Thursday, September 6, 2012

Creative Structures Exhibition Opening Today

Artists' Books: Creative Structures

Opening This Saturday September 8, Today, Monday, Sept. 10 the Philadelphia Center for the Book, in conjunction with Allens Lane Art Center, presents a juried exhibition that highlights some of the best book artists in our region.
Note: Correction to the original date. Allens Lane Art Center weekend hours are by appointment only so the official opening of the exhibition is today. Gallery Hours are Monday-Friday 10am to 5pm. The Gallery is Free and Open to the Public.

Allen's Lane Art Center
601 West Allens Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19119 
p:  215.248.0546 

The show will run Sept. 10 - Oct. 26, 2012

Highlights of the Event include:

Saturday Night Gallery Cocktail Reception and Fundraiser

Sept. 22, 2012 from 7-9:30 pm
Cost: $25 per person
  • Patrons will get a chance to meet the exhibiting artists (when available)
  • Wine, beer, signature cocktails and hors d'oeuvres
  • Proceeds from the fundraiser supports Allens Lane Art Center
  • Tax deduction confirmations are available upon request

Children's Workshop (ages 8-12): Tunnel Books

Instructor: Jamie Lynn Schilling
Saturday, October 13, 2012, 2-4 pm 
Tunnel books are inventive structures that are viewed all at once, from front to back, to create a dimensional scene. In this workshop participants will use a template to design and make their own tunnel books based on the world around them - real or imagined. 

The workshop will start with a slideshow of tunnel books by contemporary book artists and other children.  Students will participate in a fun, multi-disciplinary brainstorm to generate content for their books. They will be shown the steps to assembling and creating the pages for their tunnel books, and will finish the pages using dry media such as crayons, pencils, markers and paper collage 
The workshop will conclude with a half hour showing of the work, where students will have the opportunity to share and talk about their books in front of parents/caregivers. 

Workshop is $35 with a $10 Materials Fee. Register here.

Magic Books and Paper Toys with Esther K Smith

Saturday, October 20, 2012, 12-7 pm
Amaze your friends with an array of tricky book forms from a myriad of traditions: hexaflexigons, magic wallets, simple pop-ups, origami-based forms, exquisite corpses, woven pockets, animations, simplified tunnel books--even jewelry books.. Learn some of these easy structures, making quick models, and then make them into finished pieces using collage materials, stickers, buttons and beads, etc. And as part of the materials fee, get a copy of Magic Books & Paper Toys by Esther K. Smith to continue the fun at home.

$75 for Philadelphia Center for the Book members and Friends of the Allens Lane Art Center 
$95 Non-members
$40 Materials Fee
Register here.

Closing Reception

October 26, 2012

For more information, please e-mail

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