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Upcoming Virginia Arts of the Book Center events

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Three big announcements:

Member Meeting, Saturday, Sept 11 – 1-2 PM at the new VABC location (under the Art Box)
Please join us for a look at the new space and a review of member benefits and expectations. Experienced and prospective members encouraged! (Renew dues!) The new location, downstairs within the Creative Framing/Art Box (2125 Ivy Road–by Foods of All Nations), will allow new expanded access hours and a convenient partnership with a paper and book arts supplier.
Stick around after–time for socializing, project talk, and organizing in the new location.

VA Folklife Showcase, Sunday, Sept 12 – Noon-5PM
Come enjoy a reward for all that VABC moving! Join the Folklife Program at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities on Sunday, September 12th, from Noon to 5PM for the seventh annual Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Showcase. We’ll celebrate the seventh graduating class of folklife apprentices and introduce the incoming Virginia Folk Masters, with musical performances, oysters, crafts, and traditional Brunswick Stew. Admission is free.

Letterpress Certification Class, Sunday Sept 26 and five Sundays in Fall (1-5PM), Fee: $500
Friends, this is our most ambitious course to date–a whirlwind tour of letterpress printing that will take you from “zero” to “licensed” in a few weeks. Students will print a final project to demonstrate mastery of skills. See full description online. UVA EMPLOYEES: This course could be free to you as part of your Education Benefit.

You will learn to compose, typeset, and print a text project with lead type on a Vandercook printing press; understand the strategies and concepts behind two-color letterpress printing; use wood type, polymer, and block print on a Vandercook press; troubleshoot common printing problems; clean the parts of a Vandercook press; and more!

Sept 26 -Typesetting Basics *REQUIRED
Oct 3 – Proofing and Printing *REQUIRED
Oct 17 – Troubleshooting / Cleaning *REQUIRED
Oct 24 – Printing Two Color Projects
Oct 31 – Wood Type and Block Printing
Nov 7 – Final Projects / Testing *REQUIRED

For enrollment in the course or questions, contact Kevin McFadden (kmcfadden@virginia.edu).

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VABC Moving Sale Saturday

From the VABC,

We are two days away from the Virginia Arts of the Book Center’s Moving Sale…1-5PM Saturday, August 21. Now even more interesting items have been added online (see pics):
http://virginiabookarts.org/2010/08/the-vabc-is-moving/

Come to make an offer and haul it away that day. The surplus auction starts at 1:30PM…selected furniture, paper, marbled paper, cloth, ephemera, printing equipment, shelves, type, and type cases must go. We’ll sell other items all day til 5PM. Bring cash or check, please…this will help us move!

Where is the VABC headed?

We are pleased to announce we are moving into a newly revamped space where the old Art Box used to be in the Ivy Shopping Center (Foods of All Nations). Creative Framing/The Art Box has moved upstairs, and the VABC is entering into a partnership that we anticipate will result in more classes in their new downstairs gallery/classroom setting (Art on Ivy).

Renovations are ongoing, but we hope to be up and running for VABC classes in September! We’ll announce more details later, but wanted our friends to know.

Thanks always for your support,

Book launch at VABC July 1

The latest from VABC:

The Virginia Arts of the Book Center is pleased to host an event featuring the newly completed collaboration by poet Ryan Fox and illustrator Jeff Pike, After Love. The reading, discussion of the illustrations, and signing will be held Thursday, July 1 at 6:30 p.m. at its 977 Second Street location (within the Ix Complex).

This hand-bound edition of 50 books features seven poems in hand-letterpressed text with corresponding watercolor and ink illustrations (giclée printing). After Love was conceived and manufactured by the poet and artist with the help of the University of Virginia Art Department and book artisans at the Virginia Arts of the Book Center.

Copies of After Love will be on sale for $60, as will other broadsides, cards, and prints by VABC artists.

Images and event details here: http://virginiabookarts.org/2010/06/997/

Jeff Pike is a professor in the Communication Design program at the College & Graduate School of Art, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Washington University in St. Louis. He worked in Charlottesville while on sabbatical last year.

Ryan Fox received his M.F.A. from the University of Virginia in 2006. His poems have been published in the Iowa Review, the New Ohio Review, the New Orleans Review, and elsewhere.

The Virginia Arts of the Book Center is located at 977 Second Street SE and can be accessed by Elliott Avenue, past the Newsplex. For more information on the VABC, visit virginiabookarts.org.

New workshops from VABC

New workshops, contest, and project from the Virginia Arts of the Book Center:

It’s a great time to sign up for two letterpress workshops. Each class accommodates beginning or experienced printers, but the second requires some computer design or scanning awareness to make a file for photopolymer. (Designers or dabblers, go for it!)

Also below: a look ahead to the annual collaborative members project and the new poetry/broadside contest.

