"True and Earth, Strong as Water", Shu-Ju Wang, 2011

Artists’ Books – Making Books by Hand

Artists’ books are handmade books created by an artist or group of artists. Making books by hand allows an artist to have complete creative control over their work.

2014 Edible Book Festival Results!

And the winners are…Click title to view Best In Show March of the Penguins by Nessa Johnson 1st Runner-up BBQ Queens’ Big Book of Barbecue by Gwendolyn Hughes Most Likely To Be Devoured Chocolate Heart by Robin Burke Best Play on Words Everyone Poops by Winter and Angie Frendle Congratulations to the winners! You can […]

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Altered Books 2013!

Each fall, Alice C. Sabatini Gallery staff members teach the Altered Book Workshops where participants given the challenge of turning a discarded book into a work of art.

Edible Book Festival 2013!

Edible Book Festival 2013 | Friday, April 5 | 5:30 – 8:30pm | Marvin Auditorium

Join us to celebrate the joys of books and food at the 7th Annual Edible Book Festival. The Festival is free, open to the public, and all ages are welcome. To participate, reserve your space by April 4 by calling the Sabatini Art Gallery at 785-580-4515. Don’t want to make a book? You can come to admire the creativity on display and enjoy a few snacks too.

Happy Birthday Jackson Pollock!

Painter Jackson Pollock was born on January 28, 1912. Before he became famous for his abstract “action paintings” in the late 1940s, he studied art with Missouri-born artist Thomas Hart Benton in New York. Pollock’s early paintings of people and landscapes are so much different from his later Abstract Expressionist work that it’s hard to believe the same artist painted them.

1920s Craft Patterns from the Antique Pattern Library

The Antique Pattern Library offers a variety of craft pattern books and pamphlets as free downloadable PDF files. I found patterns from the 1920s, the decade in which our Big Read 2013 book “The Great Gatsby” is set. You can make your own clothing and accessories to attend the Big Read events in style.

American Indian Heritage Month featured artist: Roxanne Swentzell

In recognition of American Indian Heritage Month, I want to share the art of Santa Clara Pueblo artist Roxanne Swentzell with you. We’ll take a closer look at her sculpture called “Laughing at the Ducks”, which is part of the library’s permanent art collection. Then we’ll hit the road to see examples of her work in museums in Kansas City and Denver.

2012 Altered Books Display in the Library

Give a discarded book a new life by transforming it into a work of art. Anyone is welcome to bring an altered book to the Gallery before 9pm on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. The books will be on display in the library from Nov. 6, 2012 – Jan. 2, 2013.

Woven Words: Slow Literature

“My job is to tell stories with yarn.” Artist Sarah Swett weaves words from an unfinished novel into her tapestries. The tale is revealed in a series she calls Slow Literature.