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VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” May 2014

2014 May 7

Next Meeting: Friday, May 16, 2014, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

This month’s meeting will be held at the Rae Harrell Gallery located at 90 Mechanicsville Road in Hinesburg, VT. For more information about the meeting, please read below.

If you need directions, the gallery can be reached at (802) 482-4944(802) 482-4944.

Program: Book Arts Guild Exhibit Gallery Talk

Thanks to everyone for their beautiful entries for the Spring exhibit, Nature: Beasts and Botanicals, at the Rae Harrell Gallery in Hinesburg!

Please note, the opening has been postponed until May 16th due to conflicts. Please join us at the Gallery from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., with artists’ talks starting at 6:30 p.m.

If you have a piece in the show, we would love for you to say a few words about your work. The Book Arts Guild will be providing finger food for the opening, so if you would like to bring something, please contact Marcia at

Again, the opening will take the place of our regular monthly meeting. We hope to see all of you there!

Elissa Campbell and Jill AbilockApril Meeting Reflections

Our esteemed co-chairs, Jill Abilock and Elissa Campbell, led an exciting evening where everyone wore masks! Presenting Meet the Dremel – A Book Artist’s Dream Tool, Jill and Elissa gave information-filled demonstrations covering the basics of the rotary tool and its myriad applications for book arts.

The pair passed around samples of various materials on which they had used the Dremel to sand, cut, drill, etch, and carve surface designs. They also brought finished pieces to show how they have included these techniques in their own work. It was an inspiring evening, and doubly so to see so many people come out for the meeting. Thanks to all who attended, and extra special thanks to Jill and Elissa for sharing.

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

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B.A.G. News

*** On May 24 & 25 (Memorial Day Weekend), the statewide Open Studio Weekend is offering a wonderful selection of book artsy studios for you to visit.

If you’re up for a tour, you can find your comrades in the following locations:

Elissa created a Google Map with all of the locations to help you with your tour. You can find maps and directions to studios on the VT Crafts Council website. You can also download a pdf of the 2014 Spring Vermont Open Studio Tour Guide. Please note that this is a really big file.

Book Arts News

*** Dan St. John of Chena River Marblers is hosting a Warehouse Sale on May 17th from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at 59 North Street in Hatfield, MA. Dan has amassed a large collection of paper, board and other materials from the historic paper mills of the Pioneer Valley, many of which are no longer in operation.

Included in this sale will be Neuman’s acid-free binder’s board in .08” and .09” thickness, lots of .010” Bristol, 4-ply mat board, paper in rolls, Chena River marbled paper, Mohawk text paper, and a variety of other text weight paper in a range of colors. Some marbling equipment is expected to be available for sale as well.

Unbound Vol. IV logo*** ArtisTree Gallery is looking for submissions for their upcoming exhibit, Unbound Vol IV. The broad theme of UNBOUND: VOL IV encompasses all of the possibilities of what we may think or may not think a “book” is.

Is it story? An entry to another world? An exploration? What does it indicate? This juried show looks to explore these ideas of “the book” and all the ways artists use its format as a stepping off point or as a material to explore new ideas.

This call for submission is open to all New England and New York residents of the U.S. who are 18 years of age or older. All artwork must be original in concept, design and execution. Submissions must be postmarked by mail or Emailed by June 14, 2014. For more information, please visit the ArtisTree Gallery’s website.

Book Arts Classes

*** Bill Hanscom will be offering an Album Structures workshop on July 12, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science in Boston.

Albums provide a way to organize and protect collections of all kinds such as photographs and archival materials. In this workshop we will explore the construction and mechanics of a variety of album structures from the traditional to the intriguingly unconventional. Each provides a different approach to the album, as well as exciting opportunities for experimentation with embellishment with a wide variety of media, even becoming art objects on their own.

Structures will include: a Simple Board Book Album, The Storage Book, Pocket Album, Spider Book, Multi-leaf Accordion, and Accordion Album.

For more information or to register, please send an Email to or call (617) 521-2803(617) 521-2803. The workshop will be held at 300 The Fenway.

*** Jill Timm will be presenting her fabulous workshop The Amazing Dremel on May 10-11 at the Northeast Document Conservation Center in Andover, MA. The workshop will be hosted by the New England Guild of Book Workers. The registration fee is $250.00 with an additional material fee of $50.00, which includes your own deluxe Dremel kit with over 100 various attachments.

In this workshop, Jill will demonstrate the limitless options of the Dremel tool. Each student will provide their own Dremel and learn about the various attachment options while using the tool to drill, cut, carve, etch, shape, polish and grind into non-traditional book materials. Students can expect to experiment on materials such as glass, plastic, metals, wood, tile and more.

To register for the workshop, please contact Todd Pattison at

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