McGrath Lecture on Book Arts

Please join us for the annual McGrath Lecture on Book Arts by publisher, book artist, and printer Robin Price. In her illustrated talk, “Surrendering to the Book,” Robin will discuss her personal approach to creating and publishing artist books, as she combines collaboration, chance, and craft.

Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 4:00 pm.
Neilson Library Browsing Room
Smith College–Northampton MA


A reception will follow in the third floor Book Arts Gallery.

A small selection of Robin Price’s work is on display outside the Mortimer Rare Book Room.

The McGrath lecture honors the memory of Harold P. McGrath, master printer, mentor, and friend to many book arts practitioners in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts.

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A Gallery Talk: Beyond Words at the ISG

A Gallery Talk: Beyond Words at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
The Beyond Words Exhibit Gallery Talk will be given by Valentine Talland, Senior Objects Conservator at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. For more information about the Beyond Words Exhibit, click here.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

25 Evans Way
Boston, MA 02115

For directions to the museum, please visit:
Please plan to arrive at the museum on your own in time for the tour.

Nov. 10, 2016
6:00 pm



Admission to the museum is included in the fee.

Limited to 15 registrants.

To register for the event, please follow this link:

ABAA & RBS One Day Seminar – Thur Oct 27

We are very pleased to announce that the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA) and Rare Book School are again co-sponsoring a one-day seminar series at the North Bennet Street School in Boston, MA on Thursday, 27 October 2016 (just prior to the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair). These seminars have been designed to be of interest to book collectors, booksellers, and librarians, but signup is open to anyone with an interest in the topics covered. The cost to attend the seminar series is $500. Seminar instructors will be Terry Belanger, Don Lindgren, Nina Musinsky, Todd Pattison, and David Whitesell.
As space is limited, registration for the seminar series will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. As part of the signup process, you will be asked to rank your choices for each concurrent session, and these will be assigned until each seminar has reached capacity. We encourage “early bird” signup before 5 October, to improve your chances of getting a seat in your top-choice seminars. Participants will also receive a complimentary pass to the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair.
See the event page at for a full schedule, seminar descriptions, and a link to the signup form.

We hope to see you in Boston! If you have any questions, please contact:

Jeremy Dibbell

Director of Communications & Outreach

Rare Book School


Public Lecture

sm-foredgefrost_tutorMembers of the New England chapter of GBW might find this of interest. North Bennet Street School is hosting a public lecture: The Curious Art of the Secret Fore-edge Painting by English artist Martin Frost.

Tuesday, September 13, 6:00-7:30 pm
at North Bennet Street School
150 North Street
Boston, 02109

Register at the NBSS website.

NEGBW Annual Meeting

Please note the date correction. 

New England Chapter Annual Meeting Tuesday, August 16, 2016.  6pm

The New England Chapter will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 6pm. Member and Secretary, Athena Moore, has offered to host at her studio Washington Street Art. This meeting is open to all current chapter members, but please RSVP by clicking on the provided link!

Pizza, beer, wine, and soft drinks will be provided. Newly appointed Chapter Chair Erin Fletcher will give the annual report and introduce our new committee, who will be happy to speak with members about ideas for upcoming chapter activities. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Washington Street Art Center
    321 Washington Street #D
    Somerville, MA 02143


“Vessel” is now open

Vessel2014Vessel, the Guild of Book Workers traveling exhibit, has dropped anchor in New England for its final stop at North Bennet Street School and is now open.

Visit the exhibit in the Windgate Gallery at the school any time during regular school hours,

Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm until August 31

 North Bennet Street School is located at 150 North Street in Boston’s North End. Validated parking is available at the “Parcel 7” garage, 136 Blackstone St. The closest T stop is Haymarket on the Orange or Green Lines.

Join us for the opening reception in the Windgate Gallery at the school on Thursday, July 21 at 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. In addition to the 50 works on display, three local exhibitors, Erik Demaine, Graham Patten and Colin Urbina, will be present to speak about their piece. Talks will take place around 7:00.


A catalog of the exhibit is available at the national Guild website.

The Exquisite Corpse

Outgoing Program Chair Erin Fletcher writes on her blog at about the conclusion of The Exquisite Corpse, a collaboration between the North Bennet Street School second year students and the New England Guild of Book Workers. Erin writes:

An Exquisite Corpse is a method of illustration invented by Surrealists in the early 1910s, where each collaborator adds to a composition in sequence usually without seeing the prior portion. Upon reveal this rule to hide the previous sequences offers up an abstract and amusing portrait. Each student created a plaquette covered in neutral leather (we used Harmatan Terracotta and Brown goatskin) and also completed the “head” portion of the figure. The plaquette’s were about 18in x 6in; allowing each participant to cover a 6in square portion of the board.

The artists statements are included below. Read the entire article on Erin’s Blog.

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