Art and the Creative Process Book Club

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ACP book club will meet the 4th Tuesday of every month (Jan-June) 7pm-8:30

For art lovers, artists and anyone interested in deepening their relationship with the creative process. The artistic life is deeply woven in the fabric of our being. One doesn't need an outlet such as painting, writing, music, or dance to be creative. Creativity is a fundamental pillar of our everyday existence and is found in the simple things, such as what you observe on a walk through nature, how you awaken in the morning, or the way you make your afternoon tea. This group will dive into a wide variety of books that explore ways to cultivate curiosity and nourish imagination. Everything is ultimately connected, and this group will push the boundaries on finding that golden thread that ties it all together.

With the intention of building a collection of books to serve as life-long companions you will want to revisit and reference for a lifetime, this group will uplift the creative spirit within us all and serve as a reminder of the joyful beauty that surrounds us in the ever-present eternal moment . . . we only just need to pause and observe.

Katie Swatland is an engineer, artist & author! Katie is Illume's resident artist and her cards, giclées & original pieces can be viewed and purchased in store.

Katie's latest book is available for pre-order at  The Eternal Student & companion sketchbook and will be launched Dec 2nd @ Illume during the ArtWalk. The book & sketchbook bundle can be pre-ordered at a special price here

Learn more about Katie at

Book Club Fees

Club fees are charged only ONE time, at sign up.

Please note books and journals are not included in the club fee, it is a requirement of the club to purchase them each month from Illume.

Is There a Waitlist?

If a club is sold out of space, you can request to be added to the waitlist by emailing

    Art and the Creative Process Book Club


    Can you order a book for me?

    Of Course!

    Whether it's an out of stock title, or an item we don't yet carry, email us:

    Please provide the title and author in your request.

    Do you provide shipping?

    Our online storefront is for purchasing online and picking up in-store at our Newburyport, MA location. Unfortunately, we don't have the capacity to ship inventory.

    Are all of your products available online?

    While we do our best to offer as much of our inventory online as possible, the best way to see everything is to stop by! ✨

    We have small rotations of home decor, our reading inspiration gallery (shop made and oh so shiny), chess sets, and more.

    Curation and "Why Don't You Carry..."

    Illume is an experience for readers that's meant to showcase a careful selection of titles much in the same way an art gallery would display an exhibition.

    Titles are always shown "cover forward", and our inventory rotates to reflect current reader interests, shifting topics, and multiple interests. That said, we LOVE recommendations! Let us know what you're looking for, or what your favorite reads are. You just may find them on the shelves soon!

    Whether you're a stacked to the brim library conoisseur, or a minimalist looking for a rare gem... we hope you'll enjoy our open space, find a new treasure, and experience the cozy reading couch. ♥