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Book of Cranes – A Convocation of Artists, Poets & Cranes


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Nov 02, 2013 09:00 AM - Dec 01, 2013 05:00 PM


Open Space Visitor Center
6500 Coors Rd. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87120


Image: Book of Cranes Pages by Vicki Bolen

To be shown at the OSVC November 2nd – December 1st 2013.  The book will be located in the OSVC lobby along the West wall.  

The Book of Cranes is a collaboration between12 artists & poets: Vicki Bolen, Geraldine Brussel, Deborah Cole, Dale Harris, Stephanie Lerma, Lou Liberty, Margy O'Brien, Ginger Rice, Judith Roderick, Mary Sweet, Linney Wix, and Richard Wolfson. 


The project took place in 2012 in Albuquerque, New Mexico over a year’s time. The poet artists awaited the cranes’ arrival, watched them in the fields and along the Rio Grande, and witnessed their departure. Throughout the year they exchanged poetry in a Japanese form called renga. 

Autumn in New Mexico
early snow on the Sandia Mountains
morning glories bloom all day –
a season for Cranes.

The Book of Cranes is a large, accordion style folding screen book that measures 24 in. x 32 in. x 5 in., with a 16 ft. open, extended length. 10 pages with art on both sides are connected by book-cloth hinges and bamboo posts. The Book of Cranes is displayed in either an open position, standing upright on long tables so that viewers can walk around the book to see the art, or as loose pages housed in a specially made clamshell box. 


The original art by 7 artists is a variety of silk paintings, watercolors, and woodcut
prints. Japanese style renga poetry by the artists/poets is written in brush calligraphy beneath the art by Ginger Rice. The pages themselves are a heavy weight, handmade paper 23” x 29 ½” especially created for the book by Stephanie Lerma. Covers are a mosaic inlay of colorful specialty papers with silk paintings of Sandhill cranes by Judith Roderick at the center.  The Book of Cranes was designed and fabricated by Dale Harris. The clamshell box was created by Dale Harris and Mita Saldano from Against The Grain. 

The Book of Cranes was first exhibited at DSG Fine Art Gallery in Albuquerque, NM, November 2012. It will be next shown at the City of Albuquerque Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW, Albuquerque, NM during the month of November 2013 as part of their annual Return of the Sandhill Crane celebration.

More about Book of Cranes at http://bookofcranes.wix.com/bookofcranes and on Facebook at Book of Cranes. Contact Dale Harris [email protected] 505.242.4930 for inquiries. 

Twelve poet artists watch the skies. Soon the Cranes will arrive.

Message bringers, wisdom keepers, the mythic made real.

Crane migration follows an ancient pattern of sun seeking & star navigation,

a flight guided by instinct for the turning of seasons,

mapped both by history and present day survival needs.

Cranes come annually to the Rio Grande Valley in great number

over vast distances, their winging synchronized - truly an aerial ballet.

The poet artists celebrate with images, write renga verses.

Their art and words are a welcome home to the Cranes.