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:

Speaking to the Imagination: The Contemporary Artist’s Book

Speaking to the Imagination: The Contemporary Artist’s Book

Imprints of Home is a collaborative work of original prints and poems created during 2014 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, by Esther Feske, Dale Harris, Christine Herman, Frank Melcori, Trish Meyer, Carrol Moxham, Margy O’Brien, Kent Swanson, and Mary Sweet.

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.

For more information, email or call 505-954-5700.

“Out of the Blue” at State Capitol

“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.

Project 26: Alphabet Mail Art Update

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.

More information on this two-year mail art project: