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2009 Member News

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October 14, 2009 | Chandler O'Leary Exhibit

Mnemonic Sampler, new work by Chandler O'Leary. 

University Gallery, Ingram Hall, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington

14 October - 11 November, 2009

Opening reception Wednesday October 14, 5-7 pm

Regular gallery hours Monday-Friday 8 am - 4 pm

Mnemonic Sampler, an abecedary of monoprints, collects and files our household icons, gathered together like the stitched and quilted samplers of our mothers and grandmothers.  The hand-stitched alphabet enumerates our trappings, shuffling our collective domestic inventory like the old card game of Memory.  Each symbol is familiar; each object is Ours, whether we actually possess it or not.  Together they sketch out a Home--real or imagined; longed-for or spurned; past, present, or future.

For more information call 253.535.7573 or email soac@plu.edu

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July 3, 2009 | Jessica Spring Exhibition

The Horse Show is an installation of BAG member Jessica Spring's newest artist book at 23 Sandy Gallery in Portland, Oregon.  The exhibit runs from July 3-August 1, 2009 and there is an reception for the artist Friday July 10.  There will also be an artist talk and hands-on letterpress demo on Saturday August 1 at 4:00 PM.  The hours of the gallery are Thursday-Saturday 12-6 and by appointment.

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June 14, 2009 | BAG Launches New Website!

As a special birthday present to ourselves on our 30th year as a community, we are pleased to launch our new website. Heartfelt thanks to current BAG president Carl Montford for really getting the fire going. To current and recent BAG Board members for all the work and planning that was needed to achieve our goals—Mare Blocker, Joan Christ, Joan Cawley Crane, Margery Hellmann, Sandra Kroupa, Kate Leonard, Carl Montford, Chandler O'Leary, Nan Robkin, Fruma Shrensel, Jessica Spring, Bonnie Thompson Norman, and Jenny Wilkson—we are most grateful! We also wish to thank our wonderful web developer Matthew Fordham. We could not have done it without you. 


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May 29, 2009 | Remembering Larry Sommers

Larry Sommers was a long time member of the Book Arts Guild & was president of BAG for several years through some the group’s most difficult times.  With his humor, even-handed approach, personal integrity & charm he could handle any situation.  Larry died on April 2, 2009 at the age of 55 of heart attack in Chicago while attending a printmaking conference.  Larry taught printmaking & papermaking & was Instructional Technician in the School of Art at the University of Washington.  A celebration of his life was held on May 29, 2009.  See the BAG events page for details.