• Gracie Lee Community Room, Placitas Community Library
  • 453 State Highway 165, Placitas, NM 87043
  • April 2 – April 28, 2022
  • Artists’ Reception – Friday, April 22, 5 – 7 pm


“Turning the Pages,” the April exhibition in the Placitas Community Library’s Gracie Lee Community Room, addresses the physicality of books as well as the potentially edifying and entertaining nature of their content.

“There is something so satisfying about the feeling of holding a book, turning the pages, and beginning the journey of reading,” said exhibit coordinator Geri Verble.

‘New Mexico’s ABCs’ by Carol Ordogne

In response to this digital age of Kindle reading and Audible listening, Verble assembled artists who have incorporated books into their art-making, either by responding to content or by manipulating the objects themselves.  The exhibit also highlights the efforts of local authors and illustrators.

On Friday, April 22, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Art Committee invites there will be a reception for the exhibit which will feature artist/authors Tricia George, Lisa Bear Goldman, Joan Hellquist, Carol Ordogne, and Patrice Schooley. Roger Evans, whose January exhibit was in the Gracie Lee Room, will also be present to share “Roger Evans Unfiltered,” a personally narrated retrospective of his work.

Artists exhibiting work during the month-long exhibit include Jill Bartel, Patty Bracht, Margaret Bruch, Judy Carlson, Rebecca Cohen, Roberta Delgado, Doris Fields, Genie Gray, Colleen Gregoire, Lavon Maestas, Jules Nyquist, Linda Nystrom, Ray Ortiz, Sue Ortiz, Dianna Shomaker, Larry Schulte, Pam Troutman, and Geri Verble. In addition, the PCL’s children’s committee has curated an exhibition of children’s art inspired by their favorite books.

During the course of “Turning the Pages,” the library’s art committee will host a private tea for members of the 10 Placitas book clubs that function under the auspices of the Placitas Community Library. The exhibit runs through April 28 and will be followed by Placitas Studio Tour artists’ work to coincide with the annual Mother’s Day weekend event.