Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Letterpress and Lightning, with Alisa Golden

The Book Arts and Special Collections Center of the San Francisco Public Library Presents:

Letterpress and Lightning, with Alisa Golden

The 12th annual Book Arts & Special Collections Center Holiday Lecture will showcase noted local printmaker and writer Alisa Golden, who will deliver an engaging presentation on letterpress printing on Sunday, December 10, at the Main Library.

Golden, who has used letterpress printing for the past 23 years, will show and read from a selection of her letterpress editions and recent hand-painted books. She will talk about the funny, strange, and emotional things that turn into those books: a love story that includes squashes; memories of a loved one lost; dreams; a nest in a dryer vent;
and others.

Golden teaches at the San Francisco Art Institute, California College of the Arts, the San Francisco Center for the Book and the Harding After School Enrichment Program (El Cerrito). She is the author of three instructional books, including her recent Expressive Handmade Books (New York: Sterling, 2005). Alisa's books are in the Center's Grabhorn Collection.

Sponsored by the Library's Marjorie G. & Carl W. Stern Book Arts & Special Collections Center, Letterpress and Lightning will be presented 3:00-5:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 10, in the Latino/Hispanic Community Room B, at the Main Library, 100 Larkin St., Civic Center.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, please call (415) 557-4560.

Asa Peavy, Program Manager
Marjorie G. & Carl W. Stern Book Arts & Special Collections Center
San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
T: 415.557.4560
F: 415.437.4849

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Shakespeare Facsimile

Limited Edition Facsimile

The Trevelyon Miscellany of 1608 is one of the Folger Shakespeare Library's greatest treasures. Aside from Shakespeare's First Folio, it is the only book in the Folger collection to have an entire exhibition devoted to it, in 2004. Its 594 oversized pages depict life in Shakespeare's England in all of its brilliant complexities—from the mythical to the mundane, poetical to practical, religious to secular.
Thomas Trevelyon, the compiler, was a skilled scribe and pattern-maker who had access to a stunning variety of English and Continental woodcuts, engravings, broadsides, almanacs, chronicles, and emblem books, which he transformed from small monochrome images into large and colorful feasts for the eyes. Ostensibly created for the entertainment, education, and edification of his friends and family, Trevelyon's miscellany is a lifetime achievement that continues to delight and mystify modern audiences, with its familiar scenes of domesticity and husbandry intertwined with epic Protestant and political epitomes: accounts of the rulers of England and the Gunpowder Plot, descriptions of local fairs, the colleges of Oxford and Cambridge and astronomy according to Ptolemy, illustrations of the nine muses and the seven deadly sins, of Old Testament history and household proverbs, and whimsical flowers, alphabets, and embroidery patterns.

This massive volume provides an exciting and unparalleled snapshot of the passions, concerns, and everyday interests of a highly talented London commoner and for this reason is of significant scholarly and general interest. It is a monumental work that was intended to be both studied and enjoyed, its pages turned and savored. For the first time since its arrival at the Folger in 1945, a generous gift from Lessing Rosenwald, this is now possible thanks to state-of-the-art conservation and high resolution digitization by Luna Imaging.

This limited edition, full-size facsimile of the entire manuscript is being produced to celebrate the Folger Shakespeare Library's 75th anniversary in 2007. It complements the only other extant work by Thomas Trevelyon, his Great book (1616), parts of which were published in facsimile for members of the Roxburghe club, London, in 2002.

Limited Edition
950 copies, printed on archival paper, smythe sewn and bound in cloth-wrapped boards with a reinforced spine and full-color dust jacket.
Price: $900 Canadian

For further information on the Canadian availability and distribution of this publication please contact George Maddison, Associate Director of the UBC Press at (604) 822-2053 or e-mail him at maddison@ubcpress.ca.

Shinsuke Minegishi Exhibition


Wessel & Lieberman Booksellers is pleased to present the first one-person exhibition in the United States of the work of printmaker & wood engraver Shinsuke Minegishi.

The show will be on display at Wessel & Lieberman Booksellers from November 2-December 30, 2006. It will feature a variety of Minegishi’s work including wood engravings for limited edition books; prints in which he employs both lithographs and wood engraving techniques; and simple wood engravings.

Shinsuke Minegishi is a Japanese printmaker and wood engraver living in Vancouver, British Columbia. He was born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1970 and moved to North America in 1993. He graduated with a Diploma in Fine Arts from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 1998, and has been a lecturer and instructor there since that time. He has also been a member of the Malaspina Printmaker’s Society in Vancouver since 1998.

Minigishi has received two grants through the Canada Council for the Arts; has been the subject of solo and two-person shows in Tokyo, Yokohama, and Vancouver; and has been included in group exhibitions throughout Canada and Japan. He has received many awards for his work, including the ‘Grand Prize’ at the 4th Kyoto International Woodprint Association Exhibition in 2003.

To accompany the exhibit, Wessel & Lieberman Booksellers is publishing an original essay by the artist in a limited edition; a small number of which will contain an editioned print by the artist.

Wessel & Lieberman Booksellers is at 208 First Avenue South in Seattle, Washington. Phone 206-682-3545 or 888-383-3631 (toll free). E-mail: claudia@wlbooks.com.

Relief Print Exhibtion

October 24th to November 26th, 2006

This exhibition of woodcuts, wood engravings and linocuts culls rarely displayed treasures from the extensive collection of the City of Burnaby Permanent Art Collection and SFU’s Malaspina Archives.

Also, five invited artists, each with a distinct style and purpose, show that this old, assertive art form has lost none of its appeal, to both creators and viewers.

Shinsuke Minegishi’s elegantly combined woodcuts and engravings detail nature’s minutiae and a structured balance of Eastern and Western aesthetics. Jim Rimmer’s linocuts, bodly and honestly complementing his limited edition books with custom-designed type, forge an unbroken link back to Gutenberg. Graham Scholes’, luminous, intricate Moku Hanga woodblocks depict B.C.’s disappearing lighthouses in a careful and caring achievement of historic and aesthetic value. Richard Tetrault’s linos and woodcuts of the Downtown Eastside meld socio/political concerns and activism with sheer visual beauty and a muralist’s power. Raymond Verdaguer’s linocut newspaper and magazine illustrations deliver small packages with immense impact, letting creativity loose under severe constraints.

Burnaby Art Gallery
6344 Deer Lake Avenue,
Burnaby, B.C.