Palace Press Exhibition and Salon

Print by Tom Leech, Director, Palace Press. Photo by Arthur Sze.


Poems and Prints: Palace Press Poetry Broadsides

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: It is free for HSFF members, and $10 for all others.

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.

For more information on the exhibition, contact Melanie McWhorter at 505-983-2567 or

Image shown here: Tom Leech, Director, Palace Press. Photo by Arthur Sze.

Art Sale This Saturday

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.

Bobbi asks that you bring your own bags.

The Art of Book Collage with Melinda Tidwell

Friend of BAG Melinda Tidwell is teaching “The Art of Book Collage” at Artisan Santa Fe. Lesson 1: Mining the Hardback is on Monday, March 25, 2019, from 10 am to 4 pm. The workshop is $135 plus tax.

Discarded hardback books, especially old ones, are a treasure trove of materials for collage. Bring your old worn books and together we will deconstruct them and create fun abstract book collages on paper from the harvest. Students will learn how to deconstruct a hardback book, tips for cutting and adhesives, and many ideas for altering these rich collage materials. Students should bring their own materials (suggested below) and paper will be provided.

Skill Level: Open to all skill levels – beginning to advanced.

  • No Refunds after March 21, 2019 
  • 10% discount available 30 days prior to and including class date
  • Please park on Maclovia Street between Artisan and Autozone – Please DO NOT park directly behind the Artisan building

Materials List:
old hardback books w/ fabric covers (min. 3)
Exacto knife with new blade
Cutting pad – small
Metal edge ruler
Acrylic medium (not gel) and/or pva glue
Paintbrush for gluing, ½” and 1″ flats
pint size plastic tubs for water and acrylic
paper towels

Needles and embroidery thread
Your favorite collage materials

Instructor will bring:
Various hole punches
Utility knife
Magazines to catch excess glue
9 x 12 cold press WC paper

Bio: Melinda Tidwell is a collage artist with an interest in discarded books. Her love of books and vintage materials lured her from the world of graphic design and into her current work in book collage. Tidwell’s collages are shown in yearly gallery exhibitions, international art fairs, and are included in numerous private and corporate collections in the United States. Her work is currently represented by galleries in San Francisco, Seattle, Sun Valley, and Santa Fe. Melinda also teaches from her studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and at other venues around the country. For more information and a full portfolio, please visit:

To register:

Want to be a Resident Book Artist? Application Available

Women’s Studio Workshop Invites Applications for Art-in-Education Artist Book Residency

Deadline: November 15, 2019

The mission of the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, New York, is to operate and maintain a workspace that encourages the voice and vision of individual women artists, provide professional opportunities for artists at various stages of their careers, and promote programs designed to stimulate public involvement, awareness, and support for the visual arts.

In support of that mission, WSW is accepting applications for its Art-in-Education Artist’s Book Grant.

The eight-to-ten-week residency is awarded to two emerging women artists who are interested in creating a new artist’s book and in teaching young people. Generally, residents dedicate their first month to producing a limited edition artist’s book, which is hand-printed and bound in the studio. WSW can provide technical advice; training on new equipment, techniques, and materials; and production assistance.

During the second half of the residency, the artist works with young people in WSW’s studios, teaching one to two days/week for three to four weeks, and visiting the students twice in school. Studio space and equipment is reserved for students during program hours, but artists may work at any time outside of AIE.

The program provides a stipend of $350 per week for up to ten weeks, up to $750 for materials, up to $250 for travel within the continental United States, free onsite housing, and 24/7 studio access during non-AIE sessions.

All applications must be physically mailed, with a postmark no later than November 15, to the Women’s Studio Workshop:

Art-in-Ed Artist’s Book Application
Women’s Studio Workshop
PO Box 489
Rosendale, NY 12472

See the WSW website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

Link to Complete RFP

New Mail Art Project Begins in March

Douglass Rankin and Gail Murray announced a new mail art that begins in March. It is named “Project 26: Alphabet Mail Art,” and it will include one letter for each month that BAG has a general meeting. We will begin with “A” in March 2019. Any BAG member is welcome to participate.

The months and letters for 2019 are: March—“A.” April—“B.” May—“C.” June—“D.” July—“E.”

