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News from Cathy DeForest: Al-Mutanabbi Readings and New Work

Twenty seven readings in the US, Europe and the Middle East are scheduled in March to mark the seventh anniversary of the bombing of al-Mutanabbi Street, the ancient bookseller street in Baghdad.

Please join me as I participate in these two readings in SF:
 1. The Great Overland Book Company (Bookstore) San Francisco, California  - 
       Coordinator – Beau Beausoleil and Andrea Hassiba
       March 5, 7:30 – 9:pm – at The Great Overland Book Company, 345 Judah
       Street (at ninth avenue)

2. San Francisco.San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California – Coordinator – Ozlem Ayse
       Ozgur – March 6th, 7-9pm, San Francisco Art Institute Lecture Hall, 800 Chestnut
       San Francisco, CA.

If you are in Oregon, consider coming to these readings:
1. Portland, Oregon  – Coordinators – Bill Denham and Laura Russell – March 5, 7-9pm,
    Multnomah Friends Meeting House, 4312 SE Stark Street, Portland, Oregon
2. Atelier 6000 in Bend, Oregon – Coordinators – Julie Winter and Patricia Clark
       March 6, 4:30 – 7 pm – Atelier 6000 389 SW Scalehouse Ct. #120 – Bend, Oregon

For readings in London, Boston, Newfoundland and beyond, check out:–events.html

I will be reading from my book Ink and Blood, created for the al-Mutanabbi Street Project. For more info, check out:

For poetry lovers everywhere:

A beautiful new book of poetry from Kim Stafford, Legacy of Beginning: Poems in Bhutan, has been published by Larkspur Press. The hand-sewn book contains wood engravings by the artist Wesley Bates. Stafford writes in the book’s preface:

“In the winter of 2011 … I gathered a band of ten writers from America and one from Poland for a creative pilgrimage to the kingdom of Bhutan. These poems were written as we sat together around the bukhari, the iron stove where pine crackled and winter kept us close. The poems are informed by the Buddist notion of four dimensions for each encounter, from the visible to the increasingly mysterious and important.”

Centennial Portrait

If you love William Stafford’s poetry, check out the artists’ books Derek and I letterpress printed in honor of his Centennial:

Hidden and Revealed: Stafford Aphorisms

Dec 1-31: “Angels” Group Show at GoodBean Coffee, Jacksonville

Dec 1 – 31, 7am – 6pm M-F
My large “Angel” hand-painted silk wall hanging will be part of a group show of angel art at the GoodBean Coffee Company for the month of December. This 45″ x 45″ piece will be available for purchase – Contact Hannah West at
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GoodBean Coffee
155 S Oregon Street
Jacksonville, OR

Nov 29-30: “Wine Dine & Shop” Benefit for HOPE Equestrian Center

Nov 29 from 11-4, Nov 30 from 10-4
Wine, Dine and Shop for holiday gift items! I will be there to display and sell my hand-sewn, cotton happi coats and kimonos, hand-painted silk wall hangings and scarves at Voorhies Mansion / Edenvale Vinery, to benefit HOPE Equestrian Center, a Medford therapeutic horsebackriding program for the disabled.
Voorhies Mansion / Edenvale Vinery
2310 Voorhies Road
Medford, OR

Nov 19-Feb 21: Southern Oregon Guild Gallery

Nov 19, 2013 – Feb 21, 2014, M-F 11-3, Sat 10-2
Exhibit and sale of hand-painted silk scarves & wall hangings. The gallery is located at 24353 Redwood Highway, Kerby, Oregon
The Southern Oregon Guild is also having a Holiday Gift Show on Sunday, December 1st, from 2pm – 5pm.  Start your Holiday Season with the Southern Oregon Guilds’ Artists and the Oregon Little Big Band!  We’re having a fabulous party to introduce our 2013 Holiday Gift Show and give you the “Art Alternative” for your Holiday season!  We’ll be serving tastings of festive holiday wines and a wonderful buffet.  Free drawing for a hand-painted garden chair!

