A Book Arts demonstration was held in Springville, Utah on September 10th to introduce the formation of the ROCKY MOUNTAIN Chapter to the area. We demonstrated papermaking, suminagashi, letterpress printing, pastepaper, and calligraphy. More than 60 people attended, and took away applications for the Guild of Book Workers. Pamela Barrios and Nancy Missbach will be at the Standards Seminar in Dallas and would appreciate any suggestions or information about Western Book Arts groups from Guild of Book Workers members.
The newly formed POTOMAC Chapter recently gathered informally to hear an update on South African conservation from visiting conservator Johann Maree. This Chapter, successor to the Washington Hand Bookbinders group, plans to draw from its local constituency (which includes bookbinders, book conservators, and book artists from institutions like the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the National Archives, and Pyramid Atlantic, to name just a few), as well as from visiting interns and scholars from all over the world who come to Washington to learn and exchange experiences. Meetings are on the second Wednesday of each month. A Baltimore trip is planned for the group to view the exhibit at the Walters Art Gallery, "Treasures in Heaven: Armenian Illuminated Manuscripts."