Commemorating 10 years of book arts
If you are reading this, you are probably a book lover like Julie Roy, a recent Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild’s Ottawa Valley Chapter member. In her statement, she explains that books furnished her childhood and inhabit her daily life; that even when she reaches her saturation point: closes them, puts or gives them away, doesn't want to see them anymore...there is always one that catches her eye, and she lets herself be charmed.
We all know that books inform, entertain, and can have sentimental value, but in our digital age, the book is also an evolving art form. Julie, like Charlotte Gunn, is a novice when it comes to the practice of the book arts.
Other CBBAG-OV members and friends are more experienced, such as Mary McIntyre, a book conservator, Rebecca Cowan, a book artist, and Larry Thompson, a skilled letterpress printer and wood engraver. This exhibit surveys works by people from a wide-range of backgrounds with various levels of expertise and knowledge in the book arts and related techniques. They cover the art of bookbinding, papermaking, calligraphy, letterpress printing and typography, wood engraving, paper decorating, boxmaking, restoration and conservation, artists' books, and book objects. Amongst this diversity and in their own words, these individuals demonstrate why the Book Arts are alive and well. What better way to commemorate the CBBAG Ottawa Valley Chapter's tenth anniversary!