Guild of Book Workers Newsletter
Number 105
April 1996


The New England Chapter reports a one-day seminar with Nicholas Pickwoad on "Writing Condition and Treatment Reports" given on March 23 at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Mass., and their Spring Meeting, on March 30 at the Northeast Document Conservation Center in Andover MA. The program of the meeting was a panel discussion on "Ethics and Standards in Bookbinding." It was moderated by Sam Ellenport. Panelists were Nancy Southworth, edition and fine binder; Nancy Schrock, conservator and consultant to major libraries and AIC Board member; Paul Parisi, President of Acme Bookbinding Co.; and Karl Eberth, binder in private practice. Joe Newman, President of the NECHAP, is stepping down in June. Jim Reid-Cunningham presently Treasurer of the Chapter, is the candidate for the position. Michele Waters will take over the position of Treasurer in September. Karl Eberth will continue as Workshops Chairman, Luisa Granitto as Secretary and Newsletter Editor, and Dorothy Africa and Rebekah Gardiner will make up Programs Committee.

The New York Chapter sponsored two events in March: On March 9 Nick Marchetti of R. Marchetti Bros., gave a half-day demonstration on "Edge Gilding," and on March 14 Jeff Peachy, book artist and conservator, gave a slide lecture on "Sacred to Profane: Northern Vietnamese Papermaking and Bookbinding." This was part of the Grolier Club Lecture Series and was followed by a reception sponsored by Ocker & Trapp Library Bindery.

The Rocky Mountain Chapter reports much activity all over its vast area. In Colorado, the University of Colorado at Boulder presented an exhibition,"Colorado Collects: Private Press Books from the Collection of Carol Grossman," the first in a series of exhibits to feature Colorado Book Collectors. This exhibit, which closed March 14, included productions of the Kelmscott, Golden Cockerell and Gre-gynog Presses among others. Carol Grossman lectured on "The Pleasures of Fine Press Books" on February 22. At the University of Northern Colorado, the Department of Visual Arts is hosting an exhibit in November 1996 called "Shape-Shifting: Transformations in the Art of the Book." A Call for Entries appears in the Calendar. Other groups in Colorado which are offering workshops, lectures and other events are: Two Hands Bindery and Papery in Boulder; the Brad Rogers Bookbinding Group in Denver features demonstrations at their monthly meetings; the Colorado Book Arts League in Boulder is planning a field trip to Silverton in the spring including cross country skiing and "hanging out" in Fritz's print shop; the Colorado Calligraphers' Guild is holding several workshops in spring and late summer, and held a very successful show of Western and Hebrew calligraphy in Denver recently; the American Academy of Bookbinding in Telluride will be giving its summer courses in fine binding in June and July, the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village is offering several classes this summer of interest to book artists; and the Eaves Press Open house is the first Saturday of the month in the Norlin Library of the University of Colorado in Boulder.

In Idaho, the Idaho Center for the Book has sponsored "Booker's Dozen '96", a traveling artists' and eccentric book exhibition, with a catalog and video, and "Zakuski: A Taste of Russian Artists' Books", an exhibit at Boise State University.

New Mexico will be the site of a number of workshops and classes in calligraphy, papermaking and decorating, artists' books, binding, etc. organized by various groups during the spring and summer: Santa Fe Book Arts Group; Santa Fe Community College; University of New Mexico; Papers, a paper store in Albuquerque; Sas Colby in Taos; Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu; Escribiente, a calligraphy society in Albuquerque. Utah Calligraphic Artists and the Art Dept. & Special Collections at the University of Utah are all supporters of the Rocky Mt. Chapter and offer classes and workshops.

Wyoming Book Care and Repair in Sheridan WY opened an archival conservation and document preservation studio in January headed by gbw member Taylor Crosby. It provides basic book repair and library maintenance services to the Wyoming community, and refers special problems to other book workers in the mountain states. Information on these activities can be obtained through the Rocky Mountain Chapter Newsletter, Book Arts Roundup, Martha Little, Editor, 826 Camino del Monte Rey #a4, Santa Fe NM 87505, 505/988-1174, or co-chairs Pam Barrios and Laura Wait.