WNYBAC’s newest exhibition: The Log Lines

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Jill Kambs, detail.

by: Volunteer Blogger Richard Wade

The new year is nearly a month old, and the winter weather is leaving many Buffalonians cooped up in their homes, not wanting to endure the harsh temperatures. We’ve become accustomed to frigid, freezing weather. As January is quickly coming to an end, bundle up in your warmest coat and make your way to Western New York Book Arts Center to enjoy some beautiful art. The exhibition, titled The Log Lines, features the art of Jill Kambs and Timothy Frerichs. The opening reception will be held on Friday January 29th from 6-9pm at Western New York Book Arts Center, located at 468 Washington Street in downtown Buffalo.

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Jill Kambs, detail.

This exhibition will showcase artist books and prints from two artists with Midwestern ties. Both Frerichs and Kambs completed their graduate work at The University of Iowa. The work on display is inspired by the industrial agriculture that dominated the landscape of the Midwest. The work of each artist engages in investigating human interaction and impact on the environment.

Kambs’ and Frerichs’ show is the first in the 5 x 12 series at WNYBAC, a NYSCA-funded year-long residency that features five artists over the course of twelve months. Gallery hours are 12-6pm Wednesday-Saturday. Admission to the gallery is always free. If you would like any more information, please visit wnybookarts.org or call 716-348 1430. We hope to see you there!

 

 

 

 

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Jill Kambs, detail.

8th Annual Last Minute Panic Holiday Marketplace

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Friday, December 18th / 4-8pm & Saturday, December 19th / 12-6pm

468 Washington Street in downtown Buffalo
Free & open to the public

Over 40 vendors on BOTH floors of the Book Arts Center! Purchase unique, quality handmade goods from housewares, knitwear, and jewelry to hand-printed greeting cards & posters.  You will be sure to find loads of thoughtful last minute gifts perfect for giving…or hoarding!

NEW THIS YEAR!…We will be running a print-your-own holiday card workshop in our basement studio! Print cards for all your family & friends, suggested donation $1 a print.

Make your handmade gifts look even more special! Custom gift wrapping will be available by WNYBAC volunteers, suggested $5 donation.

Featured Artists in the Marketplace include:

C Designs and Illustrations, Studio Hart, Papercraft Miracles, Sunnyoutside Press, West Side Stitchery, Love Canal Press, JJK Crafts, Vintango, Ginametrical Designs, Wells College Book Arts Center, Smith & Park Co, The Owlery, Petrichorpaper, owllamode, Deconstructed Designs, Dana Saylor, Mike West, Nicole Cooke, Everyday Earthware, Lady Fingers Handmade, Harumo Sato, Phyr Studios, Junco Press, Amy’s Felted Vessels, Moon Rabbit Press, Rust Belt Designs, Alex Rubin, Weathered Heather, Fox and Hammer, The Fossil Craft, Douglas Levere, Joyfulenergy Jewelry, Jessica Gadra-Illustrator, Buffalo Architectural Prints, UB Department of Print Media, Linda & Bob Collingnon, Huurman’s Handmade, Aitina Fareed-Cooke, Buffalo Heritage & Citybration, Sunrae Love Jewelry & many many more!

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Holiday Shopping Guide: Last Minute Panic!

by Volunteer Blogger Richard Wade

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The holidays are fast approaching. With less than a two weeks until Christmas, people are scrambling to find the perfect gifts for all their friends and family members. Gift giving doesn’t have to be difficult. Don’t battle long lines at the nearest shopping mall, only to leave empty-handed.

The Western New York Book Arts Center can handle all of your holiday shopping needs. On Friday December 18th from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday December 19th from 12-6 p.m., the 8th Annual Last Minute Holiday Panic will take place. Located at 468 Washington Street in downtown Buffalo, Western New York Book Arts Center will host over 45 vendors from across the region. Various handmade gifts from vendors will include jewelry, posters, knitwear, and many more items.

New to the holiday sale this year is the ability to print your own holiday cards. Instead of buying the same hallmark card everyone else buys at a big-box store, you can use one of our antique Vandercook printing presses to print a greeting card, all for a suggested donation of $1. If wrapping all those presents isn’t your specialty, we can take care of that for you as well. For a suggested donation of $5, WNYBAC volunteers will be on hand to offer assistance and tackle those gift wrapping conundrums.

