Summer’s over, school has started and here are some book arts events happening soon that you might want to check out.
A CONVERSATION WITH SAUDA MITCHELL
October 12, 12:00-12:50pm, Online.
This presentation is sponsored by Puget Sound Book Arts.
Sauda Mitchell is a printmaker, archivist, and educator from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Educational Leadership and her research centers around marginalized students' access to archives. She has held several workshops that introduce artists to how archives can serve as inspiration for artists' books as well as developing workshops which explore African American artists, and books as a contemporary art form.
The event is free, but registration is required. Register here: https://pugetsoundbookartists.wildapricot.org/event-5329141
SEATTLE ANTIQUARIAN BOOK FAIR
This upcoming weekend is the Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair on Saturday and Sunday, October 14 & 15 at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall (beneath the PNB school, next door to McCaw Symphony Hall). Over 65 exhibitors from (mostly) the west coast, not just “antiquarian” books, but collectibles, fine binding, poetry, first editions – something for every book lover. (Note: BAG will not have a table at the fair this year.) More details: http://www.seattlebookfair.com/
Photo left from Book Fair Featured Items
DISTINGUISHED BY DESIGN: HANDMADE BOOKS FROM THE MEDIEVAL TO THE MODERN
Saturday, November 4, 2023, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Jane Carlin (of Puget Sound Book Artists, Book Club of Washington, and Puget Sound University Librarian Emerita) has invited the Book Arts Guild members to a special presentation at The Seattle Athenaeum in Pike Place Market on Saturday, November 4. “A day-long event that will transport you through centuries of fascination with the book, highlighting different approaches to making books by hand.” Sandra Kroupa will be speaking about the Kelmscott Press. More details and RSVP here: https://www.bookclubofwashington.org/events-1/distinguished-by-design-handmade-books-from-the-medieval-to-the-modern-1 This is not a free event.
9:30 AM: Doors open for coffee and registration
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Welcome and Introductions
A Brief Introduction to Medieval Manuscripts: Michael Taylor
Collecting Manuscripts - A Personal Perspective: Matt Brehe
12:00 - 1:15 PM: Lunch on your own in the Market.
1:30 - 2:15 PM : The Rise of the Private Press: Kelmscott Press, William Morris and the Arts & Crafts Movement: Sandra Kroupa.
2:30 to 3:30 PM: Keeping Close to Story: How Artists' Books Embody Narrative: Amanda C. Roth Clark
3:30 to 4:00 PM: A Champagne Toast to the Book and Raffle Drawing!
A CONVERSATION WITH GABBY COOKSEY
November 16, 12:00-12:50pm, Online.
This presentation is sponsored by Puget Sound Book Arts.
Gabby has been very busy this last year, with a number of prestigious awards and presentations, including at the Library of Congress and the Guild of Book Workers National Standards gathering. This is a chance to catch up with Gabby - to learn about new work and impressions from her travels including her trip to the UK last summer where she received an award from the Designer Book Bookbinders, to Washington D.C. and a much lauded presentation on fine bindings and her own work, as well her most recent presentation on tattooing (on leather, we should say!)
Visit her web site to learn more: https://www.boundbycooksey.com/
The event is free, but registration is required. Register here: https://pugetsoundbookartists.wildapricot.org/event-5329143
DREAMS EXHIBIT at COLLINS MEMORIAL LIBRARY
The book arts exhibit Dreams is on display at Puget Sound University Collins Library through November 17. This international juried exhibition features a wide range of unique books which explore dreams: whether they are personal, held for others, or ones that immerse us in hope and beauty.
Book & artist details here: https://23sandy.com/collections/dreams-an-international-juried-exhibition-of-book-art
Collins Library hours and location: https://library.pugetsound.edu/home
ABSTRACT TRUTH BY PRESTON WADLEY
Through December 31, 2023, the Bellevue Arts Museum has an exhibit by Preston Wadley.
Abstract Truth features art books and photographs focusing on the themes of race, identity, history, and the history of photography. The work is evidence of change, of historical revision and reflection on the connection to what has already been and an ever-evolving present. Wadley encourages viewers to engage with his work on more than just a visual level. Each book tells a story, and he wants you to listen.
Preston Wadley is Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts at Cornish College of the Arts, a beloved art educator and longstanding member of the local artistic scene, having taught in the area’s oldest art school. His incorporation of photography into book arts is both technically unique and conceptually rich; he is a philosopher at heart. This will be Wadley's most comprehensive solo exhibition to date.
BAG hopes to have Preston come talk to us and Preston encourages everyone to go see his exhibit at the museum first. BAM is open Wednesday through Sunday https://www.bellevuearts.org/visit
The museum has several programs for discount admission, including free passes from King County libraries and free weekends for Bank of America card holders (among others). https://www.bellevuearts.org/visit/discount-admission-programs
FACE & PLACES at BAINBRIDGE ISLAND MUSEUM OF ART
Faces & Places is a group exhibition of artists’ books from the Cynthia Sears Artists’ Books Collection. Inspired in part by Colette Fu’s artists’ books honoring Chinese ethnic minority groups, this exhibition offers a lens on varied personal, social, and political experiences as interpreted by the featured artists. Artists include Tia Blassingame (California), Colette Fu (Pennsylvania), Kyle Goen (New York), and Allison Leialoha Milham (Oregon). This exhibit is on display in the Sherry Grover Gallery inside BIMA through February 4, 2024. Admission and parking is always free at the museum. https://www.biartmuseum.org/
ARTIST’S BOOKS UNSHELVED
Have you seen the Artist's Books Unshelved series put out by the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art? This free video series on YouTube takes a detailed look at artist’s book in the museum’s collection. The video format allows multiple pages to be displayed and the text to be read. It's the next best thing to looking at books in person. The videos are collected here https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHwzS6Uhxef6LYVrKCrZ9FYriOI8fixYU as part of the museum’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/@biartmuseum
PAST BOOK ARTS GUILD PRESENTATIONS
Have you missed or just want to revisit BAG’s recent presentations. We have a YouTube channel, too! Check them out here: https://www.youtube.com/@bookartsguild