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The Best of the Best: A Traveling Exhibition of the Guild of Book Workers - Opening November 5 at Smith College, Northampton, MA

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The Best of the Best at Smith College
November 5-December 21, 2001

The Guild of Book Workers' traveling exhibition of members' work, The Best
of the Best, will be on display in Neilson Library, Smith College,
Northampton, MA November 5-December 21, 2001 (in the Morgan Gallery, first
floor, and in the newly-named Book Arts Gallery on the third floor). The
Guild, founded in 1906, is a national organization of printers,
bookbinders, calligraphers, papermakers, and other workers in the book
arts. This juried exhibition, about midway through its one and a half year
tour throughout the U.S., features the work of 33 participants from 18
states. It showcases a marvelous variety of work produced by traditional
techniques as well as the latest technologies of inkjet printing, in both
usual and unusual formats.

The Mortimer Rare Book Room and the New England Chapter of the Guild will
co-sponsor a reception on Thursday, November 15 from 5-7 pm in the Book
Arts Gallery, adjacent to the rare book collection in Neilson Library. This
will be an informal opportunity to meet other book enthusiasts and to view
this exhibition and two others also on display, The Henry L. Seaver
Collection in the Mortimer Rare Book Room, a celebration of the 25th
anniversary of Seaver's stunning bequest of books and manuscripts, and The
Hand Papermaking 15th Anniversary Exhibition.

Neilson Library is open Monday-Friday from 8 am until 11 pm and Saturday &
Sunday from 10 am until 11 pm. The Mortimer Rare Book Room is open only
Monday-Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, but the exhibitions can be seen anytime
Neilson Library is open. For additional information you can write or call
Barbara Blumenthal (413-585-2907 or e-mail: mailto:bblument@smith.edu). For
a map to Smith College go to
A campus map can be found at <http://www.smith.edu/map/>.

You also can view The Best of the Best exhibition online at the Guild of
Book Workers' website <http://palimpsest.stanford.edu/byorg/gbw>. The fully
illustrated catalogue, in postcard format and housed in a hinged plexiglass
case, will be available for purchase for $20.00 in the Mortimer Rare Book
Room during November and December. The catalog can also be ordered online.

Future venues are:

January 16 - February 20
Swarthmore College Swarthmore, PA

March 13 - April 23
San Diego State University Malcom A. Love Library, San Diego, CA

May 7 - June 27
San Francisco Public Library San Francisco, CA

The exhibition can be seen online at:

Peter D. Verheyen, Publicity Chair
The Guild of Book Workers

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