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VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” December 2010

2010 December 29
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Next Meeting

Wednesday, January 5, 2011, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

We meet at the Firehouse Center for the Visual Arts, located to the right of City Hall on Church Street in Burlington, VT.

Punch in the code (contact us for code). When the green light glows, pull open the door.

$5 voluntary contribution to Burlington City Arts for their education programs. (Remember, if you write a check, it can be evidence for a tax deductible contribution.)

Dear Book Arts Guild,

I am writing to introduce myself as your new president and say thank you to our hardworking Board of Directors Jill Abilock, Jen Alderman, Janet Ballantyne, Elissa Campbell, Ann Joppe-Mercure, Lorraine Reynolds, and our wonderful co-founders Janet Ballantyne and Nancy Stone.

The enthusiasm and dedication of the Board and former co-chairs has enabled the Guild to host outstanding presenters and teachers in the field of bookbinding and book and paper arts, exhibit in well established art galleries, and draw a talented and diverse membership of over 300 artists and craftspeople. I am truly honored and excited to have this opportunity and am dedicated to serving you and the arts community in Vermont and beyond.

As the New Year approaches, I am especially looking forward to getting to know each of you as we prepare for the Guild’s spring exhibit. I encourage each of you to participate and have found, for myself, it to be a deeply inspiring and supportive opportunity to share my creative work. I hope to see you at a Guild meeting soon!

Wishing you a safe and Happy New Year.

Elizabeth Rideout

Program: Sharing and Support

Bring book arts projects, either in process or completed, challenges, questions, resources (books, magazines, web sites, blogs), favorite tools, sources of innovation, or anything else that inspires or connects you to the Book Arts. Perhaps you have a project begun at a meeting or in a class or workshop that you could share.

You are also invited to come with proposals for programs: speakers, projects, field trips, etc. that you would like to see happen or that you would like to do yourself! This popular annual program will help us celebrate our sixth anniversary! So come and share and be ready to go away with a wealth of new creative energy.

Reflections on December’s Meeting

We had a fabulous turn out for our third annual Ethnic Potluck/Swap and Sale! The food was delicious and the company was equally wonderful with the presence of B.A.G. members we haven’t seen for a while.

Our members do not disappoint! Attendees brought an intriguing assortment of art supplies and handmade work to the meeting. It was all too easy to find things worth adding to your collection.

You can view images from the meeting on the B.A.G. blog.

Note: A jacket was left behind at the B.A.G. meeting and it has yet to be claimed. If you left the last meeting and found yourself colder than usual, it most likely belongs to you. 

Please contact us if you are the owner and we can arrange a return.

Book Arts News

*** The New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers (NEGBW) is having a logo design contest for the 2011 Standards of Excellence Seminar in Boston. The logo will be used on promotional materials, the website, and on giveaways at the meeting. Preference will be shown towards entries with Boston or New England related themes.

For more information, please visit the NEGBW blog.

Book Arts Classes

*** Elissa Campbell is teaching 2 bookbinding workshops at Studio Place Arts this winter:

  • The Handmade Photo Album: In this workshop, you will learn how to create an elegant hard-cover photo album using bookcloth and handmade paper – this is a wonderful keepsake that can hold 4” x 6” photos from your recent vacation or family holiday gathering. The class meets on February 16, 2011, 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • The Recycled Accordion Book: In this workshop, you’ll create an accordion book using recycled papers, books, and other found materials. This structure can stand up and be stretched out, making it perfect for display. The class meets on March 9, 2011, 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

To register, contact SPA via phone (802) 479-7069 or Email.

*** Penland School of Crafts has announced their 2011 summer workshop lineup with full details coming in January. Instructors include Andrea Dezsö, Dolph Smith, and Randi Parkhurst. To get the latest updates on classes, sign up for Penland’s Email list. Penland is in Penland, NC.

*** Haystack Mountain School of Crafts has announced their 2011 summer workshop lineup. Rebecca Goodale will be teaching Book Arts: Form, Content, Rhythm, and Pace from 8/14/11 – 8/26/11. If you would like to receive a course catalog or be added to their Email list, please contact them at or (207) 348-2306. Haystack is in Deer Isle, ME.

Book Arts Events

*** The biennial Focus on Book Arts Conference (FOBA) has announced their 2011 workshop lineup. If you missed either of our summer workshops with Peter Thomas or Jill Timm, you’re in luck – both are teaching at FOBA. Jill is teaching her 2-day workshop The Amazing Dremel. Peter is offering Advanced Letterpress Printing: The West Coast Fine Press Aesthetic of the 1950-1970s.

Other workshops include:

Registration is now open, although no confirmations will be sent out before 2/28/11. Elissa Campbell has attended FOBA twice and will be going this year – feel free to contact her with any questions. The conference is held in Forest Grove, OR.

*** The Guild of Book Workerstraveling exhibition Marking Time will be on display at the Baker-Berry Library at Darmouth College from November 5, 2010 – March 20, 2011. According to exhibit curator Karen Hanmer, “Marking Time showcases the rich diversity of backgrounds, talents, and interests that has been a hallmark of Guild membership for over 100 years. Exhibitors are conservators and bookbinders; also arts educators, full-time studio artists, and people with jobs outside the arts.”

Dartmouth College is in Hanover, NH.

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