Friday, November 7, 2008

Knock-Your-Socks-Off Altered Books

OMG, as the kids would say, but they're beautiful.

I'm talking about the Altered Books contributed by Upper Valley artists that continue to make their way to the library.

It's always interesting to see what an individualistic yet visionary cohort like artists will do when presented with a common challenge, in this case the re-creation of a book that might otherwise end up in a recycling bin.

This creation to the left comes from Mary Danko. A Book Has Heart is a moving tribute, and no small mirror of the warm and expansive heart of the artist. The lucky successful bidder will explore the heart of many of the things we love, and will have an object to treasure and share.

Consider, also, the beautifully crafted Carmina Ma, created by Kathy Cadow Parsonnet. This whimsical figure comes with her genesis, an accordian book wrapped in a little Funk & Wagnall's Encyclopedia, as gently witty as Carmina herself.

Among the many miracles are this, The Perfect Lady, by Jane Trigere. Remember those manners, morals, and basic skills books of perfect ladyhood? I still have a sister volume, Perfect Womanhood, from my grandmother's library. She, however, is
pretty beat up and could use a serious makeover. Jane has done the work on her Perfect Lady, and elegantly formed sausage curls cascade from beneath her elegant chapeau. Better yet, the Lady comes upon her own pedestal the better to be admired by the fortunate lady or gentlemen who offers her a home.

How about the book as furniture? Consider this
nicely crafted effort by Tracy Smith, eloquently titled SIT. It's as attractive as it is witty. (It's currently on display at Helium Shoes, one of our sponsors, in Hanover).

These are just a few of the more than 30 offerings for auction on November 20. Do stop by the display cases at NPL's entrance for a preview, as well as at participating sponsors Canoe Club, Helium, and the Norwich Book Store. Then if finances and circumstances permit, join us at what should be a delightful gala for a one-of-a-kind purchase, either just in time for the holidays, or for your personal collection of creative celebrations.