Be sure to visit Bookworks XVI

Bookworks SignThis afternoon’s first visit to Bookworks XVI at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (800 Vine Street) will certainly not be my last. Our exhibition this year has some real treats in store for visitors. Jack Campbell’s large multi-panel screen along the left wall of the Atrium will draw you into the space, and all the entries from A to Z (titles include Autumn Leaves to Zombies) will keep you there. Books incorporating paper, wood, leather, fabric and more will dazzle you with their creativity. And the structures are as varied as the materials. So that you can have the fun of discovery, I don’t want to give away too many details.

Overall of show

Invite your friends or family members to see the show with you. Before or after your visit, you might stop in the Library’s Vertigo Cafe (open M-F, 9-3) or peruse the Library Friends’ Shop for a gift or something for yourself.

Carol Freid's With Whirling Words—Emily's Lexicon

Carol Freid’s With Whirling Words—Emily’s Lexicon

And be sure to mark your calendar for the two walk throughs with Bookworks XVI artists. (See dates and times to the right under Upcoming Events.) It is always informative and entertaining to hear what the makers have to tell us about their work. The case labels provide the basics, but those will be greatly expanded when the artists speak and answer questions during these informal afternoon gatherings for the public.

Jessica Ebert's Curiosities Behind Glass

Jessica Ebert’s Curiosities Behind Glass

After you see the show, let us know what you thought about it. Send us a comment. What are your favorite books?

CBAS Members at Price Hill Thrill


CBAS members Jeanne Taylor, Beth Belknap Brann, Gabrielle Fox, and Peg Rhein take a break from meeting guests at the Price Hill Thrill on Sunday, May 17, 2015.

The event, a benefit for the Cincinnati Arts Association’s Weston Gallery’s 2014-2015 season, featured stops at a number of galleries in the Price Hill area.  CBAS members joined members of Art 4 Artists and the Tiger Lily Press in showing their work at the Dunham Recreation Center.

CBAS Member News

From the blog of Puget Sound Book Artists —

Below is a review by Mark Hoppmann of CBAS member Kate Kern’s recent presentation at the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington. It is always wonderful when a Cincinnati-based artist can share work with a wider audience. Jane Carlin, friend of CBAS and former University of Cincinnati DAAP senior librarian, is currently the director of the Collins Memorial Library at Puget Sound.

The Soul of the Artist

March 1996 - opened resizedArtists know there is more than one way to see.   We sketch what is immediately in front of us, which can be interpreted in infinite ways, leaving us open to criticism from others who state emphatically, “That’s not what it looked like at all.” Or, we practice the alternative, sketching with something vaguely known as the “mind’s eye”, in which case most people walk away without saying a word, as if what we have on our minds is just too strange to address.

Walking along the beach or sitting on a patio, we see a composition, a pattern, or perhaps even a moment. Like everyone else, we see what is in front of us. Unlike the vast majority, we feel compelled to set it down on paper before we forget, or lose the image forever; or maybe not. What if the vision is simply stored away, only to be reincarnated with the smallest provocation, days or maybe even years later, but now, slightly askew? Is the mind’s eye simply the culmination of a lifetime of experiences and memories that are just now finding their way back from where ever they have been stored patiently waiting for just the right moment for us to see them again?

Drawing from multiple sources, Kate Kern, obviously, has found her own way to see.  It is as if Kate is seeing what is in front of her and her mind’s eye simultaneously.  Whether walking around an installation titled, Red Animals, created from A Golden Nature Guide, or looking at a sketch titled March 1996-Opened, one appreciates the serendipity of the mind’s eye, combined with a lifetime of experience. Or perhaps we are just seeing the soul of the artist.

