Artwork at Findlay’s Mazza Museum will soon reach into a new dimension. Construction was recently completed on a new gallery for displaying pop-ups, fold-outs, die-cuts, tunnel books, and other artwork that is three-dimensional. Funding for the new gallery was generously provided by museum docent Ginny Laiho and her husband, Rikhard. A sneak peek of some of the pieces that will be on display included mock-ups and “practice” pieces in varying stages of construction to demonstrate the difficult engineering process required of this specialized art form. According to Mazza director Benjamin Sapp, the selected items of 3D artwork exhibited in the new gallery will be rotated, with some pieces carefully transferred back into storage and replaced with other pieces, to reduce the potential for damage and general dust-gathering on the delicate works. The grand opening celebration of the new, 325-square-foot gallery space, scheduled for November 12, will feature Matthew Reinhart, a New York Times bestselling author, illustrator, and paper engineer who donated original art pieces from each of his titles as well as many books from his own private collection. Reinhart will speak during the Mazza’s weekend conference following the grand opening.
For more information on plans for the grand opening as they develop, check back with www.mazzamuseum.org.