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Thanks to William Shakespeare, the Ides of March is permanently etched into our consciousness. This time, they will be remembered as a collective accomplishment between the Guild of Book Workers, The University of Puget Sound, and Pacific Lutheran University. It might be said, the symposium actually began February 3rd with the opening at Collins Library on the University of Puget Sound Campus, of The Horizon Exhibit: The Art of The Book, which runs until March 30th. During the morning of the Symposium, Suzanne Moore, Monica Holtsclaw, and Susan Collard, three members of the Guild of Bookworkers and whose work are part of the exhibition, will participate in a panel discussion moderated by MalPina Chan, a member of the Puget Sound Book Artists. Participants will later have the opportunity to exhibit and talk about their own work, in addition to viewing selected works from the Collins Library Collection.
In the afternoon, the Symposium moves to the Pacific Lutheran University Campus at Ingram Hall where attendees will view an exhibition, The Art of Wayzgoose, as well as a tour of Elliot Press and The Boge Library, viewing a collection of recently donated books about calligraphy and typography, before moving on to a presentation by Jessica Spring and Chandler O’Leary.
With 70 book artists attending, the Symposium offers an opportunity to mingle with artists established in their field as well as artists who are just beginning their new found love of the book arts. It is an opportunity to exchange new ideas as well as meet new people. Unlike Julius Caesar, we will live to remember the day.
For those who enjoy indulging in the lively art of procrastination and the inherent thrill of waiting until the last minute: Relax, you still have time. On the other hand, we at the PSBA are offering the friendly reminder that the hour of submission is nearly upon us. For those who are not ahead of the game, the deadline for entry submissions for the 2014 Puget Sound Book Artists Annual Members Exhibition is March 1st. For those who did not take advantage of last weeks photo opportunity at Collins Library and who enjoy the challenges presented by photographing their own work, please take the time to read the guidelines and prospectus, here: 2014 Guidelines
If you have already photographed your work or had your work photographed, and are ready to submit your entry(s) at formstack, please submit here. Remember, you may submit up to three works. From what I’ve already seen seen last week , it’s already promising to be our best exhibition yet.
My daughter says I have strange reading tastes. Choosing from my personal library, I skip from William Shakespeare’s Star Wars set in iambic pentameter by Ian Doescher, to The Illustrated Edition of The Travels of Marco Polo, edited by Morris Rossabi, and on to a Treasury of Jewish Humor, edited by Nathan Ausubel. With the beverage of my choice, whether it be coffee, tea, a glass of wine, or a cup of hot chocolate, I am comfortable with whatever I decide to curl up . Immersed deep within the lines, I sometimes give no consideration to how the book was made or if indeed if that has anything at all to do with what I am reading. The current exhibition, Undercover Stories, The Secret Lives of Books at artEAST in Issaquah, Washington, attempts to change that, by encouraging me to read between the lines. What inspired the artist/writer to create this work, how the book was bound, what materials were used in creating the book would transcend the importance of the content, if it were not for the fact these issues actually become the content of the books on exhibition. Driving two and a half hours in a rare Puget Sound snowfall on the way home from the exhibition’s opening reception, I reflected on what I had learned this evening. As I watched the falling snow, all that was missing, was the cup of hot chocolate.
for more information about the exhibition and directions, go to: arteast.org
“Sparrow” by Holly A. Senn
ArtEAST and Eastside Writes present “Undercover Stories: The Secret Lives of Books.”
The month-long event will include an exhibit of artist books, some created from books, curated by book artist MalPina Chan, and a series of visual arts and writing workshops.
From the Curator’s statement: “The contemporary artist books in this exhibition are exceptional in their many forms. The exhibition features many different book structures, re-purposed found materials, fabric, hand-made papers, and papers embellished with paint, image transfer, borax, stitching, and calligraphed elements. These artists were inspired by nature, personal memory, family history, cultural memory, toys, art historical book forms, natural history, science and travels. This exhibit includes book artists from Oregon, California, and Illinois and members of Puget Sound Book Artists.”
