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 https://nmwa.org/exhibitions/bound-to-amaze . The exhibit closes November 25.

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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:
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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
Handpapermaking

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

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

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