Featured Member Artist: Frank Singleton


Frank has a unique style of art, just as all of our members do. His art is on display in our Members’ Exhibition. Frank’s piece “Variety” was created using a typewriter.


“An unusual kind of dictionary.”

Frank’s art centers around the typewriter. “Variety” is part of a longer, book-length series he is creating. He describes it as “an unusual kind of dictionary.” In this dictionary, “the typed text of the meaning of particular words is also used to visually illustrate the meaning.”

The 10th Annual Members’ Exhibition is on view until August 18th

Frank’s artistic process varies widely. Sometimes he creates conceptual works that play with words and meanings, but he also does abstract works and representational works, including landscapes, portraits, and nudes. Frank says his abstract works are often created spontaneously at a manual typewriter, without forethought or planned design. Other works require careful planning before he starts to type. Finally there are times when he only has a vague idea of what he wants to embody, and the piece takes on clarity through his process of creation.


                                How to Square the Circle                        Music Combo

Frank’s work has been included in various exhibits over the years. He recently had a piece displayed in an exhibit of typewriter art at the Perez Museum in Miami. In 2015 his work was prominently featured in Ruth and Marvin Sackner’s book The Art of Typewriting.

Of course, Frank also displays his work in our annual Members’ Exhibition. This is his third year participating.


                                   Earthquake                                                   Portrait of a Lady

Frank is proud to be a WNYBAC member. He first discovered us 10 years ago, when we were just starting out, and when he had just moved back to Buffalo from Massachusetts. He was attracted by the variety and quality of the works we exhibit in our gallery space. In fact, Frank says his favorite thing about WNYBAC to this day is still our variety of exhibits in many media.

There is no better time when this variety is displayed than during our members show. Frank says that when he sees media that’s new to him, he is often tempted to try it himself. That’s another reason why Frank loves WNYBAC. He has a special interest in the book arts and in artists books that “expand on the meaning of what it is to be a book.” Frank himself loves “the idea of creating a book that violates norms and in which one is constantly surprised as one turns the pages.”

“Expand on the meaning of what it is to be a book.”

Frank has already taken a workshop on letterpress and is looking forward to ones on bookbinding and papermaking. His goal is to use these techniques to enhance his own typewritten books.

~ The Maze of Human Life ~

For Frank, WNYBAC is an important asset to the local arts community. It allows him to experience and appreciate art in different media than the one he personally uses. It is also a place for him to display his own art, and to learn new skills to incorporate into that art. Frank encourages his friends and acquaintances to join WNYBAC so that they too can experience these benefits. Frank has been a loyal member for years, and we are proud to provide a space for him to display his work and enhance his skills.


Featured Volunteer: Cassie

Cassie is one of our new Summer volunteers. A Graphic Design student at Buffalo State, she is excited to be volunteering at “such a unique place,” and to have the opportunity to learn about and practice the history of design.

“Such a unique place.”

Cassie first discovered WNYBAC two years ago when she attended our annual Edible Book Festival. Since then she has been looking for a way to get more involved in the local Buffalo arts community, and a summer volunteering at WNYBAC was the perfect opportunity.

While Cassie was growing up, she did a lot of arts and crafts, went to pottery camps, and even sold her work at art festivals. Since entering college, she has interned with the Burchfield Penney and the Buffalo Bisons, and she just organized her first solo show a few months ago. As a volunteer, she also got to display some of her work in our annual member show. Her piece is called “Psycho” and it’s a digital print of a poster design for Alfred Hitchcock’s famous horror movie.

The 10th Annual Members’ Exhibition is on view until August 18th

For class, Cassie designs posters and vector-based advertisements, and recently she has gotten into digital painting in Photoshop. Some of the things she works on at her internship include curating social media posts and making video board graphics. When she’s not designing on the computer, her favorite traditional medium to work with is charcoal.

When she’s here at WNYBAC, Cassie returns to the roots of design. She works with the printing presses to make things for our shop, like cards, gift bags, and coasters. She also had the opportunity to help with the screen printing demo we did at our recent Buffalo BookFest. She says that so far her favorite thing to do here is type setting because, even though it can be tedious, she finds it really interesting. Since starting here, Cassie has had to opportunity to learn about screen printing, printmaking, and other mediums she didn’t know much about before.

Her favorite thing about volunteering here is how friendly everyone at WNYBAC is. She appreciates that we get involved in the community by running workshops on and off site, keeping our gallery free and open to the public and by putting on free events like BookFest. Cassie loves learning beyond the classroom and leaving her comfort zone when she can, and she has been able to do that here at WNYBAC.

Lattes: A digital painting

For Cassie, volunteering here relates a lot to her degree. Typography is an important part of graphic design. Much of the jargon still used in design programs today originally came from letterpress. For example, the term leading is still used to describe spacing, because, in letterpress, actual pieces of lead are used to create spaces between lines of type.

“Incorporating traditional elements into her otherwise digital design approach is 

‘important for maintaining a personal style.” 

Cassie says that incorporating traditional elements into her otherwise digital design approach “is important for maintaining a personal style.” “Working with the printing presses has stressed the importance of having a solid layout before anything else gets done.”

Kill Your Darlings: A digital painting

“Working with the printing presses has stressed the importance of having a solid layout before anything else gets done.”

Volunteering here has made her appreciative of the ease and convenience computers create, but she won’t lose touch with the traditional methods she’s learned here. It’s still true that sometimes it’s these traditional methods that get the best results.

For Cassie, volunteering at WNYBAC has been a chance to get involved with the Buffalo art community, and to learn about the tradition of design. It has helped her to evolve her personal style, and given her the opportunity to learn outside the classroom.

We’re thankful for volunteers like Cassie and for the opportunity to share our love of printing with someone new!


Remember to stop by and see Cassie’s work and work by our other volunteers and members in our Member’s Exhibition!



Workshop Instructor Highlights

Mizin Shin

Mizin is a resident WNYBAC workshop instructor and nationally recognized artist. Shin graduated from Hong-ik University with a B.F.A in Printmaking and received her M.F.A from University at Buffalo. She has been teaching at UB since 2015, and also at Villa Maria College in Buffalo since 2017.She was awarded the 2017 Graduate Student Fellowship from the Southern Graphics Council International, and the juror’s award at Brand 45 Works on Paper, 45th Annual National Exhibition of Works on Paper. As a born and raised South Korean who has moved to the United States, her artwork often reflects her experience adapting to multiple cultures.


Here’s a look at her work









Mizin will be teaching several workshops this summer!

  • Japanese Woodblock Workshop
  • Collagraph Printmaking Workshop
  • CMYK Screen Printing
  • Relief Printing with the Etching Press

Check the workshops page for more info about these. 

Like Mizin’s work? See her website to for more!

Debra Eck

Debra is a resident WNYBAC workshop instructor and internationally recognized artist who works mainly with paper, text, and thread.Originally from Essex in the UK, she has lived and worked in Western New York for over 20 years. She received a BFA in painting from the University at Buffalo and an MA in Visual Culture from the University of Northumbria in Newcastle (UK). She teaches as an adjunct at Jamestown Community College and SUNY Fredonia,  and for many other arts and cultural organizations (including WNYBAC). She enjoys using her talents in sewing and embroidery to make artwork commenting on womens’ sometimes uneasy place in the art world. 


Here’s a look at her work



Debra will be teaching several workshops this summer!

  • Braided Bookbinding
  • Islamic Bookbinding
  • Eco Dye Workshop
  • Page Meditations
  • Gelatin Printing

Check the workshops page for more info.

Like Debra’s work? Check out her website for more!

Janna Willoughby-Lohr

Janna is a WNYBAC workshop instructor and owner of Papercraft Miracles, which she opened in 2004 as a way of making a living creatively. She attended Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC, where she discovered the world of papermaking and bookbinding and was lucky enough to study under renowned book artist and author, Gwen Diehn. She is thrilled that her creations have become a part of so many special moments, from weddings, to graduations, to births. As so much of the world is becoming screen-based and digital, Janna feels a calling to preserve and promote the physicality of book and paper arts.


Here’s a look at her work



Janna will be teaching several workshops this summer!

  • Secret Belgian Bookbinding
  • Basic Hardcover Journal Making
  • Papermaking Basics Workshop

Check the workshops page for more info.

Like Janna’s work? Check out her website for more info!

~Meet The Intern!~

If you’ve been following updates on our social media in these first few months of summer, there’s a good chance that I was the person on the other end.


