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Handwriting Lives! One Man’s Journey to an Advanced Certificate of Penmanship, a presentation by Bill Kemp

Open to the Public; All are Welcome
Friday, September 14, 6 pm to 8 pm
New Mexico History Museum Auditorium, 113 Lincoln Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87501

During the golden age of penmanship (1860-1930), before the typewriter, becoming a Master Penman was the path to a successful career and the high regard of friends and colleagues.  Businesses required competent penmen for purposes of managing records, writing policies, and executing certificates. Many continued their craft by teaching penmanship throughout the country.  Today there are only 11 individuals who bear the title “Master Penman,” and one of them is Bill Kemp who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

In this lecture Bill will describe the progression of perfecting his letterforms to a level of excellence that would pass rigorous scrutiny by the International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting, or IAMPETH.  The long, arduous process culminated in Bill creating his own “Certificate of Merit,” completed in his most skillfully penned letterforms for the final stage of the process.

Pointed Endeavors: Introduction to Pointed Pen Calligraphy, a workshop with Bill Kemp

Members Only
Saturday, September 15, 9 am to 4 pm
New Mexico History Museum Classroom, 113 Lincoln Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87501 (enter on Washington Street)

This one-day workshop is the perfect introduction to calligraphy and the pointed pen, and also an extension of the experienced calligrapher’s repertoire. Participants will be introduced to ink and the oblique pen holder, using the pointed nib to create the thick and thin lines of “Engrosser’s Script.” These strokes will lead to the creation of compound curves and flourishes that are lots of fun and can enhance any style of hand lettering.

Bill will provide an instruction manual and paper for each participant. Participants will need to bring three items:

  1. One Nikko G nib (item #N113), $1.55
  2. One Peerless/Ziller Oblique Holder (Item #H48), $13.50
  3. One bottle of McCafferey’s Penman’s Ink (Item #I37), $7.75

All three of these supplies are available from John Neal Bookseller (johnnealbooks.com) and their item numbers are in parentheses after the item (above). If you would like to be part of a group order for these items, please send $25 extra with your check,  also payable to BAG. This will save on shipping and convenience.

To register, send a check for $80, payable to BAG (or $105 total if you want to order the three items above), to Laura Wait, 108 Calle Francisca, Santa Fe, NM 87507, postmarked no earlier than July 1, 2018. For more information, contact Laura Wait at laurawait@mac.com.

Salon: Textures Book with Cynthia Leespring


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Members Only
Saturday, September 22, 2018, 2 pm to 5 pm
Venue TBA

Cynthia Leespring will hold a three-hour salon on textures. Attendees will explore textured surfaces made with recycled and other materials to create pages and book covers. You’ll make faux leather; use tea bags, cheesecloth, and melted crayons; and more. Cyn will bring examples of what you’ll be making to the September 14 BAG meeting. Cost: $30 including materials. To reserve your space, call or email Cynthia Leespring at 505-470-2629 or cynleespring@gmail.com.

Design, Garden, Fiber, a presentation by Katya Reka

Open to the Public; All are Welcome
Saturday, October 13, 2018, 1 pm to 3 pm
Santa Fe Community College Boardroom

Katya Reka is a book and fiber artist, graphic designer, and educator. She plays with words and materials to find and expose the poetic connections between body and nature. The interconnectedness of beings, plants, and the environment—and their resilience, fragility, finality, and cyclical nature—are the constant fascination and driving force behind her work. Katya’s work explores the handmade and the digital, integrating book arts, graphic design, printmaking, photography, and textiles. The presentation will describe her creative journey, including the influences of places, plants, people, and materials. Katya will also bring samples of materials and books for the audience to touch and look at.

Katya Reka was born in Ukraine. She exhibits her work nationally and internationally, and is represented in collections across the United States and Europe. Katya earned a Master’s of Fine Art in Graphic Design from Indiana University–Bloomington and has taught Graphic Design and Media Arts at New Mexico State University. She currently lives in Santa Fe and runs the creative services studio and handmade paper mill Nomadic Circus with her husband Gatis Cirulis. More information: http://www.katyareka.com.

Text and Textiles: The Use of Felt and Other Textiles in Bookbinding, a workshop with Katya Reka

Members Only
Sunday, October 14, 2018, 9 am to 4 pm
Santa Fe Community College, Room 710 (Book Arts Room)

This one-day workshop is designed for people with some bookbinding experience; no textile knowledge is necessary. Students will learn a variation of binding on cords and be introduced to the use of textiles in bookbinding in a creative and experimental way. Participants will create two books using paper and wool felt. During the workshop, participants will bind a practice book and a full-size text block. Students will learn how to make felt fabric by hand using wool and water. The cover felt fabric will be embellished with embroidery. Katya will instruct students on how to attach the cover to the final text block. Students’ newfound knowledge of how to create felt fabric, decorate it, and attach it to the text block will allow them to experiment with various textures, fabrics, and formats in future creative bookbinding.


