception Sept. 6 during Art Hop, 6 to 9 p.m.

During the summer of 2013 eleven students from WMU’s Frostic School of Art and Lee Honors College through the Haenicke Institute for Global Education, accompanied our director Jeff Abshear on a study abroad trip, Book Arts in Venice. They traveled to Italy to work at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice, Firenze Arti Visive in Florence, and Tipoteca Italiana Fondazione, a letterpress museum and studio in Cornuda, to produce intaglio prints, letterpress posters, and a limited-edition handmade book. This exhibit features the student’s sketchbooks, photos, a video, intaglio prints, letterpress posters, copies of the completed letterpress book, and ephemera documenting their experiences in Italy.

Students at Tipoteca

Students at Tipoteca

Aug 162013
 

Sat., Sept. 21, 2013, 1 to 4 p.m.
Letterpress Poster

Come celebrate the 100th birthday of our Chandler & Price press! This antique platin letterpress was manufactured by Harrison T. Chandler and William H. Price one hundred years ago, in 1913. The Chandler & Price company, founded in 1881 in Cleveland, Ohio, manufactured very popular presses that were used in the printing industry through the mid-20th century. Let’s have a birthday party for ours! Join us for letterpress demonstrations, printing, bookbinding, and papermaking activities for kids, door prizes, refreshments, and cake! We also have a commemorative limited edition letterpress poster to celebrate the day, available for a donation to the KBAC Youth Scholarship fund. This is a free event. Families with children are encouraged to join the fun, and learn more about books. 

Jul 242013
 
How the Zebra Got His Stripes

How the Zebra Got His Stripes, Kelsey Merreck Wagner, Accordion book made from paper and two leaves, pen, watercolor, embroidery thread, 2013

Aug. 2–30, 2013;
Opening reception Aug. 2 during Art Hop, 6 to 9 p.m.

This exhibit will feature work by KBAC interns past and present.

Gracie, Alex Harvey, Oil on canvas.

Gracie, Alex Harvey, Oil on canvas.

Jun 012013
 
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“Bomb” by Simon Redington

June 7—Monday, July 8, 2013;
Opening reception June 7 during Art Hop, 6 to 9 p.m.

Today, the fine press book is thriving. This kind of artist’s book, whose character derives from the properties and pleasures of craft, has emerged as the leading edge in a field that is attracting working artists and students in increasing numbers. It is time to mark this medium’s resurgence and consider its future arc. This exhibit, organized by the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, assembles work by established and emerging artists, that reflects the best in letterpress books today.

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“Sylvae” by Gaylord Schanilec

May 022013
 

The Illustrated Accordion 2013

Mary Grassel, Bill and Friends, Relief Print Accordion Book

Mary Grassel, Bill and Friends, Relief Print Accordion Book

May 3 through 24, 2013;
Opens durring Art Hop May 3, 6:00-9:00pm 

View the 2013 Illustrated Accordion Entries through Flickr.

The structure of an accordion book is simple: a long piece of paper is folded into pages that can be read like a book or spread open and displayed like a banner. The works on display in our exhibit The Illustrated Accordion take this form to a new level.
If you have ever asked, “What are Book Arts?” come and see how people from as far away as Europe or as close as the KBAC studio have answered this question.

Apr 032013
 

KBAC_2013EdBk_11x17Friday, April 5, 2013; from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

The KBAC joins libraries and book arts centers from around the world in this delightful April Fools celebration of the art of the book! The Edible Book Festival has been celebrated in over 20 countries including Australia, Brazil, India, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, New Zealand, and Russia. Our judge for this year’s competition is Judy Sarkozy, owner of Sarkozy Bakery.Visit our Edible Book page to see entries from previous years and to get ideas. A Grand Prize, chosen by our judge, and a People’s Choice Award, chosen by vote among the public, will be given to the best entries. After the judging is completed we will eat the books!

It’s simple: submit a “book” made from food—anyone can enter, and there are no fees or pre-registration required. Bring your book to the KBAC between 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., Friday April 6. The judging will begin at 7:00, and the books will be eaten at 7:05. Also on display in the KBAC gallery will be “Good Eats,” our annual exhibition of paintings, prints, photographs, and artist’s books on the delectable subject of food.

This event, our most popular of the year, is also a good opportunity to support the KBAC by making a donation. All donations will be generously matched by the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, doubling your ability to support the KBAC.

We look forward to a feast of books!

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Judge Judy Sarkozy and Director Jeff Abshear

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Apr 022013
 

KBAC Gallery

April 5–27, 2013; Opening reception Friday, April 5 during Art Hop, 6 to 9 p.m.

