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MailB.A.G. December 2008

2008 December 24

Next Meeting:
Wednesday January 7, 2009, 6:30-8:30
Enter by side door: Punch in the new code (as of Sept. 8 – contact us for code). When the green light glows, pull open the door.

$5.00 voluntary contribution to Burlington City Arts for their education programs.

Program: Book Arts Guild’s participation in Lake Champlain Celebration & “Show & Tell”
Liz Kappel and Jennifer Alderman will host the January meeting.  Together they will present the BAG Quadricentennial Book Project. Members of our guild will create a collaborative flag book to be displayed at The Echo Center during the 400th Anniversary of the naming of Lake Champlain by Samuel de Champlain, a year-long celebration that begins next summer. The theme of the book is Vermont: The Lake, The Land and The People; Liz and Jen will present the criteria, with page samples for this book challenge. Come to the meeting and find out more about the Quadricentennial and how you can participate in the project.

In addition there will be time for sharing “good things” that you have discovered for bookmaking.  Bring along a resource book or two, a new tool, a favorite material, a glue technique, paper supply, pop-up structure, or a project you are working on…… whatever you have that you can share for a good old fashioned “Show and Tell”.

Reflection on the December meeting:Book Arts Guild of Vermont Potluck and Swap
Our holiday ethnic potluck with the ‘swap & sale’ was as festive as ever. The evening started with an amazing buffet and dessert selection. Then members set up mini “shops” featuring artwork, hand-made books, cards, home-grown teas, craft supplies, jewelry, etc. made available for free, for sale or offered in a swap. Conversations and laughter filled the room as members made deals for gift-giving and creativity.

Upcoming Programs:
Ann Joppe-Mercure, our Keeper of the Calendar, and the creative Program Committee have lined up the following programs for 2009:

  • February: Valentines with new twist presented by Megan Humphrey
  • March: Technology Workshop by Elissa Campbell, involving tour of online book arts resources (stores, organizations, blogs, forums, etc.)
  • April: Books & Fiber Art by Sally Knight
  • May: Origami and Bookmaking hands-on workshop by Jill Abilock
  • June: Personal Journey as Book Artist by Carolyn Shattuck (pending confirmation) plus information for members about B.A.G.’S September exhibit at the Firehouse, Burlington
  • July & August: Pending; possible field trips
  • September: Sharing of books that will be in our annual Firehouse show
  • October & November: Pending
  • December: Annual Ethnic Potluck with Swap & Sale

Members’ news:

Lorraine Reynolds, known for her altered books in the guild, has had a piece selected for the “Altered and Assembled: The Seat Goes On- New Perspectives” exhibit at the  Williams Center Gallery and Arts Collection, Easton, PA.  She will also be teaching an upcoming workshop at Artists’ Mediums in Williston. &

Book Arts Opportunities:

*** Although this notice is late, consider applying for Open Studio Weekend over Memorial Day weekend 2009 (or investigating it for future years!).  Information and applications are at the following links:


From Martha Fitch, Executive Director of the Vermont Crafts Council
PO Box 938, Montpelier, VT 05601
Phone: (802) 223-3380
Fax: (802) 223-7974

*** The Garage Annex School for Book Arts has announced their workshop schedule for 2009: You can sign up to receive occasional Email announcements by sending them an Email:

*** If you have a website and/or blog that showcases your creative work, we’d love to share it on the member links page of the B.A.G. blog. Send an Email with the details to Tech Schmoe Elissa Campbell:

Book Arts Guild of VT chat room:

Book Arts Guild of VT blog:

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