Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Art Explosion

author Árni Friðriksson Wikipedia
Who would think that NORBAG would have a connection to the April, 2010 eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull! The Arcata High School Madrigal choir was stranded in Italy due to volcanic ash fouling the airways. They sang their way through the weeks but accumulated a bit of debt while waiting to fly home. Some community members decided to create a fundraiser called, Art Explosion, including a local NORBAG member, Alex Stillman. 
Alex donated a number of books she received in our monthly exchanges and set them up with their own table with their own price tags. You may read the full article in the Times-Standard.
Do you recognize any of these books? It is really interesting to watch people react to a exhibition of art books. People cannot keep their hands off of the books.  Books invite people to pick them up and explore the contents, often with surprising results. These books were a real treat for people who came expecting to see other types of art.
Several of the books sold, helping with the fund-raising for the fine young people of the choir, who entertained us during the event. This lucky person bought a book that was created by Dolores Guffey, a collection of letters with the envelopes forming the pages. The buyer is a fabulous yoga instructor (mine) and she intends to give the book as a gift to a friend. A book by member, Pat Larson, was also sold. 
The auction was well attended, a great success, and it was good to see our books sold to help out this great group of students and their wonderful instructor.

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