Thousands of personal sketchbooks on display at Brooklyn Art Library

October 5, 2018 By Raanan Geberer Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Image Courtesy Brooklyn Art Library
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The Brooklyn Art Library at 28 Frost St. in Williamsburg has opened an exhibit known as “The Sketchbook Project,” which includes thousands of sketchbooks from around the world.

The library marries the analog with the digital. Visitors can browse thousands of sketchbooks in person and online through their Digital Library. Anyone can be a part of the project, and it’s free and open to the public to visit.

Steven Peterman, founder of the library, began the collection 10 years ago before Instagram was born. “The project isn’t just for artists, it’s for anyone who wants to explore a creative side of themselves,” Peterman said.

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The sketchbooks come from 135 countries. Their creators range from children to housewives to professional illustrators. While the books can’t be checked out of the library, they can give visitors a glimpse into people’s private worlds.

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