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September 17, 2016
Plymouth Congregational Church – Jackman Room Social: 12:30 Program: 1:00

A plentiful harvest of work by those who have spent their summer months at art and lettering workshops, classes, retreats, and conferences.

“FOLLOW THE LEAD OF YOUR TEACHER” Colleague Maura Lynch, the 2015 Jo White Scholarship recipient, will present her learnings from her year of calligraphic study.

October 14, 2016
Plymouth Congregational Church – Jackman Room Social: 6:30
Program: 7:00

Internationally renowned lettering designer Julian Waters will share some of what he has been up to lately (more), including co-designing and consulting on Sheila Waters' new book (more).

Saturday & Sunday,
October 15 & 16, 2016
Edina Art Center 9:30-4:30 BLACKLETTER VARIATIONS: FROM TEXTURA TO FRAKTUR two-day workshop presented by internationally renowned lettering designer Julian Waters (register here)(more info)
November 19, 2016
Plymouth Congregational Church – Jackman Room Social: 12:30 Program: 1:00

Colleague Jean Formo will lead a hands-on instruction in Contemporary Monoline Uncial! (more)

February 18, 2017
Plymouth Congregational Church – Jackman Room Social: 12:30 Program: 1:00 HANDS-ON MINI WORKSHOPS
Members teaching a variety of calligraphy and related arts. (Click here for an overview of this year's workshops!)
March 18, 2017
Plymouth Congregational Church – Jackman Room Social: 12:30 Program: 1:00 ACCORDIAN BOOK WITH FRAMES
A hands-on class presented by Colleague Georgia Greeley, a longtime faculty member at Minnesota Center for Book Arts. Read a delightful interview with Georgia below!. (workshop details)
April 21, 2017
Plymouth Congregational Church – Jackman Room Social: 6:30
Program: 7:00
LETTER, WORD, AND LINE SPACING hands-on presentation by Colleague founding member and internationally recognized lettering artist and teacher Diane von Arx (more)
Saturday & Sunday,
April 22 and 23, 2017
Edina Art Center 9:30-4:30 TWO-DAY WORKSHOP with Colleague founding member and internationally recognized lettering artist and teacher Diane von Arx (workshop description) (register here)

Occasionally, event details may change. Please check back to make sure you have the most current information. For additional class and workshop offerings, see the Resources page.

Workshop reservations need to be postmarked by the reservation deadline. In the event a workshop is overfilled, a lottery draw of registrations will be used to determine class participants.

Georgia Greeley is a book artist, poet, printmaker, calligrapher and teacher. Her art work

reflects all of these “hats”. As presenter for our Colleagues program on March 18, Georgia will lead us through the making of a unique artist book, containing colorful samples of our own art.

The book can also serve as a sort of a table-top sculpture. Recently, Georgia shared comments about her work with Jean Formo.

J: Any memories of your childhood art?
G: I remember receiving a ream of 11 x 17 paper as a Christmas present when I was eight. My father once complimented my ink and watercolor drawing, saying it looked like an Asian work. As a teen I asked my mother about a drawing I’d finished. She said, “That’s a good beginning.” I was devastated and did not ask her advice again for many years.

J: What inspires you to create?
G: What I see. The startling paradoxes and juxtapositions that occur in life. I often can’t tell if my writing inspires my visual work or vice versa. The two disciplines (writing and visual art) are very symbiotic for me in a wonderfully exponential and positive way.

J: What part does expression play in your letterpress/printmaking work?
G: I’ve learned to start with a plan or idea, and leave openings to respond to the accidents and surprises produced by the media and method. My inspiration or motivation is almost always to express a compelling moment or to figure something out.

J: What offers the most challenge to you in your work?
G: Finding time to take care of the business of life and still having enough emotional and physical space left to do my creative work. Scheduling my creative time and sticking to it.

J: What are your favorite tools and materials? Favorite artists?
G: Tools: printing press, etching press, folded pen, variety of pens and nibs, computer possibilities. Materials: variety of papers, inks, watercolors, experimental bases for etching press, photo polymer plates, gel plates. Artists: Georgia O’Keefe, Corita Kent, Aubrey Beardsley, Maria Sibylla Merian, Piet Mondrian, Vincent Van Gogh, Remedios Varo, Mary Cassat.

J: What are your artistic goals for the future? Any new directions?
G: I set monthly and yearly goals. This year I am going to bring calligraphy into my print and book work and attempt to illustrate three children’s picture books I’ve written. I have to finish a collaboration I started last year, and begin another I committed to this year with other artists and writers. I plan to focus more on calligraphy, my biggest new direction.

J: What brings you joy in regard to your practice of art?
G: The creative problem solving, the act of making, and the constant learning I am blessed with during both processes.

J: What continues to draw you toward teaching?
G: I keep thinking I am going to stop teaching and spend more time doing my own work. Then someone asks me to teach something new or challenging and I think it sounds fun, and I say yes.

J: What makes for successful learning?
G: Being able to see freshly through failure, success, and process.

J: If you could distill your artist statement, what would it say?
G: I see. I make. I breathe.

J: Your work is so varied in scope and medium. How do you apply calligraphy to it?
G: Applying calligraphy is new for me, though I’ve done it in a spotty fashion for over 30 years. I’m experimenting at the moment. I just made a piece that uses printed letterforms as a design background and added a poem done in calligraphy in some of the negative space. I liked the outcome despite the fact that I need lots more calligraphy practice.

J: What kinds of classes do you teach at Minnesota Center for Book Arts?
G: I usually teach binding, some 2D design, page design, and color design. Every now and then I teach how to include writing within the visual work.

J: What first drew you to book art?
G: Being able to pull so many things I am passionate about into one vessel – the book.

2017 Mini Workshops are here!

Once again, our long-lived MINI WORKSHOP tradition will bring us together on Saturday afternoon, February 18 at 12:30 pm in Jackman Hall.  Stock up at the refreshment table, unpack your stuff, and settle into a comfy chair, ready to begin the “main course” promptly at 1:00 pm.

How many uses does black paper have?  Find out in “See Your Name In Lights!!!” Make fast friends with a brightly colored gel pen, as it performs its own lettered light show. Pen whisperers Eve Brown and Jean Heidenreich will get you started on your own calligraphic fireworks.

The brush has the floor in Karen Eighmy’s “Experience Pointed Brush Lettering”. And talk about experience! Karen has been the principal brush calligrapher at Josten’s for umpteen years. Let her give you a taste of what the brush can do – from Roman times to Madison Avenue. Take home two different brush lettering exemplars. This workshop is only the beginning!

Or, be inspired by the expertise of nature printer, artist Sue Filbin, who will hold the flashlight for her participants as they journey through “The Steadfast Pocket Book”. Focus on the creation of TWO eight-page, fold-bound books, each one tucked into a matching origami sleeve. Pages will carry a multitude of quotations provided in class.

All of these classes are right for all skill levels – that means you!

Thanks goes to Lynn Ohlhorst who has been hard at work for months, along with our dedicated volunteer teachers, creating this opportunity for all of us. Use these links to read the descriptions and to register!

 mini workshops descriptions