Recorder-Visual artists show “what a book is” at the Salmon Falls Gallery

SHELBURNE FALLS-What if you think about what a book is and give it to a visual artist? Do you need to have words? Are you bound? Is there a page that can be turned?

One thing you can trust is that everything you think you know about “what a book looks like” is ready for revision. Maybe you just omit the shape of the book altogether and the message will be a beautifully crafted handmade page that tells your story side by side on the wall.

The latest exhibition at the Salmon Falls Gallery, Sojourns: Artists’ Books and Handmade Paper, is an innovative book object, intricately folded artwork, handmade paper paintings, monotypes and lead artist in Belchertown. Here are seven creative collages collected by Elisa Lanzi. All seven artists on display “work with paper, book ideas and pure creativity.”

Your stay can now be seen at the Salmon Falls Gallery at No. 1 Ashfield Road in Shelburn Falls until October 31st. The brick and mortar gallery is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from 11 am to 5 pm.

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“Have you ever had a better time to take a break from the pandemic-induced isolation,” Lange asks. “The seven artists in this show invite you to accompany a visually appealing stay as an antidote to our collective longing to go elsewhere. This exhibition, which takes you to places and imaginary places, features innovative book objects, intricately folded artwork, handmade paper paintings, monotypes and collages. “

Gallery Director Donna Gates states that the exhibition will feature a diverse group of artists who “have a similarly diverse approach to the art form of their choice.” Sojourns artists include Elisa Lanzi, Valerie Carrigan, Fenfolio (Fenneke Wolters-Sinke), Sheryl Jaffe, Marjorie Morgan, Janet Poirrier and Edda Valborg Sigurðardóttir.

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According to a press release from the gallery, Lanzi has been trying to make prints, papermaking, and books in various shapes for decades. She is a member of ZeaMays Printmaking Studios in Florence, Massachusetts, where she learns non-toxic printmaking techniques and is a member of the exhibition committee. Lanzi also teaches the history of papermaking in the Book Studies program at Smith College in Northampton. Throughout her many years of experience, she has worked with many excellent book, print and paper artists.

“She is the person Salmon Falls Gallery wants to manage the book’s art show,” Gates said. “In 2019, we asked Elisa if she would curate such an exhibition, and fortunately for us she said so.”

Lunge said he took the opportunity to help curate the exhibition and asked her acquaintances in the artist community to look back on their travel memories and fantasies. She said the exhibit was “invented as an antidote to the pandemic-induced isolation, a short rest, and a time when travel was restricted and required to be safe. One can “stay” creatively. .. “

“I didn’t try to control the artist very much,” Lanzi said. “I knew them well and knew their work, so I knew this would be a great conversation between the seven artists.”

She only requested each artist to offer three works, including one that could be hung on the wall. She submitted the artist’s book as one of many works. Lunge explained that artists’ books are becoming a more popular form of art. These parts are generally interactive, portable, mobile and easy to share. Some artists’ books challenge the traditional book format, become sculptural objects, and can be made from all kinds of materials.

“Some artists are incredibly original about the shapes and textures they have come up with for these artists’ books,” she said. “They offer different ways to tell a story and can take people on a journey differently than through flat two-dimensional works of art.”

You can contact Zack DeLuca at or 413-930-4579.


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