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 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

West Newark (Emerson R. Miller)

 Registration is open

Learn the art of papermaking. 

Event Type(s): Adult, Teen | Grades 6-12

Age Group(s): Adult, Teen | Grades 6-12

West Newark (Emerson R. Miller) Library

(740) 344-2155


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Look what showed up on my doorstep! Over 1100 celebrated handmade paper rounds — 35 “trees” created over many months by the Kaligrafos calligraphy Guild of Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex members.  

In December when the proposed gallery closed and the pandemic hit, creatives Tom & Brenda Burns, Trish Manche, Rick Garlington, Monica & Rick Winters, Betty Barna, and Sherry Barber sprung into action to display and video their work in a natural setting near Whitewright, TX.

It’s incredibly perfect and ever-so beautiful!

In gratitude for their journey—time, expertise and venture, I’ve captured some images below.

For the entire video scroll on the Events Page and enjoy!

It’s a remarkable community.

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Delighted and honored to share the opening of Treewhispers at The Grange Insurance Audubon Center in the Nature x 4 Exhibition this past Thursday night—on view through Feb 26th.

Gratitude to Sandy Presosky Libertini and Leigh Ann Galarus Miller for the invitation to the exhibition, their papermaking ventures, and assists —as well as to Melissa Vogley Woods and Amanda Love for assistance in aerial installation optics.

The Nature x 4 Exhibition also features the “2022 Audubon Photography Awards”, “Feathered Portraits” photography exhibition by Donna Winters, and sound/meditation “It Sounds Like Love” by Cadine Navarro. It’s a wonderful collection of nature! Don’t miss it!

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You are invited to a special preview

Nature Inspires x 4 Art Exhibition

at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center

from 6-8pm, Thursday, January 5th

RSVP at this link

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In anticipation and celebration of the upcoming 2023 exhibition at Grange Insurance Audubon in Columbus, Ohio I’m combing the archives to honor the commensalistic relationship of birds and trees.

Art and handmade paper/Anonymous

In anticipation and celebration of the upcoming 2023 exhibition at Audubon, I’m combing the archives to honor the commensalistic relationship of birds and trees.

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Story and art by anonymous “Christmas Baby”

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You are invited to a special preview

Nature Inspires x 4 Art Exhibition

at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center

from 6-8pm, Thursday, January 5th

RSVP at this link

The Art at Audubon series at the center showcases:

  • 2022 Audubon Photography Awards
  • It Sounds Like Love—an immersive, walk-on art installation of etched glass revealing the sound vibrations of Ohio prairie seeds
  • Feathered Portraits
  • Treewhispers, an international collaboration awakening a heartfelt connection to trees

Please be sure to RSVP by 5 pm, Wednesday, January 4th.

For questions, please contact Sandy Libertini at sandy.libertini@audubon.org

We hope to see you there!

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Artwork and story from Pen Dragons and Kalamazoo Nature Center enthusiast

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In this time of giving, please consider supporting an impressive new campaign to plant trees in the Amazon Rainforest.

‘It is one of the best available environmental actions for the Earth and all living beings. The United Nations has declared 2021-2030 the Decade of Eco-Restoration. Around 25% of the land on Earth is now in a degraded state. The restoration of degraded lands is essential to ending the climate crisis.’ [1]

Just imagine:

  • $14 will plant 1 tree and fund their care for 3 years, restoring 43 square feet of forest.
  • $140 will plant 10 trees and fund their care for 3 years, restoring 430 square feet of forest.
  • $700 will plant 50 trees and fund their care for 3 years, restoring 2,150 square feet of forest.
  • $1,400 will plant 100 trees and fund their care for 3 years, restoring 4,300 square feet of forest.
  • $70,000 will plant 5000 trees and fund their care for 3 years, restoring 5 acres of forest.

Now go ahead and peruse the website, Inochi Amazon Rainforest Project for all the projects, details and underpinnings (a.k.a. roots!). Share this with your friends and let’s plant trees together!


Image from Image from https://inochi-earth.org/trees

Inochi’s goal for 2022 is to raise enough funding from their friends and colleagues to support a local community plant and sustain 5,000 tree seedlings of a mixed variety of species using already successful agroforestry techniques.

Inochi is a U.S. nonprofit organization active locally (in California, Hawaii and Japan) and internationally (around the world) since 1993. They have recently been working with a trustworthy volunteer team of Inochi members in Brazil to address climate change while supporting local communities of Indigenous Peoples.

Let’s get started and help them—help us. It’s a great tree story!


(U.S. donations are tax deductible) 

Federal Identification Number is: 94-3175-526.

To donate by mail, send a check or money order made out to INOCHI to:

Inochi, 2267 Summer Street, Berkeley, California 94709 United States of America  

Phone: +1 510 649 8844

[1] https://inochi-earth.org/trees

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Calligraphy and artwork by David Goldstein, Isreal

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The North Shore Country Day School students in Winnetka, IL had many options from which to choose for their Interim program. One possibility was a week long experience with teaching artist extraordinaire, Jamie Thome at the Evanston Art Center.

