Opportunity: Design (and Make?) Boxes

For an upcoming online class on alchemy and aromatherapy, Florian Birkmayer is putting together a kit of tiny samples of essential oils, along with a few other objects.

If you are a paper/book artists that might be interested in designing an inexpensive and easy-to-mass-produce (perhaps a few hundred or more) box out of paper or another similar material, contact Florian at fbirkmayer@gmail.com.

Book Arts I Starts August 24; Register Now!

Book Arts (PRBK 165L, 21247, 01), August 24-December 7, 2017 (Thursdays), Room 708, 9 am to 2 pm, Santa Fe Community College Art and Design Department.

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Books have been used by humans for more than 4,000 years. Our electronic tablet is just another form of the original clay tablet used in ancient cultures for recording trade. Scrolls, tablets, dimensional covers, or sculptural forms all describe books for art. In this class with Marci Easterbrook you’ll use traditional and contemporary methods of binding, casting, and repurposing of materials to create books that stretch your learning and skills in completely new ways. Discover Book Arts and “reading a book” will never be the same.

For more information contact Marci Easterbrook (Illustrator, Book Artist, Papermaker, Printmaker, Teacher) at marci.easterbrook@sfcc.edu or marcieasterbrook.com.

Or register at https://www.sfcc.edu/

Wall Sculptures at Tansey Contemporary Gallery

“Found and Made”
Melinda Rosenberg
August 4 – August 25, 2017 in Santa Fe NM
Opening reception: Friday August 4th, 5 – 7pm
Unfolding >>
UNFOLDING 1, 61″ x 28″ x 11″
ROCKERS 70″ x 10″ x 4″ & LOVE SEAT 36″ x 25″ x 7″
View Exhibition

We are pleased to invite you to “Found and Made”, a solo exhibition from Melinda Rosenberg on display at 652 Canyon Road Santa Fe NM, August 4th – August 25th, 2017. 

Rosenberg creates three dimensional wall sculptures out of new, natural and found wood objects, drawn to the material through its representation of time and memory, and inspired by its intimacy with nature. She explains:  

“I love how wood holds the memory of its growth within its grain, and how wood delays to reveal its growth structure. Once I find the wood with the right lecture or grain, I try to highlight the nature of the wood as I construct the pieces. When weathered wood reveals grain and appears soft and decayed, I am embracing age. When a peeling chair reveals layers of different colored paint, the history of that chair becomes a part of my work. All of this wood gives me.”

Collectively, “Found and Made” honors the meeting of art and craft, painting and sculpture. It features works created from a variety of wood materials ranging from an old wood chair seat to croquet mallets, and represents several of the artist’s series of work. Each of Rosenberg’s series centers around a specific look or shape of wood for comparison. Deceptively simple, the repetition encourages the viewer to look twice and notice the subtle differences. 

UNFOLDING 2 62″ x 32″ x 12″ & SPINNING CROQUET MALLETS 86″ x 7″ x 5″

The “Boat Series” consists of long and narrow shaped pieces, the “Stick Series” evokes a connection to sensuality and the “Unfolding” series, Rosenberg’s most recent series, focuses more on painting. Rosenberg states: 

“Just as the driver is painted from the front and side view on the window of a 1950’s era tin toy car, this series explores the area between painting and sculpture.  All of the history and weight of mark making is at play, but countered with the self consciousness of seeing around the painting to the back. Paint is sanded smooth, emphasizing its’ illusion-ism. The physicality of wood counters the apparent depth and atmosphere of paint.”

While her forms are contemporary, Rosenberg has a historical and eclectic influence drawing from chashitsu architecture, a traditional Japanese structure for tea ceremonies, and extensive cross-country travel. She began working with wood in graduate school at The Ohio State University, before teaching art for almost 30 years. Now retired, she is pursuing her dream of creating wood sculptures. 

Her work is exhibited in both public and private collections nationwide.

Please join us for the opening reception on Friday, August 4th from 5 -7pm.

We hope to see you there!
Warm Regards,
The Tansey Contemporary Team

For more information on any of the works listed please contact Jen Tansey atjen@tanseycontemporary.com

Sculptural Paper Class at SFCC This Fall

Jacqueline Mallegni will be teaching a sculptural papermaking class through Continuing Education at Santa Fe Community College in Fall 2017.

Shaping Space

Learn to transform fiber into beautiful textured paper, then “shape space” creating a 3D form exploring the elements of sculpture — form, space, line, texture, light, color and time. This paper can also be used with book arts, dying and painting techniques. During the six week course we will use flax, abaca and kozo fibers along with inclusions such as rusted metal, yarn, string, wire and plant material.
September 21 – October 26, 2017
Thursdays, 2-4 pm

To register: https://www.sfcc.edu/offices/continuing-education/ or call  505-428-1676.


Register for SFCC Art Classes Now!

Below are lists of both for-credit and continuing education classes at Santa Fe Community College of interest to book artists, Fall 2017.


