Tompkins County Public Library

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Library to Host Art Reception, Curator Talk

The Tompkins County Public Library will celebrate its current exhibit, “Elfriede Abbe: Illustrator, Printer, Sculptor," with a curator's talk and a guided exhibit tour, Thursday, December 1 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM beginning in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

Curator Nancy E. Green will discuss the exhibit and Abbe’s life and work. An expert on wood block prints and printing, Green is the Gale and Ira Drukier Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs at Cornell University’s Johnson Museum of Art.

Following Green’s talk, local artist, printmaker and member of The Ink Shop, Jenny Pope will present a brief workshop on wood block printing and describe how she creates wood reduction prints. Participants will then be treated to a tour of the exhibit by longtime friend and colleague of Abbe, James Tyler, PhD. Tyler will discuss the work featured in the Avenue of the Friends and a frieze by Abbe, which is on permanent display in the Library’s BorgWarner Community Room.

This event is free and open to the public and will begin in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room, located within the Library’s Youth Services Department. Refreshments will be served. Handwork has been invited to make Abbe's prints available for purchase following the reception.

This exhibit is possible through the generosity of the Johnson Museum of Art, The Bookery, Auraca Herbarists, and James Tyler. For more information about this event or other Library exhibits, contact Sally Grubb at (607) 272-4557 extension 232 or

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