Giving the right gift can make the right impression. An original and thoughtful gift will go a long way to gaining extra brownie points from your significant other. Here are just a few of the vendors who will be on hand this Friday and Saturday:

  • Love Canal Press
  • The Owlery
  • Lady Fingers Handmade
  • Sunrae Love Jewelry
  • Moon Rabbit Press
  • Deconstructed Designs
  • ButterBlock (just in case you’re hungry for delicious hand-made pastries, croissants, and cookies!)

Make sure you clear your calendar this coming Friday and Saturday. Still looking for a gift, you will likely find it here at WNYBAC. If you have any questions, you can call 716-348-1430 or visit wnybookarts.org for more information. We hope to see you there!

Our newest exhibition: ‘Translation: the work of Jozef Bajus and Olga Bajusova’

by Intern Blogger Richard Norman Wade

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Being a prominent artist is certainly open to interpretation. Art is in the eye of the beholder, and the audience will always see something different. There are museums all over the world, each containing various works of art.

As part of the ongoing exhibition series at the Western New York Book Arts Center, located at 468 Washington Street in downtown Buffalo, the opening reception for Translation: The work of Jozef Bajus and Olga Bajusova took place on Friday November 13, 2015 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

The exhibition showcases Bajus’ intriguing sculptural works alongside his late wife’s whimsical story and magazine illustrations, creating a cohesive installation of the book in many forms. While Bajus’ work searches for textures and shapes outside relation to the written text, Bajusova’s work directly relates to the written word it accompanies.
However different, at the heart of each artist’s work is the shared ability to act as translator-to transform what is given, finding new meaning and poetic clarity in raw material.

Bajus currently serves as an Associate Professor of Design and he is the Coordinator of the Fibers program at Buffalo State College. His work has been showcased at various museums in Europe, Canada, and The United States.

Olga Bujasova began her career as an illustrator of children’s books, eventually publishing over 30 books, exhibiting her work in various countries, including Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, and Slovenia. She earned many awards, including the Most Beautiful Book of the Year Award in Czechoslovakia in 1987. She married Jozef Bajus after she graduated in the mid-1980s. Her collaboration on an animated children’s film named Strigonove Vianoce, or The Chrismas Wizard was published in 1991, and is still shown to this day every year in Slovakia and the Czech Republic as a Christmas favorite. Olga passed away on November 18, 2012.

If you have questions regarding the exhibition please visit wnybookarts.org for more information. The arts community is vibrant and alive in Buffalo. Come and enjoy the work of a renowned, local artist.

Get a little Type-sy with us at Liquor & Letterpress!

by Intern Blogger Richard Wade

L&LWNYBACBecoming engaged in the community where you reside is important to remain aware of your surroundings. The City of Buffalo has always had a diverse set of cultural institutions, allowing citizens to become immersed in various artistic endeavors. One stalwart of the arts community, WNYBAC, will be holding their inaugural Liquor & Letterpress Fundraiser on Saturday November 7, 2015 from 6-9 p.m. at 468 Washington Street in downtown Buffalo. The event will serve as a fundraiser to benefit programming at the Western New York Book Arts Center.

Individuals can participate in a variety of letterpress demos by WNYBAC members and volunteers, including the following, all on antique printing presses:

- Postcards
- Coasters
- Posters
- Notebooks
- Cards
- and much more!!

There will be guest mixologists on hand to make specialty cocktails to accompany food from local restaurants. After enjoying a drink and some excellent food, you can take advantage of the art auction and purchase a great piece of art to adorn the walls of your home or apartment.

Be sure to follow the even on social media by keeping up with WNYBAC! Like us on Facebook & follow us on Twitter (@WNYBAC) and Instagram (@wnybookartscenter) for Liquor & Letterpress updates, announcements & giveaways!

Tickets for the evening are $35 for individuals and $50 for a pair. There are also non-profit group discount rates available. All proceeds will benefit Western New York Book Arts Center’s mission to provide a greater understanding of printing and book-related arts through education, creation, and exhibitions for a broad and diverse community. You can purchase tickets at the Western New York Book Arts Center or by phone (716-348-1430) during our open hours, Wednesday-Saturday 12-6pm,  or online following this link.

About the author: Richard Wade is a 2009 graduate of Buffalo State College, earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. He is a voracious reader who also enjoys collecting vinyl and attending concerts. 

Opening tomorrow: Dana Saylor, Confluence: Collision of Form

by Intern Blogger Richard Wade

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Dana Saylor as a part of Park(ing) Day, a worldwide event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces, or temporary public places.

