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Sunday, May 12, 2019


The 24th annual Newport Paper and Book Arts Festival was held this past April.  Twenty-two of the 105 people listed in the roster of participants are members of NORBAG including four who were instructors. The three day event featured a great selection of both one and two day classes. Everything from eco-dyeing to paper bead making, various boxes to spirit houses, and paper decoration to different binding techniques were offered. There were several evening events where one could visit with other participants and view examples from the various workshops, check out the beautiful books and art at the Instructor's Exhibition, and listen to some featured speakers. We especially enjoyed hearing NORBAG member Margo Klass, talk about her Artist in Residence experience on Boulder Creek, Alaska with her husband Frank Soos. Following are photos contributed by Edge Gerring, Dolores Guffey, Bobbie Hayes and Bonnie Julien.

Margo Klass displays her book documenting her Artist in Residence
experience with her husband, Frank Soos.

Photographs, poetry, and journal entries are recorded in the little books
that fit into the empty niches and are displayed along with found objects
such as stones, bones, and wood.

The book is comprised of various boxes that
accordion fold together into a neat package.

 Spirit House workshop participants display their houses.

Dolores's house has an Asian decor.

Randi Parkhurst displays her house made with her hand painted papers.
She taught the Paper Bead making workshop.

Travel Kraft boxes before covering with decorative papers.

Bonnie's finished box

Dolores used her marbled paper to cover the top and trays.

Michele Kamprath's kraft box.
Kraft box by Mary Humphrey

Donna Gephart's Kraft box.

John Arbuckle was also an instructor and had this beautiful book
in the Instructor's Exhibit. His classes were Art Journal in a Pouch,

Vintage Letter Art Journal, and Bound Tunnel Book.

These gorgeous books in the Instructor's Exhibit show off the long stitch binding 
(Let the Spine Speak) taught by Connie Stricks, a member 
of the Northwoods Book Art Guild in Alaska.

Margo's entry in the Instructor's show featured the same box structure
she taught in a workshop and that she used for her Boulder Creek book seen above.

The colorful spines of Becky McAllister's books from Connie's class
definitely illustrate the title of the "Let the Spine Speak" workshop.

Michele Kamprath's beautiful books from Connie's workshop.

Beads by Mary Humphrey

Donna Gephart's book from Margo's class.

 Dianne Byington's lovely book from the Altered Book Journal workshop.

Dolores' miniature book with wood covers.
Eco-dyed papers by Becky McAllister

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