What is WNYBAC?!

By: Branwyn (our fabulously awesome Intern)

Hi! I see you’ve stumbled across our blog. We have big plans for filling you in on all the different ins and outs of what makes our organization special, but first here’s who we are and a little bit of history about ourselves.

(Our home way back when)

We are WNYBAC, short for Western New York Book Arts Center, more commonly known as just the “Book Arts Center,” but we call ourselves WNYBAC. (Pronounced Winnie Back). You can think of it like a girl’s name. You know, if Back wasn’t a super weird last name that probably nobody actually has.

Anyway, that’s our name. But our name doesn’t explain what the heck a book arts center is. Basically, we here at the WNYBAC love all things books and printing related, and offer a wide variety of services to the Buffalo community centered around these two passions.


(Photo creds to our friends at Buffalo Rising)

We began in 2007 with just two founders, including Rich Kegler, our Executive Director emeritus, and three board members, all with a desire to preserve manual printing. We’ve called 468 Washington St., in the heart of downtown Buffalo, home since 2008. We pride ourselves on being the only spot in the immediate Western New York area to offer such a large extent of printing services and printing/art related workshops and programming all in one spot. (Keep an eye out for future blog posts in which I’ll explain all those things I just mentioned!)

(Looks like somebody’s learning to screenprint)

Primarily, we are a community spot, accessible to all! We hold artist exhibitions throughout the year in the gallery area of our space that are always free and open to the public.

(Oh look, a gallery opening!)

We are a place where Buffalo’s creative souls of all ages can come together to work and share ideas. We are WNYBAC.

Now here’s the people who make this place awesome:


Gail Nicholson – Executive Director

An artistic soul, Gail found out about WNYBAC through other artists in her community. She says her favorite part about working here is meeting new and interesting people with a wide range of artistic skills. If she could be any piece of printing equipment, she would be the colorful ink we use so often here at WNYBAC. She loves the reds and oranges because they’re her favorite colors and are uplifting and positive.




Rosemary Williams – Program Director

Rosemary discovered WNYBAC when she was searching for a college internship, and one of her professors at UB mentioned the place. She remembers stalking the website before she started here, and quickly falling in love with the environment and our mission. Her favorite part about working here is the smell when you’re the first one in in the morning. She describes it as the smell of warm dust and ink, and says its one of her favorites. If Rose could be any piece of printing equipments, she would be what we call “furniture.” Furniture is used to hold type in place, and she views it as the “unsung hero” of printing because it holds everything together, but you never actually see it printed.



Melissa Rechin – Retail Manager

Melissa first learned about WNYBAC at the Allen West Arts Festival, and soon after she started volunteering, which lead to a full time position. Her favorite part about working here is that she can come to work everyday in a creative environment where she can be herself. She also loves that the staff all shares the same love for caffeine. If Mel could be any piece of printing equipment she would be a squeegee, because they are used for so many different things, and also because the word is just really fun to say.


Bye for now. Hope you enjoyed WNYBAC’s very first blog post and learned a little something about our organization. Stay tuned for another update next month! 🙂

Interning at WNYBAC

By Cache Petters-Matthews, English senior at Medaille College. 

As my second day interning at WNYBAC comes to a close, I realize I made an amazing decision when I chose to apply here for an internship. I wanted to learn more about printing and the art community in Buffalo, and I am already learning so much despite it being my second Saturday here.

Cache_Blog_PressPhotoBoth times I was able to utilize the printing press. Something I’ve only learned about in history class was before my eyes! It was amazing, and the wonder of the printing press still hasn’t left me. I made seemingly simple art crafts on the printing press: the shop bags, and notepaper with minor design. There are many fonts to use, and endless creative ways to express yourself at WNYBAC. For the shop bags, myself and another intern chose our type and created our forme, and using the printing press we imprinted on the bag. Cache_Blog_MechBag      It was my first time ever using one and I fell in love.

I talk about this place always to my friends and family, and will certainly be bringing them to any events or workshops in the future. I urge you all to do the same! It’s fun and allows for amazing creativity. I’m primarily a writer, and this place has a friendly atmosphere, and allows you to surround yourself with different types of art.  I’ll continue coming here and creating new things long after my internship has completed!

