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We <3 Volunteers

On Thursday June 22 from 5 – 8 pm the Book Arts League held a Volunteer get together with pressure printing set up in the Bunkhouse and yummy treats in the farmhouse. We were pleased to greet 3 volunteers who signed up to help out with upcoming events and offered some great new ideas for the Board members in attendance. One suggestion is in effect now – a 5 year Individual membership can be purchased online. Thanks to our great volunteers, and we’d like to make these gatherings a regular event! Your participation keeps the Book Arts League a growing and vibrant organization.

Volunteers receive BAL Bucks for their volunteer hours. BAL Bucks are credits at the rate of $15 per volunteer hour. 50% of earned BAL Bucks can be applied to membership fees, class fees, studio time fees, or Book Arts League merchandise such as Tee shirts, greeting cards, Ephemera collections, broadsides or other prints.

If you are interested in volunteering, let us know through our Contact page!

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Japanese Calligraphy Class Sept. 24th 2016

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Mamiko Ikeda’s calligraphy class was held on Sept 24 at the Ewing Farmhouse. Two students were introduced to basic Japanese calligraphy strokes as well as some free-style variations. Both look forward to using the calligraphy in their own unique ways.

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Ephemera Exchange 2016

EphemeraAnnual Ephemera Exchange !
The Deadline for the 2016 Ephemera playdate is December 31.
Please send your edition of 30 pieces no larger than 5 x 7″ (or folding down to that size) to:

Book Arts League Ephemera Exchange
c/o Brenda Gallagher
7963 Neva Rd. Longmont, CO 80503
Please include a card with your name, return address and $6.00 for postage.

Your complete collection will be sent back to you in March of 2017.

Each year the Book Arts League hosts an Ephemera playdate. This year we warmly invite you to play with us again! Make and 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 an edition of 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 5×7 or smaller (or folding down to that size.) 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!

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Lino Letterpress Class May 14th, 2016

We had a great time at the latest Lino Letterpress Class on Saturday May 14th. What better way to spend a rainy Saturday than making prints? After a late start two students created a couple of really nice cards. We spent the first half of the class carving 3×4″ lino blocks. Then we moved into the bunkhouse to lock up the blocks on the Vandercook SP15 to print the first run on the cards. Next was setting the type to go below the printed images. Julia Seko & Vivian Jean will probably repeat this class in August, so stay tuned!

 

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Call for entries: Ephemera Exchange 2015

IMG_8500Every year the Book Arts League hosts an Ephemera playdate. This year we warmly invite you to play with us again! Make and 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!

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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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Hermann Zapf Memorial Tribute: Free Talk by Steve Matteson

Free Lecture – October 13th at 6 pm

Hermann Zapf received a B in Penmanship at the age of ten but went on to become a master calligrapher, type designer and typographer.

While he certainly influenced everyone in the book arts before his death in June of 2015, it is also possible every literate person has read his letterforms in print or on a computer.

Zapf’s extensive calligraphic works include the incomparable Das Blumen and Pen and Graver. His Typeface designs include Palatino, Optima and Zapfino. Join us for two short lectures about his calligraphy and type designs and a small exhibition commemorating his life and work.

Presentations by Denver calligrapher David Ashely & Louisville type designer Steve Matteson.

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Ewing Farmhouse Bathroom

*Update* We have completed the bathroom renovation with a huge thanks to Book Arts League volunteer and jack of all trades, Steve Matteson who lead the charge on this project, completing most of the work himself. Along with thanks to the generous support of:

Jim DeGracia for demolition help and many broken saw blades
Monotype for donating 2/3 of the cost for plumbing
Dave Arch for expeditious plumbing work

We are still in need of donations to offset our costs. Paypal donation link below. Thank you!

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We are in the process of upgrading the bathroom in the farmhouse. For years an old all-in-one non functioning cast iron oddity has been housed in the bathroom. It was used in a military barracks, possible at Lowry Air Force Base we are told, from the 40s or 50s. It has been torn out and we are raising funds to get our bathroom set up! It will be a luxury to not have to run out to the bunkhouse for the facilities.

Please donate any amount to help us get a bathroom in the farmhouse! Thanks!




 

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