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Roadside Nourishment Just Ahead, Photograph, Ron Testa

From Dutch still-life paintings to Campbell’s Soup cans, our obsession with food is a readymade subject for art! Open to all emerging and established artists, this exhibition features two-dimensional works of art—fine prints, paintings, and collages—that incorporate food in their subject. This exhibit shared it’s opening with our Eighth Annual Edible Book Festival.
Featuring art by:  Gina D. Mucciolo & Ann C. Payne, Angela Lorenz, Beverly Fitzpatrick, Jeff Heaton, Barbara Goodsitt, Dana LeMoine, Fritzi Huber, Thimgan Hayden, Ron Testa, Ruta Butkus Marino, Aimee LeeMaryann J. RikerChristopher Vaughn Couse.

Jan 142013
 

Feb. 1–22, 2013; Opening reception Feb. 1 during Art Hop, 6 to 9 p.m.

McKaig, Saints 3

John McKaig, Saints Never Surrender I, drawing


John McKaig is a painter and printmaker who teaches at Interlochen Arts Academy in Northern Michigan and has recently completed artist residencies at the Williamsport Public Art Academy in Pennsylvania, and the Auckland Print Studio in New Zealand. John will work in our studio to create a multi-color relief print to be exhibited with his paintings and prints in the KBAC Gallery. John says, “My work is based in a strong sense of drawing, and I use images of objects (mostly ships) and the human figure to communicate ideas of our collective spiritual connection and passage through life.”

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Jan 132013
 

March 1—29, 2013; Opening reception March 1 during Art Hop, 6 to 9 p.m.
March 21, 7pm—Poetry reading at the Kalamazoo Public Library

hours

Hours is an event comprised of artists and writers working around a notion of hours borrowed from The Book of Hours, a medieval monastic tradition of meditation and prayer recited at specified times. With a grant from the Kalamazoo Artistic Development Initiative (KADI) through The Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, Sydnee Peters organized this program allowing local artists and writers to work at the KBAC studio on collaborative projects. For more information visit us at HoursKalamazoo on Facebook.

Participating Artists and Poets:
Mindi Bagnall, Kate Borgardt, Traci Brimhall, Bonnie Campbell, Matt Cashen, Kat Cole, Kristin DeKam, Michael Dunn, Sharon Eckstein, Debbie Eisenbise, Morry Edwards, Heidi Fidler, Deborah Gang, Donna Groot, Maryellen Hains, Jana Hanka, Ladislav Hanka, Renee Jensen, Elizabeth Kerlikowske, Elizabeth King, Amelia Hansen, Kathy Kreager, Dave Marlatt, Marsha Meyer, Amy Newday, Paul Nehring, Christine Parks, Austin Peters, Sydnee Peters, Katie Platte, Robert Post, Susan Ramsey, Vicki VanAmeyden, and Mary Whalen

Oct 292012
 

November 2-30, 2012; Exhibition / Workshop

Guest Artist: Chad Pastotnik

DCF 1.0

Chad Pastotnik has operated his Deep Wood Press on the banks of the Cedar River in Northern Michigan’s Antrim County for twenty years. His limited-edition fine press books are printed via letterpress on fine paper, illustrated with original wood engravings, linocuts, and intaglio prints, and bound by hand in traditional and contemporary book structures.
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Sep 212012
 

October 5-26, 2012; Exhibition / Lecture / Workshop

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Nate Powell, cover for “Swallow Me Whole”

Guest Artist—Nate Powell: graphic novelist

The KBAC is pleased to join the Friends of the WMU Libraries, the WMU English Department, and the Gwen Frostic School of Art to host graphic novelist Nate Powell, who will present an exhibition, workshop, and lecture. Powell’s graphic novel Swallow Me Whole (2008) was an Eisner Award winner for Best Graphic Novel, Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist, and Ignatz Award winner. Other works by Powell include Any Empire, The Silence Of Our Friends, and the forthcoming March, a graphic novel autobiography of civil rights legend and sitting Congressman John Lewis, to be published by Top Shelf in 2014. For more information visit: www.seemybrotherdance.org.
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Aug 282012
 

Book Arts in Venice

Sept. 7–28, 2012; Opening reception Sept. 7 during Art Hop, 6 to 9 p.m.

gl-tipoteca

During the summer of 2012 eleven students from WMU’s Frostic School of Art and Lee Honors College accompanied our director Jeff Abshear on a study abroad trip, Book Arts in Venice. They traveled to Italy to work at the Scuola di Grafica, a printmaking school in Venice, and Tipoteca Italiana Fondazione, a letterpress museum and studio in Cornuda, to produce a limited-edition handmade book. This exhibit will feature the student’s sketchbooks, photos, video, intaglio prints, copies of the completed letterpress book, and ephemera documenting their experiences in Italy.  See more photos.

Aug 092012
 

KBAC Gallery
August 3–24, 2012; Opening reception August 3 during Art Hop, 6 to 9 p.m.

Stevie Cipielewski

This exhibit is a historical memoir of the paper industry in Kalamazoo, and its dominance of the ecological and economic environment. Inspired by the story and the repercussions of paper manufacturing in the region, these works take a dead industry and create a contemporary  perspective through handmade paper and organic motifs.

