Bookworks: Not Just Paper

What are some of the Bookworks books made from? To name just a few ingredients —

  • Rolodex
  • Needlepoint
  • Pussy hat
  • Matchbox
  • Wood (the letters are burned on!)
  • Rust
  • Indigo
  • Photographs
  • Beads made from toilet paper

There’s even an old-timey doctor’s bag that appears alongside one book.

The display is in the Atrium of the Main Library thru September 3. Do stop by!

As Seen on TV

CBAS member Judith Serling-Sturm describes “the work of keeping things together” in this great piece on The Art Show.

Great local views of Suder’s, Bookworks, and the recent show at the Lloyd Library, too!

Watch more episodes of The Art Show online or on the tube. You might just see someone you know!


Judith with a new 2nd Amendment variation

Library Purchases from Bookworks XVII

Jeanne Strauss-DeGroote, CBAS board member and liaison with the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, has announced the acquisitions for the Library’s collection from this year’s Bookworks XVII exhibition. We congratulate artists Jessica Ebert, Paul Johnson, Veronica Sorcher and Diane Stemper. Their books are excellent examples of the variety of work that is produced by members and friends of our organization. You can view these new additions, as well as any of the artists’ books in the Library’s extensive holdings, by calling for them at the Main Branch, 800 Vine Street. Below are images and artists’ statements that accompanied these four special books in our exhibition.


Cosmic Ocean

Jessica Ebert, artist; Cosmic Ocean: Cosmic Ocean is a carousel book that depicts five scenes of nebulas, panels, a space station and astronaut, and a spaceship. A quote by Carl Sagan runs along the bottom of the pages. The book is housed in a cloth-covered clamshell box with a wedge support and depicts a small nebula on the front of the box.


Goldilocks, open


Goldilocks, closed

Paul Johnson, artist; Goldilocks: I make unique pop-up books using watercolor paper, colored with industrial textile dyes. This book took about six weeks to make and went through ten different states from design to completion. I like fusing traditional story characters together and see where this leads me.


March 2016

Veronica Sorcher, artist; March 2016: Each panel of this book is an origami frame folded around a photograph. Each frame is made from a photocopy of a portion of a page from the artist’s personal writing from one day in the month of March 2016. Each photo was taken by the artist on the same day the writing is from (with the exception of the title page), then shared on social media. The panels are adhered together to create an accordion-style book in a form sometimes referred to as a “meander.” When it is opened completely the panels fall where the dates they represent would lie on a physical calendar for the month.

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Diane Stemper, artist; Waggle: Waggle depicts the daily dance of bees and features expressive renditions of many different species of bees that exist in North America and more specifically in the artist’s yard. The “waggle” is a figure eight series of movements a bee makes that locates the hive relative to a flower and to the sun. Bees struggle with habitat loss, disease and dangers such as pesticides and herbicides, a concern for not only bees but humans who rely on pollinators for successful harvests. Waggle is a part of a larger body of work that is a response to the intersection between human activity and natural phenomena.

NOTE:  Bookworks XVII will close Thursday, September 8. Thanks to the Library staff for again making the annual exhibition so successful. We are grateful.

Bookworks XVII & Keith Kuhn Memorial Exhibits Now Open

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Waggle, Diane Stemper

Exhibition dates:  June 14 — September 4, 2016

Location:  The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Main Atrium, 800 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio

Every year the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County reminds readers not only of the transformative power of books but also how books themselves can be transformed into art, with two exhibits: Bookworks XVII and the Keith Kuhn Memorial Exhibit.

The book arts explore contemporary aesthetic interpretations of the book as an art object, while preserving the traditional practices of the art of the book. Bookworks XVII is a Cincinnati Book Arts Society exhibit of one-of-a-kind handmade books.

Artists participating in Bookworks XVII are: Anjali Alm-Basu, Patty Bertsch, Cecelia S. Chewning, Julia Chilcote, Jo Diamantes, Judy Dominic, Nancy Driesbach, Jessica Ebert, Maryjo Flamm-Miller, Carol Freid, Cody Goodin, Heather Hitchman, Paul Johnson, Janice Kagermeier, Marguerite Katchen, Lou Kroner, Anne Leader, Karen McGarry, Margaret Rhein, Anne Endress Skove, Jonpaul Smith, Veronica Sorcher, Judith Serling-Sturm, Diane Stemper, Carolyn Stewart, Salle Taft, Jeanne Taylor, Chris Voynovich, Fran Watson, and Carole Winters.

Judges awards of merit went to Paul Johnson, Judith Serling-Sturm and Chris Voynovich.


The True Story, Paul Johnson

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Unarmed in America, Judith Serling-Sturm

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The Knowledge of Good and Evil, Chris Voynovich

The exhibit includes altered books, pop-ups, cloth books, flag books, accordion books, handmade and paste papers, conceptual books, leather binding, and traditional book structures exploring diverse topics such as family, history, nature, poetry, folk tales, photography, ephemera, journaling and gun violence.

A hands-on bookmaking demonstration takes place at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 17, at the Main Library. Get up-close and personal with the exhibit during the artist walk-through at 2 p.m., Sunday, August 21.

The Keith Kuhn Memorial Exhibit is on display in conjunction with Bookworks XVII in cases near the Main Library’s South Building elevators on the second and third floors, and in the Popular Library on the first floor. The exhibit showcases artists’ reimagined books from the Library’s collection. The show is organized annually in the memory of former Library Services Director Keith Kuhn who directed the Library’s expansion of the collection.

The exhibits are open during Main Library hours, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday; and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday.

The above comes from Carole Winters, Media Contact for CBAS. Email:

Get those books ready!


C. J. Grossman’s book, from, published 9/6/2012

Don’t be a slowpoke. It’s not too late, but you better get started now! Bookworks XVII is on the way and CBAS is inviting you to participate. We are seeking handmade, hand bound, unique and small edition artists’ books, fine bindings and sculptural books, to portray a diverse and representational showing of the region’s book arts. This year’s exhibit, located in the Main Branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, will open on June 14 and run through September 4. The entry deadline is May 13. CBAS members and non-members can take part; the entry fee is $10/members and $20/non-members and this let’s you enter up to 2 books. To download an Entry Form and Lender’s Agreement, click on  “Calls to Artists” at the top of our CBAS home page.