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When thinking about books, people typically think of them in terms of where books can take us. They act as a global passport to knowledge, to adventure or simply an escape. We read them, we doodle in the margins but some artists use them to convey beauty. Such is the case with the “Freed Formats: The Book Reconsidered” exhibit that will open at both the Mark Twain Library in Redding and the Ridgefield Guild of Artists on March 30.
“Freed Formats” is a traveling exhibit, curated by two stylistically different book artists, Chris Perry of Ridgefield and Alice Walsh of Carmel, N.Y., who wanted to raise the profile of book art in the area. In the fall of 2016 they met at the Ridgefield Guild of Artists at a juried show and while talking about their work they discovered they were both book artists.