  • Book Arts with Marci Ross Easterbrook
  • Letterpress with James Bourland
  • Introduction to Printmaking with Lynch
  • Monotype Printmaking with Ro Calhoun
  • Relief Printmaking with Lynch

Continuing Education

  • Abstract Acrylic Painting with Micheal Long
  • Art Adventures with Michael Long
  • Art Jumpstarts with Michael Long
  • Calligraphy and Lettering Arts with Sherry Bishop
  • Charcoal Landscape Drawing I and II with Michael McGuire
  • Children’s Book Illustration with Julia Cairns
  • Fearless Watercolor with Melinda Baker
  • Figure Seminar Life Drawing with Kevin Gorges
  • Fun with Watercolor I and II with Michael McGuire
  • Michael McGuire’s Fall Watercolor Workshop
  • Monotypes: Creative Printmaking Without a Press with Laura LoTurco-Gorian
  • Oil Painting Basics with Linda Wasko
  • Pastel Basics with Linda Wasko
  • Printmaking with a Press Linda Wasko
  • Shaping Space with Fiber with Jacqueline Mallegni
  • Unconventional Beginning Watercolor: Loose and Free with Sandra Schroeder

Upcoming Art Classes at Harwood Art Center

New Tricks Art Gallery & Studio is closed, but the group’s workshops will go on at the Harwood Art Center in Albuquerque. Here’s the 2017/2018 lineup. For more information contact Annie Hooten at at hootenannie4@aol.com or (505) 228-8703.

Leslie Blackford – Moodywoods Circus Workshop – August 11, 12 & 13, 2017 www.themoodywoods.com

Anke Humpert – Big Beads – September 16 & 17, 2017 www.anke-humpert.de

Karen O’Brien – Urban Folk Primitives – September 30 & October 1, 2017 www.KEObrien.com

Carol Simmons & Maureen Carlson – Floral Dreamscapes – November 6-11, 2017 http://carolsimmonsdesigns.com & http://www.maureencarlson.com

Jodi Ohl – One class Friday evening January 19 and a two-day workshop January 20 & 21, 2018 https://sweetrepeats.blogspot.com

Orly Avineri – February 22, 23 & 24, 2018 https://oneartistjournal.com

Jenny Grant – March 21 & 22 and March 24 & 25, 2018 http://www.flowbyjenny.com/en/about-14005347

Doreen Kassel – April 28 & 29, 2018 http://www.doreenkassel.com

Ingrid Dijkers – May 26 & 27, 2018 http://ingriddijkers.blogspot.com

Tejae Floyde – July 2018 dates being finalized http://www.tejaesart.com

Lisa Renner – September 14 & 15, 2018 http://www.lisarenner.com

Kate Church – October 2018 dates being finalized http://www.katechurch.com

Also in discussion for 2018 dates with Tracy Verdugo http://tracyverdugo.com

Opening Tonight: Laura Wait, Encaustic and Acrylic Paintings

Laura Wait, Encaustic and Acrylic Paintings
Ted Gall, Steel and Bronze Sculpture
Hunter Kirkland Contemporary
200-B Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Opening Reception: Friday July 14th, 5-7 PM
Show Continues Through July 30, 2017

Laura Wait’s voracious appetite for knowledge—both common and arcane—ensures that her multilayered paintings offer us plenty of material for reflection.

With a love of meaningful, sometimes obscure vocabularies, Wait combines words and marks to give us paintings whose depth and complexity mirror her own perception of the physical and intellectual worlds that surround her.

Wait’s marks are executed like calligraphic pen strokes, appearing to the viewer like markings on an ancient wall where time and weathering have reduced them to mere fragments of their original meaning, but which endure to remind us of both the permanence and impermanence of human endeavors.

For more information: www.hunterkirklandcontemporary.com; 505.984.2111

Pop-Up Show & Moving Sale at Suzanne Vilmain’s Studio

Suzanne Vilmain’s Pop-Up Show & Moving Sale

The Lofts Southside
3600 Cerrillos Road, Suite 1004B
Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87507
Suzanne’s loft is in the very center. Park anywhere and walk toward the middle. Look around for stray ceramic pieces for directions.

The Show: Basket Case—Memoir in Mud & Pulp
Ceramics and artist’s books
Friday, June 23, 2017, 4 pm to 8 pm

The Moving Sale: Scared Sacred Stuff
Saturday, June 24, 2017, 8 am to 5 pm
Sunday, June 25, 9 am to 12 noon

For more information, visit Suzanne’s blog: http://counting-coup-press.blogspot.com
Or contact her: suzannevilmain@cybermesa.com

Sell Your Supplies at the De-Stash Sale August 5

The 3rd annual De-Stash Sale will be 9 am to 1 pm on Saturday, August 5, 2017, at the Jewish Community Center, 5520 Wyoming NE, Albuquerque. The fee is $30 for a space, and you MUST bring your own 6-foot table to display your wares. The sale is sponsored by the Albuquerque Modern Quilt Guild. Two of your fellow BAG members took papercrafting/book arts supplies last year and did very, very well. More info in the attached document.  Even though the registration form offers tables, there are NO MORE tables available; you MUST bring your own table. Happy selling! And keep your leftovers for the Art Flea Market that BAG sponsors in November.

