BAG member Elizabeth McKee is teaching a six-session beginning calligraphy class entitled “Writing Romans—Making Monoline Magic—Finding Secrets.” It will be held on six Saturdays—August 31, September 28, October 26, January 25, February 29, and March 28—either from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm or from 1 pm to 4 pm in Albuquerque (choose morning or afternoon). “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 $150 + $20 supply fee. If interested, contact Elizabeth at email@example.com.
City of Mud Gallery’s Summer show, Rare Earth—Planetary Beauty, will open this Friday, June 14, 2019, with a reception from 5 pm to 8 pm. “This is an engaging group show inspired by reverence for our natural world. Please join us as we unveil this new exhibition. This group mixes favorite City of Mud regulars with artists we’ve never shown before. The show includes paintings of earth, photos, and installations having to do with our Universe and particularly Earth. Sasha Pyle, Jamie Chase, and Sally Blakemore have been painting and cutting Tyvek to create a haunted forest.
Speaking to the Imagination: The Contemporary Artist’s Book
Friday, June 21, through Saturday, August 24, 2019
Opening Reception on Friday, June 21, 5 to 7 pm at Peters Projects, 1011 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, New Mexico
This is a unique exhibit of handmade artist’s books and works on paper from local, national, and internationally known artists and writers. The exhibit will feature works that not only reflect a compelling artistic vision and style on paper with a unique and symbiotic collaboration with words, but distinctive book artistry as well. The very idea, definition, and usage of the object “book” and its alternatives will be challenged and expressed in revealing new forms. Some are epic and stirring, some freestanding, some folios, some may be reconfigured or exaggerate an accordion-like presence; some will fit like loose paper in their own boxes in limited edition; one or two will be reassuring in their enormity, some incisively petite and condensed. The thing that the books have in common is their lack of similarity, except for the love of words and art and the ingenious methods by which they’re released into the world.
As Anne Evenhaugen of the Smithsonian Libraries has written, “What truly makes an artist’s book is the artist’s intent, and artists have used the book as inspiration in a myriad of ways and techniques, from traditional to the experimental…artists used the book format to create narratives to deal with difficult or emotional issues, and some used it as a cheap, portable way to make the artwork available to a broader public than the gallery and museum world allowed.”
The exhibit will feature work by poets and artists (several are BAG members or Friends of BAG): Jim Dine, Dale Harris, Helen Hiebert, Carol Mothner, Miriam and Isabel Sagan, Kent Rush, Leon Loughridge, Margy O’Brien, Cynthia West, Vicki Bolen, Richard Wolfson, Janet Glovinsky, and others.
“Out of the Blue” is an exhibition of contemporary fiber art at the New Mexico State Capitol Rotunda Gallery in Santa Fe from April 26 through August 9, 2019. Blue is the color of the sky and sea. It is often associated with depth and stability. It symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven.
The fiber artists from Studio Art Quilt Associates in New Mexico have responded to this challenge with a large array of works. They encompass a variety of approaches, from traditional piecework to the latest in technical materials. The size range is from 18 inches to 80 inches wide, with the average approximately 40 inches.
The exhibit was juried by Dr. Cynthia Sanchez, curator of the New Mexico State Capitol art collection.
You may view the exhibit when the Capitol is open: Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm. It is located at 490 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
The “A’s” have Arrived. And they are Art-ful and Amazing! They will be on display on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at the BAG general meeting. Plus “B’s” are coming in, and will also be out for viewing. If possible, please send out your “B” before Saturday’s meeting, or you can bring your mail art for BAG with you. “C” will be announced at the meeting, and Project 26 goes forward.
Salon El Zaguán with poets, Thursday, April 18, 3pm
RSVP required for Salon
Historic Santa Fe Foundation (HSFF) celebrates National Poetry Month with an exhibit of more than 50 poetry broadsides and books by well-known and not-so-well known poets, all printed at the Press at the Palace of the Governors. The exhibition will open at HSFF’s El Zaguán, 545 Canyon Road, on Friday, April 5 from 5-7pm and continue through April 26, 2019.
On Thursday, April 18 at 3pm, sit down with poets Joan Logghe, Renée Gregorio and John Brandi, along with Palace Press director Tom Leech for your daily dose of poetry and a conversation about the joys of slow reading and fine printing. Each of the poets has published several poems in the form of poetry broadsides and limited-edition books with the press.
Reservations required for the Salon El Zaguán with the poets. To reserve a spot, visit the HSFF’s Salon page: https://www.historicsantafe.org/salon It is free for HSFF members, and $10 for all others.
ABOUT PALACE PRESS:
The Press at the Palace of the Governors, known informally as the Palace Press, introduces visitors to the world of 19th- and early 20th-century publishing. Located just off the museum courtyard, this former stable is home to a working exhibit dedicated to preserving and promoting New Mexico’s printing and literary traditions. A visit to the printshop recalls the time when each letter on a page passed through the hands of an artisan printer. Working in the tradition of such noted New Mexico presses as the Laughing Horse Press, the Seton Village Press and the Rydal Press, the Palace Press is the longest-running operation of its kind in the state and is today a center for contemporary book art activities. But printing has played an important role in New Mexico ever since its first press arrived at the Palace of the Governors via the Santa Fe Trail in 1834, when New Mexico was part of Mexico and its first imprints were published in Spanish. Though now lost to history, that legendary printing press, under the direction of Padre Antonio José Martínez, brought New Mexico into a new era.
The modern incarnation of the Palace Press began in 1969 when the museum was offered the contents of the Estancia News-Herald print shop. Included was a platen press used in 1908 to print Jack Thorp’s Songs of the Cowboys, the world’s first publication of cowboy ballads. Posted on the walls are numerous handbills documenting the daily life of the Estancia Valley from the 1930s to the early 1950s, promoting everything from dances and basketball games to World War II black-out drills. Another permanent exhibit is the re-created studio of Gustave Baumann, New Mexico’s great 20th century artist-printer. Featured are Baumann’s press, watermarked papers, hand tools, and the pigments he used to make the ink for his masterful, color-saturated woodcut scenes of New Mexico and the Southwest.
More historic presses fill the shop, and while each one has seen years of service in the noble art of printing, they all stand ready if called on to get out the news.
Bobbi Culbert is having a Moving Sale this Saturday, March 30, 2019, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at 109 Old Galisteo Road. (Take St. Francis south to Rabbit Road. Turn right to the RR tracks then turn left onto Old Galisteo Road. Go one mile to #109.)
For sale: Art materials of all kinds, great fabrics & sewing notions, bookmaking materials, many good papers in various weights, an elderly Print Gocco Kit (cheap; needs inks), Xyron with laminating and adhesive refills, lightbox for tracing, rubber stamps, blank journals and small books, storage containers, 3-ring binders with photo pages, and much more.