It’s all about the books
Works by two of Santa Fe’s poet laureates — a broadside by Arthur Sze and a small book featuring poems by Valerie Martínez — are among the offerings at the Book Arts Flea Market. The annual event is interesting and useful, especially if you’re the crafty type. The Santa Fe Book Arts Group (BAG) sells rubber stamps, paints, paper, fabric, and journals, as well as used books.
Broadsides or broadsheets are documents printed on one side. In addition to Sze’s, the Press at the Palace of the Governors is offering its Word Art portfolio of 10 poetry broadsides, each featuring hand-set lettering and a unique paper designed by Press director Tