Franklin Street Gallery and Gift Shop in Watkins Glen is excited to hold an open reception for Book Artist Laura Rowley on January 5th, 2018. Attendees are invited to meet Rowley at the first open reception of the New Year and view her unique style of art through her publications and paper pieces.
Laura Rowley is a book artist working at Revival Book Arts in Trumansburg, New York and also assists in managing the letterpress studio at the Cracker Factory in Geneva, NY.
Rowley discovered her passion for book art when taking a bookbinding course Wells College. After graduating from Wells with an individualized major in book arts, Laura earned an MFA from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Following this, she returned to Wells to teach full time and complete her thesis project.
Rowley continues to teach classes at her shared studio, Revival Book Art, as well as outside the studio in schools, libraries and community art spaces. Her work can be seen on revivalbookarts.com.
The new Artist in Focus exhibit was created by Franklin Street Gallery’s arts coordinator, Maria McMahon. The gallery will feature a different exhibiting artist each month with a reception held in conjunction with Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce’s Friday on Franklin events on the first Friday of each month.
“It’s difficult to see an artist’s full range of talent from just one piece,” McMahon said. “The Artist in Focus exhibit is an opportunity display multiple works by the artist together, so patrons get a better sense of the artist’s style and motivation. Our Friday reception is the perfect time for gallery visitors to meet the artist.”
Franklin Street Gallery is a community arts center operated by The Arc of Schuyler, a nonprofit organization providing supports to people with developmental disabilities. For more information, visit Franklin Street Gallery at 209 N. Franklin Street in Watkins Glen or call 607.535.2571.