978-1-877675-84-3; paper; $14.00
Meg Campbell reaches out to the common reader. In her previously published collection, Solo Crossing, she evokes swimming across the English Channel with the lines "when I cannot lift my arm/ another stroke/ I understand/ this is my life" to describe the pain of reinventing her life after divorce. The book struck such a chord with audiences that it went to a third printing.
In More Love she focuses on friends and family: on familiar places and towns; on well-remembered incidents in her life; the loss of loved ones; and all those moments she recalls with even more love over time—just as we all do.
Her phrases are lyrical and lucid; emotional and honest; her words speak to our own truths.
AFTERNOONS WITH JUNE—Stories of June Wayne's Art & Life
Betty Ann Brown
978-1-877675-83-6; illustrated; paper; $24.00
June Wayne was an astonishingly gifted artist; a determined activist; a brilliant writer; and a gifted public speaker. Mother, grandmother and friend to dozens of of remarkably creative and intellectual personalities. So begins this book. But it is hardly a sufficient description of her life. There was so much more. Perhaps she is best known for reviving the near-extinct art of lithography in 1960, establishing the Tamarind Lithography Workshop with a grant from the Ford Foundation. Major artists from across the country were invited to a residency to master the creation of lithographs.
She made prize-winning films; created tapestries working with the masters of the leading weaving studios in France. She experimented with different styles in her artwork starting with a Social Realist style during the Great Depression and on to Post Surrealism, Abstraction, and from Pop to Op Art. She was inspired by modern science and created her own unique images of natural phenemona of tides and ocean currents, the cosmos, sky and stars.
The author spent many afternoons listening to June's stories. How she dropped out of high school at 15 wanting to become an artist; at 17 she had her first exhibition in Chicago, a second one in Mexico City a year later and became a "regular" on the art scene in Chicago and active in the local WPA. Her life and work provided an abundance of rich material and she was a great and brilliant story-teller.
Betty Ann Brown has woven the stories into a unique history of an extraordinary artist of the 20th century.
RAPTURE & THE BENDS—Thoughts of a Wilful Artist
978-1-877675-82-9; paper; $16.00
A collection of essays by the artist June Wayne. Many of them were written to be presented as speeches at art symposiums, anniversary exhibitions, art association conferences, and college commencements. Others convey her thoughts on art and art world issues. The material is timeless—it mattered then and still does. She was in great demand as a speaker and known for her persuasive and witty presentations that made the seriousness and importance of the subject easier to accept.
Wayne died in her 93rd year. Eleven days before her death on August 23rd, 2011, the French Government named her a chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters, the only visual artist of the six Americans selected. Unfortunately, she was not to know of this honor—the official document arrived in the mail after her death.