Category Archives: Exhibits

Opening Reception for the American Academy of Bookbinding Open/Set Exhibit – June 8th in Boston, MA

We hope that you can join us for the Boston opening reception of Open/Set, the first traveling show organized by the American Academy of Bookbinding. The exhibit showcases the art of fine design binding created by binders from all over the world. At the reception, we are proud to have four local exhibitors speak about their bindings.

When: June 8th, 6:00 – 8:00
Where: North Bennet Street School, 150 North Street, Boston, MA
Speakers:
Todd Pattison
Colin Urbina
Jackie Scott
Mark Esser (First Place Prize Winner for his binding in the Open category)

If you are able to attend and we hope that you can, please send an RSVP to negbwprograms@gmail.com (can you turn this into a link). In attention to the beautiful bindings on display, we will have light refreshments for your enjoyment.OpenSet Poster

Paper and Print Exchange

Twelve members recently participated in a snail mail print exchange around the optional theme of Spring. We encouraged participants to create their pieces using any type of medium and format. No size restrictions as long as the items could be sent through the mail. The results are quite delightful, ranging in technique and design, but all pushing toward a much brighter and warmer season.

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Gray Parrot

Two non-guild events that may be of interest to members:

Exhibition: January 30 – April 30, 2017
Bookbinding and the Pursuit of the Human Touch: The Work of Gray Parrot
curated by Britta Konau

University of Southern Maine
Great Reading Room, 7th Floor
Glickman Family Library

Free and Open to the Public


Lecture: Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 7:00pm
Bound to be together: Gray Parrot, Leonard Baskin and the Gehanna Press
presented by Richard Ovenden, Bodley’s Librarian, University of Oxford, England

University of Southern Maine
University Events Room, 7th Floor
Glickman Family Library

Free and Open to the Public

Event: Tour the Paul C. Nicholson Whaling Collection

Please join the New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers for a special viewing of Providence Public Library’s Paul C. Nicholson Whaling Collection

Saturday, March 25, 2017, 1:00 – 2:00pm

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

The Paul C. Nicholson Whaling Collection is comprised of 750 manuscript logbooks describing 1,000 whaling voyages, as well as several thousand printed books on whaling. Special Collections Curator Jordan Goffin welcomes members of the NEGBW to learn about the history and the context of the Collection, and to view and handle volumes that document his quintessential New England industry.

This will be a great opportunity to explore the world’s second largest and a very important collection of whaling logbooks that traveled in the boats that followed the whales all over the world. Topics to be addressed will include bindings and cover materials, both intended and improvised. Also on view will be methods and artifacts of record-keeping while on board the whaling ships, including wood and whalebone stamps carved in the shape of specific whale species (and their flukes) — and used to record sightings and slayings. There will be examples of scrimshaw, harpoons and possibly a narwhal tusk! More details on the Collection are here.

The event is free to New England Chapter Guild of Book Workers Members, but limited to 12 attendees, as space for viewing the collection is restricted. Please sign up by emailing Martha Kearsley at negbwprograms@gmail.com

If you’re planning to travel by commuter rail from Boston, please check the Providence/Stoughton Line Saturday Schedule   Commuter trains travel between Boston’s South Station and Providence Station, which is a 10 – 15 minute walk or drive to Providence Public Library.

Providence Station
100 Gaspee Street
Providence, RI 02903

Members attending should gather in the library lobby at 12:45. Those who arrive earlier are encouraged to visit the library’s current exhibit On the Table.

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.
Where:
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

25 Evans Way
Boston, MA 02115

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

When:
Nov. 10, 2016
6:00 pm

Cost:

$20.00

Admission to the museum is included in the fee.

Limited to 15 registrants.

To register for the event, please follow this link:

“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.

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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 HerringboneBindery.com 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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