Saturday, January 29, 2011

The woman behind the cedar fence

A lot of our customers are artists. We've got potters and painters and drummers and more. And maybe I should start a monthly feature showing off some of the cool, talented, folks who shop here.

For now I just want to give a little note of congrats to Regula Russelle who has recently won the 2011 Minnesota Book Artist Award.

A show featuring her work opened last week and runs through March 6th. This coming Friday, the 4th, marks a reception from 5:30-7:30 to celebrate the award and her work. It is at the Open Book building at 1011 Washington Ave South.

She does all manner of fine art press. Broadsides, limited edition printings and some art books. She teaches classes at both the MN Center For Book Arts and at Augsburg. She runs Cedar Fence Press and once gave me the honor of taking a tour of her in-home studio.

If you want see her work please stop by the reception or exhibit during its run. She will also receive her award at the 23rd annual MN Book Awards on April 16th. Tickets can be purchased here.

We have a broadside of William Stafford's "You Reading This, Be Ready" in the store. I bought it before I had ever heard of or met this kind woman. She's a gem and we are so happy her work is receiving some much deserved attention.

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