Festival Season

The Fall Season is about to begin, and I am excited to share my new line of silk scarves and wall hangings, as well as my new cotton printed Happi Coats and Kimonos! It was fun participating in the recent Art Presence showing and sale in Jacksonville, and I have many events planned to follow. My next and upcoming event is the Jacksonville Celebrates the Arts, which will be held right on Labor Day Weekend. This will be the second time that I’ve participated in this event, with the added interest of the silk scarves and wall hangings. I am also going to participate for the first time in Kerby, at the Artoberfest showing and sale in October.  I am going to have a demonstration of my silk painting as well. These events are listed on my website, with a maps, times and dates. Hope to see you there!

Oct 18-20: Artoberfest Art Festival, Kerby, Oregon

October 18 & 19, 10-5, Oct 20, 10-4
“Artoberfest” Festival exhibition and sale, October 18 – 20, at the RCC Kerby Campus, 24353 Redwood Highway, Kerby Oregon, Friday and Saturday from 10 – 5pm, and Sunday from 10 – 4pm

Aug 30 – Sept 29: “Vine to Wine” Show at Art Presence Art Center

Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays in September – 11am-5pm

August 30 – September 29: Exhibition & sale of hand painted silk wall hangings for the “Vine to Wine” exhibition of member works at Art Presence Art Center, 206 N. Fifth St., Jacksonville, OR, 97530, every Fri – Sun 11am – 5pm. Meet the artists at a special reception with slideshow on Friday, September 6 from 5 – 7pm.

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Gallery DeForest: Illuminating Artistry and Poetry 2013-07-12 14:34:00

New York City features 250 artists’ books from the Al-Mutanabbi Project! 

I am pleased to announce the opening of the Al-Mutanabbi Project in NYC in 5 venues. Big thanks to The Center for Book Arts’ for organizing this! I will be coming to NYC Sept 14-18 and speaking at the Center for the Book Arts on Sept 18, along with other book artists. Come join in this dialog!

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here Project assembles artists’ responses to the tragic loss of a cultural and intellectual hub in Baghdad that occurred on March 5, 2007, by a bomb explosion. Al-Mutanabbi Street had been the historic center of Baghdad bookselling, and the heart of the Baghdad literary community.

The exhibition features approximately 250 artists’ books and 50 prints by artists from around the world, and was co-organized by Beau Beausoleil, Founder of the Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition, and Sarah Bodman, Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Fine Print Research in Bristol, UK.
A comprehensive catalog accompanies the show. 

Center for Books Arts
28 West 27th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10001
Telephone: (212) 481-0295

Alwan for the Arts
16 Beaver Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10004
Telephone: (646) 732-3261

International Print Center New York
508 West 26th Street, Room 5A
New York, NY 10001
Telephone: (212) 989-5090

Columbia University Libraries
Butler Library

535 West 114th St.
New York, NY 10027
Telephone: (212) 854-7309

Poets House
10 River Terrace
New York, NY 10282
Telephone: (212) 431-7920

July 4-30: “Luminosity” Show at Art Presence Art Center

Thursday, July 4th & Every Friday – Sunday in July from 11am-5pm

July 4 – 30: Display & sale of hand painted silk wall hangings for the “Luminosity” exhibition of member works at Art Presence Art Center, 206 N. Fifth St., Jacksonville, OR, 97530, every Fri – Sun 11am – 5pm. Meet the artists at a special reception with slideshow on July 12th from 5 – 7pm.

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Sept 28: Multicultural Fair

Saturday, September 28, 10am – 4pm
Sales of my kimonos, happi coats, silk scarves and wall hangings at this annual festival at Hawthorne Park in Medford. There will be multicultural dancing as well!  The artist, that’s me, will also be participating in Japanese Obon dancing with my Sakura Club!