Introduction to Letterpress: Card Class
Sat, May 15, 1pm – 5pm

Make a simple, one-color card (20 words max). Come with an idea, or wait for inspiration when you browse our images and dingbats. 15 cards and envelopes provided.
Instructor: Kevin McFadden
Non-members $40
Members $25
To reserve your spot for this class please contact… Garrett Queen gsqueen@comcast.net

Designing Photopolymer for Letterpress

Sat, May 29, 1pm – 4pm

Photopolymer plates are created from digital files, enabling you to print virtually anything on letterpress that you can create on a computer (within specific guidelines). In this class you will learn the entire photopolymer process: how to conceptualize and design for photopolymer plates, how to prepare your digital files for plate creation and ordering, and how to print the photopolymer on the Vandercook.
Instructor: Kristin Adolfson
Cost: $65 base class + $35 scheduled followup printing (followup optional).
For members, $45/$25.
To reserve your spot for this class please contact… Garrett Queen gsqueen@comcast.net

If you’re contemplating joining as a member, you can participate in our collaborative project, “Indulgences.”
Contact Garrett Queen gsqueen@comcast.net

And poets, start getting those poems about books together. Enter our contest, “Chapter Verse,” deadline July 1. Tell friends. Instructions and entry form online.

“Heloise & Abelard” at VABC this Saturday

This sounds lovely:

“Letters to Fictions: Heloise & Abelard” a presentation with Jeff Pike, Professor of Communications Design, Washington University, St. Louis.

Saturday, March 13, 2010 at 2:30 p.m. at the Virginia Arts of the Book Center
Book artist, author and illustrator Jeff Pike will present his just completed “hand made” book  “Fictions  from Letters: Heloise & Abelard”

Twenty years in the making it is a beautifully designed, all letterpress printed, boxed edition.

Find out more at the Virginia Arts of the Book Center web site.

Book makers: Get acquainted at VABC

I mean people who make books, not the other kind of bookmaker, and I mean the Virginia Arts of the Book Center, not the other kind of ABC — but this still sounds fun!

Saturday, February 27, 2:00-4:00 pm:  Getting Organized and Intro to Accordion Books

A combination of “show and tell,” a discussion of how to get the Bookmaking group organized, and an introduction to skills for accordion books. At this session we will…

  • get acquainted as a group through show and tell–each person brings a book he/she has made or wants to learn to make and talks about what’s interesting about the structure
  • discuss briefly the long-term schedule and how to handle materials fees for sessions
  • discuss examples of accordion books and practice two basic skills for making them:  folding for accordion structures and using the board shear to cut covers.

This is not a workshop where we make a whole book–it’s an intro and a get-acquainted meeting, hands-on but nothing messy.  For those of you who haven’t used a board shear before (we’re so lucky that the VABC now has one), we think you’ll be impressed.

If a board shear is what I think it is, then making books just got a whole lot easier…no more sore hands.

Upcoming events and classes at Virginia Arts of the Book Center

From my inbox:

Friends of the VABC,

Join us on Sunday, Sept 20th, from 1-5PM, for “Summer’s Last Stand: A Lemonade Fellowship” at the Virginia Arts of the Book Center.

We are celebrating our latest broadside–Jennifer Perrine’s poem “If Life Gives You Lemons, Make”–and toasting the equinox with lemonade. (Lavender lemonade while it lasts, also a $25 members’ price on the broadside.)

We’ll also have on display some preliminary work on the “Infinite Stakes” project (a contemporary cartomancy deck) and have a brief meeting about the project at 2PM. This limited edition deck of contemporary fortune-telling cards was created by VABC members, and will be auctioned at the Nov 13th 5th annual Raucous Auction.

Go online to search our preliminary calendar of upcoming events, workshops, and classes. A few big dates are below. (Contact me for class registrations, kmcfadden @ virginia.edu.)

Sun Sep 20 2009 – 1:00 pm
Summer’s Last Stand: Lemonade Fellowship at the VABC
Summer’s last stand: Lemonade stand, get it? Join us before the Autumnal Equinox to toast away summer with a lemonade salute to the new VABC broadside, “If Life Gives You Lemons” by Jennifer Perrine.

Sat Oct 17 2009 – 1:00 pm
Introduction to Letterpress: Cards Class
Cost: $40 non-members, $25 members
Learn to typeset and print a simple one-color greeting card with your own message. Come with a quote or idea of what you’d like it to say (20 words max). Cards and envelopes provided.

Fri Nov 13 2009 – 5:30 pm
Annual Raucous Auction: Join us!
Admission: Free, $5 donation recommended
Two Pubic Auctions: 6PM and 7:15PM
Silent Auction closes at 7:45 PM
Join us for an evening of wine, hors d’oeuvres, fun, and fundraising to benefit the VABC, Virginia’s only public printing studio and book arts collaborative. Before the gift-giving season arrives, don’t miss the dozens of unique books, prints, cards, and the unveiling of “Infinite Stakes: A Contemporary Cartomancy Deck.”

Sat Dec 5 2009 – 1:00 pm
Introduction to Letterpress: Holiday Cards Class
Cost: $40 non-members, $25 members
Learn to typeset and print a simple one-color greeting card with your own holiday message. Come with a quote or idea of what you’d like it to say (20 words max). Cards and envelopes provided. Some decorative holiday images available.