I’m Robin Burns, a senior Creative Writing and Communications major at Canisius College. When I found out that an internship was required to graduate, I knew I didn’t want to just be a coffee fetcher and copy maker. WNYBAC has been so much more than that to me, and has become an organization I am extremely proud to say I intern for.




What do I do?

A bit of everything!



~The Art Side~
Since starting here, I’ve learned typesetting, printmaking, design, and various other crafts and artistic skills.

I designed and bound these on my first day!






~The Business Side~

I’ve been mentored in posting for an organization’s social media, drafting mass emails, and promoting and organizing events. (Wait, so you can do social media as a job? I was surprised too!)

Here’s a post of mine you might have seen!



Speaking of events…

To anyone just getting started in their career, being trusted to promote an event as big as BookFest is a really daunting idea. Luckily, it was an amazing experience and definitely a highlight of my time with WNYBAC.

“The Social Media Guru”

BookFest is a gathering of printers, artists, and lovers of the book arts that happened on July 7th. If you either couldn’t go or didn’t hear about it, it’s an amazing festival full of free craft and print workshops, an artists’ market, and steamroller printing as the main event. If you couldn’t go this time, keep an eye out for next year’s event!

I got to spend all of BookFest taking pictures of everything it has to offer. I participated in workshops, taught a few of them, meet dozens of wonderful artists, and snapped about a hundred pics of the steamroller printing. Art events like BookFest are so important to keep a love of art and handmade things alive, and I’m so glad I was able to help make it a success. Here’s just a few of my favorite moments!



To anyone considering volunteering or applying to intern here: go for it.
You will definitely learn new things and get to do so much more than a typical internship.

If you find yourself at WNYBAC on Wednesdays and Fridays for the next few weeks, come say hi! I’d love to meet the people on the other side of my keyboard. And because I’m not above a little self promotion, here’s my personal blog if you’d like to check it out!

Member Spotlight: Nicole Cooke

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Nicole Cooke first got involved with WNYBAC while she was in college, and at this point she’s been a member for four or five years. Nicole studied photography in college, and started out in a college in Cleveland. It was when she transferred back to Buffalo to finish her education, though, that her WNYBAC story starts. She says of the first class she took here, letterpress, “within 10 seconds I was hooked.”

~ Nicole Cooke ~

Nicole really has built letterpress in as a regular part of her art. One of the most common things she works on in our studio space is printing posters with quotes. Sometimes she’ll even print the quotes over a photo she’s taken, because she’s still passionate about photography as well. She owns a business, called “Type & Resolution,” a name that took her awhile to settle on because she has so many interests and products she offers. Nicole is a self-described “jack of all trades.” So the name of her business had to be one that would capture it all.

~ One of Nicole’s completed prints ~ 

Being a jack of all trades certainly keeps Nicole busy. Occasionally she struggles to find the time to do all that she wants to do, because usually the projects she wants to use the WNYBAC space for require that she start and finish in one afternoon. Yet, she does find the time. She finds time to work on much more than just her own personal projects.

In addition to being a member with WNYBAC, Nicole volunteers here. She participates in the member show, sells at Last Minute Holiday Panic, our annual holiday marketplace, and when BookFest rolls around every summer she’s “all involved in that one.” She has done lettering for the festival, and even created a wood block to be used during our steamroller printing demonstrations. She says, “I guess I just love this place so much,” echoing the sentiments of our other members.

~ Print designed by Nicole, printed using a steamroller ~

Nicole says it’s fun to share WNYBAC with people, and she’s always one to encourage others to get involved in the community. Nicole says of WNYBAC, “we could have all the best presses, but if we didn’t have such an awesome staff it would be for nothing.” Nicole has friends here, friends that are the best part about being a member at WNYBAC for her. She describes the WNYBAC spirit as one of community over competition. Here, we are all artists, all with different experiences and skill levels, and we all use this space to come together and create.

Nicole would like to leave you all with the task to go to the WNYBAC website and, “buy a membership.” Membership here supports an arts organization as a part of your community. We offer programming for adults, kids, and everyone in between, because art should be accessible for everyone. Nicole’s goal is to get people in here to see our space, see what we do, meet our staff, and get more involved from there.

~ Just another one of Nicole’s awesome quote prints ~

We at WNYBAC love our members, and are so thankful for members like Nicole who spread the word about who we are and what we do. WNYBAC is happy to provide a space for artists with diverse interests and passions, like Nicole, to explore those interests and come together as a community. Our members are who make us who we are.


