October 31, 2001
"Best of the Best"
Book Arts on Display at Smith
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NORTHAMPTON, Mass.-The Guild of Book
Workers' traveling exhibition "The Best of the Best"
will be on display in Neilson Library Nov. 5 to Dec. 21 in the
first-floor Morgan Gallery and in the newly-named Book Arts Gallery
on the third floor.
This juried exhibition, about midway through its one-and-a-half-year
U.S. tour, features the work of 33 Guild members from 18 states.
It showcases a wide variety of book arts, produced by traditional
techniques as well as the latest technologies of inkjet printing,
in both conventional and unusual formats.
Founded in 1906, the Guild is a national organization of printers,
bookbinders, calligraphers, papermakers and other workers in
the book arts.
A reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15,
in the Book Arts Gallery. This will be an informal opportunity
to meet other book enthusiasts and to view this exhibition and
two others on display: The Henry L. Seaver Collection in the
Mortimer Rare Book Room, a celebration of the 25th anniversary
of Seaver's stunning bequest to the College of books and manuscripts,
and "The Hand Papermaking 15th Anniversary Exhibition."
The exhibition and reception are free, open to the public and
wheelchair accessible and the exhibit may be viewed during the
normal operating hours of the library: 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday-Friday;
and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.
"The Best of the Best" exhibition may be viewed online
at the Guild of Book Workers' Web site at http://palimpsest.stanford.edu/byorg/gbw/gallery/bestofbest/.
The fully illustrated catalogue in postcard format and bound
in a hinged Plexiglas case can be purchased for $20 in the Mortimer
Rare Book Room during November and December.
For additional information, contact Barbara Blumenthal at (413)
585-2907 or firstname.lastname@example.org.