Upcoming Programs and Events

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Retro Tech: Artist’s Books and Bindings, a presentation by Karen Hanmer

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Karen Hanmer’s work. Click to enlarge.

Open to the Public; Free

Friday, March 10, 2017, 7 pm to 9 pm

Santa Fe Community College Boardroom (Main Building)

Karen Hanmer will discuss how her interest in history and the history of the book inspires and informs her work. Her artist-made books are physical manifestations of personal essays intertwining history, culture, politics, science, and technology. She utilizes both traditional and contemporary book structures, and the work is often playful in content or format.

Karen won the jury prize for binding in the 2009 Helen Warren DeGolyer American Bookbinding Competition. Sheis one of only eight graduates of the American Academy of Bookbinding’s Fine Binding program and she has studied with many notable fine binders. She is the author of Contemporary Paper Bindings: A Guide To Bookbinding Techniques, Tools, and Materials. More information: http://www.karenhanmer.com.


Biblio Tech: Reverse Engineering Historical and Modern Binding Structures Workshop with Karen Hanmer

Members Only

Saturday, March 11, and Sunday, March 12, 2017, 9 am to 4 pm

Santa Fe Community College Book Arts Room (Room 710)

Students will create four small models from the 25 Biblio Tech structures. These models will remain unfinished so the sewing and board attachment are visible for future reference. Karen will provide a handout giving a rough outline of the steps to create the models made in class. The structures include tacketing of a thick, single signature into a leather wrapper, crossed structure, sewn boards, and laced-on boards. Karen will discuss all 25 structures of Biblio Tech as time allows. Please note that this is a fast-paced workshop for students who have some experience with traditional binding. Students should be comfortable sewing on a variety of supports and have successfully made books on their own outside a workshop setting. Included: All supplies for the four books, signatures folded and punched and materials rough-cut to approximate size. Tool list will be sent upon registration. Fee: $240 (which includes material fee of $55 for four books). Laura Wait will assist.

Maximum students: 12. 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 January 9, 2017. For more information, contact Laura Wait at laurawait@mac.com.


Artist’s Books on the Road, a presentation by Alicia Bailey

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Alicia Bailey, owner of Abecedarian Gallery.

Open to the Public; Free

Saturday, April 8, 2017, 1 pm to 4 pm

Santa Fe Community College Boardroom (Main Building)

Alicia Bailey, owner of Abecedarian Gallery in Denver, started her Artists Books on the Road project in 2014. With crowd-source funding, and permission from many of the dozens of book artists Alicia works with, she packs up a trunk with new and interesting titles from Abecedarian Gallery’s inventory and hits the road. For this presentation Alicia will give a brief overview of the selected books, with the rest of the time spent on an informal Q&A and hands-on perusal of the books on display. More information: http://www.abecedariangallery.com


Innovative Folded Books, a workshop with Alicia Bailey

Members Only

Sunday, April 9, 2017, 9 am to 3:30 pm

Santa Fe Community College Book Arts Room (Room 710)

In this workshop Alicia Bailey will introduce students to creative and innovative book structures using that most wondrous of humble materials, paper. Inspired by innovators in the book arts field such as Claire van Vliet and Hedi Kyle, the focus will be on form and structure rather than content. Each student will produce a collection of sample books that can be used as reference and inspiration for further projects. The structures include the Blizzard Book, Pleated Spine with Slots, and Flat Reverse Hinge, with explorations on the Turkish Map Fold thrown in as time allows. This class is suitable for all skill levels, ages 16 and older. Fee: $95, which includes materials. Small tool list will be sent upon registration.

Maximum students: 12. 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 February 13, 2017. For more information, contact Laura Wait at laurawait@mac.com.


Journey Through the Making of a Tunnel Book, a presentation by Pam MacKellar

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Pam MacKellar’s tunnel book. Click to enlarge.

Members Only

Saturday, May 13, 2017, 1 pm to 4 pm

Santa Fe Community College Boardroom (Main Building)

Pamela MacKellar will explain her concepts and techniques for making her “journey” tunnel books. She will explain and show the reduction woodcut method she uses to produce multiple prints for the books, cutting out the tunnels, assembling the structure, and transferring the image.

