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

December 31, 2011

Next Meeting: Wednesday, January 4, 2012, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

We meet at the B.C.A. Center (formerly known as the Firehouse Center for the Visual Arts), located to the right of City Hall on Church Street in Burlington, VT.


B.A.G. Monthly Meetings: New date and new location beginning in February!

Date Change: Beginning in February 2012, our monthly meeting will be held on the THIRD WEDNESDAY of every month, at the usual time, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. If you would like to mark the next several meetings on your calendar in advance, we will meet on:

  • February 15, 2012
  • March 21, 2012
  • April 18, 2012
  • May 16, 2012
  • June 20, 2012

Location Change: In keeping with the growth of our organization, starting in February 2012, the Book Arts Guild monthly meetings will move to the Unitarian Universalist Society Church at 152 Pearl Street in Burlington (the large white church visible at the Pearl Street end of Church Street).

Sophia Fahs Community Room at the Unitarian Universalist Society Church in Burlington, VT

We will be in the Sophia Fahs Community Room, a large room located in the basement that can accommodate about 60 people seated at tables. You can park at the rear of the Church (the driveway to the parking lot is on Clarke Street), and access the Sophia Fahs room by going down the stairs at the rear entrance.

Click here for more information on directions/parking or check out the Google Map below to help you find your way.

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Craft items for saleProgram: Show & Tell, Bring & Sell, and Meet & Munch

To celebrate our seventh anniversary, the New Year, and the many wonderful years we have spent at Burlington City Arts, our January meeting will combine two favorite BAG winter traditions – our end of year Pot Luck/Swap & Sale, and our January Sharing and Support.

Meet & Munch: Have you ever wondered, “Who was that cool person sitting across from me last month?” or “Where did he/she get those supplies, or learn that technique?” The January meeting will give us some time to find out! We’ll begin the New Year getting to know each other better together and catching up with old friends as we enjoy a terrific pot luck dinner. Last year’s meal was a delicious assortment of appetizers, salads, main dishes, and desserts. So, bring your favorite dish (one that does not need to be reheated) and let’s enjoy a meal and some social time together.

Show & Tell: After the good eats and conversation, let’s share some of our creativity. Bring books arts projects, either in process or completed, as well as 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.

Bring & Sell: Finally, you are invited to bring in items and set up a display for our Fourth Annual Swap & Sale. You are welcome to bring in items that are a result of your own creativity and/or bring in materials that you no longer need, knowing that they will inspire someone else’s creativity (i.e.: art papers, fabric, art supplies, overstock items, book arts materials, magazines, etc.). Decide whether your offerings will be available for swapping for someone else’s goodies and make a sign so designating that. If you have items to sell, make a sign to display your name and the price/sales tax.


Book Arts Guild of Vermont meetingReflections on December’s Meeting

December’s Card Tricks exchange proved to be a very fun evening. Everyone came eager to share in design possibilities. As the cards were show one by one everyone delighted over the various creative tricks and new techniques for card making.

We eagerly exchanged the papers and ideas then folded, stamped, punched and glued a new collection of cards to take home. We are a creative bunch!

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


B.A.G. News

*** B.A.G. is happy to announce the theme of our 2012 spring exhibit, Shaping Pages: An Exhibit of Artist Books & Fine Bindings. The exhibit will be hosted by the S.P.A.C.E Gallery in Burlington and will run during the months of April and May, 2012. Our exhibit will be part of the First Friday Art Walk. Stay tuned for more details!

Submission details:

  • Entries for the exhibit may be submitted, accompanied by registration forms, from January 4 – February 1, 2012.
  • All entries are required by the gallery to be for sale. Sale prices must be indicated on the entry form.
  • All submissions must be accompanied by an entry form and a single page artist statement or artist bio.
  • Reading copies (typed or photographed) are required for all multi-paged artist books.

Exhibit Dates: April 6 – May 3, 2012

Artist Reception: April 6, 2012, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

All book arts entries and questions should be directed to Nikki King.

Good Luck and Happy Bookmaking!


Book Arts Classes

*** The North Bennet Street School is offering the following upcoming workshops:

  • Flag books: In this two-day workshop led by Karen Hanmer, students make two styles of flag books and experiment with adding text and images. Saturday – Sunday, March 10 – 11, 2012
  • Limp vellum binding: The limp vellum binding is one of the most beautiful traditional structures. Using calf vellum covers, alum-tawed hide, and bone clasps, students make their own model of this binding. This workshop is taught by Stacie Dolin, a NBSS graduate. Wednesday – Friday, March 21 – 23, 2012

For more information or to register, please visit the NBBS’s website.

*** Penland School of Crafts has announced their 2012 summer workshop lineup with full details coming in January. Instructors include Barbara Tetenbaum, Bea Nettles, and Laura Wait. 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 2012 summer workshop lineup. Charles Hobson will be teaching Artists’ Books/Evolving Book from 6/10/12 – 6/22/12 and Colette Fu will be teaching Pop-up Book Structures from 8/26/12 – 9/1/12.

If you would like to receive a course catalog or be added to their Email list, please contact them at haystack@haystack-mtn.org or (207) 348-2306. Haystack is in Deer Isle, ME.


Book Arts News

*** The 29th annual Paper & Book Intensive will be held at Ox-Bow in Saugatuck, MI from May 13 – 24, 2012. This year’s instructors include Betsy Eldridge and Shanna Leino. Applications are being accepted online until May, but spots fill fast and any­one apply­ing after Feb­ru­ary 1st will likely be placed on the wait list. Acceptance let­ters will begin going out mid-February.

*** The Boston Athenæum is hosting the exhibit Artists’ Books: Books by Artists, featuring remarkable and unexpected artists’ books from their outstanding collection. Featured artists include book artists Russell Maret, Laura Davidson, Ryoko Adachi, Stephen Dupont, Harriet Bart, Xu Bing, Iliazd, and more than two dozen others.

The exhibit runs October 12, 2011 – March 3, 2012.


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