Western New York Book Arts Center

Western New York Book Arts Center http://www.wnybookarts.org The WNY Book Arts Center exists to promote, encourage and develop Printing & Book related Arts through education and access for individual artists and underserved communities.
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Through active programs such as lectures, workshops and exhibitions, all facets of the printed word and image — printmaking, binding, papermaking, illustration, design, writing, and enhanced literacy — can be explored and made accessible to the public as viewer and participant.

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09/10/2020
Networks, entangled - Darya Warner

Once upon a time in the chilly weeks of March, the Book Arts' Main Gallery was gearing up to showcase the exhibition "Networks, entangled" by bio artist Darya Warner. Then the world turned upside down *right* before we were given the chance to host an opening reception!

After months of virtual viewing, online workshops & artist videos, we're so excited to be reopening our doors beginning September 22 for this exhibition to be viewed person.

More info about this exhibition & pieces, Darya's process, and how to pre-register your viewing at
https://wnybookarts.org/networks-entangled-an-exhibition-by-darya-warner/

This exhibition closes on September 26 & we have *very limited* capacity so please remember to pre-register!

We have some BIG news!! We're so excited to announce that we will be opening our doors in just a couple weeks! Our Galle...
09/09/2020

We have some BIG news!! We're so excited to announce that we will be opening our doors in just a couple weeks!

Our Gallery, Shop & Studio will be open by pre-registration only & for curbside pickup beginning September 22nd, 2020 in careful compliance with all NYS Forward guidelines, and we need your help to ensure our space stays safe for all members of our community!

We have a very limited capacity so please plan your visit at wnybookarts.org/visit

We don't have the words to express how eager we are to welcome you back into the Center (& to show off some changes to the space!) and thank you again for all of your continuous support and patience as we navigate this new normal.

Follow along to stay up to date on all the happenings in the Gallery & Shop! We'll see you *very* soon. Until then, stay creatively curious ❤
-The Book Arts Staff

09/07/2020
Western New York Book Arts Center

Today's the last day of our Summer of BookFest! THANK YOU to all who tuned in to our free & family-friendly artmaking activities, our virtual artists' market & our Speaker Series! ☀️

Find all of our artmaking tutorials here for creatively curious fun all year round!
https://www.facebook.com/watch/WNYBookArtsCenter/1068155320266983/

Don't forget - today is the last day to snag these featured bookmaking and origami kits in our online shop! wnybookarts.org/store

Last chance to sign up for the final webinar of the BookFest Speaker Series! Renée Stevens of AIGA Upstate New York will...
09/04/2020
BookFest Speaker Series: Renée Stevens | AIGA Upstate New York | WNY Book Arts Center %

Last chance to sign up for the final webinar of the BookFest Speaker Series! Renée Stevens of AIGA Upstate New York will walk us through her process of writing, designing, and publishing her book, Powered by Design. Curious about the book publishing process, or interested in the concepts discussed in the book? Come with questions!

Registration is FREE and it all beings at 12 on Zoom!
https://wnybookarts.org/event/bookfest-speaker-series-renee-stevens-aiga-upstate-new-york/

Big Thanks to PIA - Printing Industries Alliance & AIGA Upstate New York for sponsoring this series! ❤

Join us as Renée Stevens walks us through her process of writing, designing, and publishing her book, Powered by Design. Curious about the book publishing process, or interested in the concepts discussed in the book? Come with questions!

09/03/2020
Make your own Origami Kusudama Flowers!

A bouquet that never wilts! Origami, the art of folding paper, is a useful technique for creating all sorts of sculptural pieces. Learn how to create an origami bouquet with materials from home! In this tutorial, we’re using recycled book pages and decorative papers from our Origami Kusudama Kit, available in our online Shop.

Create an entire paper bouquet, or add a few fresh flowers from your garden! Perfect for a sweet little gift, or to make your space a little more homey. Suitable for ages 10+, young children may need assistance.

https://wnybookarts.org/event/bookfest-demo-origami-kusudama-flowers/

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To celebrate Summer of BookFest! we’re hosting free, family friendly demos in bookmaking, printmaking & more! Play along with materials from home, or visit our online shop for demo artmaking kits.
Happy Makin!

08/29/2020
Pamphlet Stitch Bookmaking Tutorial

Sketchbooks, journals, diaries, story books…all handmade! Learn how to create a hand-stitched book with papers from around your house! Watch along as Book Arts intern Megan takes you through the *speedy* steps of binding your own hardcover book!

