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Smith Artists Featured in Local Exhibition

Messenger by Valerie Carrigan; a folio of images and letterpress printed text. "The birds presented in this book are messengers, urging us to stop still and pay attention to that which strikes the soul in a new and extraordinary way" -- Valerie Carrigan

The works of several Smith students, former and current, are featured in an exhibition of artists’ books selected by Martin Antonetti, curator of rare books in the college's Mortimer Rare Book Room.

The Third Annual Artists’ Books Exhibition at the Gallery at Zea Mays Printmaking in nearby Florence, includes 20 works by 14 artists based in New England.

“Humorous or haunting, bursting with energy, each of the books in this exhibition presents its own kind of ‘visual literature’ in which language and image are used and juxtaposed in a way that extends and enhances the meaning of both,” says Antonetti, juror for the exhibition. “These artists’ books are explorations of the domain of the book: a highly charged meeting ground between literature, printmaking and applied arts, where technical skill and the ability to develop literary and visual content are combined in the same crucible.”

Smith artists represented in the exhibit are Emily Orzech ’07, a studio art major, and alums Louise Kohrman ’02 and O. Kline ’05.

Other featured artists are Meredith Broberg, Valerie Carrigan, Liz Chalfin, Nancy Diessner, Anita s. Hunt, Veronica Morgan, Amaryllis Siniossoglou, Claudia Sperry, C. David Thomas, Alison Williams, and Diane Kazar Worth.

The Artists’ Book Exhibition runs through Friday, January 13, 2006. The Gallery at Zea Mays Printmaking is located at 221 Pine St., the Arts and Industry Building, third floor. For more information, call 584-1783.

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