Description

Exploring the art and craft of designing and making books, the center's exhibits range from the traditional to the unconventional. Some shows have celebrated common book structures, while others have confronted the viewer with books made of unexpected materials, like Plexiglas, hairnets and even concrete. One book previously on display was stored on a floppy disk and then self-destructed after a single reading. The center's workshop provides members with a fully equipped professional studio and ample space to print and bind books. Instructors teach courses in traditional and contemporary bookmaking at every level of proficiency. These include classes in letterpress and printmaking, papermaking and marbling and small press management.

Families

Although the courses are for adults only, children are welcome to visit the gallery and attend lectures and receptions. The Annual Open House and Sale in December is a special day that families will enjoy. Book artists demonstrate all aspects of bookmaking and sell their own handmade books, prints and paper creations for the holidays. A raffle and refreshments are also included in this event, open to the public free of charge.

School/Groups

In 1991, the center established an Outreach Project to bring the book arts into schools and introduce teachers to the power of the book's physical form as a teaching tool. The class Cultural Autobiography encourages young people to explore their cultural backgrounds by incorporating personal items into book form and expressing their relationships with their family, community and culture of origin. Other workshops are also available. Established book artists teach the classes and can work directly with students or teachers at the center or in schools. Workshops are available for teachers interested in teaching book arts to their own students. School groups may take free tours of the gallery and facilities where the process of making books and the machinery involved is explained.