The public is invited to enjoy an evening of conversation with artists, as panel moderator Amy Goldthwaite, curatorial associate of Bainbridge Island Art Museum, asks exhibiting artists Debbi Commodore, Jan Dove, Laura Russell and Ann Storey questions about their life and work as artists. Stay to the end of the panel discussion as we announce and acknowledge the winners of the People’s Choice Award for this year’s exhibition.
- Debbi Commodoreis interested in the value and importance society gives to places, objects, and materials. Themes found in her work are fluid and intersect with one another. Her curiosity of the book form explores the tension between the traditional book format and using materials outside their expected use. She searches for the story in ordinary, unexpected, and sometimes disposable material.
- Jan Dove studied at Cal State East Bay and earned an MFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She finds satisfaction in combining new technologies with the old to create visual narratives. “And since I, a trained printmaker, have become increasingly dissatisfied with the rectangle, my stories often find resolution in the form of sculptural and interactive artist books.”
- Laura Russell’s goal as an artist is to open our minds to the urban landscape we look at every day but never really see. If we pay attention, we find that our landscape has a story to tell about our culture and our communities. “I create limited edition artist books that are my own small effort to preserve our social, cultural and commercial landscape.”
- Ann Storey is an artist and faculty emerita at The Evergreen State College where she taught in interdisciplinary art history, art and humanity programs. One of her passions was researching the role that women have played in the history of art-a passion that often appears in her artist’s books. She is fascinated by the ability of the artist’s book to combine word, image, structure and sequence.
This panel discussion event will be held on Thursday, July 25, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Collins Library, Room 053, University of Puget Sound.