Written by Jack Meltzer
Willimantic, CT - June Bisantz, professor of visual arts at Eastern Connecticut State University, will present her new interactive art and literature project, "Turning Pages," from April 5-9, and again April 12-16. Show time is 8 p.m. to midnight. The exhibit will be held outside the Willimantic Public Library on Main Street in Willimantic. The public is invited. Admission is free.
The "Turning Pages" exhibit was designed especially for the Willimantic Public Library and will coincide with National Library Week, April 11 - 17. Bisantz will use the library's facade as a canvas by using the projected light from a video projector as paint. The video will present the pages of an open book turning idly to reveal text and images from her favorite books. The image of the book will float above the library's entrance, welcoming readers into the building. To view the exhibition, visit www.junebisantz.com.
"Reading has saved my life many times," said Bisantz. "A book offers escape, and great adventure. My exhibit is about the excitement and anticipation of reading a new story. As the first public project of its kind in Eastern Connecticut, 'Turning Pages' will break new ground in municipal revitalization efforts, serving as a model for new kinds of artistic expression, community outreach and civic collaboration."
"Turning Pages" is the result of a collaborative effort, with EastConn's Arts at the Capitol Theatre providing technical and logistical support, along with the projector for the piece. Additional support came from the Windham-based Windham Reads, an annual literary campaign, and Thread City Development Inc., a group of local residents and merchants dedicated to the revitalization of Willimantic.
Bisantz received her master's degree in painting from Claremont Graduate University in California. Her work as a commercial artist and illustrator has appeared in Esquire and Vanity Fair magazines, and her paintings, collages and multimedia pieces have been shown in galleries and museums nationally and internationally, including the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport, the Benton Museum and the University of Connecticut. Bisantz is also a musician and jazz vocalist. Her recent release, "Let's Fall in Love," has received international airplay.