The City of Buffalo has always been home to engaged and involved citizens with a strong sense of community. When a problem presents itself, there is an individual ready to address the situation.

Dana Saylor is just that type of person. Her resume would make one believe she never sleeps and works twenty four hours day, but that isn’t the case. Saylor has experience as a published author, public speaker, researcher, local historian, genealogist, and activist. She lives and works in Buffalo, New York.

Those accomplishments are all quite impressive, but it will be her artistic endeavors on display when the calendar strikes September 5th. Confluence: Collision of Form will be Saylor’s first solo exhibition in three years. An opening reception will take place at Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington Street, from 6-9pm. Her show is the fourth in the 5 x 12 series at WNYBAC which features five artists over the course of twelve months, made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature.

The show will unveil her evolution from “hardcore preservation purist” to “creative placemaker.” The show will feature new works in watercolor and pen & ink that explore the architectural timeline of Buffalo from the Victorian era to the end of the Modern era. Aside from the exhibition, Saylor will also host two free artist’s workshops that will bring participants on a plain air walking session in downtown Buffalo on Saturday October 3 & October 10 at 12-2pm. Preregistration is required to participate. You can register online here for the here for the October 3rd walk & here for the October 10th walk.

For more information about Dana, please visit http://www.danasaylor.com/

If you have any other questions, please visit www.wnybookarts.org/exhibitions or by calling 716-348-1430.

Hip Pocket Books at WNYBAC

by Intern Blogger Richard Wade

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The ideas we receive each day come from various aspects of our daily lives. A painter might become inspired to create their next piece of artwork while people watching on a Sunday afternoon. Hip Pocket Books was born when two friends strolled down Allen Street in the Spring of 2003. Founders Brian VanRemmen and Brian McMahon needed an outlet to distribute the deluge of poetry each of them had written, so Hip Pocket Books was created. “We were both generating prodigious amounts of poetry that we wanted to collect and distribute,” VanRemmen said.

The pair didn’t want to deal with the mainstream journals that seemed to cater to a more academic style of writing. “We were resistant to the idea of ass-kissing our way into the good graces of the established avant-garde publishing houses and literary journals with which we were familiar,” VanRemmen said. “We perceived the work they showcased to be overly cerebral and therefore inaccessible to most nonacademic readers.”

20150825_125405 20150825_125421As any author or poet can attest, submitting their work to a literary journal can be a mind-numbing and arduous task. You are often required to submit a letter of inquiry, and some journals will only receive submissions during certain reading periods. “We perceived Hip Pocket as a nonconformist, do-it-yourself imprint that would inexpensively publish small, pocket-size books filled with our own experimental yet accessible scribblings,” VanRemmen said.

The goal of any organization is to succeed, and Hip Pocket books is doing just that. Since their inception in 2003, both McMahon and VanRemmen have collaborated in creating a non-profit that caters to poets and authors alike. The literary and art review named Denim Skin, based in Brooklyn, is a joint venture that VanRemmen co-edits with Michael Demyan. “Brian and I carefully read all potential magazine contributions both independently and collaboratively,” VanRemmen said. “DenimSkin is an outlet for publishing the new and underrepresented of America’s underground poets, storytellers, and visual artists, who create in defiance of conventional form and content.”

20150825_125251A litany of awards might indicate the success of an individual or company, but VanRemmen and McMahon don’t share that same viewpoint. “Success is nebulous,” said VanRemmen. “We operate under the philosophy that what makes humans unique among species is our capacity for creativity and complex communication. We consider all humans artists, and we encourage all participants in our creative community to reach out and evangelize. Our publications are vehicles for accomplishing this. Success is expanding in whatever way we can the artistic consciousness of our species. The greater the extent to which more people consider themselves the authors of their own lives and the coauthors of humanity’s future, the better the future will be for human individuals, human society, and the planet as a whole.”

The team at Hip Pocket Books has created a community of like-minded artists who are all determined to advance in the literary world. An inner drive to achieve success is very evident after reading any of the various works produced by their community of writers, poets, and storytellers.

Richard Wade is a 2009 graduate of Buffalo State College, earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. He is a voracious reader who also enjoys collecting vinyl and attending concerts. 

Amidst Construction, 4th Annual Buffalo BookFest

Written by Intern Blogger Richard Wade

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Concerts, construction, and canalside development are three of the most prevalent things happening in the City of Buffalo these days. While citizens will gladly listen to one of the many musical performances throughout the city, construction has been a rather a sour subject of sorts for a long time-especially along Main Street in Downtown Buffalo.

