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Day of the Dead – Inky Fun!
Thursday, Nov 1, 2018
With Julia

FREE Inky Fun Night for the Day of the Dead! Julia has some serious fun planned at the Book Arts League.
Come get your hands dirty and enjoy the BAL experience!

Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm / Free!

 

 

 




Mother’s Day Inky Fun
Thursday, May 3, 2018
With Steve and Brenda

Print a cool card for mom using a flower wood cut and hand-set type from our collection. We’ll use two different presses in our shop – the Vandercook SP-15 and a small Pilot Platen Press to print two colors. 

Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm / Free!

 

 

 



Summer Open House

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Visit a working old-time letterpress printshop on a historic Boulder County farmstead. Watch the presses in action, participate in book arts demos, purchase locally-made book arts/letterpress items, and meet other book arts enthusiasts. See examples from our workshops and outreach and hear about our upcoming events. Learn about the history of a centennial farm and the family that settled there.  Refreshments provided.

Time: 1:00-4:00PM / Free!

 



APA Wayzgoose
Thursday, June 21-Sunday, June 24
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Come join other letterpress and book arts enthusiatsts in Denver from Thursday June 21st to Sunday June 24th while we talk about type, ink, antique presses and everything in-between at the annual Amalgamated Printers Association Wayzgoose, or printer’s get-together. This event is open to non APA members as well as spouses. If you want to partake in the Thursday night happy hour, Friday open houses AND Saturday banquet, purchase a complete ticket. The Saturday AM swap meet and APA Auction are free to attend for the public. If you’d like to bid on one of 150 lots in the Jim Grisenti auction you must have a paddle which you can purchase here. Likewise, you can purchase a Saturday night banquet ticket and learn about the history of the Vandercook from Fritz Klinke at NA Graphics. Questions? Use the website contact form and we look forward to seeing you in Denver this summer! 

 


 
Lego Print Inky Fun!
Thursday, July 5, 2018 

With Julia and Brenda

 Drop in to the Book Arts League and try your hand at old fashioned printing—with a modern twist! For this free activity we will be experimenting with pressure printing Lego® brinks! You can design your own Lego® pattern and print lego themed pages at our free print class. If you are planning to sign up for the Lego® book binding class the following week, this would be a great time to print matching pages for your Lego® book! Children welcome. Come play with Legos at the Book Arts League!

Time: 6:30-8:30 pm / Free!

 



Pressure Print Inky
 Fun
Thursday, August 2, 2018 

With Julia and Brenda

Pressure printing is a fun, easy technique for beginning and experienced printers. In pressure printing, you create a low-relief collage image that is run through the press over a type-high inked surface, much in the same way a brass rubbing is made, creating detailed and delicately textured surfaces. Come and get creative on the press!

Time: 6:30-8:30 pm / Free!
 

PAST EVENTS

Inky Fun Nights happen from 6 – 8 pm at the Ewing Farm in Lafayette. FREE and open to all. All materials provided. Get a taste of Letterpress!

Oct 5th – The theme is Halloween! Perhaps you will meet our resident ghost, Goudy. Join us to make a card or other Letterpress keepsake.

Nov 2nd – Dia de los Muertos Theme
Will we be playing around with our collection of cuts? Wood type? Pressure printing? All three? Stop by to find out, and get inky!

 

 


Holiday Open House

December 3rd from 1 – 4 pm

Please join us at our last Open House of 2017 to celebrate the Holiday season. We’ll have Letterpress and bookbinding demos, Book Arts League merchandise, refreshments and good company! FREE and open to all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Holiday Inky Fun! 

Dec 7 – 6 – 8 pm
Enjoy an evening of Paper craft with Brenda – make an ornament to give or keep! Don’t worry, there is always some INK around…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


2017 August 19th –  Lafayette Peach Festival 9:00 am – 4:00pm
Old Town Lafayette on Public Road, FREE Event
Join the Book Arts League at Lafayette’s signature event! Demonstrations of Letterpress printing, bookbinding, and more. Peruse our broadsides and new posters, plus greeting cards and T shirts.

See you at Booth 19!

 

 

 


September 9th from 10 am – 12 pm – The Book Arts League is partnering with The Museum of Boulder to showcase the museum’s collection of letterpress metal cuts obtained from the Boulder Daily Camera. Please join us on September 9 from 10 – 12 at the Boulder History Museum, 1206 Euclid in Boulder.

