Library Kicks Off Altered Books Art Project

Calling all artists and crafters. Albany Public Library has a new program just for you. The ReadCycle: Albany Alters Books, A Community Art Project kicks off on Saturday, Feb. 13, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Pine Hills Branch Library at 517 Western Avenue (482-7911).

Altered books are a form of mixed media art. Altered book artists take old books and use found and recycled materials, plus different techniques, to transform them into totally new books that are unique works of art and self expression. Artists choose from many techniques—including cutting, gluing, tearing, painting, drawing, stamping, and sculpting—and types of found and recycled objects—like ribbons, photographs, inks, paints, papers, fabrics, and mementos—when creating their altered books.

Participants in the ReadCycle kickoff event on Feb. 13 will make beautiful works of art out of found objects, including old library books. During this program, visual artists from the Upstate Artists Guild will present a hands-on workshop on how to make altered books using a variety of found and recycled materials. Crafters and artists of all ages are welcome to attend this free program. Materials will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own found items and memorabilia to use in creating their altered books.

A second ReadCycle program is set for Friday, Feb. 19, from 3-4:30 p.m. at the Delaware Branch Library at 331 Delaware Avenue (463-0254). This program will provide returning and new participants with studio time and materials to work on their altered books art projects.

The ReadCycle project will expand throughout the Albany Public Library system. Look for more art-making sessions at Albany’s other neighborhood libraries this year.

Albany Public Library’s ReadCycle altered books community art project is made possible in part through a Community Art$Grant, a program funded by The Arts Center of the Capital Region through the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

For more information about Albany Public Library’s ReadCycle community art project, please call the Main Library at 427-4300.

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