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Creston:Arts presents works in collage, book binding & assemblage

Published: Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 10:26 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 11:38 a.m. CDT
This collage assembled by Deb Anders-Bond is one piece that will be on display during a February showcase — Box, Book & Board — at Creston:Arts gallery, 116 W. Adams St.

Box, Book & Board — an exhibition of collage, book binding and assemblage by Kathy Svec, Deb Anders-Bond and Eduardo Garcia, all of Ames — opens 6 p.m. Friday at Creston:Arts gallery, 116 W. Adams St.

Artist Kathy Svec — whose mixed media shadow box assemblages will be included in the show — said Box, Book & Board has become a traveling art show.

After their first show together at the Octogon Center for the Arts in Ames, the trio was invited to display their work at Warren Cultural Center in Greenfield and Creston:Arts gallery.

Svec said she feels her work partnered with the work of Anders-Bond’s and Garcia’s work “is a very good marriage visually.”

All three artists infuse their differing styles into their work made from paper and fibers.

“I had a hunch it would look good together and it did,” she said.

About the artists

Svec has been showing her work since 1978. With two art degrees and a career of teaching and managing art-related programs at Memorial Union at Iowa State University, she has worked in a variety of mediums before finding her current medium of combing book-binding with collage.

“When you teach at a high school level, you have to be good at a hundred different things,” said Svec.

Svec’s work is a combination of the written word and collage art made from archival mat boards, textiles, marbled papers and other high-quality artist papers. Some of Svec’s pieces are displayed in shadow boxes, giving observers a peek into the layers of textures, patterns and phrases.

In an artist statement, Svec said she hopes the words and images connect personally to the viewer and cause them empathize with the words and feeling of the piece.

Eduardo Garcia creates hand-bound books with handmade papers made corn paper, mulberry bark made by Mexican Otomi Indians, leather and other fibers.

According to an artist’s statement, Garcia, who grew up in Colombia, said the books speak of his cultural identity where corn, gold and flowers are objects of myths and legends.

Garcia has studied book-binding techniques in the Czech Republic and the United States. His handbound books and handmade paper have been displayed internationally.

“I think people will have so much fun with his books, because, they are so much different from the other,” said Svec. “Everyting from the finest paper and leather to cut up calendars as page elements.”

Deb Anders-Bond specializes in collage, digital prints and bookbinding.

In her artist statement, Anders-Bond said there has been a joy returning to the simple tools of sissors and glue on paper.

“As a collector of images, I am attracted to the color, lighting, angle of view and personal sympbolism contained in each selection,” Anders-Bond said.

Svec said at Friday’s opening will be a lot to see and enjoy.

“We just hope people will enjoy the blend and see the nice relationship of one artist’s work to another,” she said.

Artist’s reception

Box, Book & Board opens Friday at Creston:Arts Gallery, 116 W. Adams St. The public is invited to attend an artists reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. All ages are welcome and admission is free.

For more information, follow Creston:Arts on Facebook or email gallery@crestonarts.com.

Upper Crust event

In honor of Valentine's day, Upper Crust will feature tiramisu and cream puffs 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7.

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