Dear NBG Community,
Anticipation has been building and we’re almost there ⏤ only three weeks until  the opening of Books as Art 3. I’d like to reiterate something I wrote in last month’s newsletter because I feel so passionately about this: The depth and breadth of our show depends on the participation of our members. Whether you have been a longtime member of NBG or if you have just taken your first class in last spring’s Book Arts Basic Series, my hope is that each of us will embrace this opportunity to share our work. This has been a difficult year in so many ways and when I think of coming together in creative celebration I feel enlivened.

Samantha Reynolds, executive director of North Star Ballet, recently wrote an evocative Community Perspective piece in the Daily News Miner, October 4, 2021. She eloquently expressed the role of art in our lives: “The fractures inflicted by the pandemic are widespread and the world will no doubt feel the repercussions of this crisis for years to come. But in these broken places — where our humanity lost its way or despair threatened to overwhelm us — we find the artists…Up and down the centuries, the power of the arts has drawn people of different creeds, political views and generations into a shared admiration. In its vibrancy and complexity, art reminds us of our humanity, our deep longing for beauty, and our desire to be drawn into mystery.”

I believe Books as Art 3 will embody Ms. Reynold’s sentiment, offer beauty and the delightful wonder of artist books to our Fairbanks community. I imagine a wide spectrum of handcrafted book forms on display, a collection that will exemplify the creativity and imagination of NBG artists...You! As a reminder, all the entry categories are listed in the Books As Art 3 section below. Two events have been planned to celebrate our show, on November 5 and 19. Please see the calendar below for details about these special hybrid gatherings. (The previously planned Exhibition Opening on Nov. 5 has been changed to a Facebook Live event to meet the current pandemic protocols in the Bear Gallery.)

Please join me, bring your books to the Bear Gallery on Sunday, October 31, 12-6pm. (This is a change from the original guidelines.)  When you bring your books, please bring a completed InTake Form for each one. (Click on the button below to print the Exhibition Intake Form. Copies are also available at the NBG studio, open on Wednesdays, 12-4pm.)

Coinciding with our show, NBG will be featured as the Gift Shop Artist of the Month. Members will be able to display their work for sale in a dedicated space in the gift shop. When you bring your items, please bring a completed InTake Form. (Click on the button below to print the Gift Shop Intake Form. Copies are also available at the NBG studio, open on Wednesdays, 12-4pm.)

I’m looking forward to seeing you at InTake and at our special events. Together we will make Books As Art 3 a memorable success for our Guild.

Warmest regards,
Susan Campbell
NBG President
November 5-27, 2021
Fairbanks Arts Association
Bear Gallery
Gallery hours: Monday-Saturday, 12-6pm

General Entries 
Artist books created over the last 4 years are eligible:
they may be one-of-a-kind or editioned;
they may or may not have text and/or images;
they may have been made in a class or on your own.
NBG members may submit up to 4 entries in this category.

Foldable Entries
If you used a foldable structure to create an artist book, enter it in this category.
Recent program meetings have focused on foldable structures,
but Foldables are not limited to those presented at our meetings.
Our goal is to include the widest variety of foldable structures as possible.
There’s no limit to the number you may submit in this category.

Set Book Entries
If you participated in the Set Book Project, all of your books completed
for the project are part of of the Set Book category.

Letterpress/Chap Book Entries
If you created a letterpress chapbook or used letterpress in any of your books,
enter them in this category.
There’s no limit to the number that you may submit in this category.

#areyoubookenough Entries
 If you created books in response to any of the #areyoubookenough challenges,
enter them in this category.
It's not too late! Recent and upcoming challenge themes:
September - Open
October - Rings
November - Winged
There’s no limit to the number that you may submit in this category.

Gift Shop Category
Because NBG is the designated Gift Shop Artist of the Month (GSAM), you are encouraged to create book works to be offered for sale in the Bear Gallery Gift Shop. A 35% commission on all sales supports the Fairbanks Arts Association. There is no limit to the number you may submit in this category.

Download the Guidelines for more information!

Bear Gallery
Sunday, October 31, 12-6pm

Exhibition Entries:
Fill out an Exhibition InTake Form for each entry.
If an entry is for sale, set price to include 35% FAA commission.
Download InTake forms here, on NBG website,
or pick up at NBG Studio on Wednesdays, 12-4pm
Gift Shop (GSAM) Entries:
Fill out one Gift Shop Artist of the Month (GSAM) InTake Form listing your items and prices.
Please note that prices include 35% FAA commission.
Note: The Bear Gallery is closed to the public on Sunday, October 31. You may drive into Pioneer Park through the gate at Moore/2nd Street and enter Centennial Hall through the north door (opposite The Folk School) or park out front and walk around to the north door.
Bear Gallery
Friday, November 5, 6-7:30pm
on Facebook Live

This Facebook Live event will include Books As Art 3 Overview
Introduction to the Northwoods Set Book Project
with reading by poet Christopher Lee Miles, author of Armor & Ornament

Facebook Live link will be provided in November.
Our First 10 Years: Looking Back, Looking Forward
Bear Gallery & Facebook Live
Friday, November 19, 6-7:30pm
with limited in-person attendance and on Facebook Live

This event will accommodate a limited number of vaccinated and masked NBG members
in the gallery (number to be determined by Covid protocols in November);
RSVP on first come basis.
RSVP and Facebook Live link will be provided in November.
Bear Gallery
Sunday, November 28, 12-6pm

Pick up your unsold items from the exhibition and Gallery Gift Shop.
Download a copy of the Book As Art 3 Calendar here for easy reference!
Learn about and support Northwoods Book Arts Guild!