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For Immediate Release (01-23)
Date: March 14, 2001
Contact: Steve Simon 240-567-7952

Books Speak Exhibit, Book-Making Demonstration
To Be Held at Montgomery College, Takoma Park

Books Speak: Out of the Mainstream, an exhibit sponsored and hosted by Montgomery College, Takoma Park Campus, March 27–April 27, showcases more than 30 artists’ books from the Pyramid Atlantic collection.

These books explore racial struggles, sexism, relationships, love, culture, gender awakenings, whimsical encounters, affirmation of life, through original text and visual material that incorporates conventional art techniques, such as photographic overlay, color, personalized symbols, and geometric images, crafted bindings, printings, and specialized papers. Some of the books in the exhibit may be handled.

Exhibiting artists include: Maria Barbosa, Kamal Boullata, James Colwell, Jeff Conant, Maureen Cummins, Buck Downs, Johanna Drucker, David Franks, Helen C. Frederick, Lonnie Graham, Guerilla Girls, Barbara Harman, Shireen Holman, Devi det Hompson, Basia Irland, Bridget Lambert, Despina Meimaroglou, Alan Michelson, Joan Retallack, Elina Saloranta, Robin Tewes, Mel Watkin, Joan Wolbier, and Magenta Yglesias.

Helen C. Frederick, founding artistic director of Pyramid Atlantic and curator of the exhibition, with artists Maria Barbosa and Shireen Holman, will discuss the books at 1 p.m., Tues., March 27, in the Film Lab of the Resource Center on the Montgomery College Takoma Park Campus.

An opening reception will be held in Montgomery College Takoma Park’s Pavilion of Fine Arts Gallery at 2 p.m. followed by a bookmaking demonstration in Room 103 from 3 p.m.–4 p.m. Takoma Park Gallery Hours are Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–4 p.m., and by appointment. The Pavilion of Fine Arts is located on New York Ave. between Takoma and Chicago avenues. For more information, call 240-567-1368.

Pyramid Atlantic, founded in 1981, fosters collaborative exchange between artists, experimentation, and innovation in the field of prints, hand papermaking, and the art of the book, as well as international cultural exchange programs. The organization hosts and attracts artists and master teachers from all over the world, and organizes programs for regional schools, colleges, and other institutions.

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