Telling Stories, an Exhibit of Artists' Books, Opens Aug. 3

The next exhibit at the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery will change your perspective about what a book can be. Telling Stories showcases artists’ books, taking storytelling beyond traditional words on pages.

Attend the opening reception during the First Friday Artwalk and visit with the show’s curators, enjoy finger foods and mingle with friends and gallery staff.

“This exhibit encourages you to think differently about something we pick up every day,” said Brea Black, co-curator for the exhibit. “We are displaying the best of the best of artists’ books from our permanent collection and encourage you to explore – and there’s a lot to explore. You’ll see something new with each visit.”

One of these artists’ books looks like an accordion file folder, but it opens up to depict an octopus lair with an octopus sleeping deep inside. Arch looks like a tall skinny book, but opens up to form a cityscape and tells stories of women architects.

There will be art and art-making materials to touch. The exhibit centers around four themes – text, image, material and structure – to further visitors’ understanding of the artform.  In the front gallery, inspect fantastic pop-up books and other examples of paper engineering, including The Pop-Up Book of M.C. Escher published by Pomegranate Art Books.

Those who want to create their own artists’ book can register for an Altered Book Workshop on Aug. 23 and Aug. 25. Call 785-580-4515.

For the kids (and kids at heart) we have Wet & Wild Papermaking events outside the main entrance of the library Aug. 10 at 10am and Sept. 15 at 10am.

Attend an Illuminated Manuscripts demonstration by Dr. Tony Silvestri of Washburn University. Watch as he uses traditional Medieval materials like gold and silver to create complex designs Aug. 8 at 7pm.

The exhibit closes September 21. For more information, visit Telling Stories online at

The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library is a 21st-century, landmark library, and features the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery, the Millennium Café, Chandler Booktique, meeting rooms, and free computer and Internet access and training.

Gallery hours are the same as library hours: Mon. through Fri. 9 am to 9 pm, Sat. 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday 12 pm to 9 pm.