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1890 Bryant Street, #308
San Francisco, CA 94110

Artist Books are a wonderfully diverse genre and my work is much the same. I'm fascinated by structures and boxes, both traditional and invented. Most of the books included here have some unique sculptural or spacial element to them.

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NEWS & EXHIBITIONS

Hand Bookbinders of California Members Exhibition

Rhiannon Alpers

The San Francisco Public Library, the Skylight Gallery, Sixth Floor
100 Larkin Street; San Francisco, CA 94102
The exhibition runs from June 18 through September 3, 2016
OPENING RECEPTION - Saturday June 18th, 2016

This year’s members’ exhibition includes the work of over forty of its members and presents a wide variety of both traditional and innovative approaches to the concept, structure, and construction of the book.  The objects range in size from minuscule to mammoth and from gold-tooled leather bindings to artist’s books which redefine the notion of a “book.”

7th Annual Altered Book & Book Arts Exhibition

Rhiannon Alpers

Marin Musuem of Contemporary Art

500 Palm Drive, Novato, California 94949
Exhibition Dates: April 23 - June 4
Opening Reception: April 23, 5-7 pm
Rhiannon Alpers Book Arts Talk: April 23, 4-5pm

All artworks are offered in a silent auction running from April 23 through June 4 at MarinMOCA. Viewers have seven weeks to carefully admire each piece of art and determine their bids. On June 4, they will be auctioned off to the highest bidder in a Live Auction Closing Party from 5 to 7:30 pm. The last night ends with hors d'oeuvres, raffle prizes, and a live auction of selected pieces from the exhibition.

This event supports the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art’s ongoing exhibitions and community programs. The Altered Book Show exemplifies Marin MOCA’s ongoing mission to connect art and artists with the greater community.

San Francisco Cottages and Gardens Magazine

Rhiannon Alpers

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The texture of handmade paper, the loops and bowls of a friend’s distinctive handwriting, the appreciation of the time and care taken in sending: These are just a few of the great pleasures of receiving a physical note. However, as the letter—and even the blithe summer postcard—has long been superseded by the Facebook post, it has become even more meaningful to receive a thoughtful, handwritten missive or invitation. Fortunately, a coterie of Bay Area artisans is carrying on the civilized tradition of the fine stationer. Embellishing sumptuous stock with letterpress, engraved imagery and hand gilding, San Francisco papermakers bring together age-old processes with innovative techniques. Following are four Bay Area ateliers championing the art of correspondence.

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The Art of the Book at Seager Gray Gallery

Claire Williams

The Art of the Book 
From Seager Gray Gallery: "Tenth annual exhibition of handmade artist books, altered books and book-related materials. We are pleased this year to celebrate our tenth anniversary of the gallery’s annual “Art of the Book” show.  Our commitment to the book as a medium for art remains steadfast. The form of the book is difficult to surpass as the most relevant symbol and richest material available to artists everywhere. For readers, even spying a book out of the corner of their eye releases a mother lode of associations, both personal and universal, exquisitely layered with memory and meaning. As always, the goal is to explore as many approaches as possible, from unique artists’ books and altered books to even broader conceptual uses of books that explore our associations to their form, content and physical presence." 

More information available here. 

AQUA Art Miami, Represented by Seager Gray Gallery, Miami, FL

Claire Williams

Aqua Art Miami announces its eleventh edition – its third since joining the Art Miami family of fairs. Aqua has consistently earned critical recognition for presenting vibrant and noteworthy international art programs with a particular interest in supporting young and established galleries with strong emerging and mid-career artists.

Aqua Art Miami continues this tradition established in 2005, attracting increasingly diverse and distinguished exhibitors while retaining the fair’s signature relaxed vibe and lively energy. Aqua’s unique environment – in a classic South Beach hotel with spacious exhibition rooms that open onto a breezy, intimate courtyard – has become a favorite gathering spot for collectors, curators and art lovers to discover fresh talent and acquire new works while exchanging cultural ideas and forming meaningful connections.

