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Its hard to believe but the time has come to start
accepting reservations for tables BookFest 2005.  This
is the third annual BookFest and it promises to be
bigger and better attended than previous years.  We
are encouraged that returning artists have already
reserved half of the tables, though there are still
plenty of choice tables available.  Information for
BookFest 2005 is online at www.BookFest.com.  If you
would like to receive a hard copy of the information
please send a snail-mail address to
ed@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx  Carolyn Chadwick or I would be
happy to answer any questions if you contact us off
list.

The returning artists include: Susan Angebranndt
(Green Chair Press, San Mateo CA), Alice Austin
(Artist Books, Philadelphia PA), Alicia Bailey
(ravenpress, Aurora CO), Carolyn Chadwick (Bookbinder,
West Hurley NY), Joe Freedman (The Sarabande Press,
Cornwall CT), Ed Hutchins (Editions, Mount Vernon NY),
Susan Jaworski-Stranc (Apple Cider Press Studio,
Newbury MA), Emily Martin (Naughty Dog Press, Iowa
City IA), Geraldine Ann Newfry (newfry.com, Chicago
IL), Laura Russell (Simply Books, Bellingham WA),
Miriam Schaer (Unique Artist Books, Brooklyn NY),
Ellen Sheffield (UNIT IV, Gambier OH), and Jill Timm
(Mystical Places Press, Wenatchee WA).

Ann E. Gregory wrote a great overview of BookFest 2004
in the latest issue of Artists Books Reviews.  I
dont know how she managed it but she includes
comments on all of the 25 artist exhibitors.  Of
special note is the sidebar listing practical points
for artists to consider when marketing at book shows.
The article includes several color photos by Kwame
Brathwaite and Rhea Banker.

On another front, the first viewing of Stand and
Deliver: Engineering Sculpture into a Book Format at
the Brookfield Craft Center was a huge success.  From
the exciting opening in April to closing day there was
a steady stream of visitors.  Several book collectors
wrote to say that they drove a long way to see the
show and they were glad that they had made the effort.
 According to Jack Russell, the director of the
Brookfield Craft Center, in the fifty years that the
center has been in operation this was the most popular
and well-attended show.  Judith Russell put in many
hours making the show possible and Robert Dancik was
responsible to the imaginative installation.  You can
see photos of the opening at www.artistbooks.com/snd/

The show has been packed up and it is on its way to
San Diego.  Pat Vine and Alessandra Moctezuma have
been working hard to prepare for the shows arrival
and Ann Montanaro has been handling the arrangements
for the Movable Book Society. Thursday, September 30,
is the shows official opening at Mesa College as well
as the Movable Book Conference.  About half of the
artists with books in the show have indicated that
they will be attending.  Its going to be a very
exciting evening. Please come if you can.

There is an unusual catalog that goes with the show.
The catalog is essentially a paper sleeve folded in
half.  When opened, show information explodes on a
pop-up starburst in the center.  At the same time, two
booklets are pushed out of the right and left sides.
One booklet has an introduction, background statements
by several participating artists, color photos, and an
interactive CD.  The other booklet has color photos
and short descriptions of all 52 books in the show.
The catalog can be purchased from any of the
sponsoring organizations or by sending a check made
out to Ed Hutchins for $26.29 (postpaid) to Stand
and Deliver, PO Box 624, Mt Vernon NY 10552.

Thanks to Amanda Trice there was an informative
article about the Stand and Deliver show with 10
photos in Volume 3, Issue 3 of Tabellae Ansatae.
Another show covered in the same issue is the
excellent In Flight exhibit organized by the Guild of
Book Workers.

And finally, Tracy Strong organized a small, but
thought-filled show of artist books at the Katonah
Museum of Art that opened last May.  As part of the
program the museum sponsored a spirited panel
discussion that included Tracy, Richard Minsky,
Barbara Mauriello, Brian Hannon, and myself.  Tracys
show has had many nice ripple effects.  The Katonah
Museum of Art has since decided to organize a
bookmaking program for teachers in the Spring of 2005
and the Westchester section of the New York Times ran
an insightful article by Susan Hodara on local book
artists.  Besides the artists in the show the article
talked about the work of Ed Colker, Deborah Chodoff,
Cecile Lindstedt, and Irene OGarden.  The article
currently isnt online, but we are working to make it
available.

Stay tuned!

Ed (Hutchins)

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