Yesterday, I took a snowy (yes, I said snowy) drive to Greensboro, VT for my annual drop off of work at The Miller's Thumb gallery. The gallery is located in a historic grist mill that was built in 1792 - it operates on a seasonal basis. This will be my 4th year showing my work at the gallery. It's a really beautiful space - open with lots of natural light. As you can see below, the gallery hasn't opened for the season yet. You'll have to wait until May 15th to get your art fix. I brought a selection of photo albums, journals, and cards. The gallery staff always does a great job with displaying my work. As I mentioned above, the gallery doesn't open for the season
World Book and Copyright Day is an annual event on April 23rd, organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The day is also known as the International Day of the Book. The event was created to honor the value of books and promote reading. It also hopes to increase awareness of copyright laws. Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO said the following about books: Books are invaluable platforms for freedom of expression and the free flow of information – these are essential for all societies today. The future of the book as a cultural object is inseparable from the role of culture in promoting more inclusive and sustainable pathways to development. Heck yeah! In celebration of the date, events (book fairs, conferences) are being organized
I recently found out through the 23 Sandy Gallery blog that Lark Books has just published the 20th anniversary edition of Cover to Cover. The book, by the late Shereen LaPlantz, is a classic. It's hard to imagine improving it, but it includes updated photography and is in full color. Pretty much everyone I know owns the original book - it's a standard among members of the Book Arts Guild of Vermont. It was the first book on bookbinding that I bought. Whenever someone asks me for a good introduction text on bookbinding, I always recommend it. I don't yet own the new edition, but it will make its way into my library soon. If you own it, I'd love to hear what you think about the
One sure sign of spring is the arrival of the Vermont Open Studio Weekend guides. This year's guide is a vibrant green - very springy! I was thrilled to find that there's an Artist Books section included in the guide - I'm glad that there's enough of us to warrant inclusion! Vermont Open Studio Weekend will take place during Memorial Day Weekend - May 23 & 24, 2015. You can request a map from the Vermont Crafts Council website.
The most recent meeting of the Book Arts Guild of Vermont took place at the SEABA Gallery - it was the setting for our current group show, Book Works. I'm always impressed by the quality and variety of work that is created by members of our Guild. Here's a description of the show: The artists redefine the normal concept of the book, using various mediums and techniques to construct or reconstruct pieces that tell a story, and can be 'read' in some way by the viewer. A group of books altered by folding and manipulating pages represents the outcome of the guild's monthly meeting program where members share skills and encourage creative work. Other works represent the broad definition of the book as explored by painters, textile
There hasn't been much making going on in the studio lately. Unfortunately, I am knee-deep in the inventory of my studio. I got a late start this year due to some personal stuff that involved unexpected travel. Thankfully, we were granted an extension on our taxes. I'm always amazed at just how much stuff I have squirreled away in my studio. Throughout the year, I usually think that you can never have too much paper - when it comes to counting it however, you tend to change your mind. I have a pretty good system in place for doing inventory - everything that's counted get a little post-it flag on it with the date that it was checked. I also have a detailed checklist for making sure
The Spring 2015 exhibit from the Book Arts Guild of Vermont is entitled Book Works, and includes work from members and friends interested in the structure and format of books. The artists redefine the normal concept of the book, using various mediums and techniques to construct or reconstruct pieces that tell a story, and can be ‘read’ in some way by the viewer. Other works represent the broad definition of the book as explored by painters, textile artists, and paper lovers. The exhibit is taking place at the SEABA Center Gallery at 404 Pine Street in Burlington, VT during the month of April. The opening is tonight, on April 3rd, from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., during First Friday Art Walk. I have one piece in the show,