“Manifold,” an exhibit of book arts by eight artists from St. Paul’s Lowertown, will be on display Nov. 17-Dec. 29 in the second-floor Art Space gallery of Terrence Murphy Hall on the University of St. Thomas’ Minneapolis campus, 1000 LaSalle Ave.
The exhibit opens with a reception for the artists from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, in the gallery. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The Art Space is closed on Sundays.
The book artists whose works appear in this exhibit comprise a group called “The Bone Folders.” Naming themselves after the smoothed-bone tool used to fold paper crisply, they live and work in the Lowertown district of St. Paul and meet once a month to share book-making ideas, techniques and information.
Don’t look for ordinary paperbacks in the Bone Folders’ collection. Their books truly are works of art. In Robyn Beth Priestley’s “Recipe Book” (above), Betty Crocker meets Carmen Miranda, with metal rings binding the book but polymer clay red tomatoes and green peppers jumping off its covers on vines of spiraled wire. Dana Hughes’ “Bug Book” (left) glistens with its metal screen-door motif.
Other artists whose works appear in the exhibit are Jennifer Amie, Joseph Amie, Sandra Menefee-Taylor, Jeffrey Morrison, Kathleen Rickert and Claire Simonson.
The Bone Folders Group exhibit is co-sponsored by St. Thomas’ Art History Department and the Art Exhibitions Committee. For further information, call (651) 962-5560.