CBAS Purchase Award

Judges have selected a book from our Bookworks XVI exhibition that will be purchased by the Cincinnati Book Arts Society (CBAS) and donated to the collection of artists’ books at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. The book will be given by CBAS in memory of Keith Kuhn, former CBAS Chair and Library Services Director. Chosen for this year’s Purchase Award is Prairie Plantings by April Foster. April recently retired from teaching printmaking at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.Foster

April’s book was inspired by photographs she took on a field trip with the Cincinnati Wildflower Preservation Society to Shaker Trace Nursery (Miami Whitewater Forest) that now contains more than 200 native plants. April has encouraged a number of native plants in her own home garden. From a design perspective, she chose her tickseed photos as the best to feature on pages in the book. At the time she did not know the name of the plant. When she found an unmarked picture of it in Carolyn Harstad’s book Go Native!, she wrote the author and got her answer—coreopsis tripteris, aka tickseed.

April used several different printing techniques to produce Prairie Plantings—lacquer thinner transfers, inked-up Xerox transfers, and pressure printings from cardboard shapes that yielded both positive and negative images. Also included are her marbled papers and paste papers. She used letterpress for the book’s title and joined the pages in a Coptic binding.

Our congratulations to April and a hearty thank you to this year’s judges, Abby S. Schwartz and Jennifer H. Krivickas, for their time, expertise and selection.

Get ready to make a book…


One example of an “Instant Book” from a great source — How to Make Books by Esther K. Smith, NY: Potter Craft, 2007, p. 15.

Visitors to the Main Library of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, 800 Vine Street, on Sunday, July 26, 2015, will have the opportunity to construct a small book by folding a single sheet of paper and making a single cut. Members of the Cincinnati Book Arts Society (CBAS) will be on hand to guide guests in making this book from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in the library’s atrium. Guests are also invited to view the CBAS annual exhibit Bookworks XVI in the adjacent area. The event is free and open to the public.

Artists Talk About Their Books


Sunday, June 28, was a treat for visitors to the Atrium of the Main Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Book artists whose works are currently on exhibit in Bookworks XVI talked about the inspiration, materials and process of bringing their books to life. An appreciative crowd of interested family, friends, CBAS members and the general public encouraged the artists with comments and questions. There will be another chance to interact with the artists on Sunday, August 23, at 2:00 p.m. in the same place. Be sure to join us!Cecie1                                                                       Thanks to P. Bertsch and C. Chewning for photos.

Be sure to visit Bookworks XVI

Bookworks SignThis afternoon’s first visit to Bookworks XVI at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (800 Vine Street) will certainly not be my last. Our exhibition this year has some real treats in store for visitors. Jack Campbell’s large multi-panel screen along the left wall of the Atrium will draw you into the space, and all the entries from A to Z (titles include Autumn Leaves to Zombies) will keep you there. Books incorporating paper, wood, leather, fabric and more will dazzle you with their creativity. And the structures are as varied as the materials. So that you can have the fun of discovery, I don’t want to give away too many details.

Overall of show

Invite your friends or family members to see the show with you. Before or after your visit, you might stop in the Library’s Vertigo Cafe (open M-F, 9-3) or peruse the Library Friends’ Shop for a gift or something for yourself.

Carol Freid's With Whirling Words—Emily's Lexicon

Carol Freid’s With Whirling Words—Emily’s Lexicon

And be sure to mark your calendar for the two walk throughs with Bookworks XVI artists. (See dates and times to the right under Upcoming Events.) It is always informative and entertaining to hear what the makers have to tell us about their work. The case labels provide the basics, but those will be greatly expanded when the artists speak and answer questions during these informal afternoon gatherings for the public.

Jessica Ebert's Curiosities Behind Glass

Jessica Ebert’s Curiosities Behind Glass

After you see the show, let us know what you thought about it. Send us a comment. What are your favorite books?

CBAS Members at Price Hill Thrill


CBAS members Jeanne Taylor, Beth Belknap Brann, Gabrielle Fox, and Peg Rhein take a break from meeting guests at the Price Hill Thrill on Sunday, May 17, 2015.

The event, a benefit for the Cincinnati Arts Association’s Weston Gallery’s 2014-2015 season, featured stops at a number of galleries in the Price Hill area.  CBAS members joined members of Art 4 Artists and the Tiger Lily Press in showing their work at the Dunham Recreation Center.