Whimsical new design exhibit opens Thursday at CSPS

Opening Reception: The Illuminated Paintings of the Lost Clerihews of Paul Ingram

CSPS Legion Arts — Thursday, Nov. 3 at 5 p.m.

A clerihew from Julia Anderson-Miller's collection.
An illuminated clerihew from Julia Anderson-Miller’s collection.

Chicago artist Julia Anderson-Miller’s charming ink, pencil, watercolor and acrylic designs first appeared as illustrations in the 2014 Ice Cube Press publication The Lost Clerihews of Paul Ingram, a collection of the witty four-line verses of renowned Prairie Lights bookseller Paul Ingram.

Now, they are gaining a life of their own with a new exhibit at CSPS Hall in Cedar Rapids.

Each piece is a stand-alone 9 by 12 inch slice of whimsy illuminating one of Ingram’s clerihews.

“I love antiquity and highly detailed embellishments,” Anderson-Miller said in a press release. “Illuminated manuscripts are treasures of ages past that I always wondered about. It seemed that back then only serious and sober writings deserved to be illuminated. That bothered me. Why not clerihews?”

The formal definition of a clerihew is, “a light verse quatrain rhyming aabb and usually dealing with a person named in the initial rhyme.”

There are over 35 of these illuminated clerihews in this exhibit, which runs through Nov. 27. An opening reception with the artist will be held on Nov. 3 from 5–7 p.m. at CSPS.