Holiday Gift Spotlight at WNYBAC

Shop from local artists and support our non-profit programming in the process!

We have oodles of handmade gifts perfect for fun, unique and thoughtful gift-giving. Consider gifting a handmade journal, book of poetry by a local author, zines, book necklaces, book-binding kit, coloring books, posters, prints and more… We’re also a destination for your holiday cards! Below are a few gift items we think you’ll love.

These Tea Towels were designed by former WNYBAC Artist in Residence Harumo Sato and printed right here in our Studio. Brighten up your kitchen in 3 designs: Ramen, Strawberry Soldiers & Apartment Windows – $12



We’ve just letterpress printed up a new batch of tote bags!  The Alphabet Bag available in 3 versions (with a pun on the back). A CMY (Cyan Magenta Yellow) Version, CY, and MY 🙂 Fit all your shopping in a reusable bag, or use the tote as a fun gift basket for the designer or teacher in your life. We also have versions with the WNYBAC logo to show your support of the organization (HINT: pairs well with a WNYBAC Workshop or Gift Certificate!)Alphabet Tote – $10



Handprinted and Pamphlet-Stitched Journals perfect for note-taking, lists, journaling, sketching and more! We have dozens of unique notebooks in sets & sold separately, big & small, hardcover too. (Price range $1+)  Set of 3 Hand-Stitched Letterpress Circle Notebooks – $8

In addition to the many greeting cards in stock, we have Letterpress Printed Stationery! Chose from our ‘Thank You’ design printed on our Vintage Vandercook 219, or our Sneaker ‘Chucks’ Stationery, and ‘Colored Pencil’ Stationery set – both limited screenprint editions, designed by WNYBAC Member Anne Muntges and printed in our Studio.
A box of 15 5″x7″ Thank You Stationery + Envelopes – $16

 WNYBAC is full of creative gift ideas, like this ‘Jungle Book Clock’ by Artist Heather Cook. Browse through her varied altered book gifts, including ‘READ’ & Heart Book Sculptures. We also have book pendants, necklaces & boxed books for giving! Not to mention Altered Book Trees! (Unique gifts starting at 95¢)
Jungle Book Clock -$50



Memberships & Gift Certificates to WNYBAC are a great option! Gift Certificates can be used towards ourWorkshops for all ages, WNYBAC Membership and in our shop! Available in any denomination.


Wednesday-Saturday • 12-6pm
or call us for an appointment!
468 Washington Street in downtown Buffalo • 716-348-1430

Harvey Breverman video portrait by Jon Hand

Jon Hand’s video portrait of artist Harvey Breverman, produced by the Buffalo Society of Artists, 2016

Harvey Breverman from Jon R. Hand on Vimeo.

Call us the City of Good Readers

City of Good Readers

(Aaron Besecker/Buffalo News)

Mayor Byron W. Brown on Friday announced the newly designated “Washington Street Literary Corridor” outside the Central Library.


Dance with the Devil

by Blogger Richard Wade


It’s that time yet again. Mark your calendars and set aside a couple hours for Friday May 20th
from 6-9pm. Western New York Book Arts Center will be hosting Dance with The Devil: A
Visual Conversation Concerning a Genie and His Bottle, by Bob Collignon.

The exhibition features images shot digitally from a monitor of video and film from the Trinity
and Bikini Atoll nuclear tests, then heavily processed to make beautiful images of what the
apocalypse might look like at the beginning. Collignon processed the photographs, keeping in
mind color detail and color process, bringing the pieces to be reminiscent of paintings sans paint. To compliment the show, David Kane will be performing a special electronica piece.

Dance with The Devil grows out of his fascination with the beauty of destruction coupled with
his upbringing during the “duck and cover” era, which even as a child he considered to be “a
dumb feel good approach to being incinerated.” Most of his work grows out of vivid memories
of his childhood through a sense of shared autobiography in the work, thus the actual mid-
century toys either photographed or used as part of a heliorama, which he had as a child.

