Sunday Walk-Through


What fun it was yesterday afternoon to listen to the Bookworks XVI artists talk about their works in our exhibition! Quite a nice crowd of interested folks turned out for the final walk-through. Remember to get to the Public Library by September 6 for your first or return visit before the show closes. Everyone has wowed us with excellent work this year.



Thanks to all the artists who participated for this walk-through: Judy Dominic, Ashleigh Ferguson Schieszer, Marguerite Katchen, Lou Kroner, Veronica Sorcher, Cecie Chewning.

Make-it, take-it book event at Public Library

This report and photos were sent to us by CBAS Co-chair Beth Brann:

CBAS Library July 2015.7On Sunday, July 26, CBAS volunteers worked with over 30 people in creating a one-page book that was pre-printed and ready for Library visitors to fold and snip to make their books. Notable was the diversity of the visitors we had, including young and old, families, singles, and groups of friends. We hope people left with new-found interest in bookmaking, and a few said they were interested in finding out more about our group. Special thanks to Kate Lawrence, Adult Services, Programming and Exhibits Manager for the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, for getting everything set for our event, providing us with children’s scissors, and repeatedly checking in to make sure our event went without a hitch.

CBAS Library July 2015.9CBAS Library July 2015.10Thanks to CBAS volunteers Patty Bertsch, Linda Dietrich, Judy Dominic, April Foster, Carolyn Stewart, and Beth for guiding visitors through the afternoon. The event was in conjunction with the Library’s current exhibit, Bookworks XVI, with artists’ books made by CBAS members and friends. Be sure to visit the Library before September 6 to see the show; you are also invited to join the informal walk-through of the show with book artists, Sunday afternoon, August 23, beginning at 2 p.m.

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.