Check out Nicole’s creations and see more of her process!

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Member Spotlight: Joshua Mangis

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Joshua sells a book in the WNYBAC shop called “Lovely, Loving, Loved.” This, and most of his work, focuses on mental health and self care. His goal is to spark a conversation about mental health, and this is a conversation he embodies in his art.

~ Joshua Mangis ~

Joshua’s art and work at WNYBAC is different from some of our other member’s, because it does have such a common theme tying it all together. He also isn’t primarily a print artist, like some of our other members.

Joshua’s artistic roots are as a musician. His main practice as a visual artist is in sculpture. He got started as a visual artist in college, where he was a Community Art major. What is a Community Art major, you ask? It’s a very cool and unique program that’s a hybrid between the social sciences and the visual arts. He had the opportunity to create community art projects as a part of his major.

 He ended up displaying one of these community art projects in the first one of our member shows he participated in. During his Senior year of college, Joshua created a piece centered around pill bottles. He made ceramic tokens pressed from the tops of pill bottles, and people were encouraged to take these tokens, which were a representation of transition and self care. Joshua has a different experience with pill bottles than others. To him, they are common place, while to others, they can be slightly provocative. The point of this piece, like the point of many of his other pieces, was to open up a conversation about mental illness, and to dispel some of the myths surrounding it.

 Another one of the projects for his community art major inspired Joshua to make his book, “Lovely, Loving, Loved.” One of the big projects his senior year was to make a book, and while a lot of people just made portfolio-type books, he was interested in the interactive journal fad, and wanted to try his hand at it. He chose to make self-care the theme of the book because it’s something he’s spent a lot of time thinking about and working on, and he wanted to share what he’s learned in an accessible form for other people.

He says “I think the book is for everyone.” He recognizes that the book may appeal most to people struggling with mental illness, but that its for anyone who wants to work on self-care. “Loving yourself is such an amorphis process.” Personally, he needs specifics to do so. His whole goal in making the book was to make self-care relatable and accessible to anyone who may want to work on their own self-care. It is less intense than full-fledged art therapy, but asks a lot of the same questions. “Lovely, Loving, Loved” is an access point for people who don’t necessarily have a diagnosis.

“Loving yourself is such an amorphis process”

 Joshua’s hope for his work is to start a conversation. So often, artists who struggle with mental illness get labeled as “mentally tortured” like their struggle is essential to their art. Think of Van Gogh who some may describe as the “quintessential mentally tortured artist.” His paintings were inspired by his tortured soul… except not really. Really, he related to nobodies, so that’s who he painted. Van Gogh was a pretty normal dude. His own writing about his mental illness exists, and it’s honest and also hopeful. So the way we talk about him is not helpful. The way we talk about a lot of people battling mental illness is not helpful. That is why Joshua hopes his work will help change the dialogue.


Joshua is impressed by the diversity of the work of the artists involved with the WNYBAC community. He doesn’t know how we manage to make it such a community, and he’s impressed. Joshua is one of those impressive artists that make our community so diverse. 

~ Another 3D art piece made with pill bottles ~

So what does he plan to do next to continue his involvement with the WNYBAC community? Joshua definitely wants to participate in the member show again, since the opportunity to exhibit his work has been less frequent since he graduated college, and he misses it. He also might start more work on his book soon, and maybe even make a follow-up or follow-ups.

~ More of “Lovely, Loving, Loved” ~

Joshua is one of the newer members here at WNYBAC, having just moved here from Chicago. But WNYBAC was one of the first places he found here in Buffalo, and he’s been a member since July. Already he’s contributed so much to our community through allowing us to display and sell his artwork with a message and a mission. We at WNYBAC know it is an honor to have Joshua as a member of our community.

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Member Spotlight: John Ozimek

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John Ozimek’s confidence as an artist grew out of the WNYBAC facility and the programs we offer. Our workshops and studio space allowed John to explore forms of expression he might otherwise never have had the opportunity to, and to grow as an artist.

~ Self portrait printed with a rutabaga ~

“My story may be a little strange,” he says about how he got started in the arts community. You see, John’s story does not begin with art. It begins with science. He was always interested in science, and it was this first passion that lead to his passion for art. He recalls spending hours looking at things under a microscope when he was growing up and starting to draw what he saw, which inevitably lead to drawing other things. He stressed that he had no idea what he was doing, especially when he first started. But he also recounted a story from before he was ever a member at WNYBAC, of the first time someone expressed interest in buying some of his artwork. He must have had more of an idea what he was doing than he thought!

The story goes that he had some of his art displayed at his desk at work, and one day one of his co-workers asked him about it, and asked if he would be able to purchase a piece. John, thinking he wasn’t good enough to sell his work, brought in some of his paintings, and told his co-worker he could have any three he wanted.

~ Another print created with a rutabaga ~

That’s where WNYBAC comes in. WNYBAC didn’t make John’s work good enough to sell. The skill was already there. It just gave him the confidence to believe in that skill.

“I’m thankful to her for changing my life in a positive way”

John’s been a member here for more than 5 years, and most of those years he’s shown work in our annual member show. At first, he didn’t want to participate, though. He was approached about participating right after his first workshop by the instructor, Khrista. John says he’s glad she was persistent: “I’m thankful to her for changing my life in a positive way.”

Since then, John says participating in the member show is one of his goals for every year. He displays linoleum block prints, and sometimes he sells his work. He is also a member at Hallwall’s and recently sold a painting during the member show there. The painting was of some spiders he had encountered while out hiking. Because of his background in science, John draws a lot of his inspiration from nature. His very first painting was of a silverfish. One of his recent artworks was a linoleum block print of some fossil coral he found on a rock, again while out hiking.

His piece for this year’s member’s show is different though. It’s called Tense Conversation, and is a drypoint print of two people talking with their stomachs twisted in knots of anxiety. Rather than being inspired by nature, this one is inspired by an artist John looks up to: George Roualt, a famous French artist contemporary of Picasso. The style of Tense Conversation is inspired by Roualt’s We Are Crazy.

~ Tense Conversation ~

John also has a bigger project in mind. This one is nature inspired, and features daphnia, a microscopic organism that lives in Lake Hoyt. John thinks daphnia are so cool because they have an organ that functions like a natural backpack, and that’s how they carry their babies around. So his idea is to make a print of a daphnia with two babies inside it’s backpack. Well actually, three prints (of the same daphnia and babies), all using a different medium, lined up side by side.

He’s not sure when he’ll complete this piece, but he knows he’ll have to make use of WNYBAC’s open studio time to do so. John says getting the opportunity to use the studio is one of the best parts about being a member at WNYBAC.

His other favorite part is the workshops. Which makes sense, considering he’s taken almost all of them. John has taken workshops in everything from book binding to print making. He was most taken with our printmaking workshops, and uses the skills he learned from those most frequently.

“One of the coolest  places in Buffalo”

Of the workshops, John says they’ve helped him connect with the rest of the WNYBAC community. He meets people here, particularly instructors, who are part of the larger Buffalo arts community, a community John wants to see grow even more. That’s why he always spreads the news about WNYBAC to people he talks to who are unfamiliar with our organization. He describes the organization as “one of the coolest places in Buffalo.”

John certainly shows his love for WNYBAC through his involvement as a member. Every year he participates in our member show, attends workshops, and frequents exhibition openings.

John was an artist long before he became a WNYBAC member. It started with drawing what he observed under a microscope, and continued through the time when he was painting everyday. Today, he’s an active member in two community arts organizations and displays and sells his work at shows.

~ Microscope and animals living in Hoyt Lake ~

John’s story is one that tells of the meeting of two passions: science and art, and how these two subjects, which so many people perceive as opposites, can be so very beautiful when combined. John was always an artist, whether or not this was a title he was always comfortable adopting for himself. WNYBAC helped him develop as an artist, and helped him develop his confidence as an artist, and that’s our mission in action.

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Top Ten Reasons To Become A Member


20% Discount on workshops: Here at WNYBAC, we offer a wide variety of workshops from printing, to bookbinding, to papermaking. You can’t beat 20% off a high quality creative experience. Plus you can take home what you make!



10% discount at WNYBAC shop: The WNYBAC shop has a wide variety of unique posters, cards, buttons and other merchandise. Buy for you, or buy for someone else.



Your works shown in our Annual Members’ Exhibition: Every year the WNYBAC holds a members’ exhibition to show off what our people have been working on. When you become a member, you automatically get access to this easy way to show off your talent to the world.



