Sunday, November 29, 2009

Book Paper Scissors 2009

Book Paper Scissors
Saturday, December 5, 2009
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Parkway Central Library 1901 Vine Street

Don't miss Philadelphia Center for the Book's most successful annual event! Book Paper Scissors is an artists' book fair, free and open to the public. This festive event features prints, artists' books, handmade paper, zines, origami, blank books, and paper sculpture and jewelry. If it's paper-based art, it's here. Book and paper workshops will also be offered at the Library the day of the fair.

Philadelphia Center for the Book's First Salon

Philadelphia Center for the Book held its first Salon for members on Saturday, November 7th. It was held from 2-4:30 pm in the Community Room of Big Blue Marble Bookstore in West Mt. Airy and was hosted by Donna Globus, Karen Lightner and Susan Viguers. Five members attended. After introductions there was information sharing and conversation, including some about the Mt. Airy Artists’ Cooperative that is starting up in the neighborhood. We looked at books (both completed work and works in progress) that five of us had brought. The conversation was open and supportive and it was a great afternoon of sharing!

One participant wrote “the best part was meeting all of you and seeing your work in such a cozy place... The energy and camaraderie were terrific!”

We’re hoping that other members will sponsor salons in their studios or homes. If you’re interested contact

[Post by Karen Lightner]

Sunday, November 22, 2009

The Complex of All of These

[3000 photographs (-ish), 35 books, 2 months at the Women's Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY.]

Earlier this week we posted this video over at the PCB facebook page, but we are re-posting it here in case any of you may have missed it over there.

Show and Bestow: The Ruth Hughes Collection of Artists' Books

This collection, gathered by Alice Austin in honor of the Library Company of Philadelphia’s Chief Cataloger Ruth Hughes, will be on display from
November 20 - December 30, 2009
(Opening reception: November 23, 6-8p)
in the Art and Print Department Galleries
on the 2nd floor of the Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine St.

After the exhibition, the collection will be donated to Oberlin College's Clarence Ward Art Library (Ruth’s alma mater).

The exhibition can be viewed whenever the Free Library is open (9-9 M-Thurs, 9-6 F, 9-5 Sat, and 1-5 Sunday. For more information about the exhibition please call 215-686-5405 (9-5 M-F).

Monday, November 16, 2009

We Are Tiger Dragon People--Exhibition

We Are Tiger Dragon People
October 20 - December 23
Asian Arts Initiative
Gallery hours 10-6pm Tues-Fri
1219 Vine Street • Philadelphia, PA

A collection of images that literally leap from the page, We Are Tiger Dragon People features pop-up art books and photographs by local artist Colette Fu, providing a glimpse into her ancestry and the cultural richness of the ethnic groups of southwestern China.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Monday, November 2, 2009

Job Posting: School of Fine Art, Book Arts & Letterpress Instructors

The Academy of Art University, San Francisco, is looking for part-time temporary instructors in book arts & letterpress. For more information click here.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Mostly Local: Recent Acquisitions by the Print and Picture Collection

A selection of artists’ books, photographs, and prints acquired by purchase or gift in 2008 and 2009 by the Parkway Central Library.

September 25 – November 14, 2009
Print and Picture Collection Corridor Gallery
2nd Floor, Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine St., Philadelphia, PA

It can be seen any time the library is open (except for the final 2 cases, which are in the Print & Picture Collection and can be seen when the Department is open--9-5, M-F).

Artists’ books by:
Alice Austin
Katie Baldwin
Amanda Benton
Nicole Eiland
Emily Martin
Scott McCarney
Tara O’Brien
Terry Peterson
J. Gregory Pizzoli
Erin Sweeney (pictured)
Clarissa Sligh
Lori Spencer
Elysa Voshell
Asa Yoshie

Photographs by:
Theo Anderson
Judy Gelles
Judith Harold-Steinhauser
Richard Kagan
Zoe Strauss
Jeannie Pearce

Prints by:
Amze Emmons
Sam Maitin
Bill Scott
Carrie Scanga