Exciting events and programs during October 2010!
Cleveland State University Michael Schwartz Library and Cleveland Public Library will join our active and engage community of artists and book lovers to celebrate both contemporary book and paper arts and fine and rare book collections at our region's libraries and museums during the month of October 2010.
"Cleveland has fabulous rare and beautiful book collections, book artists, and a paper conservatory where the art of papermaking still lives. Octavofest is a celebration of this rich artistic community and an event designed to give Clevelanders and others from Northeast Ohio yet another point of pride. Truly, Cleveland rocks!" said Glenda Thornton, Director of Cleveland State University Michael Schwartz Library.
Participants can attend lectures, demonstrations, tours, and exhibits at various venues throughout the region, where printmakers, paper sculptors, conservators, and bookbinders explore, create, preserve and exhibit works using both books and paper.
Artists' Books by Bonné de Blas
The month-long celebration turns its first page on Friday, October 1 at Cleveland Public Library with an opening reception and panel discussion, "Curator, Educator, Artist: The Book Arts Revealed." Panel speakers include Cristine Rom, Gund Library Director at the Cleveland Institute of Art; Barbara Stanczak, Professor of Art at the Cleveland Institute of Art; and Bonné de Blas, Director of Art Books Cleveland. The program begins at 6:00 p.m. in the Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium, East 6th and Superior.
On Saturday, October 2, from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., celebrations continue at the Cleveland State University Art Gallery, featuring a poetry reading with Cleveland poet and visual artist Jim Lang and friends, as well as his exhibit "Paper and Poems," located at 2307 Chester Avenue. Find out more about Octavofest events at CSU.
From 6:00 - 10:00 p.m., attend the Morgan Conservatory's "Third Annual Open House and Silent Auction (Year of the Kozo)," located at 1754 East 47th. Food, live entertainment and art will be provided at this free event, designed to further the mission of the conservatory to produce and preserve the art of hand papermaking book and paper arts.
Octavofest was created in 2009 by Art Books Cleveland, an organization established in 2008 and dedicated to advancing the appreciation of the book and paper arts throughout Northeast Ohio. Octavofest For additional information about all Octavofest events and programs throughout the month of October, please visit Octavofest or call 216-875-9734.