To do list: Art of the Book at Craft Ontario Gallery

Destruction 2. Photo credit: Mike Scully.

Destruction 2. Photo credit: Mike Scully.

Happy Monday Red Brick Readers. Weekends, when I’m not hunched over a keyboard spouting witticisms at you people, I’m usually out looking for fabulous things for you all to do in the scant time you’re not spending reading.

Art of the Book 2013 is a traveling exhibition from the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild and until September 13th, the exhibition is at Craft Ontario Gallery at 990 Queen West (right around the corner from Sweaty Betty’s and just over from Trinity Bellwoods Park; you’ll probably be there on Saturday anyway). The exhibition features calligraphy, fine binding, artists’ books (like the sculptural piece above) and more.

Beautiful books are everywhere; I’ve shown you simpler examples like the endpapers for Maxwell Nelly-Cohen’s Echo of the Boom and you’re probably familiar with more elaborate examples like Mark Danielewski’s House of Leaves but it’s the artists’ book pieces that caught my eye and that make this tiny exhibition worth your time.

If you can tear yourself away from your blanket, book, and PBR in Bellwoods on Saturday September 6th at 1:30 you can see a live (free!) printmaking demo with artist Victoria Cowan at the gallery. RSVPs are required (email

Supporting professional craft, seeing beautiful books, checking out a community art space, and back to the park before the sun goes down? Sounds like a pretty good Saturday to me.

Know of other North American events blending art and books? Let me know in the comments.


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