Papermaking in the Potomac

Ok, so we weren’t actually IN the Potomac, but members have been getting together to make paper from a harvest of local invasive paper mulberry in August and September. The third session is this coming Saturday, September 21st. More details over there on our calendar, and in your member email! Same place, earlier start time!  Here is a preview sneak peek of the wonderful time we’ve been having! Please join in the fun.

GBW Ppmkg


Annual Business meeting, Sunday, January 27 2019

You’re invited to our Annual Business meeting, Sunday, January 27, noon to 2 at Beth Curren’s home, 4525 Middleton Ln, Bethesda.

Elections for open officer positions will be discussed, please check your email to read the letter from the Chair regarding elections, and RSVP directly to the chapter email address. While members in good standing are able to make their voices heard, we’re always glad to welcome new and renewing members back into the fold!*

It’s a social event and potluck–please bring a finger-food dish to share! Beth will have a display area and we’d love to see what everyone is working on. To that end, bring a book or a print or a work in progress that you’d like to show us, or get suggestions about.

Looking *forward to gathering*…

*(the puns just write themselves folks)

Bound to Amaze: Gallery talks! Nov 7 & 14

Bound to Amaze: Inside a Book-Collecting Career is on view until November 25 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave NW, Washington, D.C. This exhibition celebrates the vision of Krystyna Wasserman, curator emerita, who assembled NMWA’s collection of more than 1,000 artists’ books over a thirty-year period. Look for a review of these amazing books by Elizabeth Curren in the next Potomac Chapter newsletter! Meanwhile, two half-hour gallery talks, and a public lecture are scheduled for this exhibit, starting at noon Wednesday, November 7 and again on Wednesday, November 14, followed by BOOK ARTS LECTURE: AT THE TABLE—POETRY, ARTISTS’ BOOKS, AND BOOK OBJECTS from 3:30 PM TO 5:00 PM featuring Carol Todaro in the fourth annual lecture devoted to artists’ books and their creators.

More information at . The exhibit closes November 25.

Paper, Print and Book Gathering, Nov 1

Time has come round again for this wonderful event hosted by our friends at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center!  From their invitation:
Welcome back to another enjoyable evening of food, drink, and networking with likeminded folks. Join this gathering of artisans, book lovers, type geeks, etc., for an evening of fun located in the gallery of Pyramid Atlantic Art Center. Take a tour of the facilities, if you haven’t seen them yet. All are welcome!

Pyramid will be hosting 5 area groups, all related to paper, print, and books-
The Potomac Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers
American Printing History Association, Chesapeake Chapter
Washington Rare Book Group
College Book Art Association

A brief demonstration will be set up to show all the groups what Pyramid studios are all about! There will be a table for flyers, calendars, etc., from your organization to share with all. Gretchen Schermerhorn will be leading the brief introductions at 7:15.
Please bring desired refreshments/Light refreshments will be provided.

The favor of an RSVP to gbwpotomacchapter AT gmail DOT com is appreciated to allow us to tell the kind folks at Pyramid how many to expect!

Spring workshop springs up! Animated Structures with Thomas Parker Williams, June 16

an overhead shot of a star or flower shaped 3 dimensional paper structure
Thomas Parker Williams, still shot of animated paper structure

No actual springs are promised, but wait to see what pops up at Thomas Parker Williams‘ workshop next month. Volvelles! Sliding windows!

Shannon, our new events coordinator, invited this maker of most interesting and unusual movable structures to teach, and what’s more, found us a host in a brand new location (to us)!  Sign-ups need to be reserved by May 31 for this workshop to run. are requested through June 5. Please see the current workshops page for further details.

[Cancelled!]Colette Fu Pop-up Workshop pops up!

(ok, so we planned it a little while ago, but it’s right around the corner Nov. 4-5, with a talk on the 3rd.) THE TALK HAS UNFORTUNATELY BEEN CANCELLED. THE WORKSHOP GOES ON!! IS ALSO CANCELLED.

Please pop over here to the Workshops page under Learning Opportunities page for more info… 

Print-O-Rama @ National Museum of American History, July 28 & 29, 1-4 pm

Stop the presses! Actually, no, get them started! Late-breaking news yesterday brought us an alert of the following book & family-friendly activity tomorrow and Saturday at Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.  (Add it to your event-calendar here!, or from our GBW Potomac Google calendar)

Print-O-Rama is an attempt at bringing the history of printing and printmaking, and their technologies, to the general public. The event is a family-friendly one including visitor-participant printing demonstrations and a display of objects out of storage. We’ll be located on the first floor west wing of this museum between 1 and 4pm both days. Our demonstrators will include, among others, our own R. Stanley Nelson, who will discuss type, type founding, and type casting, and Josef Beery who some of us had the occasion to meet at RBS. Josef will be demonstrating linocut printing on his BookBeetle printing press.

(p.s. that mention of the BookBeetle press got us really excited here at HQ – check it out!)

Curator’s Tour: Off the Shelf: June 4, 2 pm

UPDATE: The tour is to start at 2 pm on Sunday, June 4. Please enter at the East Zamoiski Entrance, with the neon Baltimore Museum of Art sign. Morgan Dowty of the department of Prints, Drawings and Photographs will meet us in the lobby.


We have arranged for a Curator’s tour of Off the Shelf: Modern & Contemporary Artists’ Books at the Baltimore Museum of Art. This lovely exhibition, recently reviewed in the national Guild’s new blog by new Potomac resident Shannon Kerner, was also facilitated by Chair Vicky Lee. A quick preview of the exhibit revealed a heavy focus on illustrated books and there is an amazing variety of printmaking methods and exploration of structures, with some greatest hits, and modern and contemporary works.