Sunday, January 30, 2011

Altered Books Opening, January 23

My altered book group's show, "Altered Books: A Collective Journey," opened at the Palm Springs Art Museum on Sunday, January 23. In case you missed the opening, the show runs through March 6, with a special presentation by our group on Sunday, February 13 (as part of the museum's "Free Second Sunday" programming).

Here are some of the faces behind the art: above, the amazing and prolific Bonnie Brady, who originated the idea for our group. Right: group member and artist extraordinaire Cathy Allen, who was instrumental in making the museum show possible. (Visit Cathy's website by clicking here)

Here is our resident email, papermaking, and wabi sabi diva, Tobi Taboada, with Robert Brasier, the museum's Deputy Director of Education and Public Programs. (Robert, a high-desert dweller, belongs to a second altered book group that meets in 29 Palms at Gretchen Grunt's studio.)

Top: another group member, the soulful Mayah Martin, with Bonnie Brady's son John Greenfield (one of my favorite high desert ceramicists). Above: more beautiful bookies, Jean Loomis in the foreground, and Norma Mackie. Group members not pictured: Peggy Heinz, Mary Kinninger-Walker, Noreen Lawlor, Suzanne Ross, Phyllis Schwartz, and myself (feeling under the weather that day, I managed an hour's appearance before missing the rest of the fun).

Thanks to the many friends, neighbors, and members of the high desert art community who turned out to support us, among them artists Karine Swenson (above) and Nora Lousignont (right).