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A Book as Art at the Library

October 04, 2019

The library is hosting a series of events featuring Peter and Donna Thomas, artists whose work is on display on the second floor of the library near the exhibit "A Book's Nature: Artist Books."

“A Book's Nature: Artist Books,” is an exhibition that features many of the Peter and Donna Thomas items found in the Gary E. Strong Private Collection. The exhibit is on display through Dec. 10 and includes miniature one-of-a-kind story books, books printed as scrolls and in accordion form, books about papermaking with handmade paper and more. Their art demands a new definition of what constitutes a "book."

The Thomas' are known for creating books that are artworks rather than books that are only literary vehicles, and they have been doing it for more than 40 years.

The artists travel in their hand-made wagon (which was featured in Lloyd Kahn's photo book "Tiny Homes on the Move") to university libraries across the country to enhance awareness of their art and to engage students and communities in artist talks and paper making demonstrations.

The following events are open to the public:

  • Artist Talk: 2-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, on the second floor of the library
  • Paper Making Demonstration: 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, outside the library adjacent to the fishbowl in the covered area. The Thomas' wagon will be parked outside the library.
  • Artist Reception: 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, on the second floor of the library, with remarks by the artists beginning at 5 p.m.

Contact Courtney Berge at for more information.

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