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The Art of Book Collage with Melinda Tidwell

Friend of BAG Melinda Tidwell is teaching “The Art of Book Collage” at Artisan Santa Fe. Lesson 1: Mining the Hardback is on Monday, March 25, 2019, from 10 am to 4 pm. The workshop is $135 plus tax.

Discarded hardback books, especially old ones, are a treasure trove of materials for collage. Bring your old worn books and together we will deconstruct them and create fun abstract book collages on paper from the harvest. Students will learn how to deconstruct a hardback book, tips for cutting and adhesives, and many ideas for altering these rich collage materials. Students should bring their own materials (suggested below) and paper will be provided.

Skill Level: Open to all skill levels – beginning to advanced.

  • No Refunds after March 21, 2019 
  • 10% discount available 30 days prior to and including class date
  • Please park on Maclovia Street between Artisan and Autozone – Please DO NOT park directly behind the Artisan building

Materials List:
old hardback books w/ fabric covers (min. 3)
Exacto knife with new blade
Cutting pad – small
Metal edge ruler
Acrylic medium (not gel) and/or pva glue
Paintbrush for gluing, ½” and 1″ flats
pint size plastic tubs for water and acrylic
paper towels

Needles and embroidery thread
Your favorite collage materials

Instructor will bring:
Various hole punches
Utility knife
Magazines to catch excess glue
9 x 12 cold press WC paper

Bio: Melinda Tidwell is a collage artist with an interest in discarded books. Her love of books and vintage materials lured her from the world of graphic design and into her current work in book collage. Tidwell’s collages are shown in yearly gallery exhibitions, international art fairs, and are included in numerous private and corporate collections in the United States. Her work is currently represented by galleries in San Francisco, Seattle, Sun Valley, and Santa Fe. Melinda also teaches from her studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and at other venues around the country. For more information and a full portfolio, please visit:

To register:

Want to be a Resident Book Artist? Application Available

Women’s Studio Workshop Invites Applications for Art-in-Education Artist Book Residency

Deadline: November 15, 2019

The mission of the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, New York, is to operate and maintain a workspace that encourages the voice and vision of individual women artists, provide professional opportunities for artists at various stages of their careers, and promote programs designed to stimulate public involvement, awareness, and support for the visual arts.

In support of that mission, WSW is accepting applications for its Art-in-Education Artist’s Book Grant.

The eight-to-ten-week residency is awarded to two emerging women artists who are interested in creating a new artist’s book and in teaching young people. Generally, residents dedicate their first month to producing a limited edition artist’s book, which is hand-printed and bound in the studio. WSW can provide technical advice; training on new equipment, techniques, and materials; and production assistance.

During the second half of the residency, the artist works with young people in WSW’s studios, teaching one to two days/week for three to four weeks, and visiting the students twice in school. Studio space and equipment is reserved for students during program hours, but artists may work at any time outside of AIE.

The program provides a stipend of $350 per week for up to ten weeks, up to $750 for materials, up to $250 for travel within the continental United States, free onsite housing, and 24/7 studio access during non-AIE sessions.

All applications must be physically mailed, with a postmark no later than November 15, to the Women’s Studio Workshop:

Art-in-Ed Artist’s Book Application
Women’s Studio Workshop
PO Box 489
Rosendale, NY 12472

See the WSW website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

Link to Complete RFP

New Mail Art Project Begins in March

Douglass Rankin and Gail Murray announced a new mail art that begins in March. It is named “Project 26: Alphabet Mail Art,” and it will include one letter for each month that BAG has a general meeting. We will begin with “A” in March 2019. Any BAG member is welcome to participate.

The months and letters for 2019 are: March—“A.” April—“B.” May—“C.” June—“D.” July—“E.”

Size and Paper Type

4”x6” on cardstock, at least as thick as a standard postcard. The size and paper stock are the only requirements.

Two Options for Participation

Option 1—Follow our usual Mail Art routine: write your name, address, and email on the index card supplied at the BAG meetings. Drop the card in the bag, then pull out somebody else’s name before you leave the meeting.

Option 2—If you are COMMITTED to doing the entire alphabet, and IF you don’t usually get to the meetings, send an email to BOTH Gail Murray and Douglass Rankin with your name, mailing address, and email. We will then put your information on a list that will be emailed to all the people in your group. To use the list, skip your name and send a card to the person’s name on the list that follows yours (beginning with the letter “A” for March). In April, continue on to the NEXT name for the NEXT letter. This list will be set up only at the BEGINNING of the project; the deadline to submit your name and other information is Friday, March 1, 2019. We will send the list to you before the March 9 general meeting. It is very important that you commit to creating all 26 letters, otherwise the people in your group will not end up with an entire alphabet.

Note: You do NOT have to commit to all 26 months and letters. You can create a letter as you desire by drawing a name at a general meeting. It is only mandatory to create A to Z if you sign up for Option 2.

