Thursday, March 21, 2013

Events in the area and beyond

Eilandarts Center moves to Merchantville

On April 15, Eilandarts Center will open at its new location at 21 Centre St., Merchantville, NJ 08109.
The Center offers courses and workshops in book arts, bookbinding, and other arts.

"Text out of Context" Exhibit, Central Booking, NY

Sponsored by Central Booking and curated by Maddy Rosenberg and Hallie Cohen, this exhibit explores words "within a visual context... in this exhibition books are off the shelf, on the wall, moveable, transformative and surprising again."
March 18 –April 11, 2013
Opening reception: March 21, 6-8pm

Marymount Manhattan College 
Hewitt Gallery
221 E. 71st Street
NY, NY 10021
Hours: Monday- Sunday, 9am – 9 pm

Open Book 2013 experimental book workshop

This ten-day intensive workshop is intended "to encourage participants to explore unconventional forms that books may take and to create an artwork/designed object that challenges ideas of what books can be."
August 10-18, 2013
Deadline for application: April 30, 2013

Parsons Center
Eastern Michigan University
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Friday, March 15, 2013

Railroad Perspectives

This exhibit of photographic collages by Claire Marcus is on view at Lackawanna Historical Society through May 28, 2013.

Additional events:
Artist’s talk and family printmaking workshop 
Saturday, April 6 at 2pm

Visit for gallery hours
Lackawanna Historical Society
Mary Ann Moran-Savakinus, Executive Director
232 Monroe Ave., Scranton, PA 18510
This project is funded in part by a
Lackawanna County Arts and Culture grant

Call for artists: InLiquid's Art for the Cash Poor 14

InLiquid announces Art for the Cash Poor 14:

AFTCP14 call
The art sale is June 8 and 9.
Deadline for registration to participate: April 19.
215 235 3406

On Stuffed Animals Hanging from the Ceiling

This talk at the Art Museum on April 3 looks fascinating. If anyone attends, please post your comments on our blog. We'd love to read what you think of the events!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

The End of an Era

The obituary of Richard Piraino in today's Inquirer  describes a life in books different from what we're used to. Mr. Piraino spent essentially his whole adult life at the bindery of the Free Library of Philadelphia.
He was not a conservator, but a "mender of books." His job was to fix damaged books so they could be used by library patrons.
If you've lived or studied in Philadelphia for any length of time, chances are you've used a book he repaired or rebound. They're unmistakable: heavy buckram, not very pretty, and certainly not up to current preservation standards. But they do serve the purpose of keeping books--and ideas--in circulation. 


Saturday, March 9, 2013

Donna Globus Featured at Members & Friends Meeting

PCB President Karen Lightner hosted members and friends at Print and Picture Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia on Feb. 28.
The centerpiece was Constructed Narratives, an exhibit of books and prints by member Donna Globus (closes March 10). Susan Viguers presented her work, pointing out that the way book structure integrates with content reflects her architectural background.

Donna favors dual narratives. In "Sensitive Dependence," for example, the story of two people who meet and part is juxtaposed with excerpts from a scientific treatise, whose thesis the narrative illustrates. 
My personal favorite is "Before and After," a ball made of folded pieces. It tells one part of the story. You then toss it into the air, and comes apart. You then reassemble it to tell the second half of the tale. Tricky, ingenious, and puzzling on the surface; but there's more to it than that.

Karen also displayed some pieces from the library's collection of artists' books, including several colorful pieces by Paul Johnson, familiar to many members from several workshops he's held here in the last few years. 

For more information of Donna Globus and her work, see her web site:

Call for Altered Books

Quick Overview

  • America Responds With Love is a  Valley Forge-based non-profit that provides emergency housing and services locally and nationally.
  • They're having a book fair at Macy's in Plymouth Meeting March 15-17.
  • They're inviting book artists to donate altered book(s), or time to turn donated books that are otherwise unusable/unsalable into art to be sold as a fundraiser. 

The Event

  • Respond With Love Book Fair, at  Macy's in the Plymouth Meeting Mall, March 15-17.
  • Your business cards/flyers would be available there, plus publicity and links on their web site.
  • There's also the opportunity to attend the fair and produce altered books on the spot.


  • For information on participating, contact,  phone 610-731-4673 or 1-321-263-7422.
  • For information on America Responds With Love, see