This Saturday is one of my favorite annual Book Arts Events, the Book Arts Jam!
#1 Book Arts Jam at the Lucie Stern Center 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Bay Area Book Artists (BABA) are pleased to invite art and book lovers of all ages to the 12th Annual Book Arts Jam on October 19, 2013 (10am-4pm) at the Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto.
The Book Arts Jam is a free one-day celebration featuring demonstrations, exhibition and sales of handmade artists’ books, handmade paper, and print arts of many kinds. More than 30 exhibitors will display unique and limited edition books, ‘zines, handmade paper, fine art prints, assembled ephemera and bookworks that challenge conventional views of what it means to “be a book.” Exhibitors include many artists whose work is regularly purchased for private and library special collections. This year BABA welcomes San Francisco Center for the Book and Wandering Book Artists Peter and Donna Thomas. Activities available throughout the day will include artists’ talks, make-and-take projects for children and adults, a continuous slideshow featuring recent work by BABA members, and a letterpress demonstration by the San Jose Printers Guild.
Food will be available for purchase from MoBowl and Treatbot the Karaoke Ice Cream Truck.
11:00-11:45 Sas Colby - Forty Years of Book Thinking: Evolution and Influences
12:00-12:45 Carrie Galbraith - From Content to Form
1:00-2:00 Donna Seager - Book as a Medium for Art
3:00-3:30 Jody Alexander - Drawing Inspiration from Limp Bindings of the Vatican Library
Demonstrations and Make and Take Workshops:
12:30 Ginger Burrell - Make & Take: Miniature Cut and Fold Book
1:30 Karen Cutter - Demo: Image Transfer on Fabric
2:30 Carole Dwinell - Make & Take: Artists’ Trading Cards (ATC)
ongoing Mail Art Make & Take - Learn about Mail Art and make something to send to a friend!
Visit www.bookartsjam.org. The Book Arts Jam is a volunteer-run event sponsored by BABA, a grassroots book arts community.
#2 While you’re there – just a block or two away… be sure and stop by Bibliophilia at the Palo Alto Art Center - Open Saturday 10 – 5
The Palo Alto Art Center will host Bibliophilia, an exhibition featuring drawings, paintings, and sculptural works by artists who are united by their love of books and libraries. Bibliophilia showcases the work of fourteen artists who use discarded books as raw materials, make and illustrate their own books, and photograph books and libraries. Featured artists include Laurent de Brunhoff, Ginger Burrell, Patricia Curtan, Robert Dawson, Adam Donnelly, Ala Ebtekar, Lisa Kokin, Tony May, Emily Payne, Christopher Reynolds, Scot Velardo, Catherine Wagner, Belle Yang and Xiaoze Xie, inviting us to share their fascination with books as hand-held, printed objects.
“The Palo Alto Art Center is honored to present Bibliophilia—timed perfectly to commemorate the temporary location of Palo Alto’s Main Library in our building during their renovation,” says Palo Alto Art Center Director, Karen Kienzle. “At a time when digital devices have become ubiquitous and when the act of reading is more likely to happen on a screen than on a page, artists in these exhibitions extol the myriad creative applications of physical books. The Art Center is also pleased to be collaborating with the Fine Arts Gallery at San Francisco State University on their concurrent exhibition The Illuminated Library. With the collaborative presentation of The Illuminated Library and Bibliophilia we hope to present our audiences with all of the promise one finds in a new book or an undiscovered library—an opportunity for learning, dialogue, surprise, and inspiration.”
The exhibition encompasses everything from works found between the covers of books, to the books themselves. Emily Payne creates assemblage collages using discarded books and their covers, while Christopher Reynolds coats cookbooks in monosodium glutamate (MSG) and preserves them in epoxy. Robert Dawson’s photographic series Public Library: An American Commons considers the interior and exterior function of public libraries, from the grand to the humble. Laurent de Brunhoff shares two original watercolors from the children’s book, Babar’s Yoga for Elephants. Patricia Curtan, longtime collaborator of Alice Waters, offers a taste of her ink and charcoal drawings of locally grown fruits and vegetables, soon to be published in an upcoming Curtan/Waters cookbook. Belle Yang offers an autobiographical glimpse into her life through illustrations from her graphic memoir, Forget Sorrow. Ala Ebtekar’s Coelestis (after Hafez) repurposes pages of the 14th-century manuscript written by the Iranian poet Hafez into a Persian celestial atlas. Photographer Catherine Wagner’s trans/literate series investigates braille books as they fade from use in favor of digital audio books. Discarded books become Scot Velardo’s canvas as he imagines new covers for old texts. Adam Donnelly transforms books into pinhole cameras, which he uses to create photographs that reveal ghostly traces of the words printed on pages from within the camera. Tony May’s installation, Variable Book Construction (Bookmobile) Maquette, plays with transforming spaces between books and their surroundings.
Bibliophilia is presented in collaboration with the Fine Arts Gallery of San Francisco State University, whose concurrent exhibition, The Illuminated Library, features works by artists including Clare Rojas, Jason Jägel, Nina Katchadourian, and Tauba Auerbach. The Illuminated Library is open between September 21 and October 17, 2013.
In case you can’t make it this Saturday, here are the gallery hours:
Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
It is a beautiful and interesting show – and I’m very proud to have my work included.
Looking forward to seeing you Saturday!