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Re: [BKARTS] The Word & Image Gallery at Bright Hill Center Opens its 2006 Seaosn with Karen Hanmer Exhibit
I'm proud to announce the following the first exhibit in the Word & Image Gallery at Bright
Hill Center -- Karen Hanmer Installation and Book Arts Exhibit
The Word & Image Gallery at Bright Hill Center to Open 2006 Season with Exhibit of
Artist's Books by Chicago Artist Karen Hanmer
Treadwell, NY -- The Word & Image Gallery at Bright Hill Center will open its 2006
Season with an installation and exhibit of artist's books by Chicago artist Karen Hanmer.
The exhibit, titled "Reunion," opens with a reception and gallery talk by the artist on Sunday,
April 9, from 3 - 5 p.m. The exhibit will continue through April 28, and the hours are Monday
- Thursday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., and by appointment. Bright Hill Center is located at 94 Church
Street, Treadwell, one block north of Barlow's General Store.
Karen Hanmer exhibits widely, and her work is included in collections ranging from
Tate Britain and the Denver Public Library to Syracuse University and Graceland; her books
have been juried into the annual Book Arts at Bright Hill Center Competition and Exhibit for
the past several years. Hanmer holds a degree in Economics from Northwestern University.
She has studied at the Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts and with
several Chicago photographers and bookbinders. She serves on the editorial board of The
Bonefolder, a peer-reviewed online book arts journal. She is an officer of Chicago Hand
Bookbinders and Guild of Bookworkers, Midwest Chapter. She lectures and teaches
workshops on book arts and digital printing. Her intimate, playful artworks present vignettes
from personal and cultural memory that allow viewers to connect personally to her pieces.
She often incorporates archival photographs and text into books that fragment and layer
images to mirror the experience of memory. Her books are meant to be handled; the
intimate scale, choice of materials, and the posture and gesture required to look through
each piece combine to evoke the reverence of looking through a photo album, diary, or the
belongings of a beloved one. However, her works often take the forms of games or puzzles,
and many include tongue-in-cheek text. A complete catalog of her work is available online at
Karen Hanmer's "Reunion" exhibit consists of an installation and artist's books
begun following the death of father. Her mother had died 34 years before, and her father
never remarried. The idea that they are now reunited, at least figuratively, and perhaps in a
more tangible form, forms the basis for this exhibit. Included also are traditional bindings
with artists' books sharing themes of exploration, technology, and personal history.
Word Thursdays Bright Hill Press's 2006 programs are made possible, in part, by the
New York State Council on the Arts, the A. Lindsay and Olive B. O'Connor Foundation, the
Walter Rich Charitable Foundation, the Otis A. Thompson Foundation, the Tianaderrah
Foundation, the Dewar Foundation, the A. C. Molinari Foundation, the Delaware National
Bank of Delhi, Stewart's Shops, area businesses, and its members and friends. For further
information and for information about Bright Hill Press and its programs, contact Bright Hill
Center at 607-829-5055 or e-mail the Center at wordthur@xxxxxxxxxxxx
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