Artist Books: An Exhibit by Coleen Tyler

There are a lot of books in a library, but some are beautiful to look at as well as to read! Artist Book and Prints, an exhibit by Coleen Tyler, an artist and art educator, is being featured in the Main Hall Display Case at the Highland Park Public Library, 31 North Fifth Avenue, through March 31.

Original photographs by Tyler illustrate Egress Denied, a large mural at the center of the exhibit. Ludicrous and ET TU and You are both art books that use prints and words to articulate ideas and impressions. Ludicrous is especially meaningful to Baby Boomers experiencing the disappearance of the familiar.

“Artists bring sensitivity to materials and an awareness of the history of books,” Tyler said. “They may bring new insights into the traditional book form, making books that are often more abstract and visual. An artist book can expand and redefine how we look and think about books and our lives.

Tyler, a long time Highland Park artist, has worked in many different mediums including watercolors, oils, collage. This is her third exhibit of artist books at the Highland Park Public Library.

Egress Denied, art book by Coleen Tyler