The Book Arts League exists to further the traditional and contemporary arts and crafts of printing, calligraphy, bookbinding, graphic design, typography and papermaking –the cornerstones of the literacy and communications technology on which modern society depend. The League serves as a community resource for the book arts, particularly the 500-year-old craft of letterpress printing.
David Ashley runs the Schneidewend & Lee platen press
An important part of the League’s mission is the preservation of its collection of the traditional printing presses and metal type now rapidly disappearing from the American scene. The Book Arts League worked with the City of Lafayette to repair and restore the historic Ewing Farm as a long-term headquarters, print shop, and workshop space. League activities at Ewing Farm and beyond include affordable book arts classes and hands-on workshops, exhibits, demonstrations, outreach, and participation in community activities.
We also hold Open Houses and Movie Matinees, when the Ewing buildings are open and on display. The first Open House of 2013 will be on Sat, March 9, starting with a letterpress demonstration in the historic printshop at 1:30 pm and followed by 2 films on illuminated manuscripts, The Secret of Kells and The Illuminator and a Bible for the 21st Century, in the Farmhouse at 2:00 pm. See the Ewing Events page for more details. These events are free and open to the public. We invite you to come see the restoration efforts, enjoy the letterpress demonstration and movies, and peruse items for sale.
OUR SPRING/SUMMER WORKSHOP SCHEDULE IS COMING SOON! Check out our upcoming activities on the Book Arts League Classes page and Ewing Events page (for free events).
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The Book Arts League is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and a member of the Boulder County Arts Alliance (BCAA) and the Lafayette Old Town Association (LOTA).
Julia Seko, President
Brenda Gallagher, Vice-president
Jeff Becker, Secretary
The Book Arts League
PO Box 1544
Boulder, CO 80306-1544
The Book Arts League wishes to thank Amstec for hosting the web site and e-mail discussion groups used by BAL volunteers, and Laura Tyler for maintaining the discussion groups.