This Weekend: Opera Costume and Prop Sale

The Santa Fe Opera Costume and Prop Sale

Hundreds of costumes, fabrics, accessories, props, and furniture for sale, and just in time for Halloween!

This event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, September 14, and Sun,day September 15, 2019

10 am to 4 pm

The Santa Fe Opera
Stieren Hall
301 Opera Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87506

Saturday Art Opening: Pantone Postcard Project

Come see the work of the 53 BAG members who made color come alive at the first exhibition of the Pantone Postcard Project | BAG Mail Art: 2018-2019.

We’ll kick it off with an opening in the Axle Contemporary Mobile Art Space on Saturday, August 24, 2019, from 4 pm to 7 pm (perhaps beyond). This is in the Santa Fe Railyard near the Farmer’s Market Pavilion, across from Site Santa Fe (near Paseo de Peralta and Guadalupe Street:

The cards will be on display until Sunday, September 8, 2019. Please check the website for daily locations of the van:

Many thanks to Axle Contemporary, which was founded in 2010 by artists Matthew Chase-Daniel and Jerry Wellman as a collaborative work of art and an innovative vehicle for arts distribution.

Axle Contemporary is an art gallery on wheels; it’s housed in the back of a custom retrofitted 1970 aluminum stepvan. The 6′ x 10′ exhibition space features high wood ceilings, exposed beams, track lighting, and a magnetically based system for displaying unframed works on paper. Axle Contemporary exhibits installation art, performance, works on paper (including photography, drawing, and painting), and occasionally sculpture. The van’s mobility allows the gallery to visit both typical art venues and unusual ones, such as schools, empty lots, restaurants, grocery stores, and city streets.

Axle Contemporary has grown beyond the confines of the mobile exhibition space to include book publishing and alternative methods of creation and dissemination of contemporary arts in the public sphere. It is supported in part by Axle Projects, Inc., a 501(c)(3) corporation that is made possible by donations.

Thanks also to Douglass Rankin and Gail Murray for their tireless energy in creating new challenges and implementing BAG’s mail art program, and to mail art guru emeritus Linda Zwick.

And thanks to book artist Emily Martin, who gave permission to Santa Fe BAG to replicate her 2013 mail art project with Pantone’s colored postcards and 100 artists.

Announcing the 2019 Collaborative Book Project

2019 Collaborative Book Project

Participants: Participants must be BAG members in good standing.


  • Friday, August 30, 2019: Deadline for members to notify Linda Zwick ( or Julie Filatoff ( of their intention to participate.
  • Friday, September 6, 2019 (or earlier): Participants will be notified how many pages to make for exchange and will receive detailed instructions. On this date you will also be able to pick up the Arches Text Wove paper (for the interior pages) at the Rotunda Exhibit Reception, 4 pm to 6 pm, from Julie Filatoff (or contact us to arrange another time).
  • Saturday, October 5, 2019: Meeting for exchange of pages for the book and for construction of participants’ books at La Cienega Volunteer Fire Station (Rancho Viejo).
  • BAG Annual End-of-Year Meeting, early December 2019: Participants will bring their collaborative books to show off.

Theme: Your favorite alphabetic character.

Book Structure: Crown Book as described in Hedi Kyle and Ulla Warchol’s book, The Art of the Fold. The finished book will be approximately 5½” tall x 3¾” wide. If you wish, you can purchase the book here:

Color Palette: Limited to black, white, metallic silver, metallic gold, metallic copper, shades of gray. Please resist using any other colors.

Paper and Other Materials: For $12 participants will be provided with Arches Text Wove 120gsm white for the interior pages, and French Paper Company Construction 70 lb. white for the spine/accordion/cover. NO SUBSTITUTIONS ARE PERMITTED. On September 6 you may pick up the Arches Text Wove paper at the Rotunda Exhibit Reception, 4 pm to 6 pm, from Julie Filatoff (or contact us to arrange another time).

Each Participant Will Bring to the Compilation Meeting:

  • Approximately 24 decorated (painted, drawn, printed, collaged) sheets, decorated on both sides with the limited palette described above, and on the paper specified.

Each Participant will be Provided, at the Compilation Meeting:

  • A page from every other participant.
  • A title page listing the participants.
  • Paper for the accordion/spine/ cover.