Pamphlet stitch is a simple one-signature (one folded grouping) binding of pages, and is a perfect foray into the world of handmade books. In this tutorial, we’re using recycled posters, materials & tools from our Pamphlet Stitch Bookbinding Kit, available in our online Shop.

https://wnybookarts.org/event/bookfest-demo-pamphlet-stitch-books/

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To celebrate Summer of BookFest! we’re hosting free, family friendly demos in bookmaking, printmaking & more! Play along with materials from home, or visit our online shop for demo artmaking kits.

Happy Makin!

08/28/2020

Have you been tuning in to our Summer of BookFest Speaker Series? During this lunchtime webinar, we've met experts & artists in the biz getting behind scenes look of their processes and spaces! And guess what? We saved em all just in case you weren't able to make it ;) Take a look & watch the previous webinars while getting excited for the next & final session a week from today! BookFest Speaker Series: Renée Stevens | AIGA Upstate New York

wnybookarts.org/summer-of-bookfest

BIG THANKS to PIA - Printing Industries Alliance & AIGA Upstate New York for sponsoring this series!

08/27/2020
Hardcover Bookbinding Tutorial

Sketchbooks, journals, diaries, story books…all handmade! Learn how to create a hand-stitched hardcover book. Watch along as Book Arts intern Megan takes you through the *speedy* steps of binding your own hardcover book!

Create with bookbinding materials from home, or purchase the kit! In this timelapse tutorial, we’re using materials & tools from our Hardcover Bookbinding Kit, available in our online Shop.

The kit includes instructions and essential materials to make 3 hardcover books. Perfect for older children or adults who are looking for a quick, easy introduction to book making!

https://wnybookarts.org/event/bookfest-demo-hardcover-bookbinding/

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To celebrate Summer of BookFest! we’re hosting free, family friendly demos in bookmaking, printmaking & more! Play along with materials from home, or visit our online shop for demo artmaking kits.

Happy Makin!

08/26/2020
Dragon Fold Origami Book Tutorial

Origami Books Oh My! Origami, the art of folding paper, is a useful technique for creating dynamic books. Learn how to create an origami dragon chain book using papers from home! What’s really cool about this chain link book is that you can make it however long you’d like…we’ve made books that stretch from one side of the room to another! Fill up your finished creation with drawings, comics, poetry, the possibiliities are endless.

In this tutorial, we’re using colorful papers & materials from our Origami Dragon Bookmaking Kit, available in our online Shop.

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To celebrate Summer of BookFest! we’re hosting free, family friendly demos in bookmaking, printmaking & more! Play along with materials from home, or visit our online shop for demo artmaking kits. wnybookarts.org/summer-of-bookfest

Happy Makin!

08/25/2020

Tuesday is for Type!

This “Takes all Types” print was created with the Book Arts mission in mind. We’re committed to sharing the world of book arts with makers of all backgrounds, ages & abilities…it takes all types to make the world go round, and it certainly takes all types in our letterpress studio. The print is set in a variety of antique wood and metal type from the Book Arts collection, and is available for purchase in our online Shop to support our virtual BookFest & our organization.

Every year at BookFest we welcome curious folks of all ages into our printmaking studio to find out more about (and operate!) our antique printing presses. In this video, we show you how this year’s signature BookFest print was made, from setting type to handprinting on Mandy, our Vandercook 4 from the 1950s!

Follow along as Rosemary creates this poster!

https://wnybookarts.org/event/summer-of-bookfest-letterpress-demo/

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To celebrate Summer of BookFest! we’re hosting free, family friendly demos in bookmaking, printmaking & more! Play along with materials from home, or visit our online shop for demo artmaking kits. wnybookarts.org/summer-of-bookfest

Happy Makin!

We're on summer recess! The Book Arts staff is taking this week to rest, recharge, & reimagine all that this fall and th...
08/24/2020
Store | WNY Book Arts Center

We're on summer recess! The Book Arts staff is taking this week to rest, recharge, & reimagine all that this fall and the rest of 2020 will bring! 🌼☀️

Don't you fret, the online shop is still open for your perusing pleasure, we will be filling orders as soon as we return on Sept. 1, thank you for your patience! wnybookarts.org/store

This week we'll also be bringing you all the Summer of BookFest! goodness so you can still make art with us from home. Stay tuned here and on IGTV for bookmaking how-to's, tutorials and printmaking demonstrations to come!

Stay creatively curious, we'll be back soon!

08/18/2020
We miss you, too!

Hi pals! We miss you, too and don't worry, we're still here! It won't be tooooooo much longer until our doors open again, we promise

TGIF! {[ ~@*thank Goudy it's friday!*#~ ]} If you missed the live version of our Summer of BookFest! Speaker Series so f...
08/14/2020
Summer of BookFest 2020 | WNY Book Arts Center

TGIF! {[ [email protected]*thank Goudy it's friday!*#~ ]}
If you missed the live version of our Summer of BookFest! Speaker Series so far never fear!! Check out the recordings on our site! Only two more speakers left :) Thanks so much to our friends at PIA - Printing Industries Alliance & AIGA Upstate New York for makin' it all happen!