Instead of battling the construction blues, make time for the Fourth Annual Buffalo BookFest at Western New York Book Arts Center. The event will take place Saturday July 18, 2015 from 11am-6pm, amidst some heavy construction along Main Street.

Just a few of the planned activities will include:

- Day-long workshops on letterpress and printmaking techniques (check the Event page for the full schedule!)

- A handmade marketplace featuring the work of local artists and vendors

- Steamroller printmaking: A huge hunk of motorized metal making prints the old-fashioned way

- Food trucks to quell your growling stomach: (716) Club House & The Flaming Fish

For more info, check out the Events page! If you need more information, please send an email to rosemary@wnybookarts.org or call 716-348-1430. We look forward to seeing you there!

Richard Wade is a 2009 graduate of Buffalo State College, earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. He is a voracious reader who also enjoys collecting vinyl and attending concerts. 

Summer Book Arts Camp at WNYBAC!

Written by Intern Blogger Richard Wade

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Summer Camp is a tradition for many children across the country. Learning new skills and enjoying the outdoors while basking in the sunshine is a recipe for fun. One of the drawbacks of summer camps is the humidity, and bugs. Nobody likes getting sunburned or getting a bug bite.

Instead of battling the sun and all those pesky mosquitos, kids can enroll in the Summer Book Arts Camp at Western New York Book Arts Center. Beginning on July 6, 2015 from 1-4 p.m., kids ranging in age from 7-13 can participate in numerous activities led by community artists. Some of those activities include:

  • Letterpress and Screenprinting (T-Shirts)
  • Origami bookmaking & hand-stitched journals
  • Altering books & Book Sculptures
  • Button making
  • Block printing
  • Plus more to be announced!

The summer book arts camp will take place on Monday July 6, 2015 to Friday July 10, 2015. The camp will run from 1-4 p.m. on each of those days.

And for returning campers, don’t fear! We’re doing something a little different this year! In an effort to keep things interesting & the campers engaged, we have created a new & exciting curriculum this summer. Different projects include linoleum block carving & printing, origami Blizzard Books,  hardcover journal making, a collaborative Letterpress poster project, and more. We will still keep the Screenprinted T-Shirt activity, however!

Children are to be dropped off between 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. No children can be dropped off before 12:30 p.m. They are required to bring their own lunch each day, but snacks and water will be provided. The cost to attend the five-day camp is $175 per child for members of WNYBAC and $200 for non-members. Pre-payment is required for all workshops at WNYBAC. A cancellation fee of $25 will be assessed if cancelled less than 1 week ahead of the workshop. Cancellations with less than 48 hours will not receive a refund. Sold out classes will accept a waiting list.

If you would like more information on the aforementioned program, please contact info@wnybookarts.org or call 716-348-1430.

Richard Wade is a 2009 graduate of Buffalo State College, earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. He is a voracious reader who also enjoys collecting vinyl and attending concerts.

 

 

The Pharmacist’s Mate, a review by intern blogger Richard Wade.

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There aren’t many books quite like The Pharmacist’s Mate by Amy Fusselman. The debut novel, published in 2001, combines true story narrative, musical reference, and journal entries compiled from her father’s World War II journal. The narrator’s father was the Purser-Pharmacists Mate on the Liberty Ship George E. Pickett during World War II.

At only 86 pages in length, you will likely finish the book in an hour or two. Don’t confuse the overall short length with being easy to read. The medical terminology used by the author confused me at several points, especially when the she describes the process of getting fertility shots. Luteinizing hormone, or LH for short, is a natural gonadotropin that encourages follicle growth.

Multiple trips to the fertility doctor encompass the majority of the novel. Fusselman makes repeated trips to the doctor, hoping (and often praying) to become pregnant while dealing with the grief following the death of her father.

The wry sense of humor Fusselman employs is a welcoming addition to an otherwise difficult book. It doesn’t follow a plot like most books, adding to the learning curve. The memorable lines throughout this book will make the reader trudge through the scientific vocabulary. The author describes listening to The Rolling Stones song, She’s So Cold. “Mick sings it like he has an itchy crotch. I love that. But I want to sing it, I’ve been trying to sing it, like someone who finds they are alive.”

When a book happens to mention a song from my favorite band, I chalk it up as a win, even though the thought of childbirth scares me to death.

 

Richard Wade is a 2009 graduate of Buffalo State College, earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. He is a voracious reader who also enjoys collecting vinyl and attending concerts.