A long standing partnership between The Morgan Conservatory and Art Books Cleveland (ABC) continues this year with the upcoming exhibition entitled Leaves and Leaving. Leaves and Leaving shows work created by Art Books Cleveland members before, during, and after the COVID quarantine. Artist books, collages, and other paper-related art express the wide
range of interpretations of the dual-themed exhibition from leaves as objects to renderings of what has left or been left behind. “Because of its varied structures, book art benefits from in-person viewing. Many of the pieces are intended to be held and manipulated: pages turn revealing new perspectives,” says Bette Bonder of ABC, and one of the featured artists of this upcoming exhibition. This will be the first ABC in-person exhibition since the beginning of the pandemic, and will continue with a spring show at the Beachwood Community Center.
Along with this exhibition, ABC will be holding a community project throughout the duration of their show. The Leave a Message Community Project will invite the public to participate in the exhibition and their mission for the show. Anyone can come and take a leaf, write a message, and place it in the green basket. The messages will be collected and hung through the duration of Leaves and Leaving, October 15th to November 20th, in the Morgan Gallery.
The subject of your message is your choice, but idea prompts include: poems, thoughts, wishes, hopes, farewells or just words that mean something to you.
At the end of the exhibition, November 20th from 5pm to 8pm, there will be a special reception where we will read the messages aloud and burn the leaves in order to release the messages into the universe.
The opening of the show will be October 15th, and will run through November 20th. There will be an opening reception October 15th from 5-8pm here at the Morgan Conservatory. We are so excited to continue with this annual exhibition with ABC!