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Through July 31: Books Arts

Collins Memorial Library

Art from the Puget Sound Book Artists' show poster. Photo courtesy of Facebook

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When you read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, does the book provide a secret passageway to Narnia? Flipping through Chitty Chitty Bang Bang does it frustrate you the car can't fly? Pop-up books are endlessly fascinating. Being able to conjure up a three-dimensional world just by pulling a tab never gets old. Also cool are handmade bookbindings where a simple blank journal can become an elaborately illustrated storybook complete with 19th century photographs, old quilts, cereal boxes and vintage record albums.

If you think the medium of artists' books are limiting, you'll undoubtedly be impressed with the array of work on display at the third annual membership show of the Puget Sound Book Artists.

"Puget Sound Book Artists is comprised of amateurs and professionals from all quarters of the book arts field for the purpose of creating a spirit of community among handworkers in the books arts and those who love books," PSBA member Jane Carlin previously told the Weekly Volcano. "We also strive to increase educational opportunities for private individuals as well as institutions and other organizations, fostering excellence through exhibitions, workshops, lectures and publications."

PSBA's book art show at Collins Memorial Library features a wide variety of handmade books by 30 artists demonstrating how these talented artists can interpret the book in exciting and original ways that push the boundaries of tradition. 

BOOKS ARTS, June 6-July 31, 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, opening reception 4:30-6:30 p.m. June 6, Collins Memorial Library, University of Puget Sound, 1500 N. Warner, Tacoma, 253.879.3675

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