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Opening of the San Francisco Center for the Book

The San Francisco Center for the Book celebrates its opening on Tuesday,
July 30, from 5 to 9 p.m. , at 300 De Haro Street, between 16th and 17th
Streets. The opening will be a great opportunity to meet members of the
book arts community and to learn about upcoming events, exhibitions, and
classes at The Center.

The San Francisco Center for the Book is a newly-formed arts organization
devoted to exploring the art of the book and the visible word.
Centrally-located at the foot of Potrero Hill, The Center has set up a
stylish public facility that will house the activities and studio practice
of the growing book arts community. Drawing upon the creative talents and
expertise of members of Bay Area book arts organizations, The Center offers
a wide range of workshop classes in bookmaking such as experimental
printmaking and book structures, as well as exhibitions, special events, a
resource library.  The Center also intends to facilitate interdisciplinary
collaboration of artists exploring the book format.

The three founding directors staff The San Francisco Center for the Book:
Mary Austin, Kathleen Burch, and Susan Landauer.  The Center also houses
the activities of The Pacific Center for the Book Arts and The Hand
Bookbinders of California, two lively Bay Area book arts organizations.

Starting with the local expression of the Arts & Crafts movement a century
ago, some of the world's most creative book artists have worked in the Bay
Area. Their diverse arts have decorated Berkeley coffee house menus, lined
the bookshelves of the Bohemian Club, or been given away in The Haight.
During the seventies, the practice and perception of book arts began to
move from "craft" to "fine art," as museums began to mount major
exhibitions, and as the prices of the works mounted as well. Current
interest in the book arts has never been higher, perhaps due to the visual
stimulation of changing publishing technologies. To book artists, "the
death of the book" really means a transformation of its form, and a way for
all of us to re-examine reading, sequence, and content.

Publicity photos available.  For more information, call Mary Austin or
Kathleen Burch at 415-565-0545.

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