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[BKARTS] FW: Book Arts at SFPL--Jioanne Sonnichsen Memorial

Note the Memorial gathering on February 7, 2004, in remembrance of Joanne

Signa/Judy Houghteling

Subject: Book Arts at SFPL--Jioanne Sonnichsen Memorial

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                          Contact:
Signa Houghteling

28 January 2004
Hand Bookbinders of California




The Hand Bookbinders of California and San Francisco Public Library will
host a memorial gathering honoring Joanne Sonnichsen, in the Skylight
Gallery, Sixth Floor, San Francisco Public Library, Civic Center. The event
will take place Saturday, February 7, 2004, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. A
selection of her fine bindings will be on display in the Marjorie G. and
Carl W. Stern Book Arts & Special Collections Center through February 26.

Mrs. Sonnichsen, who passed away December 25, 2003, was a distinguished hand
bookbinder and supporter of many book-related organizations both in the
United States and France.

Joanne Margaretha Peterson Sonnichsen was born in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1933,
moving two years later with her family to California; first to southern
California, later to Palo Alto where she graduated from Palo Alto High
School. She entered Stanford in 1950, majoring in Art and Design and
eventually, after more moves, completed her degree in 1958. By that time she
had met and married Darrell "Deke" Sonnichsen in the Stanford Memorial
Church in 1954. Their son P.J. was born at Stanford in 1959.

Joanne worked as an executive secretary for a time but her real interests
were in painting, photography and, finally, in bookbinding. She studied with
Donald Glaister in the 1970's and set up her own studio in Menlo Park.
Joanne taught bookbinding in her studio and in workshops in America and
Europe. Her meticulous, beautifully designed and crafted bindings have been
displayed in museums, libraries and private collections in Europe, North
America, Australia, Japan and Russia. They have been shown in numerous
exhibitions in the cases of The Book Club of California. Her binding for the
AIDS Name Project Book is on permanent display in Grace Cathedral in San

Joanne was president of The Colophon Club and the Hand Bookbinders of
California. She was president of the Book Club of California from 1995 to
1997. She was also a member of The Roxburghe Club, the Guild of Book
Workers, Designer Bookbinders, the Bancroft Library Associates, the Stanford
Library Associates, and was one of the founders of the Treasure Market at

In February 2003 Joanne was presented with the Book Club of California's
Oscar Lewis Award for "her outstanding contributions in the field of the
Book Arts." Joanne's spontaneity and optimism will be missed, along with her
fine bindings.

This event is sponsored by the Marjorie G. and Carl W. Stern Book Arts &
Special Collections Center. All events at the Library are free and open to
the public. For more information please call Signa Houghteling at
415.771.1743 or contact the Center at 415.557.4560.



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