A virtual edition! July 11-September 7, 2020

😻😻 Teaching artist Ruby Merritt had a blast making these with Journey’s End students as part of our Printing Partners pr...
08/10/2020

😻😻 Teaching artist Ruby Merritt had a blast making these with Journey’s End students as part of our Printing Partners program!!

LOVE the contrast of pastels w/black & other dark colors in this artwork by our refugee students, hanging on our wall at Journey's End! They would make cool t-shirts! Our teachers are continuing art education remotely w/our students with the help of Ruby Merritt & Western New York Book Arts Center. Can't wait to see what they come up with! #GreaterAs1 #RefugeesWelcome #NORefugeeBan #Unity #Solidarity #WithRefugees #Welcome95k #BuffaloWelcomesRefugees!

"I love the print medium and the entire process of creating a plate, mixing the colors, and printing. I painted for year...
07/26/2020

"I love the print medium and the entire process of creating a plate, mixing the colors, and printing. I painted for years and approach printmaking as a painter."

Catherine Shuman Miller is among 35+ artists featured in our Virtual Members' Show. Our summer intern, Megan, got a closer look into Catherine's work & process. Head on over to our blog to read the full interview!

https://wnybookarts.org/12th-annual-members-show-a-virtual-look/

07/18/2020
Origami Chicken Wings

Did you miss our Origami Chicken Wing workshop with Taste of Buffalo last weekend? Have no fear! These paper Buffalonian delights are here to stay.

Fun for the whole family - follow along with Rosemary as she leads you step by step in making 3 wings (drums or flats, whatever you prefer!) 3 carrots, 2 pieces of celery...and let's not forget the blue cheese!

If you don't have the supplies lying around, we've got a kit with all necessary materials!
https://wnybookarts.org/product/origami-chicken-wings-kit/

Happy Making & Bon Appetit!

07/06/2020
Humanities New York Awards $1 million in CARES Act Funding

We're so excited to announce that we are one of 197 New York cultural nonprofits to be awarded funds from the HNY CARES Act!!

Thank you Humanities New York for believing in Book Arts!

Humanities New York Awards $1 million in CARES Act Funding June 24, 2020 NEW YORK CITY, NY — Humanities New York (HNY) today announced nearly $1 million in CARES Act funding to 197 New York cultural nonprofits affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. HNY CARES Emergency Grants focus on organizations wit...

Yesterday marked the first day of Phase 4 for WNY with many arts culturals and museum openings across our community........
07/01/2020
Store | WNY Book Arts Center

Yesterday marked the first day of Phase 4 for WNY with many arts culturals and museum openings across our community......but we need a little bit more time!

We miss you all dearly and are eager to again welcome you into the Center, so we are taking this time to make sure it is the safest experience for our members, supporters and teaching artists.

As we get the space ready for a safe reopening (psst we've got some remodeling projects afoot!) please continue checking out all the ways you can be involved from your home...

- SHOP! SHOP! SHOP!
All your favorite designs, plus new bookmaking kits and activities shipped right to your door. Or hey, surprise a friend and send a little colorful pick me up! We could all use one. https://wnybookarts.org/store/

- TAKE ONE (OR ALL!) OF OUR ONLINE WORKSHOPS!
We ship the necessary supplies and materials to you, all you gotta do is tune in to Zoom the day of the class! The cool thing? You don't have to be a Buffalonian to attend. We've got activities for families too! Did ya know members receive a discount!? Register now at https://wnybookarts.org/classes/

- TOUR OUR VIRTUAL GALLERY!
Our 12th Annual Members' Show featuring creations from over 35 members is currently on view! Plus...we're still accepting submissions!
https://wnybookarts.org/current-exhibition/

Don't forget to sign up for our mailing list to receive all our re-opening updates and virtual offerings!

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Thank you to all who have supported us during this time by making a purchase, becoming a member, viewing our virtual gallery, signing up for an online workshop, or simply making a donation. We are so so grateful for all your love & we can't wait to see you around the Center very soon!

