Altered books exhibition in Hallowell

What is an altered book?  An altered book is a form of mixed media artwork that changes a book from its original form by altering its appearance and meaning, resulting in a unique work of art. The Hubbard Free Library in Hallowell is hosting an exhibition of Altered books March 8-29, 2012.  The exhibition will end with a reception for the artists on Thursday, March 29th from 4 to 5 pm, which the public is invited to attend. The Hubbard Free Library is located at 115 Second Street in Hallowell, and their hours are Mon & Wed 10am  – 5:30pm, Tue & Thu 2-8pm, Fri 2-5:30pm.

February 4th Hallowell artist Margo Ogden taught a workshop on Altered Books at the Harlow Gallery. There were 16 participants, many from Hallowell, but some from as far away as Portland and the coast. Ogden talked about the history of altered books and then went on to share her own altered books and various techniques that can be used to transform a book. The students broke into smaller groups to begin creating their own altered books, which they then took home to finish in preparation for this exhibit.  FMI, www.harlowgallery.org