Questions? Contact Linda Zwick at or Julie Filatoff at

Book Arts Workshop in Durango

It Was There All Along: Intro to Pamphlet Bookmaking

Saturday, September 7, 2019, 9:30 am to 5 pm

Durango Arts Center, 802 East Second Ave, Durango, CO 81301 | 970.259.2606

Instructor: Frank Hamrick

Experience Level: All Levels

$135 for DAC Non-Members, $120 for DAC Members

Signup Deadline: Friday, August 23, 2019;

In this one-day workshop, book artist Frank Hamrick will teach students how to construct a hardcover pamphlet style book in the morning followed by a multi-signature Coptic style book in the afternoon. The books made in class will be blank, and students will be able to fill them with their own content in the future. Frank will speak about different book structures, such as hardcover pamphlet, accordion, Japanese, Coptic, and case binding. The class will introduce participants to materials like bookboard, book cloth, PVA glue, Irish linen thread, and double-sided matte photo paper, which Frank uses in many of his handmade photobooks. The workshop will familiarize students with these materials as well as tools like awls, bookbinders’ needles, and bonefolders. Participants will leave the course with their own handmade books as well as a set-by-step process for how these books are constructed.

Frank Hamrick is an associate professor at Louisiana Tech University. His work mixes photography, storytelling, handmade books, and found objects. Frank received his BFA from the University of Georgia and his MFA from New Mexico State University. NPR has written about Frank’s handmade books and Oxford American Magazine listed Frank as one of the 100 Superstars of Southern Art. His work is housed in collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

The Search is on for a New BAG President; Thanks, Barb!

BAG Members,

BAG is having a great year, and it is only the halfway mark! I hope you have enjoyed the programs and are ready for our biennial juried show in September. All signs are that it is shaping to be extraordinary.

I would like to ask you to join with the Board as we plan for 2020 and beyond. I am finishing my terms as BAG President at the end of this year, and we now need to start a search for someone to step into that position.

It is a job that has varied roles and responsibilities that keep BAG building on its rich past and readying the organization for the future. It is a job for someone to bring their ideas for the growth of the organization, and to support the membership as active book artists in the community. It is suited for someone who has had some experience with all-volunteer organizations and enjoys the behind-the-scenes work that supports the stability of the organization.

If you have an interest in serving and would like to talk to me personally or to someone on the Board, please email and we will respond quickly. More information about being a board member is at

Thank you for the opportunities I have had in my role as President of BAG. I do plan to stay on the Board for two additional years, and in that capacity can support the transition.

Barb Macks
BAG President

Call for Vendors: Annual Art Flea Market

The BAG Annual BAG Art Flea Market: Call for Vendors

To be held on Saturday, November 9, 2019, from 10 am to 2 pm, at the Meem Room of the Palace of the Governors, 110 Washington Avenue in downtown Santa Fe

An Art Flea Market so BAG members can declutter their artist studios. Members can sell any art supplies or tools that one would use to make 2 or 3D art*, to display art, or be inspired to make art. This includes (but is not limited to):

  • Handmade papers
  • Ephemera
  • Paints, pastels, pencils
  • Brushes, palette knives
  • Tools
  • Boxes
  • Interesting rusty things
  • Rubber stamps
  • Fabrics
  • Yarn
  • Books about art techniques or artists
  • Art or art supply storage items
  • Frames and mats

You are also welcome to sell your own artwork.

This is not a garage sale. It is an art event that is anticipated by BAG members, the art community as a whole, and visitors to Santa Fe.

To participate as a seller: Please email Andrea Cypress beginning 6 am on Thursday, August 1, 2019, at to reserve your table. She will confirm your reservation via email and will send additional instructions and information.

*Art such as: handmade books and journals, collages, mixed-media, assemblage, etc.

Bookbinding Equipment for Sale

If you are relatively new to bookbinding, be sure to check out Pam MacKellar’s August class:

Bookbinding Equipment for Sale

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Excellent Dreadnought Sewing Frame designed by Tim Ely. Very efficient, sturdy and lightweight. Easy to use. 24.25 in x 16 in x 17 in high. Used and in good condition. $650 new, $300 now.
Antique Cast-Iron Paper Press. Very good condition. 15 in x 10 in, 3 in opening. From Edinburgh, Scotland. Works like a charm! Very heavy. $150.
36.5 in Rotatrim Rotary Cutter (12.25 in wide). Retails for $420; selling for $150. Used and in good condition. A wonderful paper cutter. Clean and sharp.

If interested, contact Raphiel Benjamin at 505-470-3647 or

Workshops with Melinda Tidwell

Friend of BAG Melinda Tidwell teaches collage-based workshops in her studio:

The next three-day workshops are Friday, July 19, through Sunday, July 21, 2019; and Friday, August 16, through Sunday, August 18, 2019.

Melinda also has an online workshop that begins Friday, August 23, 2019 (see link above).

And Melinda is teaching at Artisan Santa Fe on Monday, June 24, 2019:

Beginning Calligraphy Class in Albuquerque

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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

This Friday: Rare Earth—Planetary Beauty Opens at City of Mud

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.

More information: