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[BKARTS] Boston- fore-edge painting lecture and workshop

There are still spaces available in the workshop!

The Curious Art of Fore-Edge Painting with Martin Frost

The New England Chapter of The Guild of Book Workers is pleased to announce a two-part program on the art of secret fore-edge painting with British book artist, Martin Frost.  Boston will be the first stop on Mr. Frost's long awaited east coast tour.

On Thursday, March 31 at 6:30pm in the Rare Book Room at the Boston Public Library, Mr. Frost will deliver an illustrated lecture describing the genesis and progress of this little know form of book decoration. Examples from the artist's collection, as well as the tools of his art, will be on display. This lecture is free and open to the public.

On Saturday, April 2 from 9 to 5pm, at the Boston Athenaeum, Mr. Frost will conduct a workshop intended to prime students in the technique of painting a book edge. Students can expect to take home their own book with a hidden edge decoration.

Having a life-long interest in painting (his father was a professional portrait artist) Martin Frost initially trained for theater and film, moving on to typography and calligraphy, book and magazine design. Over the last 33 years he has, as a Fore-Edge Painter, decorated well over 3000 books, including the more elaborate double and all-edge varieties. His paintings and portrait miniatures for Cosway style bindings are to be found in private and public book collections throughout the world. Mr. Frost has worked with many of the major binders in the United Kingdom.

Questions and registration should be directed to the New England Chapter Events Coordinator, Barry Spence at bspence@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx  The fee for the workshop is $150 ($210 with materials fee, explained below).  Checks should be payable to the Guild of Book Workers and sent to:
Barry Spence
3 Masonic Avenue
Shelburne Falls, MA 01370

Space in this workshop is limited so register soon! 

Supplies Required for workshop:

Students must supply their own water color paints (either tube or pan), mixing plate, ruler, and a variety of point-tipped water color brushes (including sizes 3 and 5). Also bring a suitably shaped image for your painting.

A gilt edged book and holding clamp can be purchased for a $60 materials fee. Please add that to the $150 workshop fee and pay with registration.
Alternatively, students are welcome to bring their own suitable gilt-edged books and holding clamp.  If you choose to bring your own book, ensure that the hinges are strong, the fore-edge smooth, un-stepped, well-gilded, and reasonably easy to fan.  The maximum size book that will fit the workshop-supplied holding clamp is 9 inches (book's height).  Avoid restrictively small books.

The book supplied with the materials fee will fan out to 8 x 3 inches. Please consider this (or the size of your own book) when selecting an image for your painting.

Please join us for one or both parts of this fascinating program!

Jeffrey Altepeter, President
New England Chapter GBW

What is fore-edge painting, you ask?

A scene painted on the fore edge of a book, either with the edge solid so that the resultant painting is visible with the book closed, or, in the more accepted use of the term, with the edge fanned out so that the painting is not visible with the book closed. When the painting is done with the leaves fanned out, the edge is generally also gilded or marbled in the usual manner, so that the closed book shows no trace whatsoever of the painting. A double fore-edge painting is one with two paintings, which can be viewed independently by fanning the leaves first one way and then the other. A triple fore-edge painting has a visible scene in addition, in which case the edge is not gilded or marbled.
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