Book art exhibit, zine workshop comes to Twiggs Gallery in Boscawen

“Building A Home” by Susan Marsh is a tiny house of seven sketch books housed in an indigo dyed plaster box.

“Building A Home” by Susan Marsh is a tiny house of seven sketch books housed in an indigo dyed plaster box. Courtesy

“Shelter-Nourishment-Curiosity” by Renate Klein explores the disruption caused by having to leave one’s home.

“Shelter-Nourishment-Curiosity” by Renate Klein explores the disruption caused by having to leave one’s home. Courtesy

“Neighborhood Watch” by Cristina Hajosy is a one-of-a-kind accordion artist book.

“Neighborhood Watch” by Cristina Hajosy is a one-of-a-kind accordion artist book. Courtesy—

“The Plan” by Ronnie Komarow reflects her parents dream of building their own house.

“The Plan” by Ronnie Komarow reflects her parents dream of building their own house. Courtesy

Published: 05-29-2024 7:00 AM

“Building Books 2” is a traveling exhibition of unique artist books organized by members of the New England Book Artists (NEBA) at Twiggs Gallery (254 King Street in Boscawen).

Open to the public, the exhibit opens with a free zine-making workshop from 12 to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 1 followed by an artists’ reception from 1 to 3 p.m. The exhibit runs through July 14.

Artists’ books are works of art that utilize the form of the book and are often produced as one-of-a-kind objects or in small editions. “Building Books 2” presents a range of interpretations on the themes of structure, architecture, public & private spaces, reality & fantasy, libraries, engineering, drafting, bookbinding, the handmade, the maker, connections, conceptualizations, personal narratives, home and so much more.

“We are big fans of the book arts at Twiggs Gallery and are really excited to work with NEBA to travel this exhibit to New Hampshire,” commented gallery director Laura Morrison. “Artists’ Books are so engaging and the sculptural books in this exhibit just beg for interaction. We offer a variety of book making workshops and I love being able to bring this show to New Hampshire so our students can be inspired by this work.”

Stop in at noon on June 1 to join members of the New England Book Artists for the hands-on zine-making workshop; Learn Tips and Tricks for Spontaneous Zine-Making. Zines are self-published micro-magazines encompassing a wide range of genres from personal memoirs to body positivity and DIY guides. No need to register and all skill levels are welcome. Stay afterwards to meet the artists’ at the reception.

New England Book Artists (NEBA) is an organization of book makers, academics, writers, binders, collectors, librarians, historians, conservators, book sellers, and more. NEBA members support, learn from, and teach one another, while also collaborating on a variety of projects. While their activities take place primarily in the Metro Boston area, Twiggs Gallery is honored to be hosting this exciting traveling exhibition here in New Hampshire. Learn more about NEBA at newenglandbookartists.org.

Twiggs Gallery offers regional art exhibitions, adult art classes and community events. The gallery is handicapped accessible and located at 254 King Street, Jct. Rte 3 & 4, Boscawen.

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