During the month of September, the Camden Public Library will host the Midcoast Maine Book Arts Group for an exhibition entitled Structure & Narrative. The show will be an online “virtual exhibit” of book arts featuring invited artists. The book artists all have strong connections to the Midcoast region of Maine.

The exhibit will be accompanied by a special online event on Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 6 p.m. called “Zoom into the Book Arts Studio.” The program will provide an intimate look at four artists' work spaces and an opportunity for Q & A. Email jpierce@librarycamden.org to request a Zoom link to attend.

Structure & Narrative encompasses two concepts about artists’ books for viewers to consider. First, each book is a made object — something that has a material aspect, a structural component and a nod to what a book does: invite the viewer in. The second idea is the narrative: what is the story being told, how is it being told, and what are the aspects of narrative that a viewer can discern? The artists’ works stretch the idea of what a book is.

Midcoast Maine Book Arts is a collective formed to promote, encourage and educate working and aspiring book artists in the Midcoast Maine area. It seeks to exhibit the work of its members and other book artists, host workshops about artists’ books, and enlighten the general public about this art form. Midcoast Maine Book Arts meets every other month on the second Thursday, at 6:30 p.m. at Maine Media Workshops + College (or on Zoom) to talk about work in progress, artists’ book news and exhibition possibilities, materials, structure, and other topics of interest.

Midcoast Maine Book Arts exhibitors have pledged to donate 20% of sales from Structure & Narrative exhibition to the Camden Public Library during the month of September 2020. Contact the artist directly if you are interested in purchasing a book.

To view the online show and read more about the Midcoast Maine Book Arts Group, visit librarycamden.org/event/structure-and-narrative.