Today we celebrate #Juneteenth and proudly stand alongside our BIPOC neighbors & the vibrant community we serve. This pr...
06/19/2020

Today we celebrate #Juneteenth and proudly stand alongside our BIPOC neighbors & the vibrant community we serve. This print is now available with 100% of proceeds being donated to Black Love Resists In the Rust, an organization working towards transformative social justice for Black and Brown folks of Buffalo. Visit our online shop (or our *new* FB shop!) to purchase & donate. And remember to keep pressing on & be the change. ❤️

https://wnybookarts.org/product/change-begins-with-us-donation-letterpress-print/

06/15/2020
Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo Announces Grant Awards from Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Funds - Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

We're so excited to announce that we are one of 98 WNY organizations to receive awards from endowment funds created to carry on the legacy of Ralph C. Wilson, Jr.!

We are so grateful to the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo and Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation for believing in Book Arts! With this support, we are able to continue spreading our mission of preserving and celebrating the book arts, providing accessible arts education to our vibrant communities, and cultivating opportunities for WNY artists.

From all of us, thank you!!

Buffalo, N.Y. – The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo announced that 98 Western New York organizations received more than $2 million in grant …

Thank you so very much to Lauren Hall,  WGRZ - Channel 2, Buffalo and our loving community members for all of your ongoi...
06/09/2020
WNY Book Arts Center encourages community to 'Keep Pressing On'

Thank you so very much to Lauren Hall, WGRZ - Channel 2, Buffalo and our loving community members for all of your ongoing support. We are so proud to serve such a diverse and vibrant community

Supporters raised $4,000 to help organization repair window damaged after protests

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A chili cookoff would also make a great fundraiser for the WNY Book Arts Center in future winter seasons as well.
looks great!!!!
Can anyone there direct me to where I can get some serious book repairing and old-book restoration training. Thank you.
Next Sunday, 4/28, at 3PM, hope you'll come hear Geoffrey Babbitt, Catherine Taylor, and Shira Dentz read from their new books at Western New York Book Arts Center! There'll be refreshments too!
I planned to meet my son to shop at the new, huge store on Elmwood and could not believe that you are closed on Sundays? People work and look forward to this type of shopping on the weekend. Close Mondays instead if you have to. This doesn't make sense.
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Hi, book arts friends! This coming Saturday, September 22nd, I will be selling part of my collection of artists' books and exhibition catalogs, as well as some antique dictionaries (late 1800s, early 1900s). 161 Saranac Ave, off Hertel. 9-5. Thought some of you would be interested :)
We had a great time!
All are invited to participate in the 5th Annual Buffalo Mini Maker Faire! Show us what you have been creating! We love science, technology, engineering, arts, performance, math, and innovation! The Facts: What is Maker Faire? … As a celebration of the Maker Movement, it’s a family-friendly all ages showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. It brings together curious people who enjoy learning and love sharing what they can do. Faire gathers together adult and child tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, food artisans, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. It is an amazing show and tell! When? Saturday, May 12th, 2018 from 10am-6pm. What does it cost? To have a booth and share your passion is free. If you intend to sell your wares or promote, then there is a $50 table fee. Note- We also hope that vendors will have an interesting display that is either interactive, offers a hands-on activity of some sort, or that teaches others about the craft. How much are tickets to attend the Faire? Presale tickets are available for $5. Day of are $10. There are also free ticketing options such as come in a costume and bring canned food to support the Food Bank of WNY. There are also many opportunities to get involved and volunteer the day of the event if you are interested. The Buffalo Mini Maker Faire “Call For Makers” is NOW OPEN! Visit http://buffalo.makerfaire.com/call-for-makers/ today and complete your application! We are actively seeking creative people of all ages who want to share their energy, talents, projects, workshops, performances, or expositions. We are especially interested in exhibits that are interactive, highlight the process of making things or that you or your children took pride in making! We invite artists, musicians, speakers, students, teachers, business leaders, comedians and community members of all ages and backgrounds to inspire others with what they can do! There is no fee to apply. All applications will be reviewed by a panel of jurors, and accepted makers will be notified within a day or two. The 5th Annual Buffalo Mini Maker Faire will be held on Saturday, May 12th from 10am-6pm. The Buffalo Mini Maker Faire is fortunate to have the Park School of Buffalo as its host this year. This venue is the perfect “country fair” setting in Snyder, NY with Park’s beautiful thirty-four acre campus – formerly a farm – which includes three soccer fields, two gymnasiums, six classroom buildings, a theater, dining hall, pond, marsh, gardens, and a greenhouse all while being located just minutes from downtown Buffalo and easily accessible from many communities throughout Western New York. Contact: [email protected] http://buffalo.makerfaire.com/
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A reminder that you are welcome to participate in this open call. Writers, designers, poets, artists, students too.
Hey WNYBAC! Just wanted to share this awesome event for that's happening next week! We'll be touring and getting to know Fifteen, The Martin Group and Eric Mower + Associates while having some social time in between.