We wanted to take the opportunity to let you know about a few local book arts events you might want to check out both in-person and online. [Obligatory Pandemic Note: for in-person events check the venue's registration, vaccination and mask requirements before you attend and check their website again before hitting the road to make sure the event hasn't been cancelled.]
Oct 1, 2021 – Feb 20, 2022 - Root Bound at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art
Shelton book artist Catherine Alice Michaelis has an in-person exhibit in the book arts gallery. https://www.biartmuseum.org/exhibitions/catherine-alice-michaelis-root-bound/
She will also be giving an in-person talk in November, pre-registration required.
Anytime online - Artist's Books Unshelved videos
Can't make the trip over to Bainbridge Island, but want to learn more about the Cynthia Sears artists book collection at BIMA? Twice a month, the museum releases a video focusing on a few books in the collection. They are available free on the museum's YouTube page HERE.
The museum's general YouTube page has lots of great content including art-making at home and interviews with local book artists. Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/user/biartmuseum
Science Stories: A Collaboration of Book Artists and Scientists - Oct 15, 2021 - Jan 14, 2022
In-person exhibit at Collins Memorial Library at University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA
Science Stories is a unique project that brings together Pacific Northwest scientists and book artists to create engaging and unique artists' books that offer new ways to interpret science and tell a story. The exhibit space at the library is open to the public, check the library webpage to confirm open hours. The exhibition website includes videos about each scientists’ research as well as information, images, and videos about each artist book project (see the links in the black border at the top). https://blogs.pugetsound.edu/sciencestories/
NOW AVAILABLE: Recording of Traci Timmons' online presentation
For all of you who missed it or just want to revisit it (and assuming everything worked right) you should now be able to watch the recording of Traci's presentation from last month. Watch the video by clicking HERE.
If you have further questions about the collection, email Traci at email@example.com
If you want to explore the digitized artist book collection Traci mentions in her talk, is is introduced here https://samlibraries.omeka.net/exhibits/show/artistsbooks/about
and cataloged here https://samlibraries.omeka.net/items/browse?collection=10
A direct link to the entire catalog of artist books in the SAM collection is HERE
A direct link to the catalog of the Chris Harris Photobook collection is HERE
PLAN AHEAD - Membership renewal
Book Arts Guild membership runs the calendar year, and in case you didn't notice, the year is nearing its end (!), so be thinking about renewing your membership soon. Membership is currently the Guild's only income source for our major expense to compensate our presenters. We are looking forward to more opportunities for a diverse group of artists next year. https://www.bookartsguild.org/join
PLAN AHEAD - Member Show and Tell
That said (the above presenters blurb) we are also looking forward to hearing and seeing what YOU have been up to over the pandemic time. Think about something you've been working on related to the book arts that you want to share with the rest of us: a piece of outstanding calligraphy, a book edition, a political broadside, that elusive fine press book you finally obtained, or whatever else made your personal book arts heart sing. We're working on instructions on how to prepare a three-or-so minute presentation and are planning this event for early next year. Stay tuned for more information soon.