Pile Of Books

Artist Book Club

Let’s read & discuss one great art book every month.  Some will be novels centered around art, others might be critiques examining the life and work of a particular artist, some might be books on technique written by a particular artist we are interested in.  Questions will be provided to draw us deeper into the ideas presented in the book. No drawing or painting skills required.  Come and enjoy the discussion even if you did not finish the book.

 

Enrichment: 

Please bring a show and tell of creative projects inspired by the reading. The projects may be exercises directly taken from the book, or inspired by what you read.  This is just for fun and to deepen our understanding.  

 

When: 

Meet monthly on third Thursday from 6:30-8:00 pm

Where: 

Zoom Room.  The link provided with sign-up. 

 

Investment:

tickets $10 donation on Eventbrite

November Book Choice:

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Lark Keeler is co-hosting the book club with me.  Lark is past president of the Florida Art Educators Association, she is a lower school art teacher at St Andrews School and an art instructor at the NSU Art Museum.

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2021

Artist Book Club Selections

January 2021

The Creative Habit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

by Twyla Tharp

All it takes to make creativity a part of your life is the willingness to make it a habit. It is the product of preparation and effort, and is within reach of everyone.

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February 2021

Everything She Touched: The Life of Ruth Asawa

by Marilyn Chase

This is the story of a woman who wielded imagination and hope in the face of intolerance and who transformed everything she touched into art.

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March 2021

Find Your Artistic Voice

by Lisa Congdon

Develop and embrace your unique creative perspective with genuine confidence.

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April 2021

The Accidental Creative

by Todd Henry

Have better ideas, faster, without the stress and burnout

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May 27, 2021

The Night Portrait

by Lisa Morelli

An exciting, dual-timeline historical novel about the creation of one of Leonardo da Vinci's most famous paintings, Portrait of a Lady with an Ermine, and the woman who fought to save it

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June 17, 2021

Painting Enlightenment

 

by Paula Arai

This book is both a work of art and a rich contemplation of the Heart Sutra. The artwork by Iwasaki Tsuneo is breathtaking and subtle and it is beautifully reproduced here. In the text, Arai gives us a beautiful series of meditations on the Heart Sutra based on Iwasaki's art.  This is a book to spend time with and to savor.

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July 22, 2021

The Gifts of Imperfection

by Brene Brown

A powerful and inspiring book that explores how to cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection to embrace your imperfections and to recognize that you are enough

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August 19, 2021

The Art Forger

by B.A. Shapiro

This is a novel that is based on a true crime: a $500 million art heist at the Gardner Museum in Boston in 1990. The story centers around artist Claire Roth, who is good at making reproductions of famous paintings. Early in the book, a dealer asks Claire to make a forgery of one of the Edgar Degas paintings that were stolen from the Gardner. Claire recognizes that she's making a deal with the devil, and part of her payment is she gets her own art show.

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September 23, 2021

Mindfulness and the Art of Drawing

by Wendy Ann Greenhalgh

This is not a book of drawing techniques. It is, instead, a book about the experience of drawing.

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October 2021

Light in the Dark

 

Edited by Joe Fassler

What inspires you? That’s the simple, but profound question posed to forty-six renowned authors in LIGHT THE DARK. Each writer begins with a favorite passage from a novel, a song, a poem—something that gets them started and keeps them going with the creative work they love.

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November 2021

The World to Come

by Dara Horne

A million-dollar Chagall is stolen from a museum during a singles' cocktail hour. The unlikely thief, former child prodigy Benjamin Ziskind, is convinced that the painting once hung in his parents' living room. This work of art opens a door through which we discover his family's startling history--from an orphanage in Soviet Russia where Chagall taught to suburban New Jersey and the jungles of Vietnam.

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December 2021

The 12 Million Dollar Stuffed Shark

by Don Thompson

The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art and Auction Houses

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Great Art Book Selections for Future Book Club Years:

Fiction:

Non-Fiction:

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