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There are currently no exhibits planned for 2014. Please inquire to show.

The Ukulele Books of Peter and Donna Thomas
Minnesota Center for the Book Arts
February 14 - March 15; Open Book Lobby Gallery
Why make books out of ukuleles? Why not! These fun and engaging works created from functioning musical instruments incorporate a variety of bindings and techniques. Associated programming includes:

Saturday, March 14; 6pm in MCBA's studios
Join Peter and Donna for a few songs and a spirited presentation of their unique books crafted from functioning ukuleles and other found objects.

Ukuleles and More: The Found Object Book
with visiting artists Peter and Donna Thomas
Saturday & Sunday, March 14-15; 10am-5pm
Previous binding experience recommendedWhat does a ukulele have in common with a camera? They both make terrific books! Learn basic techniques for making books out of found objects. On day one, turn a ukulele into an accordion. Time will be allocated to add text/content to the book, so bring art supplies and musical imagery. The second day will be spent making books out of cameras; supply your own old camera, photographic images and ideas for text to add to the book. Inexpensive thrift store cameras or vintage cameras both work well for this project.
$225 ($200 members) + $50 supply fee

Book number 23 will be on display in Hawaii at
February 13 – June 23, 2008
Mission Houses Museum, Chamberlain Houses Galleries / 553 S. King St., Honolulu.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm / Admission $6.00 / Ph. (808) 531-0480 ext. 704.
Don't miss this family friendly exhibition about the development of a written Hawaiian alphabet. Presented in three “chapters,” the exhibit explores: the history of the written Hawaiian alphabet and its use in print; an exploration of the variety of literature about, by and for Hawaii and finally; an alphabetical introduction to the museum’s vast material culture collection in both English and Hawaiian. A treat for both families and bibliophiles, the exhibit features early printed Hawaiian works, a printing press, material culture objects and one-of-a-kind art books. The project is designed to engage public and private schools with meaningful and engaging curricula for teachers and students. Public programs:
Opening Reception: Especially for Educators - February 12, 3:00-8:00 p.m. / Pupu & music / Free. Take a sneak peak at the exhibition and see how it can enhance your curriculum.

August 11, 2007 - Jan 31, 2008
See five of our ukulele books at:
The Ukulele and You, a special exhibition at the Museum of Making Music
5790 Armada Drive Carlsbad, CA 92008

October 1- 2005
Cerritos Public Library
The Cerritos Library
18025 Bloomfield Avenue, Cerritos.
For more information about the exhibit call the Library at (562) 916-1388

October 25
Peter and Donna Thomas will teach a hands-on ukulele book workshop on Tuesday, October 25 at 6:00 p.m. in the Skyline Room. Please register starting Wednesday, October 5 at the Reservation Desk in person or by calling (562) 916-1388. Peter and Donna are the authors of More Making Books By Hand and also the creators of the Ukulele book series on display throughout the Library.
Residents $10, non-residents $15
Art Materials provided by the Library
Class size limited to 20 adults

May 1 - June 30, 2005
Art & Music Department
Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County
800 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
513.369.6944 (v) 513.369.4412 (f)

We are interested in displaying our ukulele books in libraries, galleries and museums.

If you know of a venue for the show, please let us know.

The ukulele books are all for sale.

© 2002 Peter and Donna Thomas