WNYBAC equipment access during open studio: WNYBAC frequently holds open studio hours so that all of our cool art making stuff is easily accessible for our members.



Annual member broadside print: Because who doesn’t need more wall art?



Image courtesy of P22 Type Foundry

An exclusive font, LTC Winchell,  designed in 1903: Make your print-maker friends jealous with the LTC Winchell font, designed right here in Buffalo in 1903. But don’t let them get too jealous, just tell them how they can become WNYBAC members too!



WNYBAC library access privileges: Who doesn’t love a good book? Especially when that good book is about your craft. As a member, you get to check out our library and the wealth of knowledge we have stored there.



Free Wi-Fi Access at WNY Book Arts Center: Free wi-fi is everyone’s favorite thing, and as a member, you’ll get to learn our passcode so you can browse the web to your heart’s content whenever you visit the WNYBAC.



Higher consignment royalty rate for items sold in our shop: Become a WNYBAC member, sell your stuff in our shop, don’t be a starving artist!



These come with the satisfaction of knowing that by investing in a WNYBAC membership you are helping to cultivate the book arts in Western New York 🙂

WNYBAC has different levels of memberships available to fulfill different needs.
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See you next month! 🙂

Member Spotlight: Sarah “Bear” Cozzemera

WNYBAC appreciates the creative and diverse members who make up our community.

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Sarah “Bear” Cozzemera’s formal beginning as an artist  was in her very last semester of college at SUNY Fredonia, when she took a pottery class on a whim. Though she would graduate with a degree in English, during that pottery class she fell in love with being able to create in, as she describes, “a more pure form.” She’s made pottery ever since, and now she owns her own business, Everyday Earthware.

~ Sarah with one of her Everyday Earthware Creations ~

Sarah sells her Everyday Earthwares online, but also shows up as a vendor at fairs and festivals throughout Buffalo. That’s how she met WNYBAC’s own Rose and Melissa! At one of the art shows she and WNYBAC both regularly table at, their booths happened to be right next door to each other. She got to talking to Rose and Melissa, and has been involved at WNYBAC ever since. She says that even though she’s only officially been a member since January, she’s felt like a member since 2014 when it all started.

Her involvement with WNYBAC started with vending at Last Minute Holiday Panic, one of WNYBAC’s annual fundraising events. She’s also been involved here through participating in a collaborative exhibition with book artist Scott Kristopher called Contentual Relationships. For the show, she made books out of clay, inspired by the Egyptian Book of the Dead. She says the show helped her see where she could be a book artist, an art form she hadn’t previously been involved in.

~ A mug featuring a lino-block stamp of the “om” symbol ~

When asked if she had taken any workshops, she replied “ideally I want to take all of them.” She says she’s most interested in paper marbling and bookbinding, since she doesn’t have experience with either yet. The next workshop she wants to take, though, is our letterpress workshop. She already uses the WNYBAC studio to hand carve linoleum blocks that she uses as pottery stamps, as well as letterpress prints!

“The whole ‘culture of awesome'”

From there the conversation turned back to her participation in Last Minute Holiday Panic, and she wanted to share a few last thoughts about the event. In particular, she described the event “like a party.” She says it gets her in a festive mood for the holidays, and not much else does. It’s part of what Sarah described as the whole “culture of awesome” here at WNYBAC, which she says is the best part about being a member here.

Talking to Sarah you can tell she’s one of those people who has a lot of love in her heart, both for the people and for the places in her life. She loves the people and volunteers here at WNYBAC, but she also loves the space. She described how, to her, the WNYBAC space has a mystery quality to it. And a history quality, of course, with all the old printing equipment we have scattered around both the shop and the studio. She’s interested in the Renaissance and that time period, and feels connected to the history by seeing the equipment here. She describes the printing press as a “revolution to the mind” and one that we’re still feeling the repercussions from today. She wants to be a part of that.

A lino-block print Sarah made at home
She hopes to incorporate letterpress for the next step

Sarah has a heart full of love, and the soul of an artist. “I want my life to just be art.” Her life as an artist extends far beyond just being a member of WNYBAC. Of course she has Everyday Earthwares, her own pottery business, but she also writes and paints, and generally “makes all the art” whenever she has time.