Through “Undercover Stories,” artEAST and Eastside Writes intend to build community around art and writing. By examining the book as both text and object, “Undercover Stories” hopes to spark conversation and creative expression among diverse participants.
“Knock on Wood” by MalPina Chan
“Though paper books today face fierce competition from their digital counterparts, we believe it’s way too early to bid them farewell,” said Dianne Aprile, co-founder of Eastside Writes and editor of “The Book,” an anthology of essays inspired by photographs of altered books. “Handmade books, letter-press books and altered books are gaining more and more fans—as if to protest the potential loss of paper books and to celebrate their long, evolving history in all our lives,” Aprile said.
Participating artists: James Allen, Alexis Arnold, MalPina Chan, Debbi Commodore, An Gates, Deborah Greenwood, Lucia Harrison, Karen Hanmer, Mark Hoppmann, Heidi Kirkpatrick, Lynne Knopp, Dorothy McCuistion, Chandler O’Leary, Laura Russell, Jessica Spring, Holly A. Senn, Bonnie Thompson Norman
Many Thanks to the Arteast Art Center, and Eastside Writes of Issaquah, Washington, for the reproducing of this article from their website. For additional information and directions, visit their website at: arteast.org
When I strolled up the steps to Collins Memorial Library five minutes early for the 2014 Puget Sound Book Artists annual meeting on January 15th , I was already late. As I opened the doors, I was unprepared for the energy already emanating from the room. Synergy might be a better word to describe what I felt. From the far flung corners of Puget Sound they had gathered this night with a purpose, whether to show their newest creations, talk about new ideas, purchase a cherished item from the silent auction table, or perhaps simply to leave the rest of the world at home and mingle with other book artists.
I don’t believe anyone left disappointed. The silent auction with it’s eclectic selection of journals, paper, and anything related to the book arts was twice as successful as the previous year. While some gathered to make business card holders with Rochelle Monner and Bonnie Egbert, others laid out current projects or items of interest and talked about new ideas. The new Puget Sound Book Arts business cards designed by PSBA member Mark Hoppmann were set out on a table for distribution to the membership and everyone was treated to a presentation by Jennifer Kennard about her exhibit Campfire Tales currently on display at Collins Library. Last but not least, following the board members presentation about what had been accomplished the past year and what we could look forward to for the next, Rochelle Monner, PSBA President emeritus was presented with a glass orb from Jane Carlin for her past and future contributions to the Puget Sound Book Artists and the book arts. Congratulations, Rochelle!
As I left for the evening, I was reminded why I enjoy working with this organization so much. Here’s to another successful year for the Puget Sound Book Artists!
This symposium is being held in conjunction with the Guild of Book Workers Horizon Exhibit which will be on display at Collins Library, University of Puget Sound, from February 3 to March 30, 2014.
This event coincides with the exhibit, HORIZON, that is on display in the Collins Memorial Library Feb.3 – Mar.30, 2014. This is part of a two-year national tour and the Guild’s triennial members’ exhibition. Collins Library is the only venue in the Northwest to host the exhibit which features 53 works. The Horizon Exhibition honors the legacy of the book workers’ craft and celebrates some of the finest examples of book arts today. Founded in 1906, the Guild of Book Workers has over 900 members today and is the only national organization dedicated to all of the book arts, including bookbinding, conservation, printing, papermaking, calligraphy, marbling, and artists’ books. At a time when the masses are considering the materiality of the book and its presence or absence as a physical object, it is exciting to showcase the many hand crafts of the book form. Whether by contemplating the apparent horizon, personal horizons, or the horizon of the book as a physical object, the Horizon exhibitors created works that demonstrate conceptual integrity and the strength of a practice in craftsmanship.
9:00 – 10:00: Coffee and continental breakfast in the exhibit space in Collins Memorial Library. Have the opportunity to view the show and meet and greet with fellow attendees.
