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Friday, September 30, 2011

If you are in New York!

Be sure to check out the THE NY ART BOOK FAIR
September 30–October 2, 2011
Preview: Thursday, Sept. 29, 6–9 p.m.
It takes place at a fantastic space, MoMA PS1
, a re-purposed elementary school in Queens that is now an exhibiting art space. Just seeing PS1 is great but add in a book fair and you have a great trip.

Printed Matter presents the sixth annual NY Art Book Fair, from September 30 to October 2, 2011, at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens. A preview will be held on the evening of Thursday, September 29th. Free and open to the public, and featuring more than 200 exhibitors, the NY Art Book Fair is the world's premier event for artists’ books, contemporary art catalogs and monographs, art periodicals, and artist zines. Exhibitors include international presses, booksellers, antiquarian dealers, artists and independent publishers from twenty-one countries.

Philip Aarons, Chair of the Board for Printed Matter, Inc., said: “The NY Art Book Fair remains the premier venue to find what’s new in art publishing. This year’s focus on artists’ photography books, and the addition of more than 60 zinesters in an outdoor tent, will make this year's edition of the Fair the best so far.”

16,500 people attended The NY Art Book Fair 2010, the last edition of this favorite meeting place for book collectors, dealers, artists, curators, independent publishers, and other art enthusiasts.

The NY Art Book Fair 2011 will include special projects, screenings, book signings, and performances, throughout the weekend. The Classroom—a curated series of artist-led workshops, readings, and discussions—and the fifth annual Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference—a dynamic, two-day symposium on emerging practices and debates within art-book culture—will engage visitors in lively conversation all weekend long.

The NY Art Book Fair is free and open to the public.

Preview: Thursday, September 29, 6 pm–9 pm
Friday, September 30, 11 am–7 pm
Saturday, October 1, 11 am–7 pm
Sunday, October 2, 11 am–7 pm

22-25 Jackson Avenue at 46th Avenue
Long Island City, NY (map)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Grandparents Day at the Mercantile Library, Cincinnati

A group of dedicated CBAS board members and volunteers spent the day at the Mercantile Library in downtown Cincinnati during their Grandparents Day. CBAS volunteers helped the happy kid and grandparent teams to make a variety of book forms, shown here.

Here is what Janice had to say: "A lively crowd of about 50 grandchildren and grandparents descended on the Mercantile Library on Saturday, September 10 for a special Grandparents Day program presented by CBAS.  Eight hard-working volunteers helped everyone make 4 projects: a one-page wonder, a rubber band book, a paper wallet book, and a circle book necklace.  After they finished their projects, everyone headed over to the decoration table for rubber stamping, stickers, markers and some wonderful enhancements to their projects.

Included in the day's creative outpourings were a one-page wonder called "How to Make a Peanut Butter Sandwich," a rubber band book on the subject of Peace, and several tributes to family cats and dogs.  Even some of the granddads somewhat sheepishly got into the mood and made their own books.  We were packed around the tables like artistic sardines, and the creativity was certainly contagious.

Kids and grownups all seemed to have a genuinely good time, thanked us profusely and left with a lot of enthusiasm for making more books.  Our favorite comment of the day came from a young man of about 8 or 9 who was proudly showing off his work and said, "When my grandparents told me about this, I really didn't want to come.  I thought it was going to be really boring.  But I'm really glad I came.  It was awesome!"  Who can ask for a better recommendation than that?

Many thanks to volunteers Ellen, Janice, Jeanne, Judith, Linda, Mark, Nancy and Veronica for making this one of our best outreach programs ever.

And what a beautiful place to make books, or spend the afternoon. If you are unfamiliar with the Mercantile Library, check out their website. It is a membership library with a wonderful history, an interesting collection and many current events and author visits.


Saturday, September 3, 2011

Last Artist Walk and Talk a Great Success

Last Sunday several artists gathered to talk about their books in the Bookworks 12 exhibit. It is always so interesting to hear what everyone has to say about their work. The show is down now and so a special thanks to everyone who contributed work, volunteered in some way or another and made our Artists Walk Throughs a success. We hope to do it all again next year!