Sarah feels her true self is an artist. Her philosophy is that if you embody who you feel you are, and what you want to be as an artist, that’s how the best stuff comes out.

~ A set of Everyday Earthware dishes ~

Sarah really is an incredible person with an incredible story. She is an artist in the purest sense of the word, and WNYBAC is lucky to have her as a member of our community and to be able to help facilitate her creativity.

Check out Sarah’s creations to see more of her process!

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Spring Has Sprung At WNYBAC









Is it just me, or have we been having a lot of rain recently? They say all these showers are supposed to bring flowers, but you won’t have any if you don’t plant some seeds. If you’re feeling behind on your planting, WNYBAC has just the workshop for you!

On Saturday, May 26th, WNYBAC will run a Seed Bomb making workshop. That’s this coming Saturday! So make sure you sign up!

You’ll get to create handmade Seed Bombs using paper pulp and fun molds. Take them home and plant them, and in no time your Seed Bombs will turn into flowers and veggies. These handmade Seen Bombs also make great gifts, so make them for yourself, or anyone else you know who may be in need of seeds. WNYBAC will provide all the materials you may need, and you’re more than welcome to bring your own favorite seeds. No papermaking or gardening experience is required!

WNYBAC actually has a ton of fun workshops planned for the next few months. We promise you won’t be bored this summer.

One of the workshops we have planned for later this month is our Letterpress Basics Workshop. This is a beginners workshop that can stand alone, or  be taken along with our Advanced Letterpress Workshop. Both Basic and Advanced Workshops are two sessions long, taking place on consecutive weeks, and the Letterpress Basics Workshop starts on the 29th. We still have a few spots left, so make sure you sign up!

I’ve actually taken the Basic Letterpress Workshop myself. As an apprentice, my time at WNYBAC is filled with a variety of activities, from the professional development I mentioned in the last blog post, to learning about the book arts through workshops.

In the letterpress workshop I learned the history of our presses, and of printing. I also got to explore all of WNYBAC’s different type fonts and ornaments. That’s definitely the most overwhelming part of printing. Decision fatigue, am I right?

Once I settled on the font and decorations I would use, it was time to set my type. This basically means pulling the letters you need and arranging them with the ornaments, then adding spacing so everything lines up.

Then you move the type onto the printing press and lock it all in using something called furniture, a few contraptions called quoins, and even more spacing.

Then it’s time to start printing. So here’s the thing about letterpress, it’s a lot more setting type than it is actually printing. I was only making a birthday card, so it took me about an hour to set everything up. But people used to print entire newspapers on Vandercook presses, and I can only imagine how long that would take.

Once you have everything set up, though, it’s pretty easy to run off a bunch of copies on the press. I only made seven because, honestly, how many “Happy 21st Birthday” cards do you need? However, on projects I’ve printed since, I’ve made a hundred or more copies, which is what printing presses are meant to be used for.

The idea of using an antique printing press may be daunting, but the actual printing process isn’t complicated. After the workshop and just a couple more projects, I feel comfortable to use a printing press basically by myself. Which honestly is a pretty cool skill to have.

Other workshops coming up during the spring and summer season include screen printing workshops, an intaglio printmaking workshop, and many more. We offer something for everyone! If you’ve ever been curious about and wanted to try your hand at something book arts related, this summer is the time.

Our workshops fall into four major categories:


In any of our letterpress workshops you will have the opportunity to use our historic, fully-operational Vandercook printing presses. Learn to set and lay type, and print your own poster or greeting card.








 In a screenprinting workshop, you will have access to our screenprinting equipment, and get to print your own t-shirt or poster as an end product.









Papermaking workshops allow you to make paper much more interesting than your standard pack of printer paper. Depending on the workshop, you will make use of different fibers and materials and a variety of techniques for crafting one of a kind paper.






We also offer a variety of bookbinding workshops throughout the year. In these various workshops, you can explore different methods of making and binding books, and will get to create your own journal or sketchbook.







The workshops in any of these categories are varied and unique. We offer something for everyone, and for every skill-level, including kid-friendly workshops, and workshops designed specifically for kids. And any one of our workshops would make a great gift. Stop in a store to pick up a gift certificate. We’re open Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm. Treat yourself, or treat someone else.

Have I piqued your interest?

Check out a full list here:

Spring/Summer Workshops

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