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[BKARTS] 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


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 Francisco.


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 Stanford.


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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