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