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Contact: Allison Benner, College Relations Associate – Media, 610-740-3790

GALLERY EXHIBIT: CHIMAE CUPSCHALK: THE SECRET LIFE OF BOOKS

Recent Cedar Crest Alumna Returns to Display Handmade Paper Books

Allentown, PA (August 10, 2005) – Chimae Cupschalk, a 2004 graduate of Cedar Crest College, will display a selection of her handmade paper books in “The Secret Life of Books,” a new exhibition at Cedar Crest College. The exhibit will be on display in the Cressman Gallery, located in the Cressman Library, and will open on September 12, 2005 with an artist talk from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. A reception for the artist will follow her talk.

“Book and Paper Arts have always interested me because of paper’s tremendous versatility and availability,” says Cupschalk. Her early work with paper included a passion for origami, an art form that has now found its way into her bookbinding as well. She began to integrate her love of folding paper with her love of books and reading and became interested in bookbinding. Some of her Cedar Crest classes helped her experiment with this process along with research into the world of Book Arts.

Cupschalk describes her works as ranging from functional to decorative. “In particular, I enjoy exploring a book’s capacity to transform itself into a container of treasures, secret pockets and folded items and I’ve also been influenced also by pioneer book artist, Hedi Kyle.”

Cupschalk credits her mother, a graphic designer, for instilling a creative drive in both her and her sister at a young age. “She fostered an environment that appreciated and promoted art and creativity on a daily basis,” says Cupschalk. “This has impacted our lives as adults. My sister pursued a career in graphic design while I developed a penchant for paper folding, sculpting, bookbinding and, in fact, anything related to paper.”

The exhibit will run from September 12, 2005 through January 8, 2006 and is free and open to the public. The gallery is open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday and Sunday from Noon to 9:00 p.m. Contact the Cressman Library at 610-606-4666, ext. 3535 for details. For more information, please contact Vicki DaSilva, gallery coordinator, at 610-606-4666, ext. 3469

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