[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…https://gbwpotomacchapter.wordpress.com/workshops/ 

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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.

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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.

 

Integrated: Korean Clay and Paper Heritage in Contemporary American Art

Hanji and book artist Aimee Lee, among other artists, speaks at exhibition opening this week at the Korean Cultural Center in DC.

The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. and Director Myeongsun Park proudly present Integrated: Korean Clay and Paper Heritage in Contemporary American Art, a new exhibition of paper and ceramic works by six American artists whose deep inspiration from Korean history and culture helps integrate elements of East and West in their art.

Three of Integrated’s artists work with hanji (durable, fibrous Korean traditional paper made from mulberry tree bark) and three with earthenware ceramics; all have devoted themselves to understanding the culture and history of traditional Korean paper and clay respectively, in order create their own modern expression of American identity and cultural heritage based on their experiences with Korea. As artistic media, both Hanji and ceramics provide rich tactile texture and a surprising degree of creative freedom. These are explored to great extent in Integrated, through old and new manual techniques such as book binding, weaving, dyeing, and Korean joomchi, as well as pottery that is thrown, paddled, carved, kiln-fired, and more. This exhibition also celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May, highlighting the passion and perspective of American artists who draw creative inspiration from East Asia to inform their own cultural experiences.

Admission to the opening reception with talks by featured artists on May 5 is free and open to the public, but registration is required (below). Integrated: Korean Clay and Paper Heritage in Contemporary American Art will remain on view through May 31.

WHAT: Art exhibition, artist talks, & public opening reception

WHO: Adam Field, Aimee Lee, Michael Hunt and Naomi Dalglish, Sammy Lee, Steph Rue

WHEN: Opening Reception: Friday, May 5 at 6:00 pm

On View: May 5–31, 2017 (open M-F, 9am-noon & 1:30-5:30pm)

WHERE: Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. (2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW)

HOW: Free RSVP to the opening reception below, or walk-in hours listed above.

Artist talk – The Amazing Race: The Atlantic Slave Trade Through the Pages of Book Art by Martha Edgerton, March 11.

In the form of traditional and contemporary bookmaking, box making and paper crafting, this exhibition chronicles certain aspects of the transatlantic slave trade experience from its beginnings in Africa to its early years in the Americas. It serves as both a contemporary art display and as an educational tool. The exhibit will be open to the public from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Join us at 1 p.m. for an artist talk and Q&A session with Martha Edgerton. Some items, including catalog and hand-made book art, will be available for sale during the exhibition.

Library: Woodlawn Branch

1811 Woodlawn Drive  
Woodlawn, Maryland 21207-4074
Location: * Woodlawn Meeting Room

*See member email for ride-share options.

The Art of the Qur’an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts

This extraordinary exhibition closes before the end of February. Do yourself a favor and take a docent-led tour and allow yourself plenty of time afterwards to peruse at your own pace. See the Freer Sackler events calendar for dates and times – see especially this upcoming weekend for special programming.

Reviews have been published internationally, and it’s right here!

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/exhibit-illuminates-divine-art-quran/

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/11/arts/design/the-art-of-the-quran-a-rare-peek-at-islams-holy-text.html?_r=0

Support the Guild that supports you!

Dear members;

The Potomac board supports the national fundraising campaign towards the Guild’s strategic reserve. It is important for not-for-profits to maintain a healthy financial reserve to bolster against unpredicted events beyond forecasted budget expenses. Won’t you consider the GBW in your year-end giving?  (It is also a strategic way to get your hands on GBW swag for last-minute gifts for your benchmates, spreading the love two ways!)  The website is easy to click through, and doesn’t add a fee, unless you choose to donate to the giving platform!

Please check out the President’s message from your members’ email, or below.

Dear Members,

We hope that you will consider the Guild of Book Workers in your year-end  giving.  Your support will ensure the continued success of our organization, while helping to build and strengthen our existing membership benefits.  Donors can choose from a variety of thank you gifts, and all donors will be thanked on our website and in an upcoming issue off the Newsletter.  We hope to raise $15,000 by the end of the fundraiser on January 15, 2017.  

For more information or to donate now, go to:  Year-End Giving

(Or by https://www.generosity.com/fundraising/guild-of-book-workers-year-end-fundraiser)

Survey!

[This survey closed on November 30 and we are currently reviewing the data. Thank you for your responses!]

Hello! How are you? How are we doing? We would honestly like to know. So we have designed a brief survey. This is open for members and friends!

Please take a moment or two to respond to the survey, which may be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HPLWPNG

In no more than 10 questions, we are looking for feedback about the events and programming we have and will continue to offer. Our chapter is as good as we, the membership, make it. And if you are not a member, we would like to know what would encourage you to be one, or participate as an occasional guest non-member, which is sometimes a better option for individuals for various reasons.

In addition to your national membership, benefits of chapter membership include preferential notice of ticketed events, and access to behind-the-scenes events with limitations of capacity.

(Did you know that some of us are even members of multiple chapters due to desire to attend other chapters’ workshops and events, and to stay in better touch? You can check out other regional chapters’ activity by looking at the blogroll sidebar of websites on our very own website, linked below.)