WILSON, N.C. – The Barton Art Galleries is pleased to announce the opening of the “Il Libro: The Art of the Book” exhibition on Monday, Aug. 22, with a public reception on Sunday, Aug. 28, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. in Case Art Building on the Barton College campus in Wilson. The exhibition will run through September 24. This event is open to the public free of charge, and the community is invited to attend.

The exhibition, organized by Barton professors Susan Fecho and Gerard Lange, include the work of nationally and internationally recognized artists and book presses: Cara Barer, Gwen Diehn, Andy Farkas (Fablewood), Susan Fecho, April Flanders, Gabrielle Fox, Gérard Lange, Marvel Maring (Crying Dime Press), Donald Martin, Scott McCarney, Steven Miller (Red Hydra Press), Sarah Nicholls, Lisa Beth Robinson (Somnambulist Tango Press), Katherine McCanless Ruffin (Shinola Press), Lauren Scanlon, Shawn Sheehy, Robbin Ami Siverberg, (Dobbin Books) Dolph Smith, Kathy Steinsberger, Melissa Walker, Jessica C. White, (Heroes & Criminals Press) and Dorothy A. Yule (Left Coast Press).

Artworks featured in this exhibition represent contemporary bookmaking trends. The editioned books and one-of-a-kind artists’ books showcase include traditional sewn structures, altered books, sculptural books, broadsides and innovative approaches created in various media including letterpress, handmade paper, printmaking, photography, collage, fiber and ceramics.

As part of the “Il Libro: Art of the Book Exhibition,” Barton College’s senior Evan Fulks of Wilson will be displaying his artists’ books in the North Exhibition Corridor of Case Art Building.

Also on the Barton Art Galleries’ schedule is Lisa Beth Robinson, proprietor of Somnambulist Tango Press and East Carolina University instructor, who will be the featured lecturer discussing “Marginalia, Mischief, and the Ornamented Book” on Sunday, Sept. 18, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sponsored by the Barton College Friends of Visual Arts, this event is also open to the public free of charge, and the community is invited to attend.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the Barton Art Galleries will host “Book Arts Extravaganza Workshops” on Saturday, Sept. 10. Join other participants for a day of hands-on bookmaking and artistic journaling techniques. Instructors include: Lisa Beth Robinson, Melissa Walker, Gérard Lange, and Susan Fecho.

For more information about these upcoming events or to make reservations for the workshop, please contact Bonnie LoSchiavo in the Barton Art Galleries at 252-399-6477, email: blloschiavo@barton.edu,  or visit: http://www.barton.edu/galleries/education.

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Questions?  Please contact Kathy Daughety, director of public relations, at 252-399-6529 or email: kdaughety@barton.edu.

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