Hosted by the venerable Cultural Arts Council of Estes Park, Inc. (CAC), a non-profit founded in 1990, my first Artists Books on the Road presentation was hosted at the Cultural Art Center of Estes Park in November 2014.
The community of Estes Park is primarily a summer resort town, well known as the eastern gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. The area was hard-hit with a flood in September 2013 and during my visit, a year later, there is still evidence of post-flood damage and repair.
Mid-November is quiet in this little community. Its a time when the instinct to hibernate with some good books comes into play; a perfect atmosphere for the contemplative activity of hands on viewing of artists’ books. Using that to advantage, CAC put together a series of three book-lovers events – a book signing with Wisconsin novelist Vivian Probst, Artists Books on the Road and a mixed-media artist book workshop taught by Estes Park resident Diane Watson.
The day before my Artists Books on the Road event, I grabbed the free weekly paper from a kiosk, thinking to thumb through and see if there was a calendar of events listing my event … imagine my surprise to find a photo of me looking at books on a right-facing page, above the fold! Doesn’t get much better than that …
The inaugural event went well, above is a pic of the first two folks in the door, arriving mere moments after I’d unpacked some of the books.