Learn the basics of Letterpress! Learn how to print using a tabletop press, historical plates, and wood type. Leave with a few of your own prints!

Peruse the Museum’s collection of Daily Camera printing plates and learn about the Daily Camera’s printing over the years. Check out the Boulder History Museum before it moves and transforms into the Museum of Boulder (your ticket includes admission to these exhibits: Chief Niwot, Legend + Legacy and Storymakers – A Boulder History)

General Admission is $15.00. Museum Members $10.00, Click to purchase your tickets through Event Brite.

 

 

 


Open House this Sunday July 9th from 1 – 4 pm

Please join us for letterpress demos, bookbinding and light refreshments. 

See examples from our workshops and outreach, and hear about our upcoming events.

Tour the historic Ewing Farmhouse and Bunkhouse & learn the history of the Ewing family and their centennial farm located at 1915 N 95th St., Lafayette CO 80026.

Great company and light refreshments provided. All ages welcome!

Please park on Prairie Ridge Drive. We hope to see you there!

 

 

 


Lafayette Peach Festival || Colorado Peaches || Letterpress, Book Arts, Type and Design2017 Book Arts League Open Houses

Select Sundays from  1 – 4 pm
Join us  at the historic Ewing Farm for letterpress and book binding demonstrations, refreshments and socializing with Book Arts League members. Try your hand at running a press or another creative endeavor!

 

 

 

 

 

 


Call for Entries – Annual Ephemera Exchange
Deadline extended to Jan 31st 2017
Every year the Book Arts League hosts an Ephemera Exchange. You are invited to make an edition of 30 pieces and send them in.
Entries can be letterpress printed cards, hand made collages, potato prints or anything you can dream up!
Make 30 copies of your piece
Mail them to the Book Arts League:
Book Arts League EE 2016
c/o Brenda Gallagher
7963 Neva Road
Longmont, Colorado 80503
Please include a card with your full name, press name (if applicable), address and $6 for materials and return shipping.
In March you will receive the entire collection, one piece from every artist who participated.
Your piece needs to be 5 x 7″ or smaller (or folding down to that size.)
Extra collections will be available for sale to support the Book Arts League at open houses and community events.
Collections from previous years can be purchased at our events & open houses.

 

 

 

 

 


Shakespeare2016 July 21, 23, and August 6th –  All the Words a Page: Shakespeare and the Book Arts
University of Colorado, Boulder FREE
To commemorate Shakespeare’s First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, the Book Arts League will present 2 public opportunities to print a color page inspired by Shakespeares first folio!

BAL will also participate in a family fun afternoon of hand-on demos of the traditional crafts of the book.

July 21 – Colorado Shakespeare Festival at CU. On the green in front of Mary Rippon theatre 6 – 7:30 pm
July 23 – Family Fun event – FREE hands-on demos of book arts in the British Studies Room, Norlin Library, CU 1 – 4 pm
August 6th – Colorado Shakespeare Festival at CU. On the green in front of Mary Rippon theatre 6 – 7:30 pm

For more information on First Folio see this page.

 

 

 


Book Arts League2016 August 5 & 6 –  The Rocky Mountain Book & Paper Fair
August 5: 2pm – 8pm
August 6 10am – 5pm
The Book Arts League and other book arts groups will have demos, exhibits and sales.
For more information on the Fair, see this page.

 

 

 


Peach_Logofacebookjpeg2016 August 20th –  Lafayette Peach Festival 9am – 4pm
Old Town Lafayette on Public Road, FREE Event
Join the Book Arts League at Lafayette’s signature event! Demonstrations of Letterpress printing, bookbinding, and more.

For more information see this page.

 

 

 


SL2016 September 11th – Book Arts League Fall Open House 1 – 4pm
Book Arts League at the Ewing Farm FREE Event
Celebrate the traditional and contemporary crafts of the book at the Book Arts League Open House! We’ll have demonstrations in fine bookbinding, letterpress printing and other book arts. See examples from our workshops and outreach and hear about our upcoming events.

Tour the historic buildings and learn the history of the Ewing family and their centennial farm.

Great company and light refreshments provided. All ages welcome!

 

 

 

 


Shakespeare2016 Sunday June 5, from 1 – 4 pm

Join us for the Book Arts League Shakespeare Summer Open House

Celebrate the traditional and contemporary crafts of the book at the Book Arts League Open House!

We’ll have demonstrations in fine bookbinding and stone carving, and letterpress printing in our Bunkhouse Printshop.

