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[BKARTS] Book fair in Providence, RI

Submitted by the John Russell Bartlett Society

News release

Contact: Karen Donovan
(401) 437-9573

Small Press & Fine Printing Book Fair in Providence
Will Showcase New England Artisans

Featured speaker Ann Kalmbach, director and co-founder of Women's Studio
Workshop, will describe trends in artists' books over the last 25 years

Providence, R.I. - For immediate release - The John Russell Bartlett
Society's biennial Small Press & Fine Printing Book Fair will bring fine
books and their makers from all over New England for an exhibition in
Providence, R.I., on Sunday, October 6, 2002. Books and other works on
paper from an eclectic group of 20 small presses and book artists will
be exhibited in Brown University's Alumnae Hall at 194 Meeting Street,
Providence, R.I.

The event begins at 12:00 noon, when Ann Kalmbach of Women's Studio
Workshop (Rosendale, N.Y.) will speak on "Trends and Threads: Publishing
Artists' Books Since 1979 at Women's Studio Workshop." Ann Kalmbach is
co-founder and director of Women's Studio Workshop and coordinates the
organization's artists' book program. She has contributed many lectures
and panel discussions to the topic of artists' books, and her own books
are widely collected and exhibited.

Following her lecture and slide show, printers, publishers and book
artists will be on hand from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the exhibition
hall. Work on display and for sale will include handmade books,
woodblock prints, limited-edition poetry, and letterpress chapbooks and

The small presses, fine printers, and book artists represented include
the following:
Adastra Press (Easthampton, Mass.)
Apple Cider Press & Prints Studio (Newbury, Mass.)
Birch Brook Press (Delhi, N.Y.)
Bull Thistle Press (Jamaica, Vt.)
Burning Deck Press (Providence, R.I.)
Chicory Blue Press (Goshen, Conn.)
Curbstone Press (Willimantic, Conn.)
Garbaszawa / DWRI (Providence, R.I.)
John Carter Brown Library (Providence, R.I.)
Letterpress Guild of New England (Boston, Mass.)
Little River Press (Westfield, Mass.)
New Leaves Press (Kingston, R.I.)
Oat City Press (East Providence, R.I.)
Paradigm Press (Providence, R.I.)
Printing Office of the Farmers' Museum (Cooperstown, N.Y.)
Red Trillium Press (Williamsburg, Mass.)
Sea Dog Press (Watertown, Mass.)
Swamp Press (Northfield, Mass.)
Women's Studio Workshop (Rosendale, N.Y.)
Ziggurat Press (Providence, R.I.)

With this year's book fair, the Bartlett Society continues a 16-year
tradition of bringing the fruits of small press innovation and tradition
to Providence. Admission to all events is free. The public is warmly
invited. The book fair is partially funded by a grant from the Rhode
Island Committee for the Humanities, an independent affiliate of the
National Endowment for the Humanities.


(Please see below for additional book fair highlights and for more
information about the John Russell Bartlett Society.)

Additional Highlights of the 2002 Book Fair
A featured exhibitor of this year's fair is the reintroduced New Leaves
Press. Founded in 1976 at the University of Rhode Island, New Leaves
operated into the early 1980s but then ceased production. Now based at
Special Collections in the University of Rhode Island Library, Kingston
campus, New Leaves has come alive again under the direction of artist
Dore Page, just appointed printer-in-residence at the press. Much fine
work by Ms. Page will be on view, including her limited-edition artists'
book called Life Flowers with text by poet Dick Higgins.

During the afternoon, Laurie Whitehill Chong, readers' services
librarian at the Rhode Island School of Design Library, will present and
discuss a selection of artists' books from the library's collection.

Another highlight is an exhibition celebrating the 20th anniversary of
the Letterpress Guild of New England, an association of more than 100
printers, designers, artists, scholars and enthusiasts of letterpress
printing and the book arts.

About the John Russell Bartlett Society
Based in Providence, the John Russell Bartlett Society is an association
of people from Rhode Island and the surrounding region who meet
periodically for the purpose of engaging in good talk about books as
objects. The Society's interests extend to the entire history of books
in every country and period. The membership includes academics,
designers, students, librarians, collectors, craftspeople, and
bibliophiles in general, all of whom enjoy informal lectures and
discussions concerning the arts of the book.

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