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Beginning in January 2017, BAG sends out monthly/bimonthly email news blasts instead of a twice-yearly newsletter. Please become a member to receive our email newsblasts. Looking for the archived newsletters? Click on “Members Only” in the navigation bar above.

Holiday Make and Take at MAKE Santa Fe

MAKE Santa Fe Event
Saturday, December 16, 2017
2879 All Trades Road, Santa Fe, NM
Saturday, December 16, 10:00a – 4:00p

A few BAG members will staff one of ten stations for the Holiday Make and Take at Make Santa Fe. BAG’s station will offer an opportunity to make holiday postcards, mail art, and paper cut ornaments incorporating the bits left over from wood cuts and 3D printers.

Fee to attend the event: $10 for an individual or $20 for a family up to four people.

MAKE Santa Fe is a non-profit maker space with 3-D printers, laser cutters, CNC router, CNC plasma, woodworking shop and textile lab.

See for more information.

2018 Mail Art: Pantone Postcards


For our 2018 Mail Art program, BAG will sponsor a new type of project, based on an idea instigated by Emily Martin, book artist from Iowa City. (Images above are from her project. View all the cards and her book at her website:

Our project will be similar to the way Mail Art usually works. At each monthly meeting, beginning in December:

1) Put your name and address on a card, place it in the bag, and draw out a card to be sent to your mail art buddy.

2) Instead of a suggested theme or quotation, select a colored postcard based on the Pantone Matching System.*

3) Two cards of the same color will be rubber-banded together. On both cards you draw, feel free to “expound” on the color in any way you like: draw, paint, write, punch, sew, print, attach a photo… It’s open season for your creativity to “play” on BOTH CARDS you draw. Then send one to your mail art buddy and one (which will already be stamped and addressed) to BAG to become part of the BAG permanent collection.

4) Also at the meeting we will ask you to sign a sheet saying which color you picked so that credit can be given to the mail artist when we display these cards in 2019 (see #6).

5) Hopefully, by the end of the year, all 100 postcards in the series will be returned to BAG, and…

6) In summer 2019 Axel Contemporary will exhibit our creations in its mobile van!

We are excited about this variation on mail art and hope that everyone in BAG will participate for at least a month or more, providing great variety for our 2019 BAG Mail Art: Pantone Postcards exhibit at Axel Contemporary.

Any questions: contact Gail Murray or Douglass Rankin

* The Pantone Matching System (PMS) is used in the commercial printing industry as a way to identify specific ink colors for the jobs being printed. This is the industry standard for all ink colors that are not printed as a 4-color process color. Logos, stationery, posters, and brochures that are printed with more than black ink must have a PMS color and number specified for each non-black color desired. For more information, visit

Artist Gift Fairs Next Two Weekends

11th Annual Holiday Gift Fairs

at the Santa Fe Woman Club, 1616 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87505

Friday, November 24, through Sunday, November 26, 2017, 10 am to 5 pm

Friday, December 1, through Sunday, December 3, 10 am to 5 pm

Holiday shopping at its most creative and comfortable. Each week will feature a wonderful, ever-changing group of local artisans providing you the opportunity to buy directly from the makers.

Choose from a wide variety of jewelry, ceramics, children’s books, rocks and minerals, basketry, table art, paintings, recycled adornments, metal and glass work, ornaments, walking sticks and more. Vendors include BAG members.

Free Admission. Easy Parking.

For vendor information, contact

Beginning Book Arts Workshop November 11

Julie Filatoff is teaching a one-day workshop at Artisan Santa Fe on beginning book arts.BAG member Julie R. Filatoff is teaching a one-day workshop aimed at beginning book artists.

“Two Fun & Simple Books for Artists” will be 10:00 am to 4:30 pm on Saturday, November 11, 2017, at Artisan Santa Fe.

Students will discover two exciting book-making processes – the Single-Signature Pamphlet Stitch and the Origami Pocket Book. The Single-Signature Pamphlet-Stitch is a foundational process that ultimately prepares students for more intricate book-binding methods; use it to create sketchbooks, planner inserts and more. The Origami Pocket Book is a more advanced book-building process and once completed, it holds small pieces of art, photographs, letters and anything you can imagine! Once you’ve mastered these simple book building techniques in class, you will find many occasions to recreate them for your own use or to use as gifts. Maximum students: 12.  Skill Level: Open to all; geared toward beginners.  Cost: $95 plus tax.

More information, supply list, and registration:

BAG Annual Art Flea Market THIS SATURDAY!

Open to the Public; All Are Welcome

The Not-to-be-Missed Event of the Year!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

10:00 am to 2:00 pm (Please note: Doors open at 10:00 am sharp)

Meem Room of the Palace of the Governors/New Mexico History Museum, 110 Washington Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87501 (enter on Washington Avenue just north of East Palace Avenue)

Santa Fe Book Arts Group/Palace Press annual multi-vendor Art Flea Market featuring supplies (for mixed-media, assemblage, and collage), handmade books and journals, handmade and specialty papers, antique and how-to books, ephemera, and gifts is fast approaching. Come browse and discover your treasures!

Here’s a link to the flyer; please distribute.

Please Distribute: Art Flea Market Flyer

Please distribute this flyer so that our annual Art Flea Market is a success!

Many thanks to Pam MacKellar for the great flyer for our November 4 event!  Please help us to publicize the Art Flea Market, whether or not you’re a vendor.  This is a GREAT event, and people in our community look forward to it every year (as evidenced by the line at the door).

Click here to go to the Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) file, which you can then download to your computer to print or email to all and sundry.

Click here to go to the .jpg file, which you can right-click and save to your computer, then share via social media.

See you Saturday, November 4!