Evening Activities



Welcome Reception

All attendees are invited to join us Tuesday evening in kicking off the 2017 conference at the Welcome Reception held outside Scott Hall. This year our opening falls on the Summer Solstice, an event that we will be celebrating throughout the conference. Join us for libations and appetizers, solstice celebration, and the opening of the Artists’ Shop.


Keynote Lecture

Chapters: Building a Life in the Book Arts

Starting with that first spark that lights a fire for book art, many artists wonder where to go with this binding passion. Are you destined to be a happy workshop wanderer? Is there a path to fund your habit? Can you make a living in the book arts? In this talk, Laura Russell will cover the “chapters” of a life in the book arts and the many ways to participate in our burgeoning, creative field.

For artists content to create and connect, learn how can you make the most of your opportunities to learn and grow and how to continue growing when all of your friends and family have enough of your books. For those who might want to make a little money, or even make a living in the book arts, you’ll learn how to build a name for yourself as an artist. Find out how exhibitions, exchanges or collections expand your creativity, your purpose or your business.

This information is relevant for anyone in the field, including new or working book artists, calligraphers, bookbinders, printers, papermakers and more. Come prepared to explore your path through this rich, diverse field of book art and discover how to make your mark. Join us Wednesday, June 21, 7 pm.


Six Hundred Years of Type: Metal Type in the 21st Century

Our Thursday evening event features a video presentation of Jim Rimmer’s creation of the Stern font,
followed by a presentation and question/answer session on casting and letterpress type by Jeff Shay
of Portland’s own C.C. Stern Foundry Museum – metaltype.org.

Hospitality Night

Hospitality Night is held on Saturday night. It is a time for attendees to share what they have done in conference workshops and what they are doing in their own work, a time to network with others who are attending the conference, and a time to exchange mementos, pins, cards, etc., set up email exchanges, and share book arts activities. However, there is no selling at this event.

An added feature to this year’s Hospitality Night is a grill and bar-b-que dinner in the courtyard. The event is open to ALL attendees, not just those staying on campus.