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VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” February 2011

March 1, 2011

Next Meeting

Wednesday, March 2, 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.

$8 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.)


Program: An Evening with Ken Leslie
Please join us for the opportunity to meet celebrated book artist and Johnson State College Professor of Art Ken Leslie, who promises to bring “a large pile of books to share.”

A self-proclaimed “late bloomer” when it comes to art (Ken didn’t take his first art class until his final year of college) Ken bridges the scientific and the artistic in his work, “exploring, documenting, measuring, calculating, identifying and explaining” to arrive at a finished piece.

After receiving his MFA in painting from the University of Pennsylvania, Ken went on to show his work nationally and internationally. However, he began pushing the boundaries of traditional painting, experimenting with circular and other non-traditional shapes. In fact, he pushed so far beyond the conventional painting form, folding the paintings to accentuate their narrative sequences, that he began making artist’s books.

Since then he has specialized in making limited-edition and one-of-a-kind artist’s books, ranging in size from two inches to ten feet and including not only painting but writings on a variety of themes, “including our place in the Universe, a layman’s theory of relativity, the battle between nature and technology, and, most recently, light and dark on and above the Arctic Circle.”


Reflections on February’s Meeting

Thank you for all the people who were able to attend February’s meeting, even with the last-minute date change due to weather. Thirteen people learned embossing and stamping along with layering in order to add it to a pillow box.

Also, thank you Gwen for a great workshop and answering everyone’s questions regarding stamping.


Book Arts Classes
*** The ReSTORE in Barre, VT is offering a bookbinding class on February 26th, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Turn those old hard-cover books into journals, sketchbooks and notebooks! Participants will learn the basics of bookbinding, including a few different binding stitches and gluing techniques.

All materials will be provided. Open to anyone ages 7+ (12 and under must be accompanied by an adult). There is a $5.00 suggested donation.

To register, contact Abby at ReSTORE Burlington via phone (802) 658-4143, x10 or Email.

*** Elissa Campbell is teaching The Recycled Accordion Book at Studio Place Arts on March 9, 2011, 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 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.

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

*** Burlington City Arts is offering Print and Book with Amy Wild on Tuesdays, April 5 – May 24, 2011 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Learn how to silkscreen images and/or text onto paper, creating pages that you will hand-bind using basic Japanese bookbinding stitches.

You can register for the class on the BCA website.


Book Arts Events
*** The Grace Slack McNeil Program for Studies in American Art at Wellesley College and the Office of Academic Programs at Historic Deerfield are sponsoring the Art of the Book Symposium on March 12, 2011, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. This free, one-day symposium will explore and celebrate the materials, methods and settings of books and the bookmakers’ art.

The event will be held at the White Church Community Center in Historic Deerfield, MA. Pre-registration is required. For more information, please contact Julie Marcinkiewicz via phone (413) 775-7179 or Email.

*** Bound for Glory: The Hand-Made Book as Aesthetic Object and Conceptual Process will be hosted by the Friends of Dartmouth College Library on Saturday, March 12th from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. The panel discussion will include personal insights in creating hand-made books and the role of book arts in the academic world.

Panel participants include:

The event will be held in the Treasure Room at Baker Library, Dartmouth College and is free and open to the public. A reception and tour of the exhibit and conservation lab will follow the panel discussion.

For more information please call (603) 646-2236.

*** Maine Media Workshops in Rockport, Maine, has announced their Design and Book Arts workshops for 2011. Classes include Introduction to Book Arts with Jan Owen and Books, Art & Technology. For complete course details and registration information, please visit the school’s website.


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