Ever judge a book by its cover? Get the real story – checkout a living book.
The Creston Public Library is pleased to introduce its Living Books – Travel Edition speaker series.
Living “books” are real people, your friends and neighbours, volunteering to share aspects of their own “story”. Through living books the library seeks to encourage the sharing of knowledge and passion between people. Each month, the library hosts a get-together where a member of your community shares their personal experiences. This year we are focusing on the topic of travel, travel guides are a very popular genre at the library, now see them come to life and draw you in with stories and images. Attendees of the speaker series learn more about the people in their community and the world at large.
The living book concept began in Denmark in 2000 and has since spread to all corners of the globe. Also called human books, living library, or similar titles the program has become a popular and effective way of bringing individuals together from all walks of life.
The speaker this month is well-known local artist Alison Masters as we Book a Trip to Fogo, Newfoundland and join her on an art residency, where ‘travel’ means staying put.
September 2017 Alison joined her long time painting pal Barb for a 3-week art residency in Tilting, NL. They learned to paint 23 years ago when Barb’s dad would lend them his car with the heated seats so they could work on-site in the winter.
Tilting is a tiny village on Fogo Island next door to the community becoming famous from the efforts of Zita Cobbe and the Fogo Island Inn. Alison and Barb were guests of the Tilting Recreation and Cultural Society and housed in a saltbox house and studio facing the Atlantic Ocean. Pounded by weather and sustained by Frank’s potatoes, Sean’s cod and art comradeship, they painted until they fell into bed each night.
Alison planned to paint small but the landscape called for big. She experimented with what she could find locally: wallpaper, vapor barrier, house siding and Crayola crayons and discovered not only a new landscape, but new materials and new ways of working. Alison returned home with huge sketches, not unlike previous travels, but radically different in scale and materials. She then spent another 6 months teasing out the messages from this work.
Alison Masters is known for using the tranquil beauty and color of the Kootenay valley as inspiration for her work. Often painting in multiple layers, she allows the ghost image of a previous layer to become a part of the process. While drawing with an acrylic marker, the line works in concert with the color paint binding the piece together.
Living “books” are real people, your friends and neighbours, volunteering to share aspects of their own “story”. Through living books the library seeks to encourage the sharing of knowledge and passion between people. Each month, the library hosts a get-together where a member of your community shares their personal experiences. This year we are focusing on the topic of travel as tourist guides are a very popular genre at the library. Now see travel guides come to life and draw you in with stories and images.
All are welcome to hear Alison’s presentation on Thursday, April 26th at 7pm at the Creston Public Library. Admission is free. For more information on the Living Book speaker series, including upcoming living books or how to become a living book yourself, please contact Cassandra at 250.428.4141 or email email@example.com