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Off the shelf Mak­ing books by hand is not a lost craft, even in this dig­i­tal era. The Cen­ter for Book Arts in New York City is de­voted to cre­at­ing books as art ob­jects, while the Uni­ver­sity of Alabama fea­tures a mas­ter’s pro­gram in the very same skill. The Santa Fe Book Arts Group cel­e­brates lo­cal book artists with its 12th an­nual Cel­e­bra­tion of the Book, which be­gins Thurs­day, Oct. 21, at the New Mex­ico His­tory Mu­seum. More than 40 New Mex­ico book artists will dis­play their wares, in­clud­ing Santa Fe artist Freya Di­a­mond, who makes books with three-di­men­sional pop-up tableaux, and Al­bu­querque poet and book maker Mar­i­lyn Stablein, who cre­ates con­cep­tual art books us­ing vin­tage sewing no­tions and Hindi al­pha­bet flags, among other ma­te­ri­als.

On Oct. 21 and Fri­day, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., work­shops on sim­ple book struc­tures, pop-up cards, and cal­lig­ra­phy are of­fered free to lo­cal grade-school stu­dents The ex­hibit is free with ad­mis­sion to the New Mex­ico His­tory Mu­seum at 113 Lin­coln Ave. and runs through Sun­day, Oct. 24. For in­for­ma­tion, call 982-2846 or 989-7577.

— Casey Sanchez

Strik­ing: book art by Jes­sica Wesolek

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