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Exhibition of Beth McKee’s Art Opens October 4

In the exhibit Unpredicted Motion, BAG member Elizabeth McKee celebrates movement, color, light, books, and angels. The centerpiece of the show is her accordion-folded book, Assault of Angels, which weighs 70 pounds and took her 10 years to complete.

Unpredicted Motion  runs from October 4 through October 27 at Matrix Fine Art, 3812 Central Avenue SE, Suite 100-A, Albuquerque, NM 87108; 505-280-8659;

The opening reception is Friday, October 5, 2018, from 5 to 8 pm. Beth’s artist’s talk is on Saturday, October 20, 2018, from 1 to 3 pm.  Beth says, “I would be happy to meet anyone who plans a visit to the gallery; just contact me at” The gallery’s regular hours: are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm. There is free parking behind the gallery at Silver and Solano.





Beginning Paper Marbling Workshop with Pamela Smith

Pamela Smith is teaching a Beginning Paper Marbling workshop at MarbleSmith Studio in Abiquiu  on Saturday, October 6, and Sunday, October 7, 2018.

The two-day session covers the basics of this ancient paper-decorating technique while involving students in the process of hands-on production.

The workshop fee of $190 includes all tools and materials. To inquire or register, please email Pam at or call 505-685-4486.

Salon: Textures Book, September 22

(A previous announcement gave the wrong date for this salon. The correct date is Saturday, September 22.)

Cynthia Leespring will hold a 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 BAG meeting. Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018, from 2 pm to 5 pm. Cost: $30 including materials. To reserve your space, call or email Cynthia Leespring at 505-470-2629 or

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Registration Open: Text and Textile Workshop

Registration is now open for this workshop.

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 A short tool list will be sent upon registration.

Vendors, Start Amassing: Annual Art Flea Market

Example of the type of items you’ll discover at the Art Flea Market. Click to enlarge.

BAG’s annual Art Flea Market will be on Saturday, November 10, 2018, from 10 am to 2 pm, once again in the John Gaw Meem Room of the New Mexico History Museum. This is not your ordinary garage sale; items for sale are limited to art-related objects only.

BAG members, start saving any unwanted art supplies, handmade papers, tools, and art storage items to sell at this very successful annual event. Art also sells if priced well. Your castoffs can become a buyer’s prized discovery.

BAG members in good standing can make a reservation to be a vendor starting September 1, 2018—NOT BEFORE, please. More information and instructions to follow in a later BAG e-blast and on the website.

BAG Needs Tech-Savvy and Media-Savvy Volunteers

BAG is looking for an individual with technical skills to maintain our membership roster and send out notifications via an email marketing service. The master files are in place, but require management and updating. A coach is available to support and answer questions.

BAG is also looking for an individual with media relations/public relations skills who will help promote activities throughout the year such as monthly meetings, the Art Flea Market, and the Rotunda exhibit.

If you are interested in volunteering for either of these positions, please email .

Many thanks in advance for your support to BAG.

Book Arts Exhibit in San Diego

San Diego Book Arts presents its 2017-2018 Collaborative Art Project Opening Exhibit:


San Diego Mesa College Art Gallery | 7250 Mesa College Drive | D101 directly across from LRC
Monday, July 16–Friday, August 3, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 19, 2018, 5 pm-8 pm

Purchase your Postmark, San Diego catalog at the show or order online:

Note: Parking is free during the Opening Reception in Lot 10, which is closest to the Art Gallery. The most direct access is from Genesee Avenue onto Marlesta Drive and then enter the campus on the first right. Follow the entrance road to the right up the hill and around a curve to Lot 10.

Gallery hours are Tues, Thurs, Sat 11 am-4 pm. Evening hours on Thurs 4 pm-8 pm and by appointment, by calling the school at (619) 388-2829.

Cover of the show catalog

By Ann Schwartzwald

By Gretchen Hiegel

Two Book Arts Workshops at Artisan Materials Expo

Two book arts workshops are part of the lineup of educational events offered at the 2018 Artisan Materials Expo.

The popular biennial event is sponsored by the Artisan Art Supply Stores in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. It will be held from Thursday, September 27, through Sunday, September 30, 2018, at Buffalo Thunder Resort, just north of Santa Fe. Over the four days there will be 120 workshops in more than a dozen media, including book arts.

The sewn-over-tapes book.

BAG member Julie R. Filatoff will teach the two book arts workshops. The Sewn-Over-Tapes Book workshop will be Friday, September 28, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, and beginners are welcome. Each student will leave the workshop with a versatile, multi-signature, hardcover book, approximately 5.5 x 8.5 inches, with a beautiful exposed spine. The workshop fee is $94 plus tax.

The star book.

From 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Friday, September 28, Filatoff will teach the Star Book (also known as a Carousel Book). The Star Book creates a star shape when opened and secured with the attached ribbon. When closed, the three (or more) layers of each signature neatly fold up on themselves and it looks like a “normal” book. The workshop is geared toward intermediate to advanced book artists, and the fee is $94 plus tax.

“There are three things I love about the Artisan Expo,” said Julie. “First, workshop students just walk in with an apron, a notebook, a pen, and an adventurous spirit, because all other materials are supplied. Second, the Expo vendor area features 80 booths of artists’ materials at greatly discounted prices. Third, manufacturers’ representatives staff those booths and can answer your technical questions and demonstrate the products. It’s a not-to-be-missed event for all artists.”

For more information, visit

Registration Open: Calligraphy Workshop September 15

Registration is now open for this workshop.

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 ( 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