Bookbinding demo at Middletown Heritage Festival 9/25/21

Potomac Chapter member Tawn O’Connor will have a table with a bookbinding demonstration at Middletown’s Heritage Day celebration this Saturday, September 25. Middletown, a small town in western Maryland, was founded in 1767. The festival features a parade down Main Street, local vendors and entertainers, and a Civil War encampment. Tawn will be happy to talk about books and bookbinding with anyone who stops by her table in front of Middletown’s old Memorial Hall on Main Street! Check out the Heritage Festival schedule and attractions at

SUNDAY JAN 26 – GBW Potomac Annual Meeting and Holiday Party

The meeting originally scheduled for January 5, 2020 is this Sunday January 26. Please see your member email for location details


We’ll be talking and listening, and eating and printing! Fun times with great folks.

Members, check your email for details such as location! All others please inquire to gbwpotomacchapter [at]

3rd Annual Paper, Print and Book Gathering 10/10/19

Our good friends at Pyramid Atlantic are hosting their annual mingle of book and paper minded folks – please take note of the invitation below to come meet representatives of our organization and more!

[Update as of 10/3:] A couple of minor changes: The art on display in the gallery will be by Imar Hutchins, featured in the Washington Post last Sunday. Sarah Noreen will still be giving a marbling demonstration.
Request: Please, NO red wine! Beer, rosé, and white wine are fine.
Also, reminding you that parking is available behind Pyramid Atlantic, after 6 pm!

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.