April 8 through 29
Brown University – John Hay Library
July 15 through October 15
Syracuse University Library – Department of Special Collections
November 15 through December 12
The University of the Arts – Albert M. Greenfield Library
Exhibit Catalog – Created Space Catalog
Dorothy Africa, John (Jake) Benson, Carol J. Blinn, John Carrera, Barbara Cash, Nancy Culmone, Rebekah Lord Gardiner, Marilyn A. Hatch, Gloria Helfgott, Jenny Hille, Amy Lapidow, Nancy Leavitt, Linda Lembke, Kathleen A. Markees, Melissa McCarthy, Joe Newman, James Reid-Cunningham, Julie B. Stackpole, Peter D. Verheyen, Sam Walker, Michele Wyckoff, Valerie Wyckoff
It has been 15 years since the New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers was first formed. We have the largest membership of all the regional chapters with 129 members. This testimony to the continuing strength of the book arts in New England.
When I had the opportunity to view the entries for this unjuried exhibit, I was impressed not only with the pieces from our veteran exhibitors, but also with the efforts of our newer members, some of whom are exhibiting for the first time. In the following pages you will see entries from bookbinders, marblers, book artists, printers, and calligraphers. The craftsmanship ranges from the student to the seasoned master level. Each piece displays the spirit of the crafts person – the artist who created it. One senses enormous pride and hard work behind each piece.
There is no such thing as the perfect handmade object. Every piece will reveal a “flaw” no matter how carefully or well it was executed. It is precisely these irregularities that give the object its unique character and reveal the presence of the maker. These “flaws” should be celebrated and not scorned for they provide the motivation toward perfection that we as artists and crafts people continually strive to achieve.
We should give special thanks to Dorothy Africa and her committee: James Reid-Cunningham, Rebekah Lord Gardiner, Lindsay Dimeo, and Peter D. Verheyen. It was their enormous effort and time that made this exhibition and catalog successful.
Whether you have been involved in the book arts for a long time or find yourself here for the first time, I hope you will experience inspiration and celebration in this exhibit of our members’ work.
Joseph Newman, President
New England Chapter, GBW