“On and Of Paper” at Illinois State Museum

October 15th, 2010

Two of my works will be on view from October 18, 2010-March 11, 2011 in this exhibition at the Chicago Gallery of the Illinois State Museum (Thompson Center, Randolph Street). Hands and Shells is a dye-transfer print from the body of work called Rachel’s Holidays. Seasonal Turns is a boxed set of 4 accordion books inspired by the seasons of the year.

Lark Studio Series: Handmade Books, features my coptic book.

October 15th, 2010

This little book just arrived. It is a survey of artists’ books which is very reasonably priced and beautifully printed. A coptic book that I made called “Deer Isle, Maine” is featured in this double-page spread.

North Carolina Lecture Tour

October 3rd, 2010

I will be giving three lectures in North Carolina this month.
Salem College, Winston-Salem (7 PM October 18)http://www.salem.edu/community/cultural-events/events/bea-nettles-photographer-author-and-artist
Duke University for their Book + Art Conference http://library.duke.edu/exhibits/bookart/index.html
Asheville Bookworks, Asheville (7PM October 26)http://www.ashevillebookworks.com/?m=20101026&cat=1

Syracuse: Exhibition and Lecture October 6, 2010

September 29th, 2010

For those of you who live near Syracuse, NY, I will be there next week giving a lecture, signing books, and attending an opening of a showing of “Return Trips” which is at Ann Felton Multicultural Center (Onondaga Community College), 4585 W Seneca Turnpike. I’m at the center for these events WEDNESDAY 9-12 noon. The show will be up from October 4- November 2.

I’ve returned from my Cincinnati trip after lecture, exhibition and workshop.

September 28th, 2010

My exhibition was held at Prairie, a community based photography gallery run by David Rosenthal. Janie Stevens, my former student, and David’s mentor, joined us at the opening.
15 members of the Cincinnati Book Arts Society came well prepared to make collage books which they finished in one day in a great studio space at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.

Just published! Lava Gardens: An Artist’s Guide to the Wildflowers of Iceland

August 31st, 2010

I have just put most of the images from my latest botanical on my website. Lava Gardens was created after my month-long stay in Iceland this July. The days were long, the travel extensive. I had so many new photos that instead of revising the book Plontu Handbokin (my first botanical from Iceland), I made an entirely new one. You can see most of the images here:http://web.me.com/nettles3/Pay_on_Demand_Books/Lava_Gardens.html
It will be spiral bound. It sells, like all of my other botanicals, for $28 plus shipping.

University of Washington has acquired the boxed set:Persephone’s Descent & Ascent

August 18th, 2010

The new home for this two volume set is the Rare Book & Special Colllections Library at the University of Washington in Seattle. These two books were completed in the darkest days last winter. I am very pleased that they have been acquired by this impressive collection.

Artists’ Book Seminar Summer 2010

August 3rd, 2010

gslissummer102.jpgTomorrow is the final day for the seminar on artists’ books that I have been teaching for the Graduate School of Library and Information Science here at the University of Illinois. This is the group during our tour to the Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Workshop for Cincinnati Book Arts

August 1st, 2010

I will be teaching a collage book workshop on September 25 in Cincinnati. http://www.cincinnatibookarts.org/ Return Trips will also be on view at Prairie Gallery from September 20-October 3.

My artists’ book,Hair Loss, mentioned in the Wall Street Journal.

July 20th, 2010

Rick Wester Fine Art has received positive reviews of his current exhibition, BIG GIRLS: Large Format Photographs by Women Photographers. Included is a piece by William Meyers in the Wall Street Journal from July 3, 2010:

Bea Nettles’s “Hair Loss, 2007″ is large format only because it consists of 12 photographs, each 4 1/4 by 4 1/4 inches, strung together to make a book 84 1/2 inches wide when fully open. Ms. Nettles (born 1946) photographed herself after she lost her hair as a result of chemotherapy. The stark black-and-white images show her from the neck up, bald and with various hair possibilities. Her expression is grimly stoic as she contemplates the options.

The show comes down July 30.
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