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Winners of Altered Book Competition Announced


Nearly 300 patrons of all ages voted last week for their favorite youth and adult Altered Book exhibits displayed in a special gallery set up at the Massanutten Regional Main Library.

“This was one of the largest groups in the last three years to view the exhibits,” says Cheryl Griffith, Massanutten Regional Library Community Relations Manager.  “We opened the competition this year into two categories, youth and adult, and we did see an increase in the number of entries.  The entries were creative, one-of-kind displays.  It’s incredible what ideas individuals come up with.” 

The gallery was open three days at the Main Branch, with the exhibits open in conjunction with the First Friday Celebration sponsored by the Arts Council of the Valley.   Volunteers from James Madison University APO Fraternity manned the Altered Book gallery.

First place honors in the youth category went to Chantel Pence, Harrisonburg, for “Birds Eye View.”  There was a tie for second place with Chelsey Pence, Harrisonburg, conjuring up votes for “Explosion,” and Haley Tebo, Rileyville, winning with “Kamala.”

Third place honors went to Helen Joya, Harrisonburg, for “Alice Is Stuck in Wonderland.” 

“The competition was tough in the adult category.  Fourteen exhibits displayed ingenuity making the voting extremely difficult,“  says Griffith, who chaired the event.  “The voting was close.  Individuals went around the displays at least twice to get another look before voting.  Voters put a lot of thought into casting their ballots.” 

The overall adult winner went to Nancy Dauer, Harrisonburg, with “From Words to Yarns.”  “Practically everyone going through the gallery described this entry as ‘intricate.’  People wondered how long the artist had spent on this exhibit.  That may have been the deciding factor for its first-place win,” says Griffith.
Anna Thornbury and Andrew Shantz, Harrisonburg, teamed up to present “A Novel Death.”  Viewers chuckled as they witnessed the demise of several novels equated with the main character’s death.  The book Dracula had a  wooden spike driven  through the novel,  Cleopatra was encircled with a snake, Titanic  was cut in two with an iceberg book, and Joan of Arc singed with fire.

Mary Lu Lewis, Harrisonburg, and Diane Landis, Bridgewater, shared third place honors.  Lewis honored her mother with her display “Homage,” and Landis, a repeat exhibitor and winner, pleased the voters with “In a Dark, Dark House.”

The winners’ exhibits of the 2014 Altered Book Competition are displayed on the second level of Massanutten Regional Main Library through National Library Week, April 14-19.  The exhibit is free and open to the public.

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