If you missed the Valentine to Nature show at the Cincinnati Nature Center last winter, you can see much of the work on display at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center show, Naturally Inspired.
If you did see the Nature Center show, come to the new one anyway. There are many new and different works by CBAS members. The change in exhibition space makes for an entirely new-to-you show. Naturally Inspired is much larger, with plenty more wall space for non-book art.
The range is impressive. I had to look up words such as collagraph and kozo. This is usually the case for any CBAS show — everyone comes at book arts from a different perspective. Members are photographers, bookbinders, painters, textile artists, sculptors, weavers, writers, poets, paper makers, etc. This is a unique combination of talents you won’t find anywhere else in town.
A cool thing about the opening was that many of the artists were present. They answered questions and discussed the history of CBAS. If you missed it, fear not — the show runs thru June 2.
“Crossroads” by Mary Jo Flamm-Miller
“Elephant Walk” by Judy Folkenburg
“Grow” by Cecie Chewning
“Leaf” by Anne Skove
“Soar Portfolio” by Carol Lang
Who wrote the book of love?
Not me. I’m apparently the only person who seemed to have written a Dear John letter to nature. The fact that a snake can fall from a tree — good lord, let’s stay within the safe, fun parameters of the zoo and museum. Nevertheless, the overall theme of looooovvvvve was followed by everyone else, and the results are spectacular!
If you missed the opening of this show at the Cincinnati Nature Center, do please visit before it closes on March 26. The exhibit is a testimony to CBAS’s artistic diversity — papermaking, printmaking, sculptural books, framed artwork, poetry, pop-up, and a set of tiny hanging books (sorry, could not get a decent photo of this amazing kinetic work by Cecie!).
The materials are even more diverse than their forms: orchid leaves, wire, a silicone book that resembles our gray Februarys, pine needles, paste paper, wood, snakeskin.
In short, you will LOVE these Valentines!
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
Saturday, October 15, was a beautiful day to be outside, but a bunch of CBAS members volunteered to be inside the Cincinnati Convention Center to spread the excitement of making books to the crowds of families who came to the annual Books by the Banks event. Approximately 250 kids and adults took the time to create a pamphlet stitched book and then personalize it through cover art and/or content. Lots of stamping, gluing, and coloring transformed ordinary papers into inspiring masterpieces. Quite a few authors-in-waiting now have an easy way to share their stories!
Many thanks to the CBAS volunteers for taking time to share their love of bookmaking: Linda Dietrich, Peg Rhein, Carolyn Stewart, Patty Bertsch, Nikki Orlemann, Trish DeMonge, Janice Kagermeier, Judith Serling-Sturm, Lisa Jameson, Anne Skove, Jack Campbell.
Come and join the fun next October!
— Judy Dominic, Committee Chair