This Saturday: BAG at Make Santa Fe Make & Take

Make & Take 2018

Join Make Santa Fe in preparing for the holidays by crafting decorations and gifts with your family. For $20 you get an afternoon of crafty excitement (1 kid free per paid adult). Stop by one or all of the stations including the SMASH Bus, decorations made via laser and microcircuit, ugly sweater decoration (bring your own sweater), forged triangle dinner bells, and paper ornaments.

The S.M.A.S.H. Bus will be at MAKE ready to teach your kiddos to make their own paper and other festive goodies. If you haven’t seen the Bus it is a mobile interactive art studio designed to create inclusive and accessible art-making opportunities for a variety of diverse communities.

In addition the Santa Fe Book Arts Group will be back this year making decorative cards and ornaments. We’ll also have a food truck on hand and beverages inside MAKE to keep you creating all afternoon.

Make & Take Tickets here!

Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival Starts Friday

Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival is the United States’ largest and oldest recycled art market and is dedicated to showcasing art created from discarded materials. It kicks off with Friday night’s Trash Fashion and Costume Contest, then continues with an art market, adult and student juried art exhibits, and make-and-take art activities. More than 100 artists (including BAG members) offer their original pieces for sale in the Art Market and display their work in the juried art exhibit. This event attracts thousands of art lovers and the eco-conscious holiday gift-giver attracted by the art deals, family-friendly art-making activities, gallery-worthy exhibits, and perfect gifts.

All art consists of a minimum of 75% recycled materials—everything from vintage tin cans turned into earrings to scrap-metal sculptures. Artists successfully upcycle trash into treasure, combining recycling and innovation to show creative ways to save our resources, while making one-of-a-kind art. The event demonstrates the resourcefulness of the artists and has grown into a powerful economic development tool for existing and emerging artists.


Friday, November 30

Art Market 5 pm to 9 pm; $5 general admission

Trash Fashion show 7 pm; $15-20 for assigned seating; includes general admission to the art market. You can buy fashion show tickets ahead of time at or at the door.

Saturday, December 1

Art Market 9 am to 5 pm; free admission (Reminder: BAG Annual Holiday Party is at 1 pm at SFCC’s Jemez Room)

Sunday, December 2

Art Market 10 am to 5 pm; free admission

Call for Entries: The Art of the Fold

Wildflower Identification (blizzard book edition made in 2013; edition sold out).

Alicia Bailey of Abecedarian Artists’ Books in Denver announces “The Art of the Fold,” a multi-venue exhibition that will be on view in the Denver metro area from February 2019 through fall 2019. Venues include a public library, a university library, and a gallery. Alicia says she is “still ammering out the gallery details.”

The submission deadline is Monday, December 17, 2018. Full details are here. The prospectus is here.

This exhibition is open to those working in the book form worldwide who are at least 18 years of age.

Eligible are any artist book works created using structures found in The Art of the Fold by Hedi Kyle & Ulla Warchol. Books may be editioned or unique, sculptural or more traditionally bound, interactive or passive. Books that measure more than 14 inches (closed) in any dimension are ineligible. Unframed wall works with maximum dimension of 24 inches in any direction, and weighing less than 20# are eligible.

Please note that the works needn’t be recent because some of us have been working with these structures for a while.

Campfire Cookery (panorama book edition also from 2013; edition sold out).

Selections will be made by Alicia Bailey, Director, Abecedarian Artists’ Books. Alicia typically uses submissions to juried shows as a starting point for artists she’d like to work with in the future. “I’m very much looking forward to seeing what Hedi and Ulla’s book inspires,” says Alicia. “Thanks, as always, for your continued support.”

Artist’s Reception at MoCNA Sunday

Tonalpohualli: Count of Days, a solo exhibition by Moira Garcia, will open with a reception this Sunday, November 11, 2018, from 3 pm to 4 pm. The exhibition and opening is at the Lloyd Kiva New Gallery of the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, 108 Cathedral Place, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Moira Garcia is a mixed-media artist, printmaker, and bookmaker residing in Santa Fe.

She has a BFA in Studio Arts from the Institute of American Indian Arts, and has also received art training from the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, the University of California in Santa Cruz, and Santa Fe Community College.

Born in Gallup, New Mexico, and raised on the island of Kaua’i, Hawai’i, her art reflects her diverse multicultural experience. Her current work explores conceptions of living and lost cultural knowledge, journey, and trajectory of Native America, especially Mesoamerica.

She is the founding artist of the initiative Art for Change NM, where art sales support grass-roots social actions that benefit our earth and future generations.

SATURDAY: Annual Art Flea Market

The Santa Fe Book Arts Group and the Palace Press Present

Annual Art Flea Market

Open to the Public; All are Welcome; Tell Your Friends!

THIS Saturday, November 10, 2018, 10 am to 2 pm

Meem Room of the Palace of the Governors, 110 Washington Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87501

This highly anticipated, annual multi-vendor flea market features:

  • supplies (for mixed-media, assemblage, and collage)
  • handmade books and journals
  • handmade, marbled, and specialty papers
  • antique and how-to books
  • ephemera
  • gifts
  • the infamous “free stuff” table
  • and so much more!

Here’s a flyer to print, post on social media, or email to your friends:

Click to enlarge. Print and post. Forward to your friends. Be there!

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:

Or fall down this rabbit hole.

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.