Upcoming Programs and Events

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Maternal Mitochondria, a presentation by Miriam Sagan and Isabel Winson-Sagan

Open to the Public; All are Welcome
Saturday, June 8, 2019, 1 pm to 3 pm
Santa Fe Community College Boardroom (Click here for map; see tan building, West Wing)

The collaborative mother/daughter duo of writer Miriam Sagan and multi-media artist Isabel Winson-Sagan will share their projects. These include an art/poetry trail off of Route 14, a collaborative public art piece in the Santa Fe Railyard, a video, an installation piece in an ancient silo in Japan, renga, and numerous geocaches. Their meditative studio practice is based on a contemporary version of suminagashi, Japanese style marbling, and free writing. In addition to showing images and discussing their process, Miriam and Isabel will have samples of their work and some free giveaway broadsides and books.

Isabel Winson-Sagan holds a B.A. in religious studies from the University of New Mexico. She is currently studying intermedia fine arts at Santa Fe Community College. Her two books, in collaboration with poet Miriam Sagan, are the e-book Swimming in Reykjavik (The Moon Press) and Spilled Ink, for which she did the typography and design. Isabel has been a resident at numerous locations including Studio Kura in Japan, Wildacres in North Carolina, Herekeke Arts Center in New Mexico, and SIM House in Iceland. Her website is http://isabelws.com.

Miriam Sagan is the author of more than 25 books of poetry, memoir, and fiction. Her recent collection Seven Places in America includes residencies in the Everglades National Park, Petrified Forest National Park, Andrews Experimental Forest, THE LAND/an art site, and Stone Quarry Art Park. She has also been in residence in a trailer at the edge of a bombing range in Great Basin with Center for Land Use Interpretation and at Gullkistan in Iceland. She has received the Santa Fe Mayor’s Award for excellence in the arts and a Poetry Gratitude award from New Mexico Literary Arts. She founded and ran the creative writing program at Santa Fe Community College in New Mexico until her retirement in 2016. She blogs at Miriam’s Well (http://miriamswell.wordpress.com).

More information about Miriam and Isabel’s collaborative work can be found at http://ninthletter.com/sagan and at http://maternalmitochondria.com.


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Suminagashi & Poetry, a workshop with Miriam Sagan and Isabel Winson-Sagan

BAG Members Only
Sunday, June 9, 2019, 9 am to 4 pm
Santa Fe Community College, Room 710 (Book Arts Room; Click here for map; see blue building, Fine Arts Center)

This workshop will teach each participant to create suminagashi, Japanese-inspired marbling on paper. We will work with low-impact materials—water trays, ink, and inexpensive paper. We will also create poetry based on “weathergrams”—short poems about the environment and our inner selves. The workshop will be structured so that text and marbling can be combined for a final product. You will have pieces to take home that can be collaged, used in bookmaking, or hung as ephemera to weather out into the atmosphere. All materials will be provided, but here is an overview if you want supplies to continue this practice—https://maternalmitochondria.com/2018/09/26/what-is-suminagashi/

Class Size: Limited to 12 participants. Cost: $75. To register, send a check for $75 payable to BAG, to Laura Wait, 108 Calle Francisca, Santa Fe, NM 87507, postmarked no earlier than March 8, 2019. For more information, contact Laura Wait at laurawait@mac.com.


Santa Fe Book Arts Group Board Meeting

Open to the Public; All Are Welcome*
Friday, June 14, 2019, from 1 pm to 3 pm
Los Alamos National Bank, 301 Griffin Street, Santa Fe, NM; Small Conference Room (room may change if bank needs to do so)

*Please RSVP to BAG President Barb Macks at least one week prior to the meeting date so that we may accommodate for the size of the group: barbmacks@gmail.com