10:15 – 12:15: Presentations by three of the artists whose work is represented in the exhibit. Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall, University of Puget Sound.
* Susan Collard: Susan Collard is an architect and book artist in Portland, Oregon. She has been making one-of-a-kind collaged and constructed artist’s books since 1991. Her work has been featured in many group shows, and is in a number of private and library collections.
* Suzanne Moore: Suzanne Moore is a book artist who fuses eclectic interests in the creation of her work. Working with the Wales-based team, led by Donald Jackson, Suzanne is one of three Americans who created contemporary interpretive illuminations for the Saint John’s Bible, the manuscript commissioned by the Abbey at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, and completed in 2011. Suzanne’s work is exhibited widely, and her books have been acquired for private and public collections in the U.S. and Europe
* Monica Holtsclaw: Monica Holtsclaw received a Diploma in bookbinding from the North Bennet Street School in Boston, Massachusetts, She specializes in hand bookbinding, restoration, and the creation of custom boxes and enclosures.
12:15 – 1:00 : Buffet Lunch. Enjoy conversation along with some Book Arts Trivia.
1:00 – 2:00 Free time to re-visit exhibit space and travel to Pacific Lutheran University. Travel time is approximately 30 minutes.
2:15 – 4:00 pm. Tour the Elliott Press at PLU which recently celebrated thirty years and print a special keepsake. Presentations by:
Jessica Spring: Jessica Spring is the Resident Artist and Manager of Elliot Press at PLU and the proprietor of Springtide Press. Jessica has been designing, papermaking and printing for more than twenty years. She has an MFA from Columbia College. Her work is included in numerous collections throughout this country.
Chandler O’Leary: Chandler O’Leary is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and the proprietor of Anagram Press – a small business built on the notion of doing everything the hard way. Specialties include lettering, illustration and printmaking. Chandler is the author/artist of the illustrated travel blog, Drawn The Road Again, and one half of the collaborative team behind the Dead Feminists series. ( Jessica Spring is the other half)
General Information: Parking/Directions/Lunch
All participants will be sent parking information once registration is confirmed.
Buffet Lunch will have plenty of options for vegetarians.
Space is limited. Registration required ($40 members/$55 non-members). Lunch and coffee included in registration fee. Registration opens January 16th at 9am at formstack.com
As if the excitement of the Holidays wasn’t enough, the Puget Sound Book Artists Annual Meeting is less than a month away. Perhaps meeting is the wrong word. Calling the event the Puget Sound Book Artists Annual Party might be more apt. More than just your typical, run of the mill, garden variety annual meeting, it is also an opportunity to meet our newest members, display and discuss your newest work or projects with fellow artists, enjoy a snack or refreshment, and support the PSBA by renewing our membership and bidding on those gotta have items at the silent auction, all while learning about the programs and workshops planned for 2014.
If all or part of the above is not enough to induce everyone to attend the festivities, then take note. Some surprises have been included in this years meeting. As most of you may already know, artist and designer Jennifer Kennard will be discussing her current exhibition at Collins Library, Camp Stories. As for the other surprises, well they wouldn’t be surprises if I told you what they were. You will just have to come and see. Let’s just say you will not leave disappointed. See you there!
