Plainsboro artist Liz Adams, who established the Plainsboro Library’s artist-in-residence program three years ago, will return to the library on Thursday, April 6, to begin a new residency program on artist books.
Every Thursday in April, from 2 to 4 p.m., Adams will show books that she has designed, painted, drawn and constructed, which she describes as “artworks in themselves.” The books, usually one of a kind, take many forms. There is, for example, the concertina form; the portfolio, a collection of loose pages; or the elaborate folded and stitched product. The concept of artist books dates back more than a century to the avant garde art movements in Europe.
During her residency—in the library café—Adams will construct books of all sizes, from small to large. Materials and directions will be available to adult patrons interested in designing their own art books. Those who want to observe are also invited.
Adams has been a resident of Plainsboro for more than 30 years, and was named “2013 Artist of the Year.”
She was an initial founder of the Gallery at Plainsboro Library and helped establish the library’s fall arts festival and summer arts and science programs.
She has taught art classes to people of all ages at organizations including Princeton Adult School, Homefront, and Princeton YWCA, and has two blogs combining writing, art, and photography: fieldfen.blogspot.com and beautifulmetaphor.blogspot.com.
Those interested in learning more about Adams’ work and her creative process is directed to one of those sites. Her work can also be seen on Twitter and Instagram.
Adams’ first artist-in-residence program in 2014, resulted in the creation of a tapestry, the “Four Sisters,” on display in the library. The 2016 residency program included demonstrations of both weaving and embroidery.
The Plainsboro Library is located 9 Van Doren Street. Phone: (609) 275-2897