Posts Tagged ‘book arts’

Hollywood Star Turned Book Artist Celebrates her 100th Birthday!

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

What to Humphrey Bogart, The Titanic, Christopher Isherwood, Robert Oppenheimer, the Marx Brothers, and printer Ward Ritchie have in common? The answer: they all played a role in the life of Hollywood star turned book artist Gloria Stuart, who will be celebrating her 100th birthday this July 4th. Two celebrations are planned:

On July 22nd, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences—the very Academy who nominated Gloria for best supporting actress for her role in James Cameron’s The Titanic—is throwing a party for Gloria. For more information, please contact the Academy at 310 247 3000 or via their online form.

The other celebration will take place at ACE Gallery in Beverly Hills on July 4th at 3:30 p.m. There, Gloria will greet the public and display her books, paintings, art furniture, and bonsai, the last of which is part of the permanent collection at the LA County Arboretum. All are welcome but you must RSVP to

For those who can’t make either party, don’t worry: the fall 2010 issue of Parenthesis (#19) will feature an illustrated profile of Gloria and her Imprenta Glorias press. Since all of Gloria’s books are published in extremely limited editions, this profile will offer a rare glimpse into the vivid artist’s books Gloria has produced over the past 28 years. Join the FPBA now to receive your subscription to Parenthesis: The Journal of the Fine Press Book Association.

— Paul Razzell

This Weekend: Book Arts Show in Ottawa

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

This coming Saturday, June 13th, the Ottawa Valley Chapter of the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild (CBBAG) will present its 2009 Book Arts Show and Sale at Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington St., Ottawa, Ontario. The fair is from 10:30-4 and admission is free.

There will be speakers/demonstrations about bookbinding, book collecting, printing woodcuts, and much more. You can get more details, see a list of participants, and download a pdf of the program at the CBBAG-OVC site.

— John Russell

The Minnesota Center of Book Arts prizes awarded

Thursday, June 4th, 2009


The 2009 MCBA prize, the ‘first honor in the United States to recognize book art from across the field and around the world,’ was awarded to five books chosen from among 110 submissions from ten countries. The finalists are:

  • Panorama, Julie Chen (USA)
  • Avalanche, Clifton Meador (USA)
  • Requiem, Jan Owen (USA)
  • Bomb, Simon Redington (England) — shown above
  • Durs Grünbein: 26°57,3’N, 142º16,8’E, Veronika Schäpers (Japan)

The prized will be awarded on Saturday, July 25 at the 2009 Book Art Biennial at the Center in Minneapolis. For more information on the Biennial, see here.

— Paul Razzell

The Western NY Book Arts Collaborative Grand Opening and Member’s Exhibition

Friday, March 27th, 2009


The Western NY Book Arts Collaborative Grand Opening and Member’s Exhibition opens with a reception on May 21, 2009 at
468 Washington St. in Downtown Buffalo. The Members’ Exhibition is open to current, renewing, and new members of WNYBAC. Just who are the WNYBAC? “The WNY Book Arts Collaborative exists to promote, encourage and develop Printing & Book related Arts through education and access for individual artists and underserved communities. Through active programs such as lectures, workshops and exhibitions, all facets of the printed word and image — printmaking, papermaking, illustration, design, writing, binding — can be explored and made accessible to the public as viewer and participant.” The organization has very clear goals and vision, already has a publishing program, and are situating themselves in the center of the printing community in Western New York. There’s much going on at WNYBAC.

— Paul Razzell