Creating & Connecting at City Art Lab

City Art Lab with Sheila Asato: Dreamy Book Arts

In March, local artist Sheila Asato hosted a dozen arts learners at her studio, Monkey Bridge Arts, in the Historic Walker Lake district of St. Louis Park for a class called Dreamy Book Arts. The class, presented free of charge by Friends of the Arts, featured four 2.5-hour sessions where participants learned tools and techniques of book arts, and how to take creative inspiration from their dreams.

Some of the books they created were then displayed for the month of May at the St. Louis Park Library, in the gallery space at the back of the building. These books are an example of what you can create with just a few hours of instruction, some knowledge of materials, and a bit of practice. This display shows works-in-progress, intended to show what is possible even at the early stages of learning a craft and expressing creativity.

Participants in the class developed their individual creativity, learned new tools and techniques, formed positive social bonds, and connected with their St. Louis Park community through creative activities.