Category Archives: Art of the Book

Travelling, juried exhibitions from the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild.

Art of the Book 2013

Karen Kunc, Fractured Terrain
Karen Kunc, Fractured Terrain

November 22, 2013 – March 24, 2014

Legacy Maltwood (at Mearns Centre – McPherson Library)

Art of the Book 2013 both embodies and defies the traditional definition of what a book can be. The content ranges from calligraphy to blackout poetry, while the books take on imaginative forms such as luggage-style tags or DNA’s double helix. Drawing from ancient techniques, the artists have represented a full history of book making, including the modern e-book. Organized by the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild, this 30th anniversary juried exhibit features award winning work from some of the best makers in Canada and the United States.

A companion exhibit of the 31st annual Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada is featured in the adjacent McPherson Library Special Collections Reading Room from October 28 – November 29.


On November 25, 2013 an opening reception was held to great success. Two local CBBAG members gave a guided tour of the exhibition and Caroline Riedel spoke about the exhibition.

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Art of the Book 2008


The Lord God Made Them All, Cathy Berg, 2007

October 16, 2010 – January 5, 2011

Legacy Maltwood (at Mearns Centre – McPherson Library)

Curated by Susan Corrigan and Shelagh Smith

This traveling exhibit, presented by the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild, features 78 works by 70 artists from Canada, the United States and Japan. The Art of Book ’08 celebrates the 25th anniversary of the CBBAG and marks their fifth juried exhibition.

The range of work is from the traditional to cutting edge contemporary. The depth of exploration and experimentation of contemporary book arts is amply exemplified. The result makes for a visually interesting, intellectually stimulating, and a very exciting exhibition. The book’s iconic role in society, along with its distinctly material, physical, ‘objectness’, has attracted practitioners from a broad range of disciplines. The cross-fertilization that results is unique.

“A main goal of the Art of the Book exhibitions is to acquaint the public with what the book arts are, how diverse the work is within the book arts, and the high level of work being done – aesthetically, technically, and conceptually,” says co-curator of the exhibition Susan Corrigan.

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Book Arts Mosaic & Millenium in a Box

Peter Sramek, Burning: il cuore aperto
Peter Sramek, Burning: il cuore aperto

October 6, 2007 – January 10, 2008

Legacy Maltwood (at Mearns Centre – McPerson Library)

In celebration of the new millennium the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artist Guild (CBBAG) put on two exhibitions in 2007-08.

A Book Arts Mosaic features 25 pieces by 38 Canadian book artists portrayed in media as diverse as handmade papers, wood, leather, cotton, and photographs. This group of work focuses on the ethnic and cultural diversity of Canada. The collection includes pieces which are delightful or beautiful, moving or inspiring, amusing or thought provoking, and in toto provide ideas and stimulation, suitable for a wide viewing public and for students and instructors. The collection was conceived to present the great variety of techniques and materials used by members of the Canadian book arts community. Included are examples of structures such as of accordian, tunnel, miniature, Coptic, Japanese stab binding, open lectern, and Chinese whirlwind books, as well as pamphlets and broadsides. Techniques include handmade paper with and without watermarks, calligraphy, blind tooling, incised decoration, paper decorating, letterpress, printing, linocut, hand printed lithography, xylography, wax resist, collage and many contemporary techniques and technologies such as machine perforation, polyester resin casting, digital printing on film, digitized photographs, offset printing, giclée printing and computer layout.

Participants in A Book Arts Mosaic include: Jocelyne Aird-Bélanger, Walter Bachinski & Janis Butler (Shanty Bay Press), Joe Blades, Ingrid Hein Borch, Sara Butt, Susan Carr, Stephanie Dean-Moore, Karen & Geoffrey Hewett, Susan Warner Keene, Trisha Klus, Clarissa Lewis & Lise Melhorn-Boe, Judy Martin, Anne Graham McTaggart, Cathryn Miller, Micheline Montgomery, Jane Morgan, Akemi Nishidera, the Ottawa Press Gang, Rob Richards, Anik See, Shelagh Smith, Peter Sramek, Ann Stinner, Judith Welbourne & Derek Chung, Robert Wu, Joan Byers, Dorothy Field & Virginia Porter.

Millennium in a Box features 35 Canadian book artists’ interpretation of where the new millennium may lead, whether technically, socially or personally, and where the book arts may go. This exhibit features a similarly wide range of binding styles including tunnel, miniature, origami and concertina books.

Participants in Millenium in a Box included: Tara Bryan, Linda Brine, Susan Mills, Robin E. Muller, Jocelyn Aird-Bélanger, Hélèn Francoeur, Reg Beatty, Sigrid Blohm, Wendy Cain, Ian D. Clark, Mira Coviensky, Rebecca Cowan, Marion Cox, Holly Dean, Lise Melhourn-Boe, Dan Mezza, William Rueter, Shelagh Smith, Ted Snider, Alan Stein, Don Taylor, George Walker, Mercedes Cirfi Walton, Janet Carroll, Larraine Douglas, Matha Cole, Kathryn Hamre, Kristina Komendant, Lindley McDougall, Carolyn C. Qualle, Brian Queen, Pamela Barlow Brooks, Dorothy Field, Derek Cowan & Priscilla Tetley, and Ann Vicente.

Art of the Book 2003

September 19 – November 2, 2003

Legacy Maltwood (at Mearns Centre – McPherson Library)

This was the fourth juried members’ exhibit by the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild. Among dozens of books exhibited, there were miniature books, pop-ups, cut-outs, three dimensional architecture, and hand bound books.

Its a convergence of modern art and traditional bookmaking.

-Gayle Garlock, Friends of UVic Libraries

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