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

2011 May 31

Next Meeting

Wednesday, June 1, 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: Sharing Books from our Spring exhibition Big Ideas, Small Books

B.A.G. members will share their books that have been on display at our exhibit at the Emile A. Gruppe Gallery  and then take them home after the meeting.  If you have a book or two you’d like to share that were not in the exhibit, you’re welcome to bring them too!

It will be fun to look more closely as the artist shares the successes and challenges along the route of creation. You can view pictures from the opening on the B.A.G. blog.

Reflections on May’s Meeting

May’s meeting brought a dedicated group in from the rain to create books for Kids To Kids International. This nonprofit organization provides handmade books and educational supplies for children in need around the world. Under the guidance of Ann Joppe-Mercure, different book structures were quickly introduced. Our members chose structures to work with then added inspiration and content.

We completed one folded flap book, two round books, two star accordion books and four flag books. These books along with a bag full of new art supplies generously supplied by attending members will be sent to Kids to Kids International. Imagine, the talents of our Book Arts Guild will now cross international boarders and help to inspire creativity, education and good will.

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

B.A.G. News

Handmade book by Dan Essig*** The Book Arts Guild of Vermont is pleased to announce that renowned book artist Daniel Essig will be coming to Vermont to offer Wooden Covers, Mica Pages, a three-day workshop from 7/8/11 – 7/10/11.

Developed as early as the fourth century, the book-binding style known as Ethiopian Coptic has withstood the test of time. In this workshop, the elegant sewn-binding structure, combined with the use of traditional wooden covers and alternative mica pages, will introduce a range of creative possibilities for the beginning, the intermediate, and the advanced bookbinder.

Many of Daniel’s sculptural pieces are featured in The Penland Book of Handmade Books, including the amazing book featured on the cover.

Dates: July 8 – 10, 2011 (Friday – Sunday)
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (times are approximate – firm times TBA). Expect three full days with a lunch break.
Location: TBA, but will likely be local to Burlington, VT.
Cost: $200 workshop fee + $40 materials fee

Space is limited and BAG members are getting a head start on registering, so sign up as soon as possible! Click here to download the registration form.

*** B.A.G. members Carolyn Shattuck, Nancy Stone, Meta Strick, Ken Leslie, Elizabeth Rideout, Jill Abilock, and Elissa Campbell are opening their studios as part of the state-wide Open Studio Weekend sponsored by the Vermont Crafts Council. If you want to visit fellow book artists on the Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, you can find them in the following locations:

  • Carolyn: Rutland, studio #93
  • Jill: Shelburne, studio #132
  • Elizabeth: Shelburne, studio #132
  • Nancy: Williston, studio #138
  • Meta: Fairfield, studio #171
  • Ken: Hardwick, studio #183
  • Elissa: Montpelier, studio #213

Visit Elizabeth and Jill in The Bindery Place at Shelburne Pond Studios to admire and purchase new books, bindings, and artist books. Enjoy food and live music while you check out the bindery, visit the other nine artist studios, and tour the new sculpture park. Browse an extensive collection of decorative papers and learn about open bindery night.

Nancy will exhibit hand-made books and cards as well as framed and unframed artwork. The paintings and prints will be on sale for 30% off regular prices.

Elissa will have her journals and photo albums on display, along with her one-of-a-kind work. She’ll have a small selection of bookbinding supplies available for purchase, including PVA and bookboard. She has extensive library of books on the subject of book arts, so feel free to stay a while and check out those books you’ve got on your wish list.

You can find maps and directions to studios on the VT Crafts Council website. You can also download a pdf of the 2011 Vermont Open Studio Tour Guide. Please note that this is a really big file – 13.5 MB

Elissa wrote a blog post about all of the book arts studios open for Open Studio Weekend and it includes a Google map to help you plan your trip. You can read the post on her website.

*** B.A.G. member Megan Humphrey is taking part in Frog Hollow‘s collaboration with the Integrated Arts Academy at HO Wheeler Elementary School in an effort to create original works of art. Megan is coordinating the production of a large wall piece combining literacy and art emphasizing “community” with a first grade class.

The exhibit opening is on Friday, June 3rd from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Frog Hollow, 85 Church Street, Burlington. Come by to view the collaborative projects between artists and elementary school students! For more information, please call Frog Hollow at (802) 863-6458.

Book Arts Classes

*** Elissa Campbell is teaching Know When to Fold MORE of ‘Em at Studio Place Arts in Barre, VT on June 13, 2011, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. In this workshop, participants will create several books based on the accordion structure – the nested accordion, the star book, and the tunnel book. No previous experience required – this is a great class for a beginner.
To register, contact SPA via phone (802) 479-7069 or Email.

*** The Eliot School in Jamaica Plain, MA is offering a number of book arts classes now through August 2011. Upcoming classes include Book Marathon!, Alternative Books with Alternative Materials, and Accordion Spine Bookbinding.

Click here to download the complete catalog.

*** The Garage Annex School in Easthampton, MA is offering The Ultimate Album with Daniel Kelm on June 29 – July 1, 2011. The workshop project uses wire edge binding to solve the problems inherent in conventional album structures, for example, a binding that opens poorly; non-archival mounting of the images; and a lack of protection of the images from  handling and abrasion.

Over the course of three days you will attain basic wire edge skills that will enable you to produce a highly-functional, archival album. Tuition is $395.00 and the materials fee is $55.00. You can register for the class online.

Book Arts News

*** Peter and Donna Thomas are co-curating 1,000 Artists’ Books, a gallery-style book to be released in June 2012 by Rockport Publishers/Quarry Books. The book will be part of their 1,000 series and will feature images of artists’ books.

They are looking for submissions in a number of categories. The book is already in the design phase, so the sooner you get your application in, the better the chance of having your work included. Please download the call for entry form for more information.

*** The Shelburne Museum is hosting the exhibit Paperwork in 3D, featuring the work of  25 contemporary artists who transform flat sheets of paper into amazing three-dimensional art. Featured artists include book artists Tom Allen, Brian Dettmer, Sam Ita, and Matthew Reinhart.

Paperwork in 3D explores a variety of themes and techniques including: the Japanese art of origami, cut paper, pop-up books and graphic novels, the mathematics of paper engineering, sculpture, and fashion (cross-referencing the exhibit In Fashion in Webb Gallery). Site specific installations include lighted sculpture in the Round Barn silo by Vermont artist Riki Moss, and rain forest animal and plant sculpture in Kalkin House, created by Emma Hardy from Colorado.

*** 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 until June 10, 2011. 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.

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