Fiber Art Structures Opens April 14 at Rotunda

Helix-Strength in Diversity by Ginny McVickar
Helix-Strength in Diversity by Ginny McVickar

Made in New Mexico: Structural Diversity is an exhibit at the New Mexico State Capitol Gallery (aka The Rotunda) from Friday, April 14, through Thursday, August 17, 2017.  The group of artists belonging to the New Mexico region of Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc., is dedicated to exploring the use of fiber in fine art.

There is an opening reception on Friday, April 14, from 4 to 6 pm.

The interpretation of the theme of structures resulted in many points of view, from human architecture, ancient and modern, to animal constructions, to anatomical and mineral formations.  A range of scale is expressed, from sweeping landscape vistas down to the molecular level.

Artwork details:
Helix-Strength in Diversity by Ginny McVickar

Venue Info:
New Mexico State Capitol Gallery
411 State Capitol
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Altered Book & Book Arts Exhibition in NorCal

The Marin (California) Museum of Contemporary Art’s 8th Annual Altered Book & Book Arts Exhibition (including Silent Auction) is on from Saturday, April 15 , through Saturday, May 20, 2017.  The Opening Reception is Saturday, April 15, from 5 to 7 pm.  There will be a Live Auction and Closing Party on Saturday, May 20, from 5 to 8 pm.

For more information, visit https://www.marinmoca.org/see/Currentexhibitions.aspx

Collage Dada Style Workshop May 20 & 21

Weekend Art Workshop: Collage Dada Style

Enlightenment and Self Discovery through Collage Process

What’s Dadaism? A bold, avant garde, early 20th century art movement defying the norms of traditional production artwork that’s preplanned and executed according to a preconceived notion.

In the style of Dada artists, we will challenge artistic norms by  incorporating chance, random selection, and subconscious into the creation of our artwork. Collage/photomontage exploration is an ideal form of Dada expression as we use scissors, adhesive, and readymade images rather than brushes, paint, and the canvas of traditional art. Abstraction, juxtaposition, and skewed perspective can provide unexpected and powerful results. This twist on art questions and redefines the definition of artmaking, the role of the artist, and the purpose of art in society breaking down the barrier between art and everyday life.

2-day weekend class on Saturday, May 20, and Sunday, May 21, from 10 am through 4 pm. Cost: $150.

Early Bird Special: Register and pay $130 by April 16 for a  $20 discount.

Artist Coach & Muse: Ro Calhoun

Contact Info: 505.946.7350; rocalhounart@gmail.com; PO Box: 714, Santa Fe, NM, 87504

Rotunda Exhibit Entry Form Now Online!

The prospectus and entry form for the 2017 Rotunda Exhibit, “Portable Magic: The Art of the Book,” are online. Click on Calls for Entry > Rotunda Exhibit in navigation bar above, or click here.

We’re offering the entry form in three different formats:

  1. A Word document that you can save to your computer, fill out, and print.
  2. An Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) document that you can save to your computer, fill out, and print.
  3. An online form that, once you press “submit,” goes directly to our exhibit director, Liz Faust.

If you have suggestions on how to make this process better, please email the webmaster.

The entry deadline is June 1, 2017.

Nellie Wortman Workshop in Albuquerque

Beautiful Wanderings Workshop with Nellie Wortman
Deadline to register is March 15!
Friday, Saturday & Sunday – April 7, 8 & 9, 2017 at New Tricks Studio
In this three-day class, Nellie will show you how paper, plaster, paints and glass meet and create beauty. She will show us how to build a book from ground level up and have it tell your story. Evidence of your memories and footprints. Nellie will discuss and show you how to bring found and recycled objects and incorporate them into a piece that speaks a message. You will create a painting or drawing, that draws a viewer in and has them feeling like you are telling their message. By the end of class, you will have a book that will be a treasure, for years to come.
Go to www.newtricksart.com to see complete details and color photos of workshop examples.

Call for Entry: Artists’ Book Cornucopia VIII

Abecedarian Artists’ Books in Denver, Colorado, is calling for submissions for Artists’ Book Cornucopia VIII, the eighth annual artists’ book exhibit. Orchestrated by Abecedarian Gallery, the exhibit will be on view at Art Gym Denver, Colorado. International in scope, the exhibit will feature works Eligible are any artist bookworks other than SPOD (Self Published On Demand such as Lulu, Blurb and so forth). Books may be editioned or unique, sculptural or more traditionally bound, interactive or passive. Books that measure more than 18 inches(closed) in any dimension are ineligible.  Show dates: October 12 – November 4, 2017. Final submission deadline: August 21, 2017 (midnight, MST). More information: http://bit.ly/ABC8-prospectus.

Focus on Book Arts in Oregon

Every other year Focus on Book Arts holds a five-day conference of workshops taught by the very best in the fields of bookbinding, printing, decorating papers, papermaking, books design, and publishing. The 13th Focus on Book Arts conference begins on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, in Forest Grove, Oregon. Registration begins on Monday, March 6. Information about workshops, etc. is available at focusonbookarts.org.