Red Animals Installation by Kate Kern

Red Animals Installation by Kate Kern


Mother,s Day Mitten by Kate Kern

Mother’s Day Mitten by Kate Kern


Kate Kern is a visual artist who makes drawings, artists’ books, and installations. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she received a BFA from the University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio and an MFA in drawing from the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio. Kern has been the recipient of grants from the City of Cincinnati, the Ohio Arts Council, Arts Midwest and Summerfair. She was a finalist in the Cincinnati Art Museum’s inaugural 4th Floor Biennial Award for Contemporary Art.  Her work was included in the exhibition in print, International Drawing Annual 6, published by Manifest Drawing and Research Center. Solo exhibitions include: Small World, Aisle Gallery, Cincinnati, OH; Always and Everywhere, Springfield (OH) Museum of Art; Attract Year Round Beauty, Weston Art Gallery of the Aronoff Center for the Arts, Cincinnati, OH. She is a visual artist in the Ohio Arts Council’s artist-in-residence program. In 2011 she was a fellow at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts in Amherst, VA.  Recently she curated and had work in the collaborative exhibition Wounded Home at the Lloyd Library and Museum and had an etching in Clay Street Press’ Cincinnati Portfolio IV, published in 2013. Her work can be found in collections including: The Akron Art Museum, The Cincinnati Art Museum, The Getty Research Institute, Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Franklin Furnace /MOMA Artist Book Collection, MOMA library, and the Artists’ Book Collections of Carnegie Mellon University, University of Cincinnati, Brown University and others.

To find out more about Kate Kern and her work, visit her website at

Blog by Mark Hoppmann
Photo Credits: Kate Kern



Recent Gathering

Lou Kroner chairs annual meeting

Lou Kroner chairs annual meeting

Members of CBAS assembled on Saturday for a potluck lunch and the annual meeting. Some members brought books and books-in-progress for show-and-tell prior to our delicious meal with good conversation. After a brief business meeting chaired by outgoing Lou Kroner, guest speaker Will Hillenbrand, author and illustrator, entertained us with memories of his childhood and how he came to love stories and books and to capture them with pictures. He shared his working method to produce both words and images in his well over 50 published children’s books. His presentation was both informative and delightful, and it was a treat to have him with us. Following the presentation, members were enticed by a mini-shop of Hillenbrand’s works, and a number of us went home happy with a new book in hand and lots of inspiration.

CBAS members with Will Hillenbrand (center rear)

CBAS members with Will Hillenbrand (center rear)

For more about Will, visit his website at

Many thanks to Lou for being such a great CBAS Chair these last two years. And welcome to several new board members and several returning ones. Below are those who will serve for the next year.

Officers: Co-Chairs, Beth Brann and Judith Serling-Sturm; Secretary, Jeanne Taylor; Treasurer, Linda Dietrich

Board of Trustees: Anjali Alm-Basu, Patty Bertsch, Marguerite Ketchen, Lou Kroner, Veronica Sorcher, Jeanne Strauss-DeGroote, Sharon Wilson

Continuing to act as committee chairs are the following: E-Communication, Peg Rhein; Exhibits, Jeanne Strauss-DeGroote; Outreach, Jack Campbell; Programs, Judith Serling-Sturm; Public Relations, Carole Winters; Study Group Coordinator, Janice Kagermeier.

Judith Serling-Sturm, Jeanne Taylor, Sharon Wilson

Judith Serling-Sturm, Jeanne Taylor, Sharon Wilson

Thanks to Carole Winters and Cecie Chewning for the photos.

Bound: Bindings, Papers, Poems & Book Art

The work of Carolyn Whitesel, longtime Cincinnati area book artist, binder, surface designer, and poet, is featured in the exhibit Bound: Bindings, Papers, Poems & Book Art at the Portland Museum in Louisville, Kentucky. The show opens with a celebration Sunday, April 12, from 2:00 – 4:30 p.m. and runs through June 5, 2015.

Carolyn Whitesel is well known in the Cincinnati area book arts community, and many CBAS members have taken her workshops.

In conjunction with the exhibit, Whitesel will present Gallery Talks and Hands-on Workshops on two weekends. The Friday, May 7, talk will be Designing Decorative Papers for Editions. Whitesel will present An Overview of Bookbinding Structures on Friday, May 27.

The Making Stamped Decorative Papers workshop is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 8-9. Traditional Case Binding is the topic of the May 29-30 workshop. The fee for each workshop is $85.


For specific details and registration information contact the Portland Museum at 502-776-7678 or

The Portland Museum is located at 2308 Portland Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky 40212. The museum is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 10:00-4:30 p.m.