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2011.04.25 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

'Gypsy Wagon' Lecture, Book Sale is April 29

Omaha - The Nebraska Book Arts Center, housed in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), will host an open house from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 29, at The Fine Arts Press, Room 124 in UNO’s Weber Fine Arts Building.

The event will feature California book artists Peter and Donna Thomas, who will present a lecture titled “Gypsy Wagon Bookmobile: The Adventures of Wandering Book Artists” at 4:30 p.m.

Peter and Donna Thomas have been making books together for more than 30 years. They admired the "gypsy wagons" that Renaissance craft vendors built to sleep in and sell their crafts from, and recently created their own colorful version.They are now traveling the country selling their books, lecturing and teaching workshops, and sharing book arts knowledge and experience.

Their books and gypsy wagon will be on view April 29, along with the works of regional book artists Karen Kunc, Denise Brady, Marvel Maring, Bonnie O'Connell, Julie Sopscak and Neil Shaver.

Books and handmade paper from students of the UNO Fine Arts Press will also be available.

The event will also feature a used book sale to raise scholarship dollars for UNO book arts students from noon to 5 p.m. in the north lobby of the Weber Fine Arts Building (WFAB). Used books can also be donated for the book sale through April 29 in WFAB 124.

For more information, call Bonnie O’Connell at (402) 554-2787.

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