Size and Paper Type

4”x6” on cardstock, at least as thick as a standard postcard. The size and paper stock are the only requirements.

Two Options for Participation

Option 1—Follow our usual Mail Art routine: write your name, address, and email on the index card supplied at the BAG meetings. Drop the card in the bag, then pull out somebody else’s name before you leave the meeting.

Option 2—If you are COMMITTED to doing the entire alphabet, and IF you don’t usually get to the meetings, send an email to BOTH Gail Murray and Douglass Rankin with your name, mailing address, and email. We will then put your information on a list that will be emailed to all the people in your group. To use the list, skip your name and send a card to the person’s name on the list that follows yours (beginning with the letter “A” for March). In April, continue on to the NEXT name for the NEXT letter. This list will be set up only at the BEGINNING of the project; the deadline to submit your name and other information is Friday, March 1, 2019. We will send the list to you before the March 9 general meeting. It is very important that you commit to creating all 26 letters, otherwise the people in your group will not end up with an entire alphabet.

Note: You do NOT have to commit to all 26 months and letters. You can create a letter as you desire by drawing a name at a general meeting. It is only mandatory to create A to Z if you sign up for Option 2.

After You Have Selected Your Option

Create two similar postcards. Mail one card to your mail art buddy (the name you drew for Option 1 or the next person on the list for Option 2). Also mail one card to Santa Fe BAG, PO Box 33691, Santa Fe, NM 87594.

We recommend mailing your card in an envelope, making it more likely it will arrive undamaged (55¢). Because this is a standard size, you may mail it as a postcard if you choose (35¢).

We encourage you to complete each letter and mail it to your recipient before the next BAG meeting.

When you do receive your Alphabet Mail Art postcard, please email the sender to let them know their card arrived.

BAG will keep all cards received in the BAG Archive. We will display them at the general meeting as the project proceeds.

Beginning Calligraphy Class in Albuquerque

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BAG member Elizabeth McKee is teaching a four-session beginning calligraphy class entitled “Writing Romans—Making Monoline Magic—Finding Secrets.” It will be held on four Saturdays—February 23, March 30, April 27, and June 1—from 1 pm to 4 pm in Albuquerque. “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 $100 + $10 supply fee includes 2 nibs, 2 penholders, and various other fun items. If interested, contact Elizabeth at

Mixed-Media Art Retreat, April 2019

Three BAG members–Cyn Leespring, Ruth Anna Abigail, and Julie Filatoff–announce a mixed-media art retreat for women.

It will be held Friday, April 26, through Sunday, April 28, 2019, at Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa.

The all-inclusive, three-day/two-night retreat is limited to nine participants. The project is called “Mapping Your Journey,” and it consists of an ecodyed/tea-dyed, multi-signature art journal in a decorated box.

The retreat includes six meals, snacks, and beverages, plus unlimited soaking in Ojo Caliente’s mineral pools.

For more information, visit

Art Workshops in Albuquerque

Annie Hooten has announced an updated schedule of art workshops in Albuquerque. The list is below. For more detailed information, contact Annie at or (505) 228-8703. You can also follow her on Instagram at and #hootenannieartworkshops.

Common Threads with Orly Avineri & Beatriz Helton, February 27-March 2, 2019.

Jiggly Jointed Dolls and Fabulous Beads! With Doreen Kassel, March 9 & 10, 2019.

Hidden Jewels (Mokume Gane) with Carol Simmons, May 25 & 26, 2019.

Master Cane Workshop with Carol Simmons, June 3-8, 2019 (FULL).

A workshop with Hélène Jeanclaude, August 17 & 18, 2019.

Clay Out West, September 30-October 3, 2019. Teachers will be Donna Kato, Leslie Blackford, Debbie Crothers, Ron Lehocky, Dayle Doroshow & Wendy Malinow. (Email to get on the mailing list for future announcements.)

The Healing Doll Way with Barb Kobe, October 10 (evening), 11, 12, and13, 2019. Her book: Her Facebook group:

Make it Tall or On the Wall: A Talking, Walking Story-Stick with Maureen Carlson, November 8, 9 & 10, 2019.

Annie also has some workshops lined up for 2020 (dates to be announced): Jodi Ohl,; Floral Dreamscapes with Carol Simmons and Maureen Carlson, and; and Jenny Grant,