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

March 30, 2011

Next Meeting

Wednesday, April 6, 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.)


Snapology with Gail MartinProgram: Snapology with Gail Martin

Snapology is a combination of knotology, math, paper and patience (though less patience than you might think). It’s another way of thinking about paper, in a third dimension, and has applications that will be enhanced by your imagination!

Participants should bring:

  • Paper that’s a little heavier than cheapo copier paper but lighter than index weight (Gail will bring some, but it won’t be pre-cut). If the paper is pre-cut before class, much time would be saved. The best way to cut the strips would be 3/4″ x 11″. Two colors is nice, not necessary. About 15 strips of each color, or 30 strips.
  • Small scissors
  • Tiny clips (those really tiny clothespins), tiny bulldog clips (chihuahua sized) or any other tiny clops (Gail will have some, but not enough).
  • A plastic grocery bag (to carry home your snapology)

Spring Member Exhibition: Big Ideas, Small Books 

The Book Arts Guild of Vermont is looking for member work to be displayed in Big Ideas, Small Books, an exhibit of artist books at the Emile A. Gruppe Gallery. The show will run April 17 – May 22, 2011. The opening reception will be on Sunday April 17th, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.Subject matter includes both 2-D and 3-D works, smaller than 5″ x 5″, in all media relating to book arts, including hand-made paper, artists’ books, calligraphy etc.

The deadline for submissions is April 6, 2011.

You can submit work to Gallery Gal Elizabeth Rideout in one of the following ways:

  • Deliver it to Elizabeth at the April 6th Book Arts Guild meeting.
  • Mail it to Elizabeth: 87 Manseau St. Winooski, VT 05404.
  • Special arrangements should be made by contacting Elizabeth by Email or phone: (610) 416-6823.

For more information, please download the entry form or contact Elizabeth via Email.


Reflections on March’s Meeting

Our March BAG meeting was an inspiring presentation of book arts by Ken Leslie and his son Woody Leslie.

Ken is an artist and professor who has moved painting beyond the rectangle into circular forms that then fold into books. He invented this structure and shared artworks of his many explorations of time and shape. Ken generously brought sample after sample of his painted journeys of time, chronically: days, years, summers, winters, morning sky, night sky, the universe, quarks, Iceland, Hardwick… He shared his progression as an artist and his methods for setting creative challenges for himself and his students.

Ken’s work enriched us all as artists, as book makers and as humans living on this planet.

Woody follows his father with his own personal adventure in creating books. His latest escapade is One Page Productions, his production company that creates small books made from single pieces of paper cut and folded to make little books. His books can easily be copied and assembled. He shares his books both with friends and the universe at large by leaving his books on subways and other pathways of his life for strangers to find and ponder. We were all enchanted with the idea and eager to read his miniature book treasures.

Thank you Ken and Woody for so generously sharing your work and lives with us. You can view images from the meeting on the B.A.G. blog.


B.A.G. News

*** The Creative Space Gallery and Jill Abilock of Six Loons Studio are cosponsoring Senbazuru: 1000 Cranes of Hope, a fundraising effort to aid the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. A senbazuru is a chain of 1,000 origami cranes folded and strung together. Japanese tradition holds that making a senbazuru will grant a wish, and they are often given as gifts to people facing illness or difficulty.

Senbazuru: 1,000 Cranes of Hope aims to raise funds to aid recovery efforts and to create as many senbazuru as possible to carry wishes for health, safety, and recovery to the people of Japan. You can help reach these goals by making an online donation to the Red Cross via the Senbazuru: 1,000 Cranes of Hope fundraising page. In return, you will receive a paper crane-folding kit that includes materials and folding instructions to make one crane for every dollar that you donate. Each kit also includes an envelope for you to mail in your completed cranes.

On April 30, 2011, Senbazuru: 1,000 Cranes of Hope will culminate in an event at the Creative Space Gallery, when all the cranes received will be strung into senbazuru. There will also be an opportunity to purchase and fold more cranes during the event.

