The Altered Book Project

Altered Books Exhibit Showcases Creativity of 17 Top Area Artists

The Altered Book Project, on display at Summit Artspace from June 17 through July 30, was the brainchild of Kent artist Claudia Berlinski.

“I first learned about altered books when researching collage techniques for a workshop I was teaching,” Berlinski said.  “Not only did I want to recycle a book, I wanted to see if I could find one with content that could play a part in the concept of the artwork.”

Altered books can be defined as books that have been recycled and repurposed creating works of art by gluing, painting, collaging, rubber stamping, cutting, tearing or embellishing.  They are the artists’ expressions of self, experiments in creativity and personal journals.

Berlinski, a senior lecturer at The University of Akron’s Myers School of Art, recognized that many people have intimate relationships with books, whether it’s with the story, the look, the smell of an old edition or even the weight in their hands.  “Because of this I knew that numerous artists would have it in them to create a special piece from a special book,” Berlinski said.

She invited 16 professional artists to join her in creating the Altered Book Project, and then proposed the concept to Summit Artspace.  The artists are: Bradley Hart, Cheryl Shepherd, Daniel Coffield, Emily Vigil, Ingrid Westberg, John Reddington, Mark Keffer, Tom Webb, Beth Lindenberger, Charles Beneke, Christopher Hoot, Donna Webb, Hui-Chu Ying, James Lenavitt, Kate Budd and M.M. Palmer.

Free Summit Artspace Events
Meet-the-Artists Reception
Friday, June 17, 5 pm-7 pm

Photographs & Altered Books Demo with Bradley Hart
Saturday, June 25, 1 pm-3 pm

Saturday, July 2, 5 pm-9 pm

Sunday Sampler
Sunday, July 3, 12 pm-5 pm

Begin Your Altered Book Journal Today Workshop with Claudia Berlinski
Saturday, July 9, 1 pm-3 pm

Show card artwork by Kate Budd.


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