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[BKARTS] Books in Black at Florida Atlantic University

The Jaffe Center for Book Arts at Florida Atlantic University's WImberly Library in Boca Raton, Florida is pleased to present BOOKS IN BLACK: A NEW PAGE! . . . a unique exhibition of sculptural artists' books that pay tribute to individuals of African ancestry who have made major contributions to society.

The exhibit is curated by Ruth Edwards, founder of New York based Books in Black, a collective of individuals of African ancestry who have been dubbed "ordinary people making extraordinary books." Equally important as making unique books, it is the goal of this group to bring to the public's attention the little known inventions and achievements of people of color.

The artists featured in this traveling exhibit are multi-talented, so oftentimes origami, dollmaking, and other personal interests are brought into play with the dual objective of delivering a significant message while making a book. BOOKS IN BLACK: A NEW PAGE! is broad in scope, and holds interest for children as well as adults. Most importantly, the show is designed to reach people of all races.

BOOKS IN BLACK: A NEW PAGE! will be on display at Florida Atlantic University's Wimberly Library February 12 through April 16, 2007, in all of the library's major exhibition areas: The main lobby of the library, outside of the library's administrative offices (Second Floor West), and also in the lobby of the new Arthur & Mata Jaffe Center for Book Arts (Third Floor East). The exhibition is available for viewing anytime during regular library hours (for current hours, visit http://www.library.fau.edu/geninfo/hours.htm#boca).


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Join us on Thursday evening, February 15, beginning at 6:00pm as we celebrate the opening of Books in Black: A New Page! Curator Ruth Edwards will present an informal talk about the exhibition. All are invited. The celebration and reception will take place at FAU Libraries' new Arthur & Mata Jaffe Center for Book Arts, third floor east of the Wimberly Library.

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Books in Black founder and curator Ruth Edwards will present formal discussions, with images, on the exhibition and the Books in Black organization. These presentations will take place at the Jaffe Center for the Book, third floor east of the Wimberly Library, on Friday, February 16, and Monday, February 19. The presentations (the same program on both days) will begin at 3:00pm with a gallery talk.

Ms. Edwards' presentations will also include a showing and explanation of book structures other than those shown in the exhibition, a question and answer period, and a "Make & Take" Book Table, where audience members will try their hands at constructing a single-page book.

Each gallery talk will last about 30 minutes; each day's full presentation, including the "Make & Take" Book Table project, will last about two hours total. Feel free to come for just the talk if you can't stay for the entire presentation. All are invited. No reservations necessary.

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BOOK ARTS WORKSHOPS: Educator Oriented!
The Jaffe Center for Book Arts is presenting two hands-on instructional workshops with Ruth Edwards. Both are geared towards educators, though anyone with an interest in making handmade books will benefit. Previous bookmaking experience is not required. The Sunday workshop is sold out, but we still have a few seats available in Saturday's workshop:

"Gourmet Books with Edible Looks"
That's right, you will make a meal--or at least what looks like one-- of five different book structures that will look like a salad, a sandwich, a beverage, a dessert, and a snack. This fun-filled workshop is designed for emerging and established book artists. It's not only fun, it's appetizing and especially tasty for teachers.

Saturday, February 17, 2007
10:00am to 4:30pm at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts
$80 tuition, plus $15 materials fee ($95 total)
Class limit: 12

For more information on workshops, or to register, contact me, John Cutrone, Jaffe Center Book Arts Coordinator, at (561) 297-0455, or email jcutrone@xxxxxxxx Feel free to contact me if you have any other questions regarding this fascinating exhibit.

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The parking lot in front of the library and the parking garage just west of the library will be designated No Ticket Zones for all of these events, so you may park anywhere in these areas without need of a parking hangtag. If you park at a metered space, however, you will need to put quarters in the meter!

Thanks, and hope to see you this weekend!

John Cutrone Book Arts Coordinator The Arthur & Mata Jaffe Center for the Book Arts Florida Atlantic University Libraries 777 Glades Road Boca Raton, Florida 33431 http://www.jaffecollection.org

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