Recent Gathering

Lou Kroner chairs annual meeting

Lou Kroner chairs annual meeting

Members of CBAS assembled on Saturday for a potluck lunch and the annual meeting. Some members brought books and books-in-progress for show-and-tell prior to our delicious meal with good conversation. After a brief business meeting chaired by outgoing Lou Kroner, guest speaker Will Hillenbrand, author and illustrator, entertained us with memories of his childhood and how he came to love stories and books and to capture them with pictures. He shared his working method to produce both words and images in his well over 50 published children’s books. His presentation was both informative and delightful, and it was a treat to have him with us. Following the presentation, members were enticed by a mini-shop of Hillenbrand’s works, and a number of us went home happy with a new book in hand and lots of inspiration.

CBAS members with Will Hillenbrand (center rear)

CBAS members with Will Hillenbrand (center rear)

For more about Will, visit his website at

Many thanks to Lou for being such a great CBAS Chair these last two years. And welcome to several new board members and several returning ones. Below are those who will serve for the next year.

Officers: Co-Chairs, Beth Brann and Judith Serling-Sturm; Secretary, Jeanne Taylor; Treasurer, Linda Dietrich

Board of Trustees: Anjali Alm-Basu, Patty Bertsch, Marguerite Ketchen, Lou Kroner, Veronica Sorcher, Jeanne Strauss-DeGroote, Sharon Wilson

Continuing to act as committee chairs are the following: E-Communication, Peg Rhein; Exhibits, Jeanne Strauss-DeGroote; Outreach, Jack Campbell; Programs, Judith Serling-Sturm; Public Relations, Carole Winters; Study Group Coordinator, Janice Kagermeier.

Judith Serling-Sturm, Jeanne Taylor, Sharon Wilson

Judith Serling-Sturm, Jeanne Taylor, Sharon Wilson

Thanks to Carole Winters and Cecie Chewning for the photos.

Bound: Bindings, Papers, Poems & Book Art

The work of Carolyn Whitesel, longtime Cincinnati area book artist, binder, surface designer, and poet, is featured in the exhibit Bound: Bindings, Papers, Poems & Book Art at the Portland Museum in Louisville, Kentucky. The show opens with a celebration Sunday, April 12, from 2:00 – 4:30 p.m. and runs through June 5, 2015.

Carolyn Whitesel is well known in the Cincinnati area book arts community, and many CBAS members have taken her workshops.

In conjunction with the exhibit, Whitesel will present Gallery Talks and Hands-on Workshops on two weekends. The Friday, May 7, talk will be Designing Decorative Papers for Editions. Whitesel will present An Overview of Bookbinding Structures on Friday, May 27.

The Making Stamped Decorative Papers workshop is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 8-9. Traditional Case Binding is the topic of the May 29-30 workshop. The fee for each workshop is $85.


For specific details and registration information contact the Portland Museum at 502-776-7678 or

The Portland Museum is located at 2308 Portland Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky 40212. The museum is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 10:00-4:30 p.m.

Free Lecture by Claire Illouz

Attend a free lecture cosponsored by CBAS and NKU
by the French book artist and printmaker 
Claire Illouz
Lecture / presentation by CLAIRE ILLOUZ of Chérence, France, and KATHLEEN PIERCEFIELD of Dry Ridge, Kentucky.  Each will present new Emily Dickinson artwork—an artist book by Illouz and multimedia prints by Piercefield.
Thursday, February 12, 2015
7:30 p.m.
Northern Kentucky University
at the W. Frank Steely Library
Farris Reading Room
Check out her website –


Marbled endpapers, ca. 1880

Marbled endpapers, ca. 1880

Ready for a great “working” field trip? CBAS is sponsoring 2 Turkish marbling weekend workshops with Ann Alaia Woods in her Columbus studio: 3304 Grasmere Avenue, Columbus, Ohio.  Choose either April 25-26 or May 2-3. Saturday will be instructional and Sunday will be an open studio day for experimentation. Minimum participation is 6 students, maximum 8. Cost is $150 per person.

For interested parties who may not wish to drive back and forth, carpooling and shared lodging should be a possibility. Registration cut-off dates are April 11 and April 18 respectively.

To print out a registration form for the workshop:

From Ann, here a few more details:
Plan to have a great time…and bring these for you own use: 
Work clothes, apron, or smock
Hair covering—scarf, wrap, or cap
Sensible shoes—you’ll be on your feet a lot
Cardboard—2 pieces, approximately 15″ x 20″
Newspapers—small handful, to transport papers
Notebook (or pad) and pen for note taking
Lunch—coffee, tea, filtered & spritzy water will be supplied 

From The Art of Bookbinding, Joseph William Zaehnsdorf, 1890

From The Art of Bookbinding, Joseph William Zaehnsdorf, 1890

Come join us and leave with your own beautiful handmade papers to use in future book making projects.