On September 26th and 27th BookWorks held the fourth annual BookOpolis exhibition / reception and the Printers’ Ball, both of which proved to be a huge sensation attracting crowds of interested attendees. An extended and curated version of the exhibit is on display at BookWorks until October 31st.
Many Thanks to all the artists that participated in showing their work and to all who attended. Moreover, our gratitude goes out to the fabulous poets who read at the reception including: Chall Gray, Bevin Dyer, Ben Yanes, Joel Herring, Rose McLarney and Ingrid Carson.
The Printers’ Ball was a blast thanks to the bands and DJ’s: Blue Ox Blue, Traxx, Aaron and Patrick, Buddy Boys, Abu Disarray and the dance troops: Sweet Movez and Shhhhhh.
Credit and appreciation to artists Bill Fick, Lauren Scanlon, Celia Grey, Katherine McGinn, Margaret Cogswell and Larkin Ford who created images for screen printing at the Printers’ Ball. Their images are styling our walls, fashions and furnishings!
The much coveted raffle for the Small Book Edition Collection benefiting Interlude Editions was awarded to Phil Diehn of Asheville
Tee shirts $25
Check out the new line-up of classes scheduled through July 2009, now posted on our Workshops Schedule page! Some new offerings are being taught by artists who are new to the BookWorks list of instructors, such as...
Larry Lou Foster teaching:
March 28 & 29
Larry Lou Foster is an Alabama based artist who has been making paste papers since 1979. Her work is the subject of the book, “The Paste Papers of Louise Lawrence Foster’” by Cathleen A. Baker, a paper conservator at the University of Michigan, printed by Frank Brannon through an Interlude Editions residency at Asheville BookWorks in August 2008.
Although classes on making paste paper have been offered at BookWorks, Larry Lou’s approach is that of historical scholar, artist and master of this traditional surface design on paper. She will give a lecture on Friday evening before the workshop that is free and open to the public.
Louise Lawrence Foster (Larry Lou) has studied for degrees in Painting (Auburn) and Design (George Washington University) and has an MFA in Book Arts from the University of Alabama.
Beatrice Coron teaching:
May 22 & 23
Beatrice Coron, New York City based artist, describes herself as ‘a global nomad.’ She spent a year in Egypt, a year in Mexico, then two years in China. She moved to New York in 1984. All of these places left their mark on her thoughts, her life and her art. Her passion for working in silhouettes perhaps derives from her French roots; she was born and raised in Lyons. The very word “Silhouette” comes from King Louis XV’s unpopular Minister of Finance, Etienne de Silhouette, who cut so many budgets that his name became synonymous with slashing paper.
She has recently finished a project entitled, "Invisible Cities on view at the Aferro Gallery (www.aferro.org) in New York. Two of the "Invisible Cities", nine-yard long paper cuttings, are displayed on parallel walls. While the skylines are similar, the paper cuttings show two different versions of a world in transition. The "whole nine yards" format requires viewers to discover the territories as in an atlas, where every place is connected.
Italo Calvino wrote Invisible Cities in 1972. In his book, some cities consist of garbage, while others are constantly in construction. Nearly forty years later, his cities are even more accurate conceptions of our urban arrangements. “Rather than illustrating Calvino's cities in my paper cuttings, I was interested in visualizing the structure of his narrated stories in a contemporary context.”
Beatice Coron’s work can be seen in major collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Walker Art Center. You can see her public art in subways, airport and sports facilities among others.
|November 22, 2008 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Interlude Editions will debut the first Cold Mountain Collection on Saturday evening, November 22, from 6 – 9 pm, at a celebration at Asheville BookWorks. Coleman Barks is the first writer to be featured in the annual collection.
Starting this year, and annually hereafter, Interlude Editions will publish and offer for sale an edition of a fine-press, handcrafted artist’s book, in three different formats: Deluxe, Collector, and Chapbook. Proceeds of the sale of the Collection will benefit Interlude Editions, which funds residencies at Asheville BookWorks for artists wishing to create limited editions of artists’ books and fine arts prints for education, exhibition, and distribution.
Entitled “Early Autumn,” the 2008 Cold Mountain Collection features 20 poems by Coleman Barks, the preeminent translator of the work of the 13th-century Persian mystic poet Rumi, and a poet in his own right. All but two of the 20 poems are being published for the first time in ‘Early Autumn.’ Barks has said that the poems were inspired by the 13th-century Chinese painting, also titled ‘Early Autumn’ (currently in the collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts), by the Chinese master painter Qian Xuan.
Coleman Barks, poet, was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and educated at the University of North Carolina and the University of California at Berkeley. He taught poetry and creative writing at the University of Georgia for thirty years. He is the author of numerous Rumi translations and has been a student of Sufism since 1977. Barks' translations of Rumi have sold more than a quarter of a million copies. His work with Rumi was the subject of an hour-long segment in Bill Moyers's Language of Life series on PBS, and he is a featured poet and translator in Bill Moyers's poetry special, "Fooling with Words." Coleman Barks is the father of two grown children and the grandfather of four. He lives in Athens, Georgia. Barks will attend the November 22 celebration. The event is free and open to the public.
Chicago based artist, Shawn Sheehy engineered a pop-up centerfold that is a special feature of the deluxe edition. Original wood engravings and design work by Andy Farkas. Early Autumn was printed and bound by many hands at Asheville Bookworks.
|Asheville BookWorks invites artists to rent studio space and equipment to realize their independent work. The space is home to printing presses for letterpress, relief and intaglio; screen printing; a quillotine and board shears, a variety of book presses, a backing press, corner rounder and large work tables.
- $15 an hour for binding equipment (1 hour minimum)
- $20 an hour for printing processes (1 hour minimum)
- $150 - weekly rate
- $225 - monthly rate
- $325 - artist-in-residence rate
For book and print lovers of all ages, group tours with demos in book binding, printmaking and letterpress are available and custom tailored to your group's interests. Costs usually run between $6 - $10 per person for a group size of 12 - 15. Private instruction or hands-on workshops specially designed for small groups are available as well and priced accordingly.
For more info, for scheduling, to set up a group tour, private instruction or hands-on workshop tailored to your needs, please speak with a BookWorks staff person at 828-255-8444.
|November 8-9, 2008
BookWorks will be tabling at the Pyramid Atlantic Book Arts Fair, an event connecting international artists and booksellers to collectors and scholars of the book arts through a dynamic book fair, stimulating conference lectures, exhibitions, panel discussions and events. Pyramid Atlantic, in its 27th year, serves as a contemporary visual arts center and gallery dedicated to the creation and appreciation of paper, prints, book arts and digital media. For more information: www.bookartsfair.org
|December 6, 2008 from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
This holiday season, Asheville BookWorks will be participating in the East West Asheville Holiday Art Walk. Please join us in celebrating the diverse and growing small businesses on Haywood Road in West Asheville. Participating businesses include the Bloom Room, Blue Ribbon Hair, Minx and Runny Bunny, just west of I-240 on Haywood Road. On the east side, Haywood Road merchants include The Admiral Restaurant, Harvest Records, Blue Barnhouse, A Touch of Glass, Custom, Marty Mitchell Glass, Krug Creative and Steebo Designs. Crazy Green Studios, Mimi Strang Design and Pleasant Hugh Studio are located on Domino Lane. All businesses are within easy walking distance of each other. This event is free and open to the public! For more information, visit the East West blog.