Look! Book Arts

LOOK! BOOK ARTS is presented by Healdsburg Center for the Arts in cooperation with San Francisco Center for the Book

Run dates: Thursday, April 14, 2016 thru May 22, 2016

Opening Reception on Saturday, April 16, 2016, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Pop-Up Print Shop on April 23, 2016, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM  Drop-in for a few minutes, print a letterpress cover, add blank pages, and go home with a free notebook you made yourself in less than 10 minutes.  This FREE activity is great for adults and children.  Sponsored by San Francisco Center for the Book.  Pre-registration is not required.

Closing Tea & Salon on Sunday May 22, 2016, 2:00 to 4:00 PM

LOOK! BOOK ARTS is a curated exhibition that provides a look at diverse forms of bookbinding, printing, and other arts and crafts associated with traditional forms of making books by hand, and explores present day use of traditional and alternative materials and methods used by contemporary artists to create art in the form of books, artists books, altered books and broadsides.

LOOK! BOOK ARTS features work by more 75 artists, printers and poets. Some of the works included in the exhibition were created by singular artists working completely alone or working with the assistance of apprentices or other artists, while other pieces are truly collaborative pieces created by a poet and a printer working in tandem or sequentially.

The wide range of book art in this exhibition was created by selected members of the Bay Area Book Artists group, notable northern California book artists, as well as members of the Artists in Residence, Small Plates and Poets Pulling Prints programs of San Francisco Center for the Book. On a local level, Healdsburg’s own historic Zephyrus Image, the brainchild of Holbrook Teter & Michael Meyers is also represented in LOOK! BOOK ARTS with historically significant prints created from blocks carved by Michael Meyers in the 1970s.

ARTISTS // Brian Singer // Elizabeth Ashcroft // Macy Chadwick & Jennifer McKnight // Jaime Robles // Betsy Davids // Sas Colby // Kent Manske // Nanette Wylde // Luz Marina Ruiz // Jenny Honnert Abel // Jamila Rufaro // Peter Foley // Karen Chew // Robert Perry // Michele Bottaro // Michael Meyers // SFCB SMALL PLATES ARTISTS // Andrew Rottner // Michelle Wilson // Patricia Wakida // Michael Bartalos // Annemarie Munn // Ward Schumaker // Kay Ryan // Michael Hannon & William T Riley // Jennifer Hennesy // Amber Stucke // Emory Douglas // Rigel Stuhmiller // Bryan Kring // Lisa Rappoport // SFCB ARTIST IN RESIDENCE // Paolo Salvagione // Amy Franceschini & Michael Swaine // Gail Wight // Nigel Poor //  SFCB POETS PULLING PRINTS PROJECT // 40 poets & printers

LOOK! BOOK ARTS is sponsored by Peach Farm Studio.

About the Curator

C.K.Itamura is a letterpress printer, designer and producer. Her work blurs the lines between mediums as she combines letterpress printing with photography, social commentary, personal idealism and mixed media to create sensory work and conceptual installations. She is an artist member of The Center for the Book Arts, a staff member at San Francisco Center for the Book, and a member of the Board of Directors and is the Exhibition Chairperson for Healdsburg Center for the Arts. Her studio, Peach Farm Studio is based in Sonoma County, California.

San Francisco Center for the Book

San Francisco Center for the Book is a center of inspiration for the book arts world, featuring the art & craft of letterpress printing, bookbinding, and artists bookmaking. San Francisco Center for the Book is dedicated to the art of the book!

San Francisco Center for the Book offers over 400 workshops annually in a 7,000 square foot facility that includes a fully equipped print studio, arts and crafts room, bindery and gallery. In addition to workshops, San Francisco Center for the Book also presents exhibitions and events, hosts special visits and hands-on demonstrations, and much more.

Established in 1996, San Francisco Center for the Book is the first of its kind on the West Coast. This year San Francisco Center for the Book celebrates its 20th Anniversary.

Photo Credit: Gold Shards, Warm Collusion by Elizabeth Ashcroft