Thursday, August 21, 2008

BookOpolis 2008 Open Call for Artists' Books and Prints

Call for Artists' Books and Prints:
September 15-19, 2008
Artists working in the book form may submit up to two pieces for exhibit. Entry fee s $10 per piece. Artwork received after September 19 will be displayed at the discretion of the curator.

BookWorks 4th Annual BookOpolis Exhibition:
September 26 and 27, 2008
Mark your calendars for BookOpolis 2008, September 26 and 27. This is a not-to-be-missed event for all lovers of book arts. Free and open to the public, join us to celebrate this explosion of artists' books and meet many of the artists. BookOpolis 2007 hosted over 90 books and broadsides!

BookOpolis 2008: Schedule of Events
September 26, Friday
6 pm – 9 pm • Exhibition Opening and Reception

September 27, Saturday

5 pm – 7 pm • Bookbinding and Letterpress Demos
7 pm – 9 pm • Exhibit Viewing Hours

9 pm – 1 am • Music! Dancing! Screenprinting!

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Saturday, August 16, 2008

19th Century Pocket Diaries and their Diarists

An exhibition entitled, 19th Century Pocket Diaries and their Diarists will be presented in the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Exhibition dates: 26th August--19 December, 2008
Jessica Lacher-Feldman, Bridget Elmer, and Larry Lou Foster will speak on the evening of 7 October, 2008 at 6:30 pm.

Speakers will discuss the history/evolution of the structure, technology of producing a pocket diary, and the printed matter inside the diaries, what makes a pocket diary a pocket diary, the bridge between the old diaries and new technology, and the diarists, Mr. William Cooper, Mr. Thomas Hobbs, Mr. W. S. Woodward, and Mr. James Mccleary: 2 men critical to the Southern Cause in the War Between the States, and 2 men critical to the North in the same conflict.

There will be refreshments, and music (from CD) of a local re-enactment band called the 5th Alabama Infantry Regimental Band.

Hecho a Mano: Book Arts of Latin America

This exhibit includes nearly 100 handmade books from Cuba, Mexico and Argentina, recently acquired by Wilson Library at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The exhibit will include books made by three collectives that provide training and a livelihood for their members:

  • Taller Leñateros ("Woodlanders' Workshop"), in San Cristobal de las Casas, in Chiapas, Mexico. Mexican poet Ambar Past founded the collective in 1975 after she became interested in preserving the Mayan language Tzotzil that she was learning from local women.
  • Ediciones Vigía in Matanzas, Cuba, which produces elaborate and artistic books with craft and copier paper, crayons, and items donated by international visitors.
  • Eloisa Cartonera in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The collective purchases cardboard from "cartoneros," or cardboard scavengers, and transforms it into brightly painted covers for modest editions of books.

Also on view will be fine press artists' books from Mexico and Argentina, along with works by Argentine graphic artist and poet Ral Veroni, and by Mexican print maker and artist Artemio Rodríguez.

On exhibit through October 12, 2008

Melba Remig Saltarelli Exhibit Room, Wilson Library
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Free and open to the public

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