“I always thought Book Arts was a cool place but never gave it much more thought than that, until I was asked to be a board member. Now that I know more about the facility and all the work they do in the community I KNOW it is a really cool place, with a great mission to keep books and the arts surrounding it alive. Not to mention the terrific people I have met over the years. It has been and continues to be a great experience.”
Kathleen Hartmans, Vice President of the Board Of Directors
“I trained as a printmaker and am known as a paper maker, so by default have long been interested in book arts. I worked with the founders in the past and have done a few workshops for them and at the center, and can truly say, that although we are firmly in the tech and digital age, there seems to be always a strong undercurrent of interest in manual creation. People want to love and love to want to create and make things in the way it is done at the Western New York Book Arts Center. Here you will find the place, people and time to delve richly into the all that these arts entail.”
“Because print is not dead! Print, more than anything, more than the internet, changed the power structures of the entire world by making information accessible to anyone who could read. What’s more is that where digital may own and house the headlines, print has become an invaluable respite. It is a space so void of distraction, so permanent, and full of unique design that readers do not just dip their toes like they do to so many different websites and social platforms, they instead put all else down and fully immerse themselves in the work of authors and artists they spend enough time with to remember.
Silence. Words. Art. Thought. That is print. That is Book Arts. That is what we work to preserve and celebrate on Washington and Mohawk. “