Friday, April 26, 2013

The Book Remade Show is now closed.
We would like to thank all the artists who shared their work.
We had such a good response from the artists AND the community that we think we will do it again next year!

Casey Hovey
Goffstown H.S.

Shaine LaRhette
Goffstown H.S.

Kendra Siemiesz
Goffstown H.S.

Samantha Ward
Goffstown H.S.

Shannon Boyd
Goffstown H.S.

Tom Corbett
Goffstown H.S.

Erin Duffy
Goffstown H.S.

Hannah Jackson
Goffstown H.S.

Jaden Roberge
Goffstown H.S.

Kayla Siefried
Goffstown H.S.

Brooke Simmons
Goffstown H.S.

Emily Tentas
Goffstown H.S.

Sandee Nichols
Goffstown H.S.

Liow, Johnson
Beijing, China

William Evertson

Ría Vanden Eynde

Deborah Bohnert
Marblehead, Massachusetts

Debbie Gilbert
Bristol, New Hampshire

Amy Lyn Surette
Bristol, New Hampshire
Susan Shulman
Montreal, Canada

The collaborative work of  Lulu Kelly, Anita Endrezze,  Claudia Gerloff Pinkham and Laurie Crawford.
California and…

Cynthia Cutting Robinson
Moultonborough, NH

Stephen Sheffield
Boston, Massachusetts

Shana Whitney
Goffstown H.S.

Cynthia Cutting Robinson
Moultonborough, NH

Cynthia Cutting Robinson
Moultonborough, NH

"The Book Remade"

Excellent Job!

Calendar for May

May 2013

May 1st. 7-8 p.m. Evening Book Group discussing “Wapshot Chronicles”
May 7th  9:00 a.m. New Hampton Garden Club Meeting
May 14th 5:00 Zentangle in the Evening
May 15th Brown Bag Book Group discusses “Mennonite in a Little Black Dress”
May 16th 6:00 p.m. New Hampton Historical Society Meeting
May 22nd Movies at the Nash Presents: Life Of Pi
May 25th Closed for Memorial Day


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Why? Just Because!

The Gordon-Nash Library Thanks the DUC Library Program!

We were very fortunate to be able to acquire 70 contemporary art books through the DUC Library Program.

"The Distribution to Underserved Communities Library Program (DUC) distributes books on contemporary art and culture free of charge to rural and inner-city libraries, schools and alternative reading centers nationwide.
The program aims to actively further a more egalitarian access to contemporary art, and is committed to fostering partnerships between publishers, non-profit organizations, librarians and readers to enrich and diversify library collections. The program offers well over 490 titles by more than 90 different publishers. The program reaches readers in all 50 states and has placed over 200,000 free books in public libraries, schools, and alternative pedagogical venues.
The DUC is a program of Art Resources Transfer, Inc., a non profit organization founded in 1987, that is committed to documenting and supporting artists' voices and work, and making these voices accessible to the broadest possible audience"

These books are full of interesting and sometimes challenging artworks that we might not be able to see otherwise. 

All of the works represented in this wonderful gift are food for thought. We hope you enjoy them!

For more information on this worthy organization please visit their website:

They send art books all over and have a staff of only 3 people! 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Book Remade Artist List

The Gordon-Nash Library, in New Hampton, NH is proud to present a show of books,
re-worked, reorganized, painted, cut, ornamented or embellished--in any way the artist has seen fit. 

The pieces may be interactive, or not, as the artist has chosen.

There are books from all over the world—some as far away as Belgium and China!

Artists are:Bette Abdu, Deborah Bohnert, Shannon Boyd, Milanka Bunard, Tom Corbett, Laurie Crawford, Erin Duffy, Anita Endrezze, William Evertson, Ria Vanden Eynde, Debbie Gilbert, Casey Hovey, Hannah Jackson, Lulu Kelly, Shaine LaRhette, Liow, Johnson, Heidi Little, Sandee Nichols, Claudia Gerloff Pinkham, Jaden Roberge, Cynthia Cutting Robinson, Stephen Sheffield, Susan Shulman, Kayla Siefried, Kendra Siemiesz, Brooke Simmons, Emily Tentas, Samantha Ward, Shana Whitney, Alexia Rosoff Wilber

The show will be up the entire month of April, 2013. Gallery hours: Tues. 10:00a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Wed. 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Thurs. 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Fri. 10:00 a.m. until 6:00p.m. Sat. 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

There will be a closing reception on April 24th from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

photos: from top to bottom: 

Stephen Sheffield
Milanka Bunard
Liow, Johnson

The Book Remade Show is Open!