Class Size: Limited to 12 participants. Cost: $75 including materials. To register, send a check for $75 (payable to BAG) to Laura Wait, 108 Calle Francisca, Santa Fe, NM 87507, postmarked no earlier than August 15, 2018. For more information, contact Laura Wait at laurawait@mac.com. A short tool list will be sent upon registration.

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The Santa Fe Book Arts Group and the Palace Press Present the Annual Art Flea Market

Open to the Public; All are Welcome
Saturday, November 10, 2018, 10 am to 2 pm
Meem Room of the Palace of the Governors, 110 Washington Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87501

BAG members: Want to be a vendor? Email Andrea Cypress today at

Annual BAG Holiday Party

Members Only
Saturday, December 1, 2018, 1 pm to 3 pm
Santa Fe Community College, Jemez Room

We will gather again at this end-of-the-year celebration to see displays, socialize, and share our common love of book arts. There will be:

  • A full display of the Pantone Project showing off the mail art that has been created this year
  • In Over My Head groups’ works
  • The 2018 Collaborative Project books
  • The annual Silent Auction
  • An information table on the upcoming 2019 book arts exhibit at the New Mexico Rotunda Gallery

Pastepaper and Beyond, a presentation by Madeleine Durham

Open to the Public; All are Welcome
Saturday, January 12, 2019, 1 pm to 3 pm
Venue TBA

In this presentation Madeleine Durham will talk about her magical pastepaper technique. She will give a brief history of what led to the discovery of her process and how she developed her technique to become what it is today. Madeleine will present slides of the progression of her work from discovery to present-day paste paintings. Look forward to an exciting visual feast!

In a moment of inspiration years ago, Madeleine Durham happened upon a way of creating pastepaper designs using a brush technique that has evolved into the paste paintings that she creates today. She shows her work in her hometown of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and around the country. She has produced special-edition work for Nawakum Press, Palace Press, Flea Circus Press, and one of the top three social media platforms. Her work has been used in one-of-a-kind books by Don Etherington and Monique Lallier, among many others. Madeleine’s papers can also be found in the collections of the Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the North Bennet Street School, the American Academy of Bookbinding, and the Morgan Conservatory. As a member of the Santa Fe Society of Artists, she displays and sells her fine wall art paste paintings during the warm-month weekends just off the city’s historic downtown plaza. More information: www.madeleinedurham.com.

Contemporary Pastepaper Technique, a workshop with Madeleine Durham

Members Only
Sunday, January 13, 2019, 9 am to 4 pm
Santa Fe Community College Fine Arts Room (712)

Madeleine’s pastepapers are a unique creation and a brilliant way to add a contemporary look your creative book art, collage, and calligraphy creations. In this workshop you will learn the brush technique that she has developed. You will learn what kind of brushes work best and how to hold and move them so that you create a variety of lines, shapes, and patterns. You will leave the class with a basic knowledge and the ability to create straight lines, wavy lines, subtle blending techniques, and geometric patterns. Madeleine’s pastepaper technique is delightfully spontaneous. Come to class ready to have fun! A short tool list will be sent upon registration. Paper and special brush are included in your fee.

Class Size: Limited to 12 participants. Cost: $95 including materials fee. To register, send a check for $95 (payable to BAG) to Laura Wait, 108 Calle Francisca, Santa Fe, NM 87507, postmarked no earlier than October 15, 2018. For more information, contact Laura Wait at laurawait@mac.com.

Different Culture—Different Answer? Teaching Conservation Across Borders, a presentation by Lois Olcott Price

Open to the Public; All are Welcome
Saturday, February 9, 2019, 1 pm to 3 pm
Venue TBA

Do we value material cultural primarily for the physical object? Or because it somehow embodies the culture that made and used it? Can we divorce the object from the culture and from its role—past, present, and future—in that culture? These questions become particularly poignant as we view the ISIS destruction of the ancient Assyrian capital of Nimrud, the centuries of craft tradition applied to the restoration of the Forbidden City in China, the evolution of Mexico’s traditional retablos, and the withdrawal of sacred Puebloan artifacts from exhibition and study collections.

