September Events

Hello friends:
Just a reminder that MitaBee ~ Art and Books will be closed from August 16th-September 8th.  When we reopen in September there will be a couple of exciting events you won’t want to miss.
 Saturday, September 24th from 9:00-4:00: Embellished book workshop
Put them all together in an exquisite repository to inspire and delight you, to remind you and to enliven you.
In our workshop we will create beautiful pages with collage, paint, stamps, found objects, layering and  embellishing, texturing and aging, until the beginning and  end are one in the same and you never end up with what you  had planned …. 
but something much, much better.
Using a small cardboard book as our base, so we can  spend more time on content and creativity than construction and you will go home with an adorned  and treasured tome.
I will provide all materials, paints, papers, books,  magazines, glues, stamps, found objects and ephemera  

HOWEVER  you will end up with a more personal piece if you use things that you find and that are interesting to you. When you are going through your everyday life keep a look out for pages from  magazines, newspapers, fortunes from cookies, quotes, maps,  wrapping paper scraps, bits of lace or material, ribbons,  vintage packaging, images, old photos, tickets, small found

 objects and memorabilia that might work for you. Bring extras to share!
This is a beginner’s level workshop but if you have  any favorite tools (scissors, exacto knife, pens, mediums, glues) bring those for your personal use.

 This workshop is limited to 6 people , class  is  $50 with a $10 material fee
You may reserve your spot  by emailing me (

Friday,  September 30th from 7:00-9:00 pm  Ruth Nolan book talk and signing

Ruth Nolan, Professor of English at College of the Desert and poet/writer, will give a lecture based on the California desert literary anthology, No Place for a Puritan: the literature of California’s deserts.*
The lecture is open to the public, free of charge, and will be followed by a question/answer session including members of the audience.
The desert anthology was edited by Nolan during a year-long sabbatical project.
“This book is a reflection of my lifelong passion for the California desert, both in spirit and intellect, and includes a widely comprehensive overview of our region, starting with stories of the Cahuilla and other desert Indian tribes, up to contemporary desert writers,” says Nolan, who uses the anthology as a reading companion for the creative writing and literature classes she teaches, including the popular Inlandia Writers Workshop in Riverside.
The presentation will focus on selected readings from the collection, including works by local authors Susan Straight, Juan Felipe Herrera, Gayle Brandeis, and Nolan, and will include a discussion of historically, philosophically and culturally significant works by nearly 80 other authors in our region and beyond, including voices of well-established, little known, and emerging writers.
  * available for purchase at MitaBee Art and Books

See you all in September!