The students explored papermaking, experimented with different writing exercises, made several books structures, and played with relief printmaking. Many of these new and exciting techniques were incorporated in the final project on the last day.

Students had the opportunity to contribute story and art embellished handmade paper rounds to the Treewhispers collaboration. They also made tiny paper circles (and painted them) which were stitched together to hang in their school. Inspired by Treewhispers, of course. 


We would all enjoy hearing how others have collaborated in this ongoing art outreach. 


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Leaf collectors

Photos by Pamela Paulsrud

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I never cease to be amazed and delighted by the creative stories and art that are shared!

There were two trees.

They are friends.

They have a bird friend too.

Although they can talk to each other through their bird friend.

They cannot play or touch each other.

There was a road in between them.

Then they both grew up.

And one day they can touch each other’s leaves and branches.

They are happy now.

They brid friend sings a song for them.


I climbed a tree almost.

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Again beating the drum of gratitude for Artists Book House  sponsoring a papermaking event with the Evanston Arts Council Special Projects Grant initiated by community building activist Jamie Thome. Many thanks also to volunteers and papermaking enthusiasts, Laura Antolin and Cori Paulsrud who shared the an incredible autumn afternoon in the “Reading Garden” amongst the trees with all those who came to make paper and tell stories. It was a delight! Thank you, thank you!!!

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It was such a joy to share the creative papermaking process with adults and children alike last Sunday. Parent’s taught children. Children taught parents. Onlookers eased in to join the fun. Stories were shared and trees were celebrated.

Many thanks to Artists Book House for sponsoring the event with the Evanston Arts Council Special Projects Grant. Additional confetti to celebrate community building activist Jamie Thome ; amazing artist, fiber and pulp provider Melissa Jay Craig; Evanston Library and librarian (now papermaker) Laura Antolin; volunteers extraordinaires Michael Swierz, Katie Kucera and ABH Intern Kerrigan; and to all who shared in the papermaking/tree storytelling event. It was beautiful!

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OAKtober! Who knew?

OAKtober Banner Image with logo, title, and oak leaves

Oak Awareness Month

Celebrate the beauty and importance of oak trees in Illinois.

In 2015, the governor of Illinois proclaimed that October would officially become OAKtober: Oak Awareness Month.

Oaks represent strength and stature and are historically significant to both the Chicago region and Illinois, evident in the fact that the white oak is the Illinois state tree. Majestic oaks create a sense of awe and wonder. These trees work for us by cleaning our air and water, reducing ambient air temperature, and decreasing our use of energy. But oaks need our help: around the world, more than one-third of all oak species are threatened with extinction.

OAKtober is a time to celebrate oaks and everything that they do for people, as well as to promote the planting and care of these important trees. Every individual, organization, community, park district, forest preserve, and public or private landowner or manager can play an important role in celebrating oaks and oak ecosystems across Illinois throughout the month of October.

Here are some ways to participate in OAKtober:

Find OAKtober events. Search ‘OAKtober’ on the CRTI events page, and fill out the form to add your own.

Host an oak workday. Individuals can help to remove invasive species to improve growing conditions for an oak ecosystem. Or plant, water, and mulch oak trees.

Sponsor a campout. Individuals and families can camp under the oaks and learn about the history of our region and the importance that oaks play.

Lead a walk through an oak woodland. Help participants notice all of the wildlife and plants that make up the oak ecosystem.

Host a talk. Have a local oak expert give a public talk and invite your organization’s members and their friends and neighbors.

Collect acorns and plant them in pots. Plan to plant them out into the community or parks in a few years.

Find your largest oak. Identify the largest oak tree in your community or park, determine its approximate age, and introduce community members to the tree and its history.

Host an OAKtober beer or wine fest.

Engage the local schools. Encourage students to write essays or create posters on the importance of oaks to our communities and our ecosystems.

Hug an oak tree!

Check out these OAKtober resources. These resources from our partners can help you promote oaks and oak ecosystems.

Get involved


CRTI c/o The Morton Arboretum
4100 Illinois Route 53
Lisle, IL 60532

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Story and art by A. Kaunuda

Visiting the willow was my reason for joining my uncle and cousin on their spring/summer fishing trek to the Washington Park Lagoon.

Three blocks from our house was my grandmother’s flower garden where they dug up the worms for bait.

I packed a picnic lunch because they never ever caught any fish.

While they baited the hooks at the water’s edge I climbed into the welcoming embrace of the sturdy weeping willow branch that extend out over the surface of the lagoon. With my back against the trunk and my feet dangling over the branches just inches from the water’s surface, I sang and cloud surfed and danced my whispered dreams.  I skipped across the water with dragonflies, floated on the surface with willow leaves, inhaled spring and exhaled summer into the last autumn sunset.

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