Two great Octavofest Events at CWRU this Saturday

Jan Sobota: A Retrospective

WHEN: Saturday, October 20th | 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

WHERE: Dampeer Room, Kelvin Smith Library, Case Western Reserve University, 11055 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland Ohio 44106-(next to Severance Hall)Parking garage off of East Blvd.

REGISTER: or call 216-368-2992

The Kelvin Smith Library and the Rowfant Club jointly present a seminar and exhibition in memory of the work of master bookbinder Jan Bohuslav Sobota. On view will be Sobota’s fascinating vision for the art of the book and the living tradition of craftsmanship that he fostered.

A leader in exciting new trends in design binding, Sobota created book bindings that went beyond mere decoration. Though a master of traditional techniques, Sobota’s signature was to transform books into sculptural objects that playfully resonated with the book’s own thematic meaning. This exhibition, the first comprehensive posthumous display of his works, will include fine bindings, miniatures and book art, such as a bookcase modeled to look like an antique car.

A symposium on Sobota’s work led by Nicholas Basbanes (author of Patience and Fortitude), Robert Cheshier (who, as the director of the Cleveland Health Sciences Library, brought Sobota to the United States) and Ladislav Hanka (artist, printmaker and Sobota’s collaborator on many works) will begin at 10:00am, followed by the opening of the exhibit. Sobota’s work will continue to be on display in the Hatch Reading Room of the Kelvin Smith Library (Monday through Friday, 9:00am – 4:30pm) through November 30th.


Folded Book Sculpture Workshop with Gene Epstein

WHEN: Saturday, October 20th | 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

WHERE: Dampeer Room, Kelvin Smith Library, Case Western Reserve University, 11055 Euclid Ave (next to Severance Hall)-Parking in underground garage on East Blvd.

REGISTER: or call 216-368-2992

Attend a workshop led by local artist and bookbinder Gene Epstein on the art of folded book sculpture. Come view a demonstration of how books can be transformed into beautiful pieces of art, and then experiment with creating one yourself! Books for folding will be provided or bring along one of your own.

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