All are invited on Wednesday, June 13 at 7:00 pm when Suzi Banks Baum will share images and stories in a presentation “Books as Tools and Potential: Contemporary Manuscripts in Gyumri, Armenia,” a discussion of her artist residency in Armenia with women artists.

In a culture that silences women, which neither values their work, nor sees their stories as essential, Suzi Banks Baum is reconnecting Armenian women artists with indigenous practices of hand bound books. The project, called New Illuminations, redirects a cultural trend of silence, providing vessels for expression. In a self-designed residency, Banks Baum interviewed women artists about the conditions of their lives, and worked with them in a teaching setting where the Armenian artists learned to build, inhabit, and embellish books in the Coptic and Armenian styles.

Suzi Banks Baum is a writer and artist, and resides in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. She believes in the power of art to kindle hope and lift people’s lives. You can learn more about Suzi’s work at: www.suzibanksbaum.com.

In addition:

Suzanne Birdsall-Stone has organized a workshop, Illuminated Pages: Full Color Journaling with Suzi Banks Baum on Thursday, June 14 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the library. Registration is through Suzanne, contact her at suzbird@roadrunner.com, 603-662-9739. Cost is $50 and includes materials, but bring your own 9 x 12 paper pad, apron, and lunch.

Books as Tools and Potential: Manuscripts in Gyumri, Armenia
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