Speaking to the Imagination | The Contemporary Artist’s Book

Open to the Public; All are Welcome
Opening Reception: Friday, June 21, 2019, 5-7 pm
Exhibit is Open: Friday, June 21, through Thursday, October 24, 2019
Artists’ Reception and Talk: Saturday, July 20, 2019, 2-4 pm
Gerald Peters Projects, 1011 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, New Mexico | Map

This exhibition features handmade artists’ books and works on paper from local, national, and international artists and writers of note (including several BAG members and Friends of BAG): Jim Dine, Dale Harris, Helen Hiebert, Carol Mothner, Miriam and Isabel-Winson Sagan, Kent Rush, Leon Loughridge, Margy O’Brien, Cynthia West, Vicki Bolen, Richard Wolfson, Kate Breakey, James McElhinney, and Susan Linnell. Each work on display reflects a compelling artistic vision combining words and art, as well as a distinctive take on book artistry.

Across the exhibition, traditional ideas and uses of the “book” and its alternatives are challenged and expressed in revealing new forms, from loose sheets that fit in their own boxes to reconfigured works that exaggerate an accordion-like presence. One or two of the works are reassuring in their grand scale, while others are incisively petite and condensed. The commonality between the works is their lack of similarity, except for the love of words and art they express and the ingenious methods by which the artist’s vision is released into the world.


Blooks!, a Presentation by Mindell Dubansky

Open to the Public; All are Welcome
Friday, June 28, 2019, 6-7 pm
New Mexico History Museum Auditorium, 113 Lincoln Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87501 | Map
Presented in cooperation with Santa Fe Book Arts Group

Mindell Dubansky has amassed about 600 fake books made from stone, wax, straw, wood, soap, plastic, glass, and other materials. She coined a term for them: “blooks,” short for “book-look.” Ms. Dubansky is the author of “Blooks: The Art of Books That Aren’t.”

Mindell Dubansky is an artist and bookbinder and head of the Sherman Fairchild Center for Book Conservation, Watson Library, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In addition to blooks, Ms. Dubansky will discuss the Thomas J. Watson Library Paper Legacy Project, which was established in 2018 to collect and document the work and histories of prominent professional American decorative paper artists active from the late 1960s to the present. New Mexicans Madeleine Durham, Tom Leech, Pam Smith, and Paul Maurer are all represented by the Paper Legacy Project: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/libraries-and-research-centers/watson-digital-collections/rare-materials-in-the-met-libraries/paper-legacy-project


No Meeting in July; see June events above or check out these events:


Introduction to Book Arts Series with Pam MacKellar

Members Only
Three Saturdays: August 3, 10, and 17, 2019, 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Santa Fe Community College, Room 710 (Book Arts Room; Click here for map; see blue building, Fine Arts Center)
Presented in partnership with New Mexico Center for the Book

Introduction to Book Arts with Pam MacKellar is a series of three classes introducing the basics of bookbinding for artists. These classes are designed for people who have no experience in bookbinding or those who would like to review some simple structures and techniques. Having the foundational skills and knowledge will give you confidence to take more challenging classes and learn more advanced book structures in the future. Knowing the basics will help you express yourself artistically in a book format.

Week 1: Folding, Gluing, Tools, and Terms. You will learn basic folding and gluing techniques, how to cover boards, following folding diagrams, tools to include in a basic bookbinding toolkit, and some basic bookbinding terms. You will make 2-3 folded structures; for example, a single-sheet book, an accordion book with pocket, and a diamond-fold book.

Week 2: Punching and Sewing. You will learn how to determine hole placement, make hole templates, punch holes for sewing, follow sewing diagrams, and the basic pamphlet stitches. You will make 2-3 sewn structures; for example, a 3-hole pamphlet book, a 5-hole pamphlet book, and a Japanese stab binding.

Week 3: “Unbound” Structures. You will learn 1-2 non-traditional book structures using the skills you have already learned; for example, a flag book and tunnel book. You will be encouraged to think about how to express your ideas in the book structures you have learned using basic bookmaking techniques.