After You Have Selected Your Option

Create two similar postcards. Mail one card to your mail art buddy (the name you drew for Option 1 or the next person on the list for Option 2). Also mail one card to Santa Fe BAG, PO Box 33691, Santa Fe, NM 87594.

We recommend mailing your card in an envelope, making it more likely it will arrive undamaged (55¢). Because this is a standard size, you may mail it as a postcard if you choose (35¢).

We encourage you to complete each letter and mail it to your recipient before the next BAG meeting.

When you do receive your Alphabet Mail Art postcard, please email the sender to let them know their card arrived.

BAG will keep all cards received in the BAG Archive. We will display them at the general meeting as the project proceeds.

Beginning Calligraphy Class in Albuquerque

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BAG member Elizabeth McKee is teaching a four-session beginning calligraphy class entitled “Writing Romans—Making Monoline Magic—Finding Secrets.” It will be held on four Saturdays—February 23, March 30, April 27, and June 1—from 1 pm to 4 pm in Albuquerque. “There are enough challenges built in for those who have extra time to invest in exploration,” explains Elizabeth. “Because it is monoline, being left-handed does not present a problem. Monoline letters can be very basic but also offer opportunities for design and play.” (See the photos.) The course fee of $100 + $10 supply fee includes 2 nibs, 2 penholders, and various other fun items. If interested, contact Elizabeth at

Mixed-Media Art Retreat, April 2019

Three BAG members–Cyn Leespring, Ruth Anna Abigail, and Julie Filatoff–announce a mixed-media art retreat for women.

It will be held Friday, April 26, through Sunday, April 28, 2019, at Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa.

The all-inclusive, three-day/two-night retreat is limited to nine participants. The project is called “Mapping Your Journey,” and it consists of an ecodyed/tea-dyed, multi-signature art journal in a decorated box.

The retreat includes six meals, snacks, and beverages, plus unlimited soaking in Ojo Caliente’s mineral pools.

For more information, visit

Art Workshops in Albuquerque

Annie Hooten has announced an updated schedule of art workshops in Albuquerque. The list is below. For more detailed information, contact Annie at or (505) 228-8703. You can also follow her on Instagram at and #hootenannieartworkshops.

Common Threads with Orly Avineri & Beatriz Helton, February 27-March 2, 2019.

Jiggly Jointed Dolls and Fabulous Beads! With Doreen Kassel, March 9 & 10, 2019.

Hidden Jewels (Mokume Gane) with Carol Simmons, May 25 & 26, 2019.

Master Cane Workshop with Carol Simmons, June 3-8, 2019 (FULL).

A workshop with Hélène Jeanclaude, August 17 & 18, 2019.

Clay Out West, September 30-October 3, 2019. Teachers will be Donna Kato, Leslie Blackford, Debbie Crothers, Ron Lehocky, Dayle Doroshow & Wendy Malinow. (Email to get on the mailing list for future announcements.)

The Healing Doll Way with Barb Kobe, October 10 (evening), 11, 12, and13, 2019. Her book: Her Facebook group:

Make it Tall or On the Wall: A Talking, Walking Story-Stick with Maureen Carlson, November 8, 9 & 10, 2019.

Annie also has some workshops lined up for 2020 (dates to be announced): Jodi Ohl,; Floral Dreamscapes with Carol Simmons and Maureen Carlson, and; and Jenny Grant,

Vision Board Workshop with Ro Calhoun

New Year Vision Board Workshop presented by SFCC Center for Book Art & Printmaking

Register today for a discount!

Do you know what a Vision Board is?

It’s a perfect way to start 2019, by taking action to manifest your dream life. When you make a Vision Board, you get clear on what you want to create in your life.

A vision board is a visualization tool that uses a board to build a visual collage of words and pictures that represent your dreams and goals. Once you get clarity, you select images and words from magazines, and paste them on a big poster board. Seeing this board each day aligns your brain with the outcomes you most want to attract. (Oprah, Ellen DeGeneres, and Katy Perry all swear by Vision Boards!)

It sounds pretty simple. (And yes, there is a process to make your Vision Board more powerful.)

So why doesn’t everyone create Vision Boards? Well most of us never make the time. We let our busy, distracted lives keep us, well, busy and distracted.

It’s time to change that! On Saturday, January 26, 2019, at Santa Fe Community College in Room 708, our very own BAG member Ro Calhoun is leading a Create Your Life Vision Board Workshop. It’s an immersion for you to focus on your authentic life, core clarity, and ideal outcomes

Sign up today or inquire for more info by contacting Ro at 505.946.7350 or emailing her at

Cost is $85 including materials. If you register and pay during the month of December, there is an early bird discount of $10 ($75 total).

Upon registration, you will receive a “Create Your Best Life” Dream Sheet to get started. Bring it with you to the Vision Board Workshop to manifest your life goals and desires.

Ro Calhoun has an MFA degree in Fine Art.  She is an Art Professor at SFCC and she also conducts art workshops. Ro is a professionally trained Vision Instructor by Vision Board Pro.