Upcoming and current San Francisco book arts exhibits
- The Bay Area Book Artists are holding their first Book Arts Jam on
October 12 at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills. It will include
limited editions, artists' books, zines, letterpress books and
broadsheets, mailart, calligraphy, fine art prints. the intent is to
create an "open studio" for a day where work can be shown (and sold),
ideas shared, and visitors can learn about book arts. It does not
appear to be limited to Bay Area artists, but it is necessary to
submit an application with photos of work by June 30. The fee for
participating artists is $25. I have a copy of the application or
you can get it off their website:
We managed to see 3 exhibits last weekend in San Francisco, each
quite different from the other and all worthwhile to catch if you'll
be in the city in the near future.
"The Artist's Book: Unlimited Engagement" at SF Center for the Book
ends June 20. It is a display of books created by 9 book artists
during a yearlong exploration of what is an artist's book. I'll
bring some photos to the meeting tomorrow at Lumino Press.
"The Best of the Best" traveling exhibition of the Guild of Book
Workers will be at the SF Public Library until June 27. It contains
35 books, ranging from traditional to very unconventional structures.
I'll bring the catalog to the meeting. Gail Sulmeyer of S.B., Inge
Bruggeman (formerly of S.B.) and Gloria Helfgott (who came to our
first meeting and is from Pacific Palisades) are all included.
"A Typographic Discourse: Women and the Book Arts in California,
1930-2000" in the Donohue Rare Book Room (open only on weekdays) at
Gleeson Library, University of San Francisco, runs through June 21.
It is an intriguing exhibit of letterpress printing beginning with
Jane Grabhorn and including a number of contemporary book artists and
printers, among them Sandra Reese of Turkey Press in Isla Vista. We
also had the opportunity to see one of the lecturn Bibles recently
completed by Arion Press (now located at the Presidio). I'll bring
some (letterpress) printed materials I picked up on that visit.
Hope to see you all tomorrow!