Pam earned a BFA in Ceramics and exhibited her hand-built, one-of-a-kind, sculptural work in galleries and fine craft shows nationally. For 10 years she has been making artist books, and more recently prints. Pam has studied art at the State University of New York at New Paltz, Santa Fe Community College, Central New Mexico Community College, and the University of New Mexico. Her artist books have been exhibited in shows and galleries in the United States. She co-teaches book arts classes at the University of New Mexico Department of Continuing Education and in her home studio in Corrales. You can see her work at www.pamonpaper.com.


Forest Stories: Book Arts from the Environmental Studio of Mary Ellen Long, a presentation by Mary Ellen Long

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Mary Ellen Long’s artist’s book. Click to enlarge.

Members Only

Saturday, June 10, 2017, 1 pm to 4 pm

Santa Fe Community College Boardroom (Main Building)

Artist Mary Ellen Long will travel to Santa Fe from her environmental studio near Durango, Colorado, to present on several of her artist’s books that explore themes of nature, ritual, process, and time. Mary Ellen’s “forest stories” use paper, photography, mixed media, and found materials to document her environmental statements and other subjects such as family, the process of aging, and cultural issues. Some featured artist books include Secrets of the Burn, Forest Stories Grouse, and Sands Signs Symbols. “When I look back on my fifty years of making art,” Mary Ellen says, “the arc swings over the word paper—art on paper and of paper. Artist’s books, editioned and one-of-a-kind, have been an important element in my work throughout the years.” For more information, visit http://www.maryellenlongart.com.


Wonder Wander: Photographs and Travel Journals, a Slide Lecture by Gail Rieke

Members Only

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Details and location to be announced soon.


No Meeting in August

…as is BAG’s custom.


Rotunda Exhibit Opening

Open to the Public; All Are Welcome

Capitol Rotunda Gallery at the New Mexico State Capitol Building

Date, time, and details to be announced soon.


Place, Time, and Multicultural Experience in the Creation of My Artists’ Books, a presentation by Beata Wehr

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Beata Wehr’s work. Click to enlarge.

Open to the Public; Free

Friday, October 13, 2017, 7 pm to 9 pm

Santa Fe Community College Boardroom (Main Building)

Beata Wehr is an award-winning visual artist and educator. She was born in Warsaw, Poland, and currently lives and works in Tucson, Arizona, traveling back to Europe every year. She graduated from Warsaw University in Poland with an M.A. degree in art history, and from the University of Arizona with an M.F.A. in painting/combined media. She paints and creates artist’s books, examining in her work ideas of home, place, time, transience, and multicultural experiences. Her works were shown in many international and national exhibitions and are included in nearly 60 public collections in the USA and abroad. Beata is an instructor at the University of Arizona and Pima Community College in Tucson. More information: http://www.beatawehr.com/.


Developing Content in an Artist’s Book Format, a workshop with Beata Wehr

Members Only

Saturday, October 14, and Sunday, October 15, 2017, 9 am to 4 pm

Santa Fe Community College Book Arts Room (Room 710)

The workshop will focus on developing content in a unique artist’s book by working with images, materials, structure, and possibly text. The class will contain many different activities: a short informal writing exercise, selection of images and materials, editing, working on a book structure, individual critique, group discussion, and presentation of the final work.

Beata asks everyone to come with some ideas and significant materials: these could be photographs, drawings, paintings, small flat objects, letters, and fragments of prose, journals or poems. Beata and the students will discuss the ways to select and combine them into a meaningful whole. During the first day the class will look at the artists’ book samples and catalogs from recent international and national exhibitions. Beata will also talk about ideas of each participant, select materials, binding, and structure. Then the class will start designing books. The second day will be spent on individual discussions, completing the books, and a group conversation about the work accomplished. Fee: $200. Tool and supply list will be sent upon registration.

Maximum students: 12. 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 13, 2017. For more information, contact Laura Wait at laurawait@mac.com.


Annual Art Flea Market

Open to the Public; All Are Welcome

November 2017

Date and Time to be Announced

Meem Room of the Palace of the Governors


Book Arts Group Annual Year-End Meeting & Silent Auction

Members Only

December 2017

Date and Time to be Announced

NEA Building, Botulph Road