Due to the gratifying experience of meeting artists at art studio co-ops like Alexandria's Torpedo Factory Art Center and Raleigh's Artspace I wanted to kick it up a notch. I have now made it my mission to contact at least one book artist I can find through google who lives in the city I'm visiting. I do this in the hopes of getting some tips about what to see and do; perhaps meet in person and even make a new friend. This is normally something w-a-a-a-y out of my comfort zone as I'm most definitely an introvert but I'd hate missing a possible opportunity to learn and grow.
I did this for the first time in Georgia when I found the Atlanta BookArts Collective's blog. I e-mailed Maggi, one of the coordinators, and she generously invited me to a Saturday breakfast meeting with two other movers and shakers of the collective, Ann and Jim. (We ate at the very reasonably priced Thumbs Up Diner in the Decatur area; I had grits for the first time and I liked it!)
I had a very enjoyable time chatting about our experiences and listening about their latest book projects. This was totally worth the jumpy stomach and trembling hands I was experiencing when I woke up this morning.
Jim had to run but after breakfast Maggi, Ann, and I walked a short distance to the Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur gallery, which was featuring a book arts exhibit called Wallbound (up until May 14).
Apologies to the artists who made the works shown in the photos. I can't find the photos I thought I took with the info.
Saw this while Maggi was driving me back and had to take a photo. Overall, I had a stupendous day! I will be forever grateful to Maggi and I'm so thrilled to have met Ann and Jim.