The completed senbazuru will be displayed at the gallery and elsewhere in the area as an expression of solidarity with the people of Japan in this difficult time, and will eventually be sent to Japan as an expression of goodwill from the people of Vermont.

For more information, please read the full press release.

*** B.A.G. member Annie Watson of New Haven,VT has a book and five prints in the show Journeys and Journals, currently on view at the Creative Space Gallery in Vergennes through April 30. The exhibit features artwork inspired by travel. The gallery is open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. or call (802) 877-3850 for an appointment.

Sales of selected artwork and silent auction items will go towards the effort by the American Red Cross to help those affected by the earthquake in Japan and tsunami throughout the Pacific.


Book Arts News
*** ArtisTree Gallery and Pentangle Arts Council, in conjunction with the Bookstock Festival, are looking for submissions for their upcoming exhibit, Unbound: Creations by Artists that Challenge the Concept of “The Book”.

The broad theme of Unbound encompasses all of the possibilities of what we may think or may not think a “book” is. This juried show looks to explore this idea of “the book” and all the ways artists use that format as a stepping off point.

The exhibit is open to all 2D and 3D, installation, and assemblage artists working in New England and New York. Submissions must be postmarked by mail by 5/23/11 or Emailed by 5/27/11 midnight. For more information, please visit the ArtisTree Gallery’s website or contact Adrian Tans at (802) 457-3500.

*** The College Book Art Association is seeking peer reviewers with a wide variety of backgrounds and interests to assist in reviewing articles for its new academic journal, Openings: Studies in Book Art. The journal will maintain a database with the names and expertise of reviewers who will then be matched to articles as needed.

For more information, please download the full call for reviewers.


Book Arts Classes
*** Linda Lembke and Ellen Levitt are teaching Exploring the Book Arts at the Lyndon Institute in Lyndon Center, VT from June 26 – July 1, 2011. The course will focus on two major areas of the arts of the book – printmaking and bookbinding. For more information, please download the course announcement.

*** Erin Sweeney of Lovely In The Home Press is teaching the Chinese Sewing Box Book on Saturday April 23, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in Peterborough, NH. A book made entirely of folded boxes and enclosures based on paper wallets used to store sewing supplies – an origami lovers’ dream! You will leave with a finished book and a pattern to make it again.

The workshop fee is $90, which is all-inclusive. For more information, please contact Erin.

*** The Garage Annex School in Easthampton, MA has announced their workshops for 2011. They are offering instruction in bookbinding, repair of books, and letterpress printing. In addition, Daniel Kelm is offering an open studio opportunity for artists to come work on a personal project – taking advantage of Daniel’s expertise as well as his fully-equipped studio.

For complete workshop details and registration information, please visit the school’s website or contact them via Email.


Book Arts Events

*** The University of Vermont‘s Spring 2011 exhibit, Beyond the Text: Artists’ Books from the Collection of Robert J. Ruben, is on display in the Bailey/Howe Library lobby. The featured artists’ books were selected to provide examples of different forms and media, with an eye to high quality. There are accordion books, scrolls, box books, pop-ups, and tunnel books that have known texts, new texts, or no text at all. Both materials and subject matter vary from book to book.

For more information, please call (802) 656-1493 or contact the library via Email.

*** Sam Ellenport will be giving a free lecture entitled A Romp Through Five Centuries of Bookbinding Design on Friday, April 1 at 4:30 p.m. It will take place at the Robert Frost Library at Amherst College in Amherst, MA and is sponsored by The Friends of the Robert Frost Library.

*** The Gallery 360 at Northeastern University presents What is Contained: The Book as Subject and Object now through April 12, 2011. The book as a container of ideas, narrative, images, and text is ever compelling for artists, designers, writers, and for those who critique and understand culture. As subject, object or both, the book is what unifies the six artists in this exhibit. It is still an essential part of what they value as a society, contributing to the ongoing conversation and concern about the fate of the book and of reading, itself.

For more information, please contact Jacqueline Ferrante at (617) 908-0495 or via Email.


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