BIMA puts Artist’s Books at center stage this spring with new DogEar Festival and Open Sesame Exhibition
BIMA is proud to announce a new arts festival, DogEar—a celebration of Artist’s Books, print works and paper arts that invites the audience to participate in the fun. This event happens in conjunction with the opening of BIMA’s Spring Artist’s Book exhibition, Open Sesame! The Magic of Artist’s Books Revealed. On March 2 and 3, the Open Sesame! exhibition and DogEar festival will take over the entire museum, including the galleries, Bistro, and auditorium.
Open Sesame! The Magic of Artist’s Books Revealed is a major look into the special world of Artist’s Books, and celebrates one of the most extensive and diverse collections of this art form in the United States—from collector Cynthia Sears. The exhibition includes collection and loaned works by Diane Jacobs, Daniel Smith, and Carletta Carrington Wilson among many others, and is co-curated by Cynthia Sears, Amy Goldthwaite (BIMA Curatorial Associate), and Catherine Alice Michaelis (Artist). Artist’s Books combine many art forms and media, including drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, gluing and binding, sculpture, photography, textiles, creative writing, and storytelling. BIMA’s commitment is to make this unique art form more visible and accessible to the broader public.
Kicking off the exhibition is a weekend festival that showcases the many facets of book, printing and paper arts. Imbued with the spirit of discovery that characterizes Artist’s Books, DogEar has been designed as a playful, immersive and interactive weekend festival, including a heavy dose of spectacle, irreverence and creativity. Most events include a participatory element, whether it is hands-on art creation, fun competitions to all skill-levels, custom art creation through on-demand poetry and improv, or just perusing the works for sale by regional vendors in the exhibitor area.
DogEar is free and open to the public March 2 and 3, from 10am – 6pm with these exceptions:
Cultivating, Curating, & Encouraging A Book Arts Collection – requires a $5 ticket [https://bpt.me/4056095]
Participation in the Edible Book Competition requires pre-registration [http://bit.ly/BIMAEdibleBooks
DogEar is a Community Impact Fund Project of BIMA, a program that brings a wide variety of arts, cultural and humanities performances to Kitsap County throughout the year, and strengthens our service to other non-profit and cultural partners. DogEar is made possible with support from City of Bainbridge Island Cultural Funding, Kitsap County and City of Bainbridge Island Lodging Tax, as well as in partnership with Path with Art, PBS, and Craft in America.
The DogeEar lineup:
March 1 – June 9
Open Sesame!: The Magic of Artist’s Books Revealed exhibition
DogEar – Book Arts Festival
March 2 & 3, 10am-6pm
A weekend celebration of Artist’s Books, print works and paper arts, featuring a wide range of vendors, exhibitions, programs, performances, and spectacles.
- Amos Kennedy Poster Pop-Up Exhibition
An explosion of poster art by American printer, book artist and papermaker Amos Kennedy, best known for social and political commentary.
- BIMA Book Bind Off! – March 2 & 3, 12-1pm
Competitive bookbinding at its finest! You didn’t know that was a thing? Competitors battle it out in a live bookbinding competition featuring unpredictable materials, audience participation, and unique, on-the-fly craftsmanship. A spectator sport for the art-geek in you.
- Erasure Poetry Drop-In Art-Making with Path with Art – March 2 & 3, 11am-3pm
Create poems by erasing words from an existing text in prose or verse. Using secondhand books, facilitators will guide guests through the creative process of selecting a page of text, then redacting words and phrases through pen, ink, scissors, or block print images to morph the existing page into a new-found poem.
- Paper Marbling Drop-In Art-Making with Sophie Loubere – March 2 & 3, 11am-3pm
Come watch and learn about the ancient art of painting on water and creating one of a kind, mesmerizing prints. Artist Sophie Loubere leads a demonstration and answers questions about both Japanese and Turkish traditions of paper marbling.
- Poetry Listening Station with Path with Art
Drop in and listen to deeply individualistic recordings of Path with Art student artist poetry, written and recorded for the upcoming tour of Hear & Now: Community Perceptions of Homelessness. Get an audio taste of this sound sculpture, constructed by the kinetic sound artist Trimpin in collaboration with Path with Art poetry, visual art, and musical student artists, debuting in full at SAM in April 2019.
- Path with Art Pop-Up Exhibition
Path with Art presents a showcase of artworks created through their program, designed to use creative arts to transform the lives of people recovering from homelessness, addiction and trauma by harnessing the power of creative engagement as a bridge to community and stability. The exhibition includes a wide variety of works, including a selection of Artist’s Books created during a workshop led by Michelle de la Vega.
- Artist’s Book Improv featuring The Edge Comedy Improv Group – March 2, 11-12pm and 3-4pm
Your favorite island Improv artists tackle the unlikely subject of Artist’s Books, responding, riffing, and ranting their way through a series of Artist’s Books. Prepare to be surprised or confused, stimulated or stumped – but always entertained in these two performances.
- Craft in America: Spotlight on book, print, and paper artists – March 2, 10am-12pm, 2:30-6pm
Enjoy a specially curated selection of PBS’s outstanding Craft in America Series, focusing on everything from letterpress to papermaking, on the large screen.
- Seven Bremner, The Poetry Store – March 2, 11am-1pm, 2:30-4:30pm
Poet Seven Bremner comes armed with her vintage typewriter and wordsmithing capabilities and creates on-the-spot personal poetry for guests. Leave with a little masterpiece.
- Cultivating, Curating, & Encouraging A Book Arts Collection – March 2, 7pm
In the field of book arts, collectors have a tremendous influence on content, forms, and the artists who create them. What do they or can they do with this important role? How does it impact the development of a broader community and/or support education and diversity of all kinds? Audience members are encouraged to join a thoughtful conversation with the preeminent collectors featured on this panel including Sondra Kroupa, Charles Hobson, and Mary Austin, with moderation by Bonnie Thompson Norman.
- Edible Books Competition – March 3, 3-5pm
Bookworms grab your oven mitts! Bakers get reading! The Edible Books Competition asks the public to build their tastiest food-based creations inspired by a book–anything from a literal interpretation to a whimsical punny take. Creations are presented, documented, and scored by a panel of local judges and the public for a variety of awards before the creations are consumed in celebration of this mouthwatering literary competition.
More presentations, workshops and drop-in activities related to Artist’s Books and Open Sesame!: The Magic of Artist’s Books Revealed will be announced in early March.