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!
The New Puget Sound Book Artists Business Card featuring a book design by Lynne Knopp
Blog by Mark Hoppmann
Photo Credits: Mark Hoppmann