Collignon has over four decades of experience as model builder, having worked with General
Motors, Old Fort Niagara, Hirsch Projects, and Fine Scale Modeling Magazine. He is a master
modeler with The Armor Modeling and Preservation Society. The only way to gain this
distinction is to earn the “Judges Best of Show” award at the AMPS International Convention.

The exhibition is the third in the 5×12 series at WNYBAC, a NYSCA-funded yearlong residency
program that features five artists over the course of twelve months. WNYBAC is located at 468 Washington Street, Buffalo, NY 14203. For more information, visit www.wnybookarts.org/exhibitions, email info@wnybookarts.org, or call 716-348-1430. We hope to see you there!

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

April 2nd / 3-6pm – 8th Annual Edible Book Festival @ WNYBAC

by Volunteer blogger Richard Wade 

06Two of life’s greatest pleasures are getting lost in a good book and enjoying your favorite food with friends and family. Well, on Saturday April 2, 2016 from 3-6pm at Western New York Book Arts Center, you can enjoy both at the same place and time.

The International Edible Book Festival is a family-friendly event that takes place on or around April 1 each year throughout the world. According to the festival’s official website Books2eat.com, the festival is celebrated on or around April 1 to commemorate the birthday of French Gastronome Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, known for the book Physilogue du gout, “a witty meditation on food.” The tradition was initiated in 2000 by Judith A. Hoffberg and Beatrice Coron.

Those who would like to participate should deliver their edible books between 12-2:30 on Saturday April 2 to WNYBAC, with receipt of payment attached. Each entrant will receive two free admissions to the festival. A fee of $5 for members and $8 for non-members will be required for each entry. If you have any questions, please call 716-348-1430 or visit wnybookarts.org/events for more information.

A panel of celebrity judges will score all entrants from 4:00-4:30 in the following categories:

 Most creative
 Best book
 Best tasting

In addition to an Edible Book Craft for Kids, WNYBAC will also be hosting a Letterpress Demo in our studio for all ages, basket raffles, and-new this year-be host to local food-related vendors Butterblock and Buffalo Citybration!  Don’t miss out on Butterblock’s delicious baked goods and Citybration’s Buffalo books!

Food-related exhibition Mogu Mogu ~ Munch Munch by Harumo Sato will also be on view during the Edible Book Festival. You won’t want to miss this interactive installation of screen prints and life-size stickers!

Want to submit your own Edible Book? Follow his link to register your edible literary creation.

As a volunteer at WNYBAC, I myself will be creating an edible. While I won’t reveal the book or design until the festival, I wish all other entrants the best of luck with their creations.

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. Come visit him at the Edible Book Festival! 

Harumo Sato: Mogu Mogu ~ Munch Munch

by Volunteer blogger Richard Wade

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Harumo Sato inspecting her multi-color screenprints to be framed & hung.

Harumo Sato is not like any artist you may have encountered before. Her vibrant and unique designs burst with color, regardless of what piece of ephemera they are placed upon. The young artist has created three children’s books; Homeless: Finding a Cat Story, Ramen Girl, and Danse Danse Danse by Cappuccino Cat (below, respectively). You can also find her colorful illustrations on t-shirts, pins, and posters. “Each of these stories had a connection to my life,” said Harumo.

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Harumo moved from Japan to The United States in 2013 to continue her education. Mistakingly thinking that Buffalo was close to New York city, she attended  The University of Buffalo and graduated in May 2015, earning her Bachelor’s Degree. “My first show at The University of Buffalo, I made ramen for everyone as a part of the show,” Sato said. “With art, it is important to entertain people and give a nice memory.”

While Japan and The United States both have varied cultures, there is one thing she wishes she could have here with her. “The textures and patterns of fabric are so brilliant,” said Sato. “It’s so rare to find anything similar like that here in The United States. I receive a lot of inspiration from the colors.”


The exhibition features Harumo Sato’s illustrations in the form of screen prints and life-size stickers. In this exhibition, Sato asks the audience to question their essential relationship with food. Throughout the exhibit, Sato references Japanese mythology about the harvest goddess Ogetsuhime, who kindly serves food that magically comes from all her orifices: eyes, ears, nose, vagina, and anus. She invites the viewer on a tasty journey of humanity and life with humor.

