Monday, October 27, 2014

Beautiful Book

I need to own this book! This image is from the Campesena Series Tapestries by Evelyn Ackerman, 1971

Friday night, we were lucky enough to find a parking spot on Smelrose Avenue, right across the street from Reform Gallery.  The gallery was packed and people were spilling out onto the sidewalk.  The occasion:  A book signing and exhibit of the works of Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman.  The name of the book is "Hand-In-Hand: Ceramics, Mosaics, Tapestries and Woodcarvings by the California Mid-Century Designers Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman" by Dan Chavkin and Lisa Thackaberry.  Evelyn passed away in 2012, but Jerome was there, smiling and signing books.
Jerome Ackerman, seated @Reform Gallery

We ran into many friends at the gallery, but it was sooo crowded that we really could not get our hands on a copy of the book, let alone purchase one.  We must make a return trip.
There were tapestries on the walls by Evelyn Ackerman, for sale!  This store is just chock full o' fantastic decorative items and furniture from the mid-century era in America.
Tapestries for sale designed by Evelyn Ackerman

Wood carving by Jerome Ackerman

Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman in 2012 at CAFAM opening exhibit
The Ackermans in 1949

I've always loved Evelyn's whimsical artwork.  In 2012 The Craft and Folk Art Museum held a retrospective of the Ackerman's work.  The exhibit was quite extensive.  I wrote about it HERE, where you can view more examples of their fine work.
Oh Larry, hint hint...this book would make a lovely holiday gift for your wife.

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