Octavofest: Art Books Cleveland Ritual Book Project

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For the second year, the Ingalls Library and members of Art Books Cleveland have collaborated to create one book (or book object) on the theme selected by members.  Museum and library visitors may remember last year’s Travel Journal Project; ABC member artists were invited to create travel journal artist’s books that were on display at the Ingalls Library.

This year’s theme is Ritual. ABC member Susie Cobbledick has provided the group with a great definition for ritual: “Action taken to restore balance to a world that is sick.”  After a theme is chosen, library staff members gather a selection of materials from the library’s rich book collection that relate to the theme.  ABC members frequently consult the books for inspiration for their contributions to the exhibition. Twenty-four ABC members participated in this year’s exhibition.  Each book was created in 2014 and not previously exhibited.  Many of the books are available for purchase. 

The exhibition is on display in the Ingalls Library through October 31st as part of Octavofest,  a  month long celebration of book arts held in Cleveland annually.  The Ingalls Library is proud to be among the first institutions to participate in Octavofest and the staff looks forward to hosting the ABC exhibition each year.  On October 15th from 6:30 – 9:00 the exhibition will be installed in the North Court Lobby of the Ames Family Atrium for the evening.  Artists and book enthusiasts will be on hand to discuss their work.  We invite you to visit the library and the museum to see this year’s selections.  As part of the evening’s celebration and exhibition in the North Court Lobby, the CMA Womens Council has graciously underwritten a reception to accompany this evening’s event.  We hope you can join us.