The California Chapter held a meeting in April at the Heritage Book Shop in Los Angeles where they were treated to a close-up view of some of the "gems" of the Book Shop's collection: a Kelmscott Chaucer (1896) in a light brown crushed morocco binding by Bridsall, two Sangorski & Sutcliff jeweled bindings, two "vellucent" bindings by Cedric Chivers, and others. They enjoyed, as well, a tour of the historic building which houses them.
The chapter's July 12th meeting took place in the museum of Intervisual Books, Inc. in Santa Monica. Intervisual is the foremost packager of contemporary movable and pop-up books, and its CEO, Waldo Hunt, is the owner of an extensive collection of antique movables and pop-ups.
The Chapter still has some of those colorful aprons they produced for the Pasadena Standards Seminar. They are offering them for just $12, postage included. Bright red with Seminar logo in green & yellow, two big pockets. A steal! Phone or fax Barbara Wood at 310-636-1973.
The Delaware Valley Chapter will hold its Fall 1997 Meeting on November 11 at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Sandra Kroupa, Rare Book Librarian at the University of Washington, Seattle will speak on Book Arts in the Pacific Northwest.
The Lone Star Chapter has a new co-president, replacing James Wiley. Pamela Leutz, in Dallas, will serve along with Randolph Bertin in Austin. The chapter's annual meeting was held at the time of the DeGolyer Conference in Dallas at the end of May.
The Midwest Chapter's Annual Meeting was held July 25 at the home and new accessory building of the Chapter Chair Cris Clair Takacs in Chardon, Ohio. They discussed the preparations for the Standards Seminar in Ann Arbor which the chapter is organizing and, also, making albums and Richard Horton's presentation on album pages at the last Seminar. Annie Tremmel Wilcox gave a lecture and workshop on "3-D Formats: Pop-Up Books and Beyond".
The New England Chapter reports that their policy of holding three chapter meetings and three workshops each year is working out well. Their recent pressure sensitive tape removal workshop given by Elizabeth Morse of Harvard's Library Preservation Center was so popular it will be repeated.
The Rocky Mountain Chapter, after successfully presenting their first members' exhibition in conjunction with the Utah Calligraphy Artists in Salt Lake City, are beginning plans for the next one in 1999. Daniel Kelm will teach workshops on metal binding in early November in Denver and Salt Lake City. Martha Little, in Santa Fe, NM, is the editor of Book Arts Roundup, the quarterly newsletter of the Rocky Mountain Chapter, a publication packed with information from Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico and Utah, an area of immense activity in Book arts.