Sunday, July 15, 2018


Beautiful examples of book art are always on display in the Sherry Grover gallery upstairs at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA). Cynthia Sears, the curator of these exhibits, is the founder of BIMA and an avid collector of artist books. According to an article by Monica Wooten, "Sears believes this art form often takes on highly serious subjects and promotes conversations about interesting and sometimes difficult topics. 'Hand-made books allow you to explore at your own pace as you turn the pages and ponder what is being said and how the artist is expressing it...before having to put into words your feelings and thoughts.' Sears sees these books, unique and awesomely artistic, as catalysts for uncovering important feelings and thoughts and then leading to needed conversation." 

The following photographs are of books featured in the Chapter 13 Lyricism and Laughter exhibit that closed in June. 

The Chicken or the Egg by Deborah Peek

Deep in the Willow Woods

Two Books by Shane Miller

Emily Dickenson XXXVIII by Sam Garriott Antonacci

Altered State One by Elsi Vassdal Ellis

Some Things Fishy by Carolyn Terry

Drawing the Crow by NORBAG member Kathy Dickerson.

Ever and Ever: Telling Time by Grimm's by Barbara Berger

Cancelling Out by JoAnna Poehlmann

Tuesday, July 3, 2018


At the July workshop Dolores Guffey will teach us a Hedi Kyle structure with four pivoting panels. A great feature of this structure is that artwork can be shown on both the front and back of the panels since they pivot, or just on the fronts if so desired. The overall structure is 16" x 6" when fully extended, and 3 1/2" x 6" when closed.

Four Pivoting Panels

Materials to bring:

  • 1 piece Mi-Teintes, Fabriano, or paper of similar weight, 17" x 6" grain short (grain running the same direction as the 6" side)
  • 2 pieces Mi-Teintes, Fabriano, or paper of similar weight, 7" x 6" grain short (these will be the covers for the book). Please have these papers cut ahead of time.

Artwork for your panels:

  • Four rectangles 2 1/2" width x 3 1/8" high, to fit on panels, but won't cover the upper and lower pointed areas; OR four rectangles 2 1/2" wide x 4 1/4" high, which will be trimmed to cover the entire pivoting panel. Optionally, if you want to cover both sides of the panels, bring eight pieces of art in one of the two measurements you choose from above. Members who RSVP will be emailed diagrams which will show different examples of sizes and shapes for what will go on the panels.
  • Artwork suggestions: your own artwork, magazine illustrations, decorative papers, rubber stamped images, collage, calligraphy. The back side of the panels can be either artwork, text describing the front art, or left blank.

Tools to bring:

  • Craft knife with new blade (x-Acto, or similar cutting knife)
  • Cutting mat
  • Metal ruler
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Bone folder
  • Glue stick & scrap paper to work on

   Saturday, July 14, at noon

Where:  Eureka Methodist Church, Del Norte & F Streets
Bring:    See above list
Cost:     50 cents for instructions and templates
RSVP:    YES, by July 9 to Dolores, her contact information is in the newsletter