Books as an Art Form Artists Create Their Versions of Literary Works

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Byline: Eileen O. Daday Daily Herald Correspondent

Ask a group of artists to create their versions of books, and you get some pretty novel ideas, with some looking more like sculpture than literary works.

That's what visitors to this month's "The Book and Beyond" exhibit at the Northwest Cultural Council in Rolling Meadows will find.

On display will be the creations of 18 Northwest suburban artists who have fashioned their "books" using a variety of media, techniques and styles.

"These are all handmade original books, with some that are very tiny while others are very large," says Kathy Umlauf, executive director. "They are very unusual and really quite gorgeous."

The free show opens with an artists' reception from 2-4 p.m. April 17. The free reception features musical entertainment provided by Bill and Sue Pasquale, guitar and voice, at 3 p.m., and refreshments.

The exhibit takes over the Northwest Cultural Council's office and adjoining Kimball Hill Galleries, 5999 New Wilke Road, Suite 307, Rolling Meadows. After the reception, the exhibit is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday through May 26.

Participating artists hail from Arlington Heights, Barrington, Buffalo Grove, Chicago, Des Plaines, North Barrington, Rolling Meadows, Roselle, Streamwood and Wheaton.

Exhibitors range from Ellen Deutsch of Buffalo Grove who is including a christening gown with its story sewn on the front, to a boat with a book fashioned out of the sail, created by Carole Komarek of Arlington Heights.

Jeanne Kramer of Barrington said the exhibit gave her the chance to merge her favorite techniques together in art forms. Consequently, she started out by painting some birds in watercolor before creating handmade books to fasten them to, and standing them up to look like accordion books.

"I enjoy playing with different things, like sculpture and things that are cutout, that I can use my watercolors with," Kramer said. …