‘Reflections from the Rotunda Invitational Exhibit of Book Art’ At Mesa Public Library Art Gallery During July

Sneak Preview: The Upstairs Art Gallery at Mesa Public Library will be filled with artists’ books and all of their fascinating variations, throughout July.  Reception with the artists is 4-6 p.m. Friday, July 3. Photo by Katy Korkos



The Mesa Public Library Art Gallery in Los Alamos presents “Reflections from the Rotunda Invitational Exhibit of Book Art” Wednesday, July 1 through Friday, July 31.

All of the artists are members of the Santa Fe Book Arts Group (BAG). They use a wide range of materials and techniques to create the books, including a variety of bindings (accordion, Coptic, long-stitch, stab), content (calligraphy, photography, poetry), forms (pop-ups, altered books, boxed books, sculptures), and paper (handmade, commercial, decorated). 

All of the invited artists have had work shown in a previous exhibit at the New Mexico State Capitol Rotunda Gallery This show is a preview of “The Santa Fe Book Art Celebration,” a three-month, multi-part event in Northern New Mexico that is anchored by a Capitol Rotunda Gallery show this autumn.

The book artists will greet the public at a reception 4-6 p.m. Friday, July 3, at the Mesa Public Library Art Gallery and everyone is welcome to attend. Thereafter the gallery is open during normal library hours:

  • Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday;
  • 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday;
  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; and
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Attendance is free for both the reception and the exhibit.

The book arts show is one of the most popular in the Upstairs Gallery. It is presented in Los Alamos every second year. Many of the members of BAG are Los Alamos residents.

The Santa Fe Book Arts Group provides resources and opportunities for book artists to learn and share the skills of their craft. BAG consists of more than 150 active members who participate in workshops, exhibits, and collaborative projects.

For more information about Santa Fe BAG, visit www.santafebag.org.

Mesa Public Library is at 2400 Central Ave., in downtown Los Alamos. For more information call 505.662.8253 or visit www.losalamosnm.us/library/Pages/ArtGalleryExhibits.aspx.

The Upstairs Art Gallery at Mesa Public Library hosts shows by local and regional artists, as well as travelling exhibits, 10 to 12 times each year.


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