That is what Olivia, in Kalamazoo, said to me yesterday. Now that quote is what makes the trip worthwhile!
The other quote of the day was,"What the F**k is that!!!" Hmmm....
You want to see the wagon up close? Peter and I give you an especially homey homemade video here.
We met with Neil Chase of the Western Michigan University Special Collections Library. A nice change from other library visits is that he showed us some of his favorite artists' books in their collection! One artist I was intrigued with is Gwen Frostic. She worked in the last century, creating books of her poems and linocuts.
Her work is simple and beautiful. Apparently her work is still being printed on notecards and other things, but I really loved her nature books in the library.
Our friends Ladislav and Janna Hanka live in Kalamazoo and what a pleasure to visit their creative world. Look what they painted on the walls!
Lad is attending ArtPrize in Grand Rapids this week where he is competing in this art show with one of his fantastic intalio prints. It's huge, 6' by 2'. Here is a photo of the print: and if you go to grand rapids this week, you can vote!
Here is another of his prints:
Today Peter is teaching the last class of the season at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center.
This is another newly established center that is vibrant and thriving. Lucky for almost everyone in the country except Californians, there are incredible buildings built a long time ago, with lots of character, that are being turned into community arts spaces. This place is right downtown, has lots of equipment for printing, papermaking and bookbinding. Western Michigan University works in cooperation with the center, mostly to provide interns that are interested in book arts to work there. Western's printmaking teacher Jeff Abshear is the director of the center.
Wow. there is so much happening around the country that is GREAT for book arts and that means great for all!
Peter and I fly home next week to attend 2 weddings, 1 birth and stay for the winter. We will leave the gypsy wagon in Bloomington, Indiana for the winter and return next spring to continue the wandering. Keep checking for updates on our schedule for next year!