An opening reception will be held Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. in the gallery, located in the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center at Linfield.
As an art form, book arts aim to preserve the traditional craft of bookmaking, to advance the book as a vital contemporary art form and to interpret the book in its aesthetic, historic and cultural contexts.
Artists from around the Northwest will exhibit recent work that directly addresses this concept while at the same time conveys their own personal artistic visions. Works shown encompass traditional binding structures in paper, cloth, leather and parchment; traditional fine press editions; and artists? books in a wide variety of formats.
"Their work redefines the book as a work of art that has no particular boundaries," said Cris Moss, Linfield gallery director. "The role of reading and experiencing the book is left to the viewer."
The Linfield exhibit is free and open to the public. The Linfield Fine Art Gallery is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The gallery will also be open for two special Saturday viewings on Feb. 18 and 25. To reach the gallery from 99W, turn east on Keck Drive at the McMinnville Market Center in south McMinnville. Turn right on Lever Street and right again on Ford Drive. The art gallery is located in the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center, north of Nicholson Library. For more information, call 503-883-2804.