As conservation of cultural heritage has become an increasingly international discipline, conservators who trained and spent decades practicing in the American/European/fine arts tradition have been challenged to adapt to widely cultural environments and assumptions when they are recruited to teach abroad. Lois Olcott Price has taught in Europe, Mexico, Iraq, and China, often in collaboration with local and international colleagues. Each of these experiences has challenged traditional assumptions about cultural heritage and the why, the how, and for whom we seek to preserve it.

Lois will discuss her experiences as they relate to these questions and her deepening understanding of the critical role preservation of material culture plays in healing and reuniting cultures that have suffered trauma and conflict.

After a long career in book and paper conservation, Lois Olcott Price retired as Director of Conservation at the Winterthur Museum in Delaware in 2015 and moved to Santa Fe in 2017. She continues to research, consult, teach, and lecture on issues related to library and archival conservation, advocacy, and conservation education. Currently involved in training cultural heritage professionals in Iraq, she will return to the Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage in Erbil in September to meet with colleagues and plan future projects.

Capturing Sunlight, a presentation by Louise Grunewald

Open to the Public; All are Welcome
Friday, March 8, 2019, 7 pm to 9 pm
Venue TBA

Travel with Louise on her journey through calligraphy, design, and printmaking via letters, books, and broadsides.

Louise Grunewald teaches lettering, design, and printmaking workshops nationally and maintains her studio, Western Hands, in Durango, Colorado. Her artistic passions include lettering, Solarplate printmaking, watermedia painting, drawing, and book arts. The texts in her books are her own original writing. Louise’s studio work is largely inspired by time spent outdoors, and often taken from her sketchbook impressions of the natural world. Her work can be seen in numerous private and public collections, including the Fray Angelico Chavez History Library of the New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe, the Portland Art Museum in Oregon, and the Klingspor Museum of Book and Letter Arts in Offenbach, Germany.

Solar-Powered Prints, a workshop with Louise Grunewald

Members Only
Saturday, March 9, and Sunday, March 10, 2019, 9 am to 4 pm
Santa Fe Community College Printmaking Room

Students will learn how to transfer their images to a UV-sensitive Solarplate using the power of the sun. We will begin by preparing an image for exposure onto a Solarplate. Techniques for exposing the plate, preparing paper for printing, inking the plate, and running small editions on an etching press will then be covered.

This versatile process is suitable for almost any kind of image, including words and text. While learning the exposure process, students will be free to experiment with creating a variety of images, from simple to more complex. Any written words or text can be transferred to a plate and then printed out in the correct (readable) orientation. Writing and imagery can be combined. Students can draw, paint, or collage their work, or use their photographs to print from. We will work with non-toxic, water-based inks to ensure safety for the environment and the participants. The intent of this class is to teach the very accessible technical aspects of the process in an atmosphere of fun and guided experimentation. Students will end the weekend with small editions of their images and an increased understanding of the world of printmaking. This class is open to all levels. No printmaking experience is necessary. A letter from Louise and a tool list will be sent upon registration. Solar plates and paper will be available for sale at the workshop.

Class Size: Limited to 12 participants. Cost: $ 175. To register, send a check for $175 payable to BAG, to Laura Wait, 108 Calle Francisca, Santa Fe, NM 87507, postmarked no earlier than December 15, 2018. For more information, contact Laura Wait at laurawait@mac.com.

Assemblages and Exclamation Points, a presentation by Patricia Pearce

Open to the Public; All are Welcome
Saturday, April 6, 2019, 1 pm to 3 pm
Venue TBA

Patricia Pearce’s work was described by one prominent art magazine as “an exclamation mark in a sea of commas.” Another reviewer called her assemblages “baroque gone wild,” and said her newest work looks as if it came from the set of Game of Thrones—dark but alive with mystery. Patricia will present images from her vast array of artistic endeavors. Her rich and supple creations are the products of a lifetime of making art. She has worked in sculpture, painting, collage, wood and bronze sculpture, and printmaking. Today she calls herself a “creative expansionist” because she can’t restrict her imagination to one conventional medium. Her unique art draws from all her exploration—and continues to do so every day she is in her studio.

Patricia Pearce holds a BFA from the University of Cincinnati and has performed graduate work in art at the University of New Mexico and Amherst College. She has made her home in Santa Fe, New Mexico, since 1981. In addition to creating her found-object sculptures and works on paper, she has taught for more than 20 years at Santa Fe Community College, where she is presently the head of the printmaking and book arts department. She has also studied and taught in Florence, Italy. Patricia’s prize-winning work can be found in private collections throughout the United States and in Europe.