A Valentine (or Something) to Nature

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!




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






Books by the Banks

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





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.

Diane Stemper_Bookworks XVII


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.