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.



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!

**RESCHEDULED** Tour of the Betty and Edgar Sweren Collection of Artist Books

UPDATE 5/12/16:  Due to board and host consensus, this opportunity will be rescheduled for another date, to be determined.

The Potomac Chapter is very pleased to announce a return visit to the home of Betty and Edgar Sweren.  Betty is a well known book artist, collector, and teacher.  She and Edgar have acquired an extensive collection of artist books and the Guild was privileged to see part of the collection last year.  We have been invited back this year to see more of their collection including a new acquisition, a book by Susan Allix.

While there, Guild members will also be able to see other collections, such as hand crafts, contemporary furniture by George Nakashima and Robert Erickson, and glass by Dale Chihuly, Martin Blank, and Stephen Powell.  The tour will take approximately 2 plus hours.

Rides can be provided. Please let us know if you would like a ride when you RSVP.
As this takes place in a private residence, please check your member email for directions or request same in your RSVP.

When:  Saturday, May 14 at 1:00 PM

RSVP:  GBWPotomacchapter AT

Visit to Typecase Industries

Come and join us for an evening of letterpress demonstration and font chat with three type nerds, Stephanie, Alessandra and Emily, partners and founders of Typecase Industries. The Potomac Chapter will visit their studio and learn about their print business.

They have several different presses, offer a variety of printed products and conduct workshops. They combine contemporary design and artisanal presses to produce broadsides, stationary, wedding invitations, announcements, cards and hand-bound books.

When: Wednesday, April 27th, 6:00-8:00 pm

Where: 2122 8th St, NW, Washington DC, 20001  (8th and V NW), 202 827 5834

Typecase Industries recently moved into a newly renovated studio.  It is two blocks off Georgia Avenue, near Howard University Medical Center.  The two nearest metro stations are U Street/Cardoza and Shaw/Howard.

RSVP to:  gbwpotomacchapter AT by April 21st.

Behind the Scenes at the Smithsonian

The Potomac Chapter is offering two special opportunities in early April to get an insiders view of two different Smithsonian Institution facilities; one focused on the book arts and the other on preservation.

First, please join us for a very special visit with Janet Stanley, Librarian, at the Smithsonian Museum of African Art. Janet has generously invited us into the library to view some of the books in their collection up close.  This is an opportunity to see and handle some very special artists’ books and to talk with Janet directly about her experiences collecting and curating them.

Janet is also the Curator of the exhibit Artists’ Books and Africa at the museum.  The exhibit is on display through September 11th this year and pages have just been turned so the images are all new.  The books are wonderful and many can be viewed online at Artists Books and Africa.

When:  Saturday, April 2nd at 10:30 AM
Where:  Smithsonian Museum of African Art, lobby inside the Main Entrance
RSVP:  Space is limited so please RSVP soon to GBWPotomacChapter [AT] gmail [DOT] com

Following, please join us for a tour of the the Smithsonian Libraries Pennsy Collections and Support Center in Landover, MD.  Katie Wagner, a Preservation Services Book Conservator will lead the tour.

The preservation program coordinates all library-wide activities relating to the preservation of library collections; conservation treatment of special and general collections needed for research, exhibition or digitization; collection maintenance and shelf preparation activities; commercial binding of serials and monographs; reformatting to microfilm or photocopy; disaster planning and response; and environmental control.

We will be providing transportation from the Silver Spring Metro station for those who would like it.  Please indicate your desire for a ride when you RSVP and we will send you details about where and when to meet.

When:  Tuesday, April 5th at 10:00 AM
Where:  Smithsonian Pennsy Collections and Support Center, 3400 Pennsy Dr., Landover, MD
RSVP:  Space is limited so please RSVP soon to GBWPotomacChapter [AT] gmail [DOT] com