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Wandering Book Artists in Gypsy Wagon to Stop at FAU’s Papermaking Lab for Gallery Talk

BOCA RATON, Fla. (February 8, 2013) ─ Florida Atlantic University will host Wandering Book artists Peter and Donna Thomas on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 5 p.m. for a gallery talk at the Arthur and Mata Jaffe Center for Books Arts Papermaking Lab in the historic T-6 building, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.  The duo is known for traveling the country in a vibrantly painted gypsy wagon to promote artists’ books.

“Commercially produced books are like regular RVs, practical and full of information,” said Peter Thomas. “Artists’ books are like our gypsy wagon. They inspire imagination and wonder and share something of the artists who created them.”

During their 45-minute gallery talk, the Thomases will present some of their artists’ books, compare artists’ books to traditional books and perform songs on one of their many artists’ ukulele books.

The Thomases live and work in Santa Cruz, Calif., where they have been making books as art together for 30 years. Their gypsy wagon features heavy wrought iron hardware, a copper roof, stained glass windows, flowers and birds carved into wooden corbels with herald angels at each corner. A single room holds a propane heater, cook stove, sink and retractable workbench/kitchen table inside and a curtained-off bed covered with patchwork quilts.

The event is free and open to the public. Donations for the book artists will be accepted.  For more information, contact John Cutrone at 561-297-0455 or, or visit


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Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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