SKETCHBOOK PROJECT 2012
The theme of my Sketchbook was “Storytelling.” Based on my unpublished Young Adult novel, Anastasia’s Odyssey, it highlights the story of a teen who moves to Cyprus from Brooklyn, NY in the 1960s. Talk about culture shock.
My Funky Library Card
The Sketchbook Project came to Pittsburgh, PA on Friday, November 16, 2012 (after being rescheduled due to Hurricane Sandy). The Sketchbook Project truck parked in front of Assemble Gallery (www.assemblepgh.org) on Penn in the Garfield section of the city. A lot of people came to look at sketchbooks and sat inside the Gallery to browse and work on creative projects. In order to see a sketchbook, (mine or someone else’s), the “librarian” gave the requester a sign up application and a library card right away.
Just like a real library, when the card-holder returned the sketchbook, the librarian issued another sketchbook. The gallery staff invited visitors to make small clay figures out of model magic. Some of the figures looked like characters out of the old movie, Freaks, while others were slightly more recognizable. BTW, five people looked at my storytelling sketchbook. (See link below to view the pages of my 2012 Sketchbook.) It was a lot of fun looking at handmade and designed sketchbooks with others…art of, by and for the people.
The Art House Co-op sponsored the Sketchbook Project. The Project consists of a library of artists’ sketchbooks which tour the U. S. and abroad starting at the Brooklyn Art Library on April 14, 2012 and ending at the NGV Studio in Melbourne, Australia from November 10 through November 21, 2012.
The Brooklyn Art Library retains all the sketchbooks in its permanent collection: http://www.arthousecoop.com