- See more at: http://www.aquaartmiami.com/#sthash.PXfqUINk.dpuf

The 5th Annual Altered Book/Book Arts Exhibition

Rhiannon Alpers

 April 19 - May 24, 2014

 The Altered Book Show/Silent Auction includes over 100 Bay Area Artists who use discarded books to create unique “book art objects.” The bookworks are offered in a Silent Auction for five weeks, closing with a Live Auction where they are auctioned off to the highest bidder.

The Altered Book Show opens with a reception at the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art on April 19 from 5 to 7 pm. Juror Donna Seager will give a talk about her lifelong love of the book at 4pm preceding the reception. The show closes on May 24 with a Live Auction Closing Party, 5-7:30 pm.

A concurrent exhibition in the Ron Collins Gallery will feature selected works from the San Francisco Center for the Book (SFCB), a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering the joy of books and bookmaking as well as the artistry, history, and continuing presence of books in our culture as an important medium of self-expression. SFCB offers workshops, public programs, exhibitions and an artist in residency. More information about SFCB can be found at their website, sfcb.org.

Picture This: Six San Francisco Illustrators

Rhiannon Alpers

January 30th 2014 - April 11th 2014
Curated By: Rhiannon Alpers and Peter Linenthal
Featured  Artists: Rhiannon Alpers, John Hersey, Peter Linenthal, Wendy MacNaughton, Shannon May, Jane Wattenberg

Illustrators continue one of the oldest human traditions: making
story-telling pictures. Both prehistoric images painted on cave walls and medieval illuminated manuscripts show the work of the human hand, but we live in a different world. The invention of printing and advances in
reproduction techniques bring us images that are less handmade, and computer programs can generate images on their own. The fact that a person actually made the pictures we see is less and less obvious.

Paradoxically, pictures have become increasingly powerful and pervasive in our interconnected world. Books, offering a sustained engagement and physical experience electronic media can’t give, are printed more than ever before. In graphic novels and manga, illustration becomes more important than text. We live in a visual age where pictures constantly bridge cultural borders.

The six illustrators in this show give a sense of the wide range of possibilities open to artists to make stores come alive. Here, pen and ink, painting, collage, photography, and digital magic are used to make personal art and to illuminate narrative. Each illustrator’s distinct style and technique eventually come to us in the form of a printed book, but here we’re reminded where illustrations begin. Picture This: Six San Francisco Illustrators gives us the chance to see personal art and pictures before they find their way into books, fresh from the minds and hands of the artists who make them.

STEAMED: Faculty Art Tri-Annual Exhibition

Rhiannon Alpers

“STEAMED” features innovative artworks by the Department of Art + Architecture Faculty that explore realms of the S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines and reveals the ways in which artists experiment, investigate and solve problems much like scientists.

KLRM Radio Interview

Rhiannon Alpers

Interview with the Beer Geek's on Oct 30 2013

Click the link above to hear the interview.

Chris Nelson is host of KRML's newest Sunday lifestyles program "Pub Talk with the Beer Geek and Friends," recorded live each Wednesday at Peter B's Brewpub inside the Portola Hotel & Spa. Nelson is one of the most experienced beer travelers in the world. For nearly two decades, Chris and his wife Merideth have traveled the world together looking for the next great beer experience. Chris has visited almost 800 different breweries throughout North America, Western Europe, and Australia. Their adventures are chronicled through travelogues and videos on thebeergeek.com as well as a book, Teachings From The Tap, written by Merideth.

About KRML:
 KRML-AM 1410 is a commercial Jazz music station in the Carmel, Calif. area. It is owned by CVAC, Inc. KRML was the setting for the 1971 Clint Eastwood film Play Misty For Me. KRML-AM uses the slogan "Jazz by the Sea." The station broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Most of the station's programs are locally produced and music-intensive. For more information, please visit: http://www.krml.com

 

500 Handmade Books, Volume 2

Rhiannon Alpers

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A new book our from the 500 series, and I'm thrilled to have to 2 pieces selected in it. Out September 3rd, it's available on amazon.com and other book sales sites. I'm featured on pages 219 and 297 of the book. 

 

 Everyone who loved the original 500 Handmade Books will eagerly dip into this visually dynamic follow-up. 

