Reminder to all Book Artists and Lovers
Friday, March 1st, is the reception and formal opening of ³Threshhold², A
Walk-through Book about the Passage of Time, created by the Santa Barbara
Book Artists Alliance (Jill Littlewood, Ann Hefferman, Bill McVicar, Melody
Malek-Duhamel Gianna DeGirolamo-Gaudio, and Bonnie Barabas)
The exhibit is on display now through March 15, 2002.
The local group which formed out of an artists book course at SBCC, began
having meetings in 1996 to share resources, have local artist book exhibits,
collaborate on projects, and support one another. From a monthly meeting in
1999, the project was born.
A friend calls us a cooperative art ensemble. The magic of this process is
to watch how synergistic the making of art can be. We all influenced and
touched one another. We became close in the process. In the beginning, we
had meetings sometimes weekly or monthly. Halfway through it, months might
go by without progress. At different times, different artists picked up the
ball to get things rolling again. Somehow, we kept our egos out of the
project, solved problems, made decisions and moved forward.
We fell in love with the vision of a giant book about time in its conception
and that kept us plugging along for over 2 and a half years. The structure
consists of 4 giant, 8ft.tall turnstiles each loosely representing one of
four seasons. The structures each turn on a center axis allowing the reader
to physically spin the pages. Because there is often more than one reader at
a time and there are 4 ³spines² so to speak, the reader is forced to
experience our book in a random manner. Therefore, it was important that our
book about the passage of time have a sense of fluidity and no beginning or
For content, we explored what people thought and felt about entering a new
millennia. We interviewed family and friends. We gathered poems, quotes and
prose about the passage of time, where the past and future meets the
The pages have painted backgrounds that resemble open landscapes. Some pages
have painted imagery alone or with text.
Please join us tonight if you can make it. The Channing Peake Gallery is in
the County Administration Building at Anapamu and Anacapa and is open
Monday- Friday, 9am-5pm.
Today, the lead article in the Arts and Entertainment section of the
Independent features the SBBAA and the Threshhold piece.
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