Artist's octopus art stretches to book project

by April Helms special products editor Published:

Amy Mothersbaugh Roos loves octopi.

This should come as no surprise. Last spring at this time, Roos, who runs Studio 2091 in Cuyahoga Falls, was hard at work on the Akron Zoo's mural for its Journey to the Reef exhibit, which opened in May last year, and one of the highlights is a large octopus, a tribute to Cora, the zoo's resident octopus, whom Roos said she still visits "whenever I can."

So when Roos said she found out about a book project that would be a compilation of octopus art, it seemed like a good fit for her.

"About a year ago, Fiver Murphy [one of the resident artists at the gallery] told me about Jinxi Caddel, who was looking for artists who had done octopus art for a book."

That book, Eight Arms of Inspiration: The Octopus Art Project, published by Out of Step Books, was recently published. It sells for $59.95.

"Thousands and thousands of people submitted art," Roos said. "I sent a couple pieces, and they were both published. I love cephalopods. It cracked me up that they were accepted because they were a couple years old and my style has grown and changed, especially with doing the mural."

Roos said she "literally danced around the room" when she got the book.

"There is a very diverse crowd who like cephalopods," she said as she flipped through the book. "There's even a section on tattoo art."

The book ties in well with Studio 2091's upcoming exhibit, Sirens and Sea Maidens, which will feature Roos's work and the work of artist John Crymes. The exhibit will open with a reception March 15, starting at 5 p.m. Roos said this will be the first time her own work will be displayed at the gallery. In addition, a limited number of books will be available to purchase that evening.

The gallery is at 2091 Front St. in Cuyahoga Falls. Studio hours are Wednesdays through Fridays from 4 to 8 p.m., and Saturdays from 1 to 6 p.m.

For details on the gallery, visit www.studio2091.com. For details on the book, visit www.oosbooks.com.

Email: ahelms@recordpub.com

Phone: 330-541-9438

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