The glow of the screen may be the future of books but there is still glowing appreciation for book artists like St. Anthony Park resident Regula Russelle, who works closely with authors to design books that are unique works of art. It was recently announced that she has won the 2011 Book Artist Award. The award recognizes a Minnesota book artist for excellence throughout a body of work and for significant contributions to Minnesota’s book arts community. Russelle says, “This is an honor and recognizes the continued value of beautiful things, made by hand.”
Russelle runs Cedar Fence Press, www.cedarfencepress.com, which publishes fine limited edition books and prints. She is an instructor of book arts and papermaking at Augsburg College and letterpress printing at Minnesota Center for Book Arts, www.mnbookarts.org.
An exhibit of Russelle’s work will be displayed at Open Book, ww.openbookmn.org, located at 1011 Washington Avenue South, from January 21 to March 6. There will be a reception there on February 4, from 5:30 to 7:30. Russelle’s award will be presented during the 23rd annual Minnesota Book Awards Gala on April 16 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in St. Paul. For further information, go to www.thefriends.org.
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