What to Humphrey Bogart, The Titanic, Christopher Isherwood, Robert Oppenheimer, the Marx Brothers, and printer Ward Ritchie have in common? The answer: they all played a role in the life of Hollywood star turned book artist Gloria Stuart, who will be celebrating her 100th birthday this July 4th. Two celebrations are planned:
On July 22nd, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences—the very Academy who nominated Gloria for best supporting actress for her role in James Cameron’s The Titanic—is throwing a party for Gloria. For more information, please contact the Academy at 310 247 3000 or via their online form.
The other celebration will take place at ACE Gallery in Beverly Hills on July 4th at 3:30 p.m. There, Gloria will greet the public and display her books, paintings, art furniture, and bonsai, the last of which is part of the permanent collection at the LA County Arboretum. All are welcome but you must RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those who can’t make either party, don’t worry: the fall 2010 issue of Parenthesis (#19) will feature an illustrated profile of Gloria and her Imprenta Glorias press. Since all of Gloria’s books are published in extremely limited editions, this profile will offer a rare glimpse into the vivid artist’s books Gloria has produced over the past 28 years. Join the FPBA now to receive your subscription to Parenthesis: The Journal of the Fine Press Book Association.
— Paul Razzell