January 15th: 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
Collins Memorial Library
The University of Puget Sound
As a book artist and illustrator, I am always impressed with those artists such as Gladiola Flowers who could immerse themselves in their vision and create an encompassing body of work in such a short period of time. For some it would be viewed as an obsession. For Glady Flowers, it was obviously a labor of love. The work seen in Camp Stories, Illustrated, including the journal, was created from memory in the span of one month in 1983. This marks the first time the work has been publically exhibited since their initial creation that year. Chronicling a special time in her life, Glady Flowers, who legally changed her name at the age of 83, chose to write and illustrate her family’s adventures of the family cabin, commonly known as the camp at Sunrise Beach at the height of the Great Depression. Drawn with an aging hand, but seen through the eyes of a young girl, Camp Stories, Illustrated was created with mostly a neutral palette reflecting the greyness of the times. Exhibiting her interpretive work alongside her mother’s in the exhibit, Jennifer Kennard had this to say about her mothers work: “Glad’s choice to work mostly in black, white and grey palette may or may not have been a conscious choice, however she mentioned several times about how dark and dismal the Camp was back then. This greyness evoked the Hard Times experienced by her family and others during the economic crash of the 1930’s. To myself, many of the images recall the WPA era and even the more refined work of Thomas Hart Benton and others. Far more, I think some of these images were considered to be just studies, so she could just get thoughts and recollections on paper before she painted them in oils as she hoped to do.” Glad would frequently work her images all the way to the edge of a sheet of paper. Not just continuing horizon lines, but she had action and details included up to the edge. This is far more unusual than you might believe, given that most unskilled artists tend to concentrate the action in the middle of a page…”
For a more comprehensive overview of the body of work, visit: letterology.blogspot.com
Camp Stories, Illustrated
An exhibition of drawings and true stories about one Northwest family living during the Hard Times of the 1930s. Narrative artwork by Gladiola Flowers, and daughter, Jennifer Kennard, on display November 6th through January 14th, 2014, at the University of Puget Sound Collins Memorial Library, Tacoma WA.
On October 28th, the Puget Sound Book Artists were honored by Mayor Strickland and the City of Tacoma with the 2013 AMOCAT (that’s Tacoma spelled backwards for the anagramatically challenged) Award for Community Outreach at the annual Art at Work Party in Tacoma, Washington. Their simple mission statement, “…to further the knowledge, practice and understanding of the art of the book by means of educational activities including but not limited to exhibits, lectures, and workshops. ” only just begins to describe the dedication and commitment of it’s members in promoting the book arts. The strength of their commitment lies not in numbers but in their diversity. Who are the Puget Sound Book Artists? They are printers, librarians, journalists, artists, writers, publishers, typographers, illustrators, poets, educators, papermakers, administrators and more, each artists in their own right who are dedicated to enlightening the world of the art of the book. Congratulations Puget Sound Book Artists! Let’s keep doing what we do best!
Every now and then, a month comes along where everything clicks and all of the hard work seems to come together (or maybe just all at once). October has been one of those months. It has been a month of preparations, exhibitions, presentations, and finally, rewards for work well done. Maybe once October is behind is, we call sit back and take a deep breath….but I doubt it. In the meantime, the month is not over yet. Scroll down to see what you might be missing.
For more information: www.pugetsound.edu/Kittredge
Be sure to visit www.ryksenn.com to find out more about he artist
September 23-December 10
Dorothy McCuistion prints: Old Friends in a New Place”
Gig Harbor campus of Tacoma Community College
3993 Hunt St. NW, Gig Harbor, WA
Reception: October 23, 4 – 6:30 pm
Hours: M-Th 8am – 9pm and Fri 8am – 5pm
To find out more about the artist and view her work visit: www.dorothymccuistion.com
Monday, October 28th
Tacoma Art at Work Party
The Puget Sound Book Artists will be presented with the 2013 AMOCAT Award for community outreach!
Foss Waterway Seaport, 705 Dock Street, Tacoma Washington
If you wish to attend, be sure to click on this link to rsvp! http://event.celebrations.com/2013AAW
And last but not least, even though The Tacoma Studio Tours as part of Art at Work month are in November, they are just coming up too fast to ignore:
November 2-3, 11am-5pm
Visit the studios of PSBA members: Dorothy McCuistion, Leann Seaburg Perry, Holly Senn, Deborah Greenwood, Lucia Harrison, Jessica Spring, Chandler O’Leary, Lynne Farren, and Mark Hoppmann. for additional information, visit: Tacoma Arts Commission Face Book page, www.ArtAt WorkTacoma.com, and the Tacoma Arts word press blog