Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Anita Francis' Book Sculptures May 7- 22, 2011

The Beaufort Art Center will be exhibiting Anita Francis' innovating book sculptures May 7-22, with the artist opening from 2pm-4pm on Saturday May 7, 2011.

Anita explains, “I find it an exciting challenge to explore a way to give a relinquished book a new life. The process of remodeling damaged and discarded books into sculptural art pieces has developed over the past several years, stemming from my life-long practice of painting and of crafting objects of art by hand. Through the process of folding and cutting away the parts of a book’s pages revealing its interior, the remaining fragments are still attached to the binding and brought through or around the piece allowing the book to be viewed inside-out. In the spirit of recycling, by taking old and discarded objects and remodeling them for a fresh viewing, I cherish what books have given to me, by transforming their interiors and exposing their beauty in an unusual and ‘out-of-context’ form.”

As Elizabeth W. Jackson, writer for artsee magazine, notes: “…The show illustrates the variety in her work and the possibilities of the medium. Some flow into space while others remain compact, drawing the viewer close to read the text, to examine the intricate cuts and shapes. While some are abstract and symbolic, others offer up the forms already present.”

The May/June issue of artsee will have an article about Beaufort artist and resident Anita Francis and her work in the upcoming exhibit at the Beaufort Arts Center. Copies may be picked up at Handscapes Gallery in downtown Beaufort, NC

The Beaufort Art Center will be open for this show May 7-22, with the Opening from 2p-4p on Saturday May 7, 2011. The Center will be open: Saturdays 10a-6p, Sundays 12p-6p, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 10a-2p.

For more information contact Flora Lea Louden at or 252-622-8416

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