Itching to see some artist's books live and in person? There is a great opportunity showing now!
On exhibition at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art is BOUNDLESS, where artist books have taken over almost the entire museum. From the curators' statement:
Boundless celebrates the visionary ideals of the artist’s book which often challenge, in the best of ways, our preconceived notions of what a book can be. Boundless explores the vast field of artist’s books, but also the thinking of book artists. Each work reveals the mapping and laying bare of uncomfortable, surprising, or unexplored terrain.
This is a great venue to see a wide variety of artists' books, many one of a kind, from both private collection and the museum's collection. Several Book Arts Guild members have books in the show, like this one, Unwinding Through Time, by Suze Woolf (photo from BIMA website).
In conjunction with the Boundless exhibit, the art museum is also presenting their DogEar Festival, a celebration of artists' books and print works, June 3-5, 2022.
There will be presentations, live music, demonstrations, an open air printing parlor, readings, a traveling book apothecary, movies, typewriters, and steamroller printing!
St. Rita's Amazing Traveling Bookstore and Textual Apothecary (photo from TB&TAwebsite)
All events are free, but some (the indoor and online ones) require pre-registration. You can find a registration link in the announcement of each event. Here's what is currently scheduled:
June 3-5: BIMA Plaza: St. Rita’s Amazing Traveling Bookstore and Textual Apothecary
June 3: Online: Speak Up! Speak Out! Activism in Printmaking
June 4: Auditorium: Vehicle for Expression: La Prose du Transsibérien with Kitty Maryatt
June 4: Auditorium: Let’s Raise Our Racial IQ with Art with Robin Holder
June 4: Drop-in: Partners in Print Plein Air Printing Parlour
June 4: Classroom: Pochoir Presentation & Demonstration with Kitty Maryatt
June 4: Auditorium: Conversation with Letterpress Activist Amos Paul Kennedy
June 5: Auditorium: Queer Writers Reading
June 5: Behind KiDiMu: Steamroller Printing with Wayzgoose Kitsap
That right, three days celebrating making books, writing books, printing books and reading books!
If you haven't been to the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, it is an easy walk from the ferry passenger terminal. Admission to the museum is always free.