Since Fall of 2015, Harumo Sato has been a resident artist of the WNY Book Arts Center, hand-printing cards and posters for her line of Cappuccino Cat, Ramen Girl, and Dansing Cat merchandise. Be sure to swing on by for Harumo’s opening, check out the stunning installation, and her work for sale.

Sato’s show, Mogu Mogu ~ Munch Munch is the second in the 5×12 series at WNYBAC, a NYSCA-funded yearlong residency program which features five artists over the course of twelve months. An opening reception for the exhibition will be held Friday, March 25th from 6-9pm. Hors d’oeuvres will be served alongside a cash bar. The artist (or is it Ogetsuhime?!) will also be offering up special handmade food as part of the exhibition. Mogu Mogu ~ Munch Munch runs from March 25th-April 29th, 2016 Gallery visiting hours are 12-6pm, Wednesday-Saturday. Admission to the gallery is always free. If you have any questions, please visit either harumosato.com or wnybookarts.org/exhibitions for more information.

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. Come visit him at the opening of Harumo’s show! 

Do You How-To? A Collection of DIY Books at WNYBAC

by Volunteer Blogger Richard WadeDIYBooks3_WNYBACshop

Letterpress isn’t just a niche hobby among old time printmakers anymore. Studios are alive and well across the country. Much like the vinyl record, letterpress shops are making a comeback. Visit Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Etsy, and your able to find a letterpress posting (card, poster, invitations!). While we may drool over the beauty of these handmade items and want to learn how to create that same beauty ourselves, our busy everyday lives might not allow for us to schedule a class. The next best thing might be to take home a how-to book, many of which are available at Western New York Book Arts Center. Below you will find a few of the great titles available in our boutique.

Hot Type: 20 Sheets of Typographic Fabric Transfers
by Brett McFadden and Benjamin Thorpe. Publisher Chronicle Books, LLC.

This book features twenty different fabric transfers that will allow the user to create unique designs on t-shirts, tote bags, and other accessories.

The Paper Bride:
Wedding Do-It-Yourself from Pop the Question to Tie-the-Knot and Happily Ever After
By Esther K. Smith, Publisher Crown Publishing Group.

Are you a young couple trying to plan an expensive wedding? This might be the book for you. Numerous guides on how-to create wedding invitations, mementos, and party decorations will allow for easy and carefree wedding planning. Projects with maximum impact that only require simple tools and basic skills.


How to Create your Own Gig Posters, Band T-Shirts, Album Covers, Stickers Screen-printing, Photocopy Art, and Mixed Media
by Ruthann Godollei, Publisher Voyageur Press.

Unless you play in a band like The Rolling Stones or Foo Fighters, the budget for merchandise isn’t going to be millions upon millions of dollars. Up and coming bands need to utilize all the resources at their disposal. This guide will teach bandmates to create stickers, stamps, stencils, and posters for upcoming concerts.

Screen your Stuff
by Veronique Georgelin & Pauline Ricard-Andre, Publisher Crown Publishing Group.

This book has fifteen different templates you can photocopy and use right away. Georgelin and Ricard–Andre are the co-creators of the maison georgette line of printed linens. Who wants a plain, boring t-shirt when you can print your favorite design on it? This book will allow you to do all of those things and more.

Magic Books and Paper Toys, Flip Books, EZ Pop-Ups & Other Paper Playthings
by Esther K Smith, Publisher Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony.

Everyone has a favorite book. One that they have read multiple times, drawn inspiration, and quoted verbatim to family members & friends. A tattered old paperback on a dusty bookshelf in your bedroom holds value, but a handmade book will be much more cherished. Simple steps and directions allow for fun, easy book-making  memories with loved ones.



WNYBAC’s newest exhibition: The Log Lines


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.


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!






Jill Kambs, detail.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our funders listed below, for providing support to WNYBAC's ongoing programs taking place throughout Western New York:

NYSCA M & T Art 4 Moore Zenger Group Evans Bank Community Foundation
Baird Foundation Cameron Jane