GROTON — “More Than Words” is an exhibit of two and three dimensional artwork that uses the artist’s book as a starting point for individual and collaborative work. It is on view in the Owen Smith Shuman Gallery of the Groton Public Library through June 15.

There will be a reception for the artists on Saturday, April 21 from 12 to 2 p.m. and the public is invited. There will also be an artists’ talk and workshop on folded paper books on Saturday, May 5 from 12 to 2 p.m. Please see our website to sign up for the workshop.

Deborah Read Belguendouz, Jeanne Borofsky, Joyce Collier Fearnside and Jan Cadman Powell, four artists who exhibited together at the Depot Square Gallery in Lexington, are finding new ways to work together and to bring the results of their independent and collaborative work into the public realm now that the gallery has closed.

This show, designed with the public library exhibition space in mind, expands the concept of the artist’s book. Beginning with four sturdy cigar boxes, Deborah Read Belguendouz, Jeanne Borofsky, Joyce Collier Fearnside and Jan Cadman Powell have made a series of collaborative artists’ books specifically for this show. Each artist created a collection of papers, prints and paintings personalized with their own imagery, techniques and colors to share with the others.

These artists have stayed together through a tough economic climate, surviving the downturn in art sales by banding together and coming up with creative ways to find new avenues for showing their work. Equally important, they inspire each other to work and evolve; you can see how they influence each other in the way that the stripes of collaged papers on the edges of Jeanne Borofsky’s “Conditional Spiral” echo the painted stripes on the sides of Deborah Read Belguendouz’s “Moroccan Door Journal.”

This exhibit was made possible by the Groton Public Library Endowment Trust. The artists’ talk and workshop is made possible by the Groton Trust Funds Lecture Fund. Library hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information visit (click on “Events and Activities” and “Art Gallery”) or email Curator Deborah Santoro at