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Happy Holidays from your
Northwoods Book Arts Guild!

2015 has been a fabulous year for our book arts community!
Look at all that's happened...
  • The Guild became an affiliate of North Star Community Foundation, giving our organization non-profit status, fiscal agency, and valuable professional advice. 
  • Forty members of the Fairbanks community (and beyond!) supported the Guild's work with their memberships and other monetary and in-kind donations. 
  • We moved into our first physical home for office and studio, in rented space at The Folk School. Our move expanded our already strong partnership, joyfully celebrated at a joint Folk School and Northwoods Book Arts Guild Open House in May.
  • Approximately 120 bookmaking enthusiasts attended the Guild's regular bi-monthly program meetings, which introduced them to new techniques, tools, and information about the book arts. These meetings now include an optional Book Exchange program. Everyone is welcome! 
  • The Guild sponsored 13 workshops in 2015, spreading knowledge about bookmaking, and growing our community of book artists. These workshops take place at The Folk School.
  • We established a Scholarship Fund to assist students in taking Guild-sponsored workshops.
  • We began our Open Book sessions in which we gather informally to share our book art projects.
  • Charlotte Bird and Fran Watson launched our Letterpress Project with their generous donation of a Kelsey Letterpress. This press is known as the Bird Press. Sixteen members of the community have supported the Letterpress Campaign, generously donating more than $2000. 
  • Thanks to Bruce Campbell, the Bird Press serendipitously found a companion Kelsey Press, called the Wood Press, so that we now have access to two very similar letterpresses. Great for classes and other collaborative endeavors!
  • The Letterpress Project created a sequence of workshops to train members to use the letterpresses, and began holding Open Press sessions to parallel Open Book.
  • The Guild's website continued to expand, inform, and archive our many activities.
  • The Guild participated in its 2nd annual Celebration of Handmade Books at If Only...a fine store with display, sales, and demonstrations of bookmaking techniques. 
  • We continued our outreach work of repairing books for the Alaska Literacy Council.
  • Guild members continued to provide displays that highlight the book arts at UAF's Rasmuson Library.
  • The Guild co-sponsored Our Boreal Forest, a community-wide exhibition in the Bear Gallery.
Heartfelt thanks to our fabulous bookmaking community!
We wish you all a happy holiday and warm wishes for the New Year!
The Northwoods Book Arts Guild Board:
Margo Klass, President
Mary Maisch, President-Elect
Kathy Dietrich, Treasurer
Connie Stricks, Secretary
Linda Adamson, Paper Birches Chair
Marilyn Askelin, Outreach Chair
Susan Campbell, Letterpress Chair
Laurel Herbeck, Education Chair
Oralee Nudson, Website Chair
Corlis Taylor, Membership Chair

Sneak Preview of 2016 Events

Open Book, Sunday, January 17
NBG Studio at The Folk School, noon - 4pm 

Program Meeting
 Thursday, January 21, 5-7, Blue Room, Pioneer Park

Workshop: Letterpress I
Sunday, January 24, The Folk School, noon-4pm Register here

Workshop: Letterpress II
Sunday, January 31, The Folk School, noon-4pm  Register here

Open Book, Sunday, February 17
NBG Studio at The Folk School, noon - 4pm


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