Traveler’s Notebook Salon on Saturday, December 8

Back by popular demand: a Traveler’s Notebook Salon with Cynthia Leespring and Julie Filatoff.

In this four-hour salon/workshop you’ll create a Traveler’s Notebook (TN), which you can use as a planner, sketchbook, journal, art journal, scrapbook, study guide, and so much more. Thanks to easily changeable inserts, you can use your TN for more than one purpose. All you need to bring is a short list of bookbinding tools; materials will be supplied.

Saturday, December 8, 2018, 1 pm to 5 pm

At the home/studio of Julie Filatoff in Santa Fe (SFCC area)

Minimum students: 4. Maximum students: 8. If there is sufficient interest and a waitlist, a second salon may be added.

$35 (includes lots of supplies); must be a current BAG member

If the Traveler’s Notebook is new to you, please read this post:

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If you have questions or wish to register, please contact Julie Filatoff,, or Cyn Leespring,

February: Calligraphy on Textiles Workshop

(Repost, because it’s too good to miss!) BAG member Gail Rieke let us know that Martha Egan, who used to own Pacha Mama on Canyon Road, has a new project: Casa Perea, a beautiful multi-use venue in Corrales, New Mexico. Calligrapher Marina Soria will teach a three-day workshop, “Weaving Words,” on Friday, February 22, Saturday, February 23, and Sunday, February 24, 2019 (see graphics below).  For more information on the workshop, contact Frances Miller at For more information on Casa Perea, visit






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.