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2010 Member News

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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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January 28, 2010 | Mare Blocker voted BAG President

Mare Blocker, long-time book artist and teacher, currently book arts faculty member at Whitman College in Walla Walla was voted 2010 Book Arts President at the first BAG Board meeting of the year. Mare has been BAG President before, a number of years ago. She becomes the first BAG President to commute across the entire state to attend meetings.

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January 17, 2010 | Suzanne Moore & Don Glaister speak

BAG members Suzanne Moore & Don Glaister lectured as part of the Vashon Allied Arts Arts & Humanities Series.  Their lecture was titled "The Art of the Book--Divergent Perspectives".  Their lecture was well received and well attended.  Suzanne & Don gave slide lectures and then showed work including a new collaborative piece recently commissioned that features 10 songs by Dylan.

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January 17, 2010 | Book Arts Coll. Gets Iron Hand Press

On January 17, Carl Montford & a group of wonderful volunteers delivered a Reliance iron hand press to Special Collections and to very happy curator Sandra Kroupa.  The press was picked up in two long trips back & forth to Portland and it was all brought to UW on Sunday.  There will be more work in completing putting it back together and polishing it up.  Carl is donating the press to the Libraries, restoring it and teaching Sandra to print on it.  Can there be a better friend?  Thanks to all the folks to helped accomplish this, especially to Carl who is truly one of the greatest EVER.  Sandra has named Carl the Johnny Appleseed of Printing Presses.  Thank you Carl for making one of Sandra's wildest dreams come true.

Volunteer press movers & assemblers

Carl Montford, Russ Wiecking, Kate Fernandez, Neil Peck, Laura Bentley, Preston Briggs, Marya Silvermale, Peter Newland, Patricia Halsell & Murray Sampson

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January 12, 2010 | Share BAG's History

On December 3rd BAG had the 2nd 30th anniversary party but we're still looking for images of our past events to add to Sandra's slide show that will surely be presented again.  If you have any photographs, slides, projects you did in a BAG workshop or any other memorabilia related to The Book Arts Guild, we would love to have you share them with us.  Our intent is to continue to provide an extensive archive of past BAG events to both record our history and to show the Guild's long standing contributions to the regional book arts community.  Please dig in your closets, studios and scrapbooks and see what you can find.  We are happy to borrow items to scan or photograph and return them or to add them to the official Book Arts Guild Archive at the University of Washington Libraries.

Please send us a message to the email attached to this website to make arrangements.