 

Narrative Threads: Abecedarian Gallery

Rhiannon Alpers

Narrative Threads

June 21- August 2, 2013
Abecedarian Gallery, Denver

The works in Narrative Threads utilize visible threads (as opposed to the structural/functional use of thread for binding) to tell their tales. Of intimate scale, the narrative each presents take a back seat to the tactile invitations extended by color, texture and sheer loveliness.

These works are appealing in their hand-mindedness, even the wall works not designed for handling tempt the viewer to touch their surfaces, enlivened as they are by the sewn line. All in all, a very satisfying endeavor and I look forward to continuing to work with several of the artists included in the exhibition."

 

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The Art of the Book: Seager Gray Gallery

Rhiannon Alpers

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The Art of the Book: 8th Annual Exhibition of Handmade Artist Books, Altered Books and Book-related Materials

MAY 1 - MAY 31, 2013
23 Sunnyside Avenue, Mill Valley, CA
Reception for the artists: Friday, May 3, 6-8pm 

With 35 artists in the exhibition, the goal is to explore every approach possible, from sublime fine press offerings to those who use books themselves as material to even broader conceptual uses of books that explore our associations to their form, content and physical presence.

Marin MOCA Altered Book Show

Rhiannon Alpers

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4th Annual
Altered Book and Book Arts Show

April 20, 2013 – May 25, 2013
Reception: April 20, 5-7 pm

Come see the work of over 100 Bay Area artists who make use of old, discarded books to create unique “book art objects” including collage, mixed media, handmade artist books, book sculpture, jewelry, book boxes, hanging mobiles and “altered books”.

 

Innovations in Contemporary Crafts

Rhiannon Alpers

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March 23  -  June 1, 2013   
Richmond Art Center, Richmond CA

Innovations in Contemporary Crafts is a juried exhibition of California artists. The show explores innovations in the traditional craft mediums of ceramics, wood, glass, metal, fiber, enamel, paper and jewelry. We survey artists who are forward thinking in their approach to materials and application. The juror is Monica Moses, Editor in Chief of American Craft magazine.

 

 

tested.com : an unexpected interview

Rhiannon Alpers

Earlier this fall..... The people from tested.com also associated with Mythbusters stopped by SFCB to shoot a video about letterpress. 

http://www.tested.com/art/makers/452345-tested-learns-craft-letterpress-printing/

"We visit the San Francisco Center for the Book to learn about letterpress printing and earn another maker merit badge. We're shown how modern letterpress practice uses a combination of century-old machines and new technology, and put those lessons to use in designing and making our new Tested business cards!"  -tested.com

 

Exploding the Codex : Exhibition and Lightning Talks

Rhiannon Alpers

Exhibition: 
Exploding the Codex: The Theater of the Book
June 1- August 31, 2012
held at San Francisco Center for the Book

Two pieces were a part of this exhibition that are part of the specimen series books. 

 

SFCB is proud to announce its summer exhibition in the Austin/Burch Gallery, Exploding the Codex, a group show featuring the works of over 40 book artists from the collection of Mary Austin, curated by Daisy Carlson. The show explores the theater of the book and storytelling through structure. These books go beyond the traditional format to unveil new ways of presenting and telling stories. Often theatrical or stage-like in their presentation, they pull the viewer into their individual dramas and diverse varieties of form and presentation.

The exhibition explores the ways in which a book's size and dimensions determine our relationship to it and what it is trying to tell us. One can choose between the intimacy of a tiny journal, private and curious, easily hidden as if keeping a secret between reader and teller; or we may choose to be awed by a ceremoniously large book that engages us in alto, the spine boasting of a grand celebration. The size, structure, and shape are the book's octave.
Exploding the Codex explores information and presentation: in our lifetime, we have seen an incredible change in the way information is presented. As information becomes digitized, our relationship to information and access is evolving. The form of information is a large part of how we interpret the story. Despite the proliferation of digital information, there will always be room in our lives for theater, and for the privacy of the printed word and the luxury of paper between our fingertips. Books are monuments to consciousness and begin collective conversations that evolve our culture and our perception of ourselves in the world. As the Codex explodes so does our perception of our place in the world.

More informtion at http://explodingthecodex.blogspot.com/