Welcome to the Book Arts Guild.  in 1979 a small group of book binders, papermakers and printers started the Guild and it is now the largest, longest lived, active book arts group in the Pacific Northwest.  With over 300 members, BAG reflects the wide variety of arts and crafts sheltered under the book arts umbrella. We've hosted hundreds of lectures by major artists from all over the world, coordinated many workshops with master artists and craftspeople, supported exhibitions, and been active in regional book fairs throughout the group's history. 

On this website you will find upcoming events, both hosted by the Guild and those of interest to its members, and an archive of past activities.   You will find photographs from workshops, exhibits, studio visits and lectures illustrating the wide variety of events BAG has sponsored throughout its history.   Please join us.  Our $20 annual dues are a bargain to attend our monthly meetings with visiting artists specializing in a wide range of media, forms and content.  Take this opportunity to support the book arts regionally and nationally. Join us!!


Latest News

Louis Collins, Man of Books

Louis Collins, Man of Books

January 10, 2018

The Book Arts Guild is sad to report that one of our great supporters, Louis Collins, passed away January 2nd, while walking a friend's dog. Louis, who managed the Antiquarian Book Fair in Seattle for many years, donated an informational booth to the Book Arts Guild every year. He was an enthusiastic book lover, in all of its forms, and enjoyed stopping by our booth to see what our members were up to. I'll miss his quizzical look that said "this is a book?" Through his inclusion of BAG in the Antiquarian Book Fair he helped us expose many new people to the genre of Artists' Books, and for our restoration and repair members to make connections with collectors. His family reports that a memorial service will take place later in the year. 
 
https://www.thestranger.com/slog/2018/01/04/25677323/washington-booksellers-remember-louis-collins-one-of-the-best-bookmen-in-the-northwest
 
http://www.seattlereviewofbooks.com/notes/2018/01/03/louis-collins-a-titan-of-the-antiquarian-books-scene-has-passed-away/

Mare Blocker, Book Arts Guild President