The summer months are action packed at Atelier 6000. A6 artist members are currently printing pages for Via Lactea, a limited edition art book.
The collaboration between writer, artist, typographers and book designers has resulted in an elegant, limited edition art book. In Ellen Waterston’s verse novel Via Lactea, the reader joins pelegrina as she walks her way to unexpected answers to many of life’s questions along the ancient pilgrimage route of the Camino de Santiago in Spain.
In this fictionalized accounting, the pelegrina finds herself not only in conflict with herself, but also implicated in a battle between a caricature of the Catholic Church and Camino Woman. The many real and imagined characters met along the Way, the variety of voices, poetic styles and forms make this collection a provocative and lively promenade.
This is award‐winning author and poet Waterston’s third collection of poetry. She is the author of a collection of essays and a memoir.
Via Lactea features 15 original hand‐pulled engravings by artist/illustrator Ron Schultz. Schultz’s engravings, lithographs and etchings have been exhibited extensively in California and Oregon and are included in many private collections. In addition to Ron Schultz’s outstanding print work, the elaborate faux leather bookbinding and the design and handset typography by Thomas Osborne of Bend and Sandy Tilcock of Eugene make the limited edition of Via Lactea an exquisite example of the book as fine art.
Piano Suites, a Limited Boxed Book
Piano Suites originated over 25 years ago between two colleagues devoted to creative causes, “in tune” and connected to the arts and education.
Patricia “Pat” Clark received a selection of poems from her colleague, musician, poet and professor at University of Wisconsin, River Falls, Robert Samarotto. As a poet, he collaborated with composers and visual artists. A performing member of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Opera and the Zeitgeist Ensemble, Samarotto frequently toured Europe and the United States. He served as music director for the Guthrie Theater, recorded for Sony Classics, OO Records and New Albion Records.
Samarotto’s poems reveal his serious, humorous, and confrontive attitude regarding the piano from a musician’s viewpoint, as well as, his personal perspective. One poem in series is divulges how a clarinetist hates to hear the sound of piano.
Clark captures Samarotto’s written word and created drawings to accompany his poems. Over the years, the drawings were packed from one location to another with the intent to complete the drawings in progress. Upon the death of her friend, Robert Samarotto, Clark determined to finish the vision they had in years past; it was the right moment – an acknowledgement and memorial for a friend. The work came freely, expressions of Samarotto’s poems, piano resonance and reverberations, the interior architecture of the piano all flowed into Clark’s “sound” drawings.
Piano Suites, a unique limited edition art book of sound drawings features handset typography by Ezma Hanschka of Night Owl Press, 12 poems by Robert Samarotto accompanied by 12 original hand‐pulled engravings by Master Printmaker Clark artfully presented in a handcrafted case by book artist Rachel Fox.
Clark, founder of Atelier 6000, is an established master printmaker and artist teacher has exhibited extensively in the Northwest and throughout the United States. Clark’s artwork is included in many private collections and soon will be on display in the Oregon Arts Commission’s Program, Art in the Governor’s Office. Considered a lifetime honor, a limited number of artists receive an invitation to exhibit in this special exhibition.
Reservations for Piano Suites and Via Lactea are available online and at Atelier 6000.