Artist Talk with Book Artist Lise Melhorn-Boe

Friday, September 23 at 7:30 PM
Creative City Center, 1843 Hamilton Street, 3rd Floor

Lise Melhorn-Boe is a contemporary Canadian artist who produces what she terms bookworks: original meldings of textiles, texts, and the book form. Produced as single works or in limited editions ranging from one to 750 books per edition, Melhorn-Boe’s creations use the book form to create an accessible site of interface between the voices in the text and the reader.  In this presentation Lise will talk about her history as a book artist and will show photos and have actual examples of a number of her books available for viewing.  Lise makes one-of-a-kind books as well as limited editions.  Lise also works in schools through the Ontario Arts Council’s Artists in Education program.  Lise especially enjoys teaching pop-up bookmaking techniques to young people.

About Lise:

Silly Photo

Lise Melhorn-Boe has been making and exhibiting books and sculptural bookworks for over twenty-five years. She has exhibited widely across Canada and the United States as well as Europe and South America and her work is in several public collections. She teaches bookmaking classes for adults and children. She is a member of the White Water Gallery, an artist-run centre in North Bay, The Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild and CARFAC Ontario.

Born in Noranda, a mining town in north-western Québec, Lise attended high school in Copper Cliff, Ontario. Her mother, Pauline Gillmore Melhorn, was a painter who encouraged Lise’s desire to draw and paint and make things as a child. She even was lucky enough to have private art lessons for a while with a wonderful painter from South Africa, named Nan Rowley. Lise studied architecture for a year and two weeks at Carleton University, because her father wanted her to be a lawyer or a doctor! (It made sense at the time.) She then came to her senses and studied art at the University of Guelph and later received M.A. and M.F.A. degrees from Wayne State University in Detroit. She has also enjoyed the opportunity to take workshops through the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild, to learn specific book-making techniques.

Silver collection at the door.

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