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Apr 282012
 
Amy Pirkle, "Gravity's Light Grip," 2007

Amy Pirkle, “Gravity’s Light Grip,” 2007

KBAC Gallery
May 4-25, 2012; opening Friday, May. 4, 2012, 6 to 9 p.m. during Art Hop

The structure of an accordion book is simple: a long piece of paper is folded into pages that can be read like a book or spread open and displayed like a banner. The works on display in our exhibit The Illustrated Accordion take this form to a new level.
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Mar 102012
 
Alice Simpson, Preserved, Acrylic on stitched, stuffed canvas

Alice Simpson, Preserved, Acrylic on stitched, stuffed canvas

KBAC Gallery
April 6–27, 2012; Opening reception Friday, April 6 during Art Hop, 6 to 9 p.m.

From Dutch still-life paintings to Campbell’s Soup cans, our obsession with food is a readymade subject for art! Open to all emerging and established artists, this exhibition features two-dimensional works of art—fine prints, paintings, and collages—that incorporate food in their subject. This exhibit shared its opening with our Seventh Annual Edible Book Festival.

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Feb 102012
 

March 2–30, 2012; Exhibition / Lecture / Poetry Reading / Collaborative Project

Jen Bervin: detail, The Composite Marks of Fascicle 28

Jen Bervin: detail, “The Composite Marks of Fascicle 28″

Jen Bervin’s work brings together text and textile in a practice that encompasses artist books, poetry, large-scale art works, and archival research. Her visual work has been exhibited at the Walker Art Center and elsewhere. Bervin currently teaches at Vermont College of Fine Arts and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. View the Jen Bervin website.
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Dec 162011
 

KBAC Gallery
February 3–24, 2012; Opening reception February 3 during Art Hop, 6 to 9 p.m.

Bill Hosterman: "Reach" etching (detail)

Bill Hosterman: "Reach" etching (detail)

Bill Hosterman was a Fulbright Scholar to South Africa where he studied printmaking, and is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Grand Valley State University. His work has been shown both nationally and internationally, including exhibits in Hawaii, Italy, Germany, China, and the United Arab Emirates.

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Nov 012011
 

KBAC Gallery
November 4 – December 2, 2011; opening reception Nov. 4 during Art Hop, 6 to 9 p.m.

November 4 opening of Handmade Paper Guild and KBAC artists exhibition

November 4 opening of Handmade Paper Guild and KBAC artists exhibition

View work by the Handmade Paper Guild of Southwest Michigan and Kalamazoo Book Arts Center artists and members. The exhibit will be open during the Art Hop of November and run through the Art Hop on December 2. Closed Thursday and Friday of Thanksgiving weekend.

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Jul 312011
 

KBAC Gallery
Sept. 9-30, 2011; opening reception Sept. 9 during Art Hop, 6 to 9 p.m.

Chad Andrews "Red Flower"

Chad Andrews "Red Flower"

Recent Works from Studio Paper+
An exhibition of collaborative prints and works from Chad Andrews 

Artist Chad Andrews is the director of a printmaking studio in Williamsport, Pennsylvania called Studio Paper+. This exhibition, which includes prints, mixed-media pieces, and an installation, reflects the vision of a master printer and image-maker who is engaged in the art of collaboration and the exploration of traditional and new materials.

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Apr 302011
 

KBAC Gallery
June 3–24, 2011; opening reception June 3 during Art Hop, 6 to 9 p.m.

PRINTS: Recent Works
Ginger Owen-Murakami & Vicki VanAmeyden

Owen-Murakami from "Umbra" and VanAmeyden from "13 Ways"

Owen-Murakami from "Umbra" and VanAmeyden from "13 Ways"

The exhibit features:
• Umbra: A suite of platinum prints exploring family history
• 13 Ways: A suite of intaglio prints and an artist book inspired by a Wallace Stevens poem

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Mar 312011
 

KBAC Gallery
May 6-27, 2011; opening Friday, May. 6, 6 to 9 p.m. during Art Hop

KBAC Third Annual Illustrated Accordion

KBAC Third Annual Illustrated Accordion

The Kalamazoo Book Arts Center (KBAC) presents the non-juried exhibition The Illustrated Accordion, opened in the KBAC Gallery during the May 6 Art Hop and was on exhibit until May 27. With entries from all over the United States and Europe, this 3rd annual exhibition focuses on books created in the accordion form. All media, variations, and interpretations of this style of book are included in the exhibition.

To view entries go to our 2011 Accordion Book page on Flickr.

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Mar 012011
 

KBAC Gallery
April 1-29, 2011; opening reception during Art Hop Friday, April 1 6 to 9 p.m.

Good Eats: an exhibition about food 2011

Good Eats: an exhibition about food 2011

The Kalamazoo Book Arts Center presents a juried exhibition “Good Eats: An Exhibit About Food” sponsored by the Kalamazoo People’s Food Co-op.

From Dutch still-life paintings to Campbell’s soup cans, our obsession with food is a readymade subject for art! The exhibition will feature two-dimensional works of art—fine prints, paintings, and collages—that incorporate food in their subject.

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