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March 8, 2012 | Margery Hellmann

The Book Arts Guild is saddened to report that Margery Hellmann passed away the night of March 6, peacefully, on a beautiful clear, cold, moonlit and star filled night.  Her deep commitment to the book arts community will be missed but her amazing artists' books will stand forever as thoughtful, intelligent and meaningful examples of the best work in the field.

Margery was a founding member of The Book Arts Guild and worked on its behalf for over 30 years in so many thoughtful and productive ways. Margery was a model and inspiration and leaves a great and unfillable hole.  We all mourn her loss.

If any member has a recollection of Margery that might be shared with her colleagues and family, I would be happy to have them.  Please send them to

Sandra Kroupa

Remembrances may be made to:  The University of Washington Foundation, Margery S. Hellmann Memorial Fund for Book Arts; Book Arts and Rare Book Curator; Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries, Box 352900, Seattle, WA 98195-2900.  Attn.:  Sandra Kroupa.  The money collected will be used to acquire work by artists who meld literature and the book form in imaginative ways as always Margery did.

This message was sent on March 7 to the Guild's members:

With great sadness, I let you know that long-time Book Arts Guild member Margery Hellmann passed away March 6. Margery had a recurrence of cancer last year, treatment during the fall, and hospice care at home for several weeks. Throughout this period, she had the best of care from her devoted family and medical providers.

Those of you who knew Marge will recall her service to and participation in the Book Arts Guild throughout its history. She anchored many a Board meeting with quiet clear thinking and common sense.

Margery's body of artists books, sensitively conceived and exquisitely produced, will ensure that her perceptions continue to inspire.

Should you wish to send condolences to Margery's husband Don Hellmann, or her family, the address is: 3027 Perkins Lane West, Seattle, WA 98199

Kate Leonard
Book Arts Guild Secretary

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February 3, 2012 | Elsi Vassdal Ellis exhibit at Sandy

BAG member Elsi Vassdal Ellis has a one-person show at 23 Sandy Gallery in Portland February 3- March 10, 2012.  Here is what gallery owner Laura Russell has to say about this amazing artist :

You may remember Elsi Vassdal Ellis from our most recent book arts show, "Uncommon Threads". Her two books in the show were smash hits and both titles sold out. Elsi holds a very distinguished record here at 23 Sandy: she has been juried into every single juried book arts show we have produced since we opened nearly five years ago. She even won the "Gallery Choice Award" for our "Pop-up Now"show. We are thrilled to honor her with a solo show of her thought-provoking work.

Elsi Vassdal Ellis teaches design production and book arts at Western Washington University. She established EVE Press in 1983 she has produced over 95 editions and 120 unique books employing a variety of reproduction techniques and materials. Her work is permanently housed in many public collections including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, New York City Public Library, Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, Grabhorn Collection in the San Francisco Public Library, and Arts of the Book Collection in the Yale University Library.  The University of Washington Libraries owns all Elsi's edition work and several one-of-a-kinds--over 65 pieces.

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July 28, 2011 | Member Website Links & Flickr


As proposed in May 2010, the Book Arts Guild website has a page of links to members' book arts related sites. You will find it by clicking the Members' on this website.

From here you can link to a rich variety of members' work. Learn about what people do; connect with others; get and give inspiration!

Linking to this page is a benefit of membership in BAG. If you would like to link your website or blog whose main focus relates to book arts, please contact Fruma Shrensel at

BAG also has a Flickr site, to which you may add images.

Link to it from the BAG web site or go directly to  On the Flickr site you will also find images from BAG's past events, lectures and workshops. Look for yourself and your friends over the last 31 + years of The Book Arts Guild!

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April 24, 2011 | Newsworthy David Myhre, Bookbinder

BAG Member David Myhre was profiled in a Seattle Times front page article which ran on Sunday, April 24, 2011. Myhre had operated his Duckabush Bindery at Port Ludlow since 1978, providing hand bookbinding and repair. Read the article and see the accomplanying video at

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April 20, 2010 | Jane Cunningham honored

Founding BAG member, printer and binder Jane Cunningham as been in the national news for her service as a WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) during World War II.  She posthumously received the Congressional Gold Medal in a ceremony at the Capitol on March 10, among the approximately 1,100 who were the first U.S. women military pilots.  Of these, three hundred are still alive.  Some of us remember the miniature insignia/wings that Jane always wore on a neck chain!

The WASP flew non-combat, military missions in the U.S. including ferrying planes and towing aerial targets.  They were considered to be civilians but were finally awarded veteran status in 1977.

The Congressional Gold Medal has existed since the American Revolution and is the highest honor that Congress can give to a civilian or group of civilians for distinguished achievements and contributions.  It was awarded to the Navajo Code Talkers in 2000 and to the Tuskegee Airmen in 2006.

Well done, Jane!

Jane was known for her enthusiasm, hard work and willingness to try anything.  She was a valued member of the Book Arts Guild for many years and we thank Margery Hellmann for providing this tribute.

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