“An altered book is a form of mixed media artwork that changes a book from its original form into a different form, altering its appearance and/or meaning.
An altered book artist takes a book (old, new, recycled or multiple) and cuts, tears, glues, burns, folds, paints, adds to, collages, rebinds, gold-leafs, creates pop-ups, rubber-stamps, drills, bolts, and/or be-ribbons it. The artist may add pockets and niches to hold tags, rocks, ephemera, or other three-dimensional objects. Some change the shape of the book, or use multiple books in the creation of the finished piece of art.
Altered books may be as simple as adding a drawing or text to a page, or as complex as creating an intricate book sculpture. Antique or Victorian art is frequently used, probably because it is easier to avoid copyright issues. Altered books are shown and sold in art galleries and on the Internet.
An exhibition of altered books by contemporary artists was shown at the Bellevue Arts Museum in 2009, titled The Book Borrowers. It contained 31 works, books transformed into sculptural works.[1] The John Michael Kohler Arts Center will host an exhibition of altered books in early 2010.
An interesting example of sculpture-like altered books can be found in the mysterious paper sculptures left in various cultural institutions in Great Britain, such as the Scottish Poetry Library and the National Library of Scotland.[2]
Recycling old books and using them as art journals has also become popular with some art bloggers and proponents of upcycling.
While some books enthusiasts may object to the use of books in this way, some altered book artists have used the medium to question the changing nature of the book and its importance as a physical object.
From Wikipedia

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

From William Evertson's Blog on His Entry in Our Show, "The Book Remade" Now Showing at the Gordon-Nash Library!

Altered Book

Three Little Kittens, altered book, 7.5 x 9.5" tooled leather cover with gold leaf, © William Evertson

In preparing a piece to exhibit in the Gordon-Nash Library exhibition of "The Book Remade" I had to make a detour from my usual bookmaking habits.  The exhibition concerns the "altered book" as a core principle; re-worked, reorganized, painted, cut, ornamented or embellished.   
I re-imagined my usual start from the beginning, handmade approach.  I began to think of the history of books, their transformative power, their methods of construction and their means of distribution.

The desire to record and transmit our thoughts to others is a major evolutionary accomplishment and the concept of book fundamental to that continuing process.  In an equally fundamental way, the means of distribution of knowledge and opinion via the written word has aspects of power that define access and control. The secrets of paper-making where once closely guarded, limiting accessibility, while  Guttenberg's movable type increased accessibility.

My thoughts turned to the most current revolution in the production and transmission of books - the e-reader.  

My piece, titled, Three Little Kittens Rekindled, began as a download from the multinational corporation Amazon.  I purchased the Paul Galdone illustrated version of Three Little Kittens for $4.99.      Although Galdone illustrated many children's books I remember from my childhood, Three Little Kittens actually belongs to no one. It began with oral roots in the British folk tradition.  The rhyme was first published in Britain in 1833 as an anonymous addition to a volume of Eliza Lee Cabot Follen's verse.   Eventually it was absorbed into the Mother Goose collection of nursery rhymes.  

Illustration from Ballantyne's 1858 version

My alteration is a meditation on ownership and transmission.  I have re-appropriate the Kindle electronic version and have returned it to the roots of bookmaking in the form of a handmade book. 

Paul Galdone illustrated version as viewed on kindle. 

Scanned images printed on Arches Text Wove

Starting with images scanned directly from the kindle, they were pigment printed on Arches Text paper, a fine art paper used in bookmaking.

The pages are collated and are sewn into two signatures. 

Spreading paste on the book leather cover.

A cover illustration from a 1952 Golden Book version of Three Little Kittens was used a basis for my pixelated version.  This was printed on glossy stock and pasted into to the screen area of the book leather cover.

The cover was embossed, tooled and gold leafed to bring out kindle keypad details.

Three Little Kittens Rekindled - an altered book © William Evertson 2013

An endless dance of a common tale that has become common property and used by authors and illustrators alike to make a living.  Once a rhyme that you could say aloud for free now exists on Amazon in an endlessly repeatable electronic format which renders it essentially free but now can be purchased for $4.99. 

Facebook event page for The Book Remade.  Gordon-Nash Library, New Hampton, NH. Running through April with a closing reception on April 24th.

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