“Pam is a terrific teacher. She’s patient, answers questions, appreciates students’ efforts, and…has a sense of humor.” Comments from student in 2018 class

Fee: $135 for the series, which includes the materials fee. Maximum students: 10. Tool list will be sent upon registration. To register, send a check for $135, payable to BAG, PO Box 33691, Santa Fe, NM 87594, postmarked no earlier than May 1, 2019. For more information, contact Pam MacKellar at pmackellar182@gmail.com.


Santa Fe Book Arts Group Board Meeting

Open to the Public; All Are Welcome*
Friday, September 13, 2019, from 1 pm to 3 pm
Los Alamos National Bank, 301 Griffin Street, Santa Fe, NM; Small Conference Room (room may change if bank needs to do so)

*Please RSVP to BAG President Barb Macks at least one week prior to the meeting date so that we may accommodate for the size of the group: barbmacks@gmail.com


Markmaking and the Drum Leaf Binding, a workshop with Laura Wait

Members Only
Saturday, October 12, and Sunday, October 13, 2019, 9 am to 4 pm
Santa Fe Community College, Room 710 (Book Arts Room; Click here for map; see blue building, Fine Arts Center)

Students will develop handwriting and marks to use as content and image. On the first day participants will start with loose forms and unusual tools to bring handwriting, letterforms, and repetition into painted manuscript pages. You’ll use markmaking exercises, intuitive work practices, and alternative tools for writing to help develop the use of word forms to incorporate into your art and books. You’ll use basic content derivation using lists of words to create your own painting, which can be used as a flat page or a folio in a book.

Participants will learn the techniques that Laura uses in her own art, which have evolved from printmaking and artists’ books to abstract painting on panels. These methods help you find a place to start. We will work primarily with sumi ink and watercolors. Tools will include brushes, sticks, pens, and whatever else you can devise. Texts may be nonsense or lists of related words.

On the second day we will work with the manuscript pages to make drum leaf books, a binding of a series of single, one-sided pages. The form is excellent for work that is one-sided and expands across a two-page spread. We’ll use painted cloth that you make in class for covers with the intention of conceptually integrating the cover and the interior content. Our ultimate goal will be the creation of a unique work of art in book form.

You’ll receive BFK Rives paper, markmaking tools of all sorts, a selection of water-soluble pencils, inks, and all bookbinding materials for use in class.

Laura Wait lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is married with one son, one dog, and two cats, and she grows lots of organic vegetables. She is currently an abstract painter working with acrylics and letterforms who exhibits her work at galleries throughout the United States. Born in Canada, Laura grew up in Boulder, Colorado. She received a BA cum laude in Art History from Barnard College, Columbia University. After college Laura lived in Los Angeles and studied lithography and drawing at Otis Art Institute. She went to London to study printmaking and bookbinding at Croydon College of Art for five years. Laura had her own bookbinding and conservation business for 23 years before shifting to concentrate on painting and artists’ books. She has been teaching art on the page for about years.

Maximum students: 12. Cost: $175 including materials fee. To register, send a check for the full amount, payable to BAG, to Laura Wait, 108 Calle Francisca, Santa Fe, NM 87507, postmarked no earlier than August 1, 2019. For more information, contact Laura Wait at laurawait@mac.com.


Annual BAG Art Flea Market
in Conjunction with the Palace Press

Open to the Public; All Are Welcome
Saturday, November 9, 2019, from 10 am to 2 pm
Meem Room of the Palace of the Governors

Details to follow.


Santa Fe Book Arts Group Board Meeting

Open to the Public; All Are Welcome*
Friday, December 13, 2019, from 1 pm to 3 pm
Los Alamos National Bank, 301 Griffin Street, Santa Fe, NM; Small Conference Room (room may change if bank needs to do so)

*Please RSVP to BAG President Barb Macks at least one week prior to the meeting date so that we may accommodate for the size of the group: barbmacks@gmail.com