See examples from our workshops and outreach. Hear about our upcoming events, including activities around the Shakespeare First Folio exhibition at the University of Colorado in Boulder!

Tour the historic buildings and learn the history of the Ewing family and their centennial farm.

Great company and light refreshments provided.

FREE ADMISSION! All ages welcome.
WHEN: Sunday, June 5 from 1 – 4 pm
WHERE: Ewing Farmhouse and Bunkhouse, 1915 N 95th Street, Lafayette

Please park on Prairie Ridge Dr. as indicated on map.


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2016 April 15th – Special Presentation by Steve Matteson at the Nomad Playhouse in Boulder CO
Come out for a night of theater & typography and help the Book Arts League!
Type designer, typographer, and Book Arts League Board Member Steve Matteson will present a Q&A session with slides after the April 15th performance of the play Futura by the Catamount theater company at the Nomad Playhouse in Boulder.  He will also be giving out letterpress-printed keepsakes (see photo) printed with the League’s Futura wood and metal type!

On April 15th the Catamount theater company will donate $2 of each ticket to the Book Arts League. Please purchase a ticket for the performance at http://futura.brownpapertickets.com/Simply follow these steps so BAL will receive a donation:
1. Select the date of choice and number of tickets for that date
2. Go to purchase those tickets
3. When asked “How did you hear about the show?” Answer “Book Arts League,” and give $2  to BAL.

 


042016 Book Arts League April Fools Open House Sunday April 3, 1 – 4 pm
Celebrate Spring and Surprises at the Book Arts LeagueApril Fools Open House. We’ll have book arts demonstrations, letterpress printingin the Bunkhouse Printshopand light refreshments, including some bookish silliness from past years.

Tour the historic buildings, see the recent renovations, and learn about the Ewing family and their centennial farm.
FREE ADMISSION! All ages welcome.
WHEN: April 3, 2016 from 1 -4 pm
WHERE: Ewing Farmhouse and Bunkhouse, 1915 N 95th Street, Lafayette. Please park on Prairie Ridge Drive.

 

 

 


Call for entries: Ephemera Exchange 2015
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Every year the Book Arts League hosts an Ephemera playdate. This year we warmly invite you to play with us again! Make an edition of 30 pieces and send them in. These could be letterpress printed cards, hand made collages, potato prints or anything you can dream up! Make 30, send them in to the BAL, and then in March you will receive the entire collection, one piece from every artist who participated. Your piece needs to be 4 x 6″ or smaller (or folding down to that size.) The deadline has been extended to January 31, 2016 to invite more artists to contribute. All extra collections will be available for sale to support the BAL at open houses and community events. Did you miss last year’s collection? You can buy one the next time you stop in to the Ewing Farm for classes or artist events!

To play:

Send your edition of 30 pieces to:

Book Arts League EE 2015
c/o Brenda Gallagher
7963 Neva Road
Longmont, Colorado  80503

Please include a card with your full name, press name (if applicable), address and $6 for materials and return shipping.

 

 

 


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2015 December 6th from 1 – 4 pm – BAL Holiday Open House

Book Arts League Holiday Season Open House – We’ll have book arts demonstrations, including hands-on printing  in the historic Bunkhouse printshop. Enjoy refreshments, tour the historic buildings, and come see the new improvements to the Farmhouse, all funded by the Book Arts League! All ages welcome.

FREE ADMISSION


 

posada-calaveras-bailandoNovember 1st from 1 – 4 pm – BAL Open House featuring Dia de los Muertos (Day Of the Dead).

Join us for this special Book Arts League Open House, when we celebrate the Mexican holiday, the Day of the Dead. We’ll have Day of the Dead-themed book arts demonstrations, including hands-on printing of letterpress posters in our historic printshop. German Murillo will offer for sale tintype portraits in the spirit of the day. Enjoy refreshments, tour the historic buildings, and come see the new improvements to the Farmhouse, all funded by the Book Arts League! All ages welcome.

FREE ADMISSION

WHEN: November 1, 2015 from 1-4
WHERE: Ewing Farmhouse, 1915 N 95th Street, Lafayette
Please park on Prairie Ridge Drive, see Map on website at http://www.bookartsleague.org/map/

 


zapfTuesday October 13th we will welcome Steve Matteson who will present a lecture on Hermann Zapf. “Remembering Hermann Zapf” 6 – 7 :30 pm.