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

2014 June 4

Next Meeting: Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

We meet at the Unitarian Universalist Society Church located at 152 Pearl Street in Burlington, VT. We will be in the Sophia Fahs Community Room, a large room located in the basement. Click here for more information on directions/parking.

Bird tunnel bookProgram: Tunnel Books with Ann Joppe-Mercure

Ann will present a hands-on workshop on tunnel books and tunnel book construction. She will share a brief history of tunnel books, construction models, artist examples and student work. Participants will then construct their own tunnel book models. Tag board for side accordions and layers will be provided.

Please bring:

  • bone folder
  • glue
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • old magazines
  • art papers
  • and any other materials that inspire you

Dorsey Hogg talks about her bookMay Meeting Reflections

The opening reception for the Book Arts Guild of Vermont show, Nature: Beasts and Botanicals, was a very exciting and successful evening. Artists shared stories and backgrounds of their pieces, which showed a remarkable variety of techniques, materials, and inspirations.

True to the mission of our group, the show introduced book arts to new friends and admirers, and surprised all with the remarkable work. Congratulations, all contributors! It’s a great show.

Also on view in the gallery is work by several other artists, including gallery owner Rae Harrell, her husband and mother, and sculptor Kevin Donegan.

The show is open through June 16. Check with the gallery for hours.

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

You can also see the pieces in the exhibit on the B.A.G. blog.

Book Arts News

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.

*** On June 14, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., there will be a gallery tour for Guild of Book Workers members of an exhibition celebrating some of the most beautiful and important rare books and manuscripts acquired by the Boston Athenæum since 2000. The exhibition, Collecting for the Boston Athenæum in the 21st Century: Rare Books and Manuscripts, features fine printing, design bindings and artists’ books.

There will be a tour of the library’s National Historic Landmark building dating from 1849, including a tour of the Conservation Laboratory with Chief Conservator Dawn Walus.

For more information on the exhibition, please visit the Boston Athenæum 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. The workshop will be held at 300 The Fenway.

*** Regina and Daniel St. John of Chena River Marblers are teaching Paper Marbling and Simple Bookbinding on June 15 – 21, 2014 at Snow Farm in Williamsburg, MA.

Journey into the magic world of marbling and learn to make exquisite traditional, contemporary, and innovative marbled papers. After the papers are completed, learn simple bookbinding techniques to transform some of your papers into beautiful notepads and journals.

For more information or to register, please visit the Snow Farm website.

*** On July 19 – 20, the North Bennet Street School is offering Traditional Ethiopian Bookbinding with Bill Hanscom in Boston.

Bookbinding in Ethiopia is arguably one of the oldest continuously-practiced material traditions in the world. Despite its steady decline during the last century, little has changed in the production of an Ethiopian bound manuscript for more than 1400 years.

This two-day workshop begins with a presentation detailing the traditional methods and materials of the Ethiopian scribe and bookbinder, shedding light on many aspects of this often misunderstood craft.

For more information or to register, please visit the NBSS website.

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