‘Romance Novel Challenge’ @ Gallery 104

Through March 10

Gallery 104
104 E. Main St., LaGrange
502-222-3822
gallery104.org

It’s always a challenge to figure out what to do with unwanted books. Many people donate them to the local library where they’re sold to raise funds for various projects. But what if the books don’t sell? Make art from them, of course. Unsold paperback romance novels from an Oldham County Library book sale were donated to the Louisville Area Fiber and Textile Association (LAFTA). What happened next is creativity at its best — they threw down the gauntlet with the “Romance Novel Challenge.” More than 16 members responded, creating such objects as mobiles, bowls and album covers from the bodice rippers. This is great creative recycling. The next time you have leftover books, don’t just trash them, make art. I’m thinking about a coffee table. —Jo Anne Triplett

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