These books are off the hook

Pasatiempo - - In Other Words -

On Fri­day, April 22, Vivo Con­tem­po­rary (725-A Canyon Road, 982-1320) opens its in­vi­ta­tional “book arts eVent,” which fea­tures books by nine artists who hail from Cal­i­for­nia, New Mex­ico, Utah, Ari­zona, and Colorado and use print­mak­ing, draw­ing, paint­ing, pho­tog­ra­phy, com­puter graph­ics, ty­pog­ra­phy, sto­ry­telling, col­lage, cal­lig­ra­phy, hand­writ­ing, and po­etry in their work. New Mex­ico par­tic­i­pants in­clude Santa Fe col­lage-as­sem­blage artist Gail Rieke, whose unique travel jour­nals have been pre­sented in gallery/mu­seum ex­hibits and work­shops in­ter­na­tion­ally; Priscilla A. Spitler, who stud­ied bookbinding and book de­sign at the Lon­don Col­lege of Print­ing and the Univer­sity of Texas at Austin be­fore found­ing Hands On Bookbinding (now lo­cated in Truth or Con­se­quences); ac­coun­tant/artist Isaac Salazar, who, ac­cord­ing to his artist bio, never took an art class and uses old books (for non-com­mis­sioned work) and “sim­ple arith­metic and an Ex­acto knife as my sup­plies along with lots of time” to cre­ate a unique style of re­cy­cled­book origami that con­tains el­e­ments of 3-D ty­pog­ra­phy em­bed­ded into its pages; and Mar­i­lyn Cham­bers, a for­mer weaver and book arts/paper­mak­ing in­struc­tor at Santa Fe Com­mu­nity Col­lege. Vis­it­ing artists in­clude Julie Chen, who is vis­it­ing from Cal­i­for­nia; Beata Wehr and Cather­ine Nash, from Ari­zona; Ali­cia Bai­ley and Mary Ellen Long from Colorado; and Sue Cot­ter and Made­lyn Gar­rett, from Utah. The ex­hibit at Vivo Con­tem­po­rary opens with a re­cep­tion from 5 to 7 p.m. and re­mains on view through May 10.

— Rob DeWalt

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