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From a handful of paper rounds to a forest that resonates with the many hands that created it.

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A rich collection of the late Marilyn Sward’s artwork is soon to be exhibited at the Columbia College Chicago Center for the Book and Paper entitled Speaking in Paper. Mark your calendars for the quickly approaching opening reception, on June 9 from 5:30-8:30pm.


Join in a celebration of Marilyn’s incredible journey that touched and inspired so many — her life woven through the creative process while simultaneously building community. She was an important artist during a critical period when hand papermaking was coming into its own as a fine art medium. Her passion is exhibited in her artwork, alternative photographic process, travel journals that contain the richness of the excursions and the forest of Treewhispers which continues to grow, gathering handmade paper with artwork, poetry, stories — connecting…

Opening Reception
Wednesday, June 9th, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Exhibition: June 9 – August 21, 2010
Gallery Hours: Mon. – Sat. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Center for Book and Paper Arts
1104 S. Wabash, 2nd floor
Chicago, IL


Click here for more on this exhibition and related workshops and programs.

Marilyn always loved a crowd. Bring a friend and please feel free to forward this to anyone you think might be interested.

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It’s always a great day when handmade paper rounds arrive in the mailbox.

An envelope showed up in February from Lani Schuster—she included a note reminding me that we were introduced by Cecile Webster at the Columbia College Book and Paper Alumni Exhibit, About Time. (It’s all about connections, you know…) Lani shared that the piece she exhibited there was inspired by Treewhispers. It was a tree cross-section with an outer ring made of folios to represent the self-healing process a tree truck undergoes when it loses a limb.

Her contributed round as seen here, was inspired by the sight of plastic bags entangled in tree branches—a sight that really irritates her—and me, quite frankly. While Treewhipers invitation is for handmade paper, this is one out of the box that I simply must include.

One of the last exhibits that I saw with my mom before she graduated from this life, was one that we happen to stroll through at the Sioux City Art Center. An artist rendered graphite images of delicate fly-away plastic bags tangled in tree branches, barbed wire fences—where ever they happened to be captured. With this image—the time, the winds, the sounds, the place—were all documented. I wish I could remember the artist’s name. It was a fascinating exhibit. Although I too despise the plastic floating in the environment, I can’t help but think of those precious moments that I shared with my mom—observing another’s observations of the world—just as it was. It’s about connections, you know…


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