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!


Foreedge exhibition opens in Baltimore

Our friends at Book Arts Baltimore open another special exhibition this week, this time at Loyola Notre Dame Library! Information and registration is available via their Facebook group or direct Eventbrite posting for their opening on December 7, 5:30-7:30 pm.

The chapter is looking into the possibility of a special tour for members in January.

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!)

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!

Book, Print, and Paper Gathering @ Pyramid Atlantic

Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in their new location will be hosting a Book, Print, and Paper Gathering in their new location, featuring presentations from:
  • The Potomac Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers
  • American Printing History Association, Chesapeake Chapter
  • Washington Rare Book Group
  • Corcoran Book Arts
  • Handpapermaking
4318 Gallatin Street. Hyattsville, MD 20781
October 6, 2016,  6:30-9:30 p.m.
Come for a gathering of Artisans and Artists, Book Lovers, Type Geeks, etc. for an evening of networking and fun.
Enjoy a tour of PAAC’s new home and hear about the 15th Annual Book Arts Fair coming in November, 2017.
Soft drinks, light snacks provided, but feel free to supplement with BYOB!

Sept. 22: DC Art Science Evening Rendezvous feat. Matt Shlian

D.C. Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER) is a monthly discussion forum on art science projects providing a snapshot of the cultural environment of the region and fostering interdisciplinary networking. This month, DASER explores the theme of SciArt Research, including the presentation The Future of Paper Engineering or Saving the World with Folding by Matthew Shlian, Artist, Paper Engineer, and Visiting Research Scholar, Material Science Department, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. 

Registration available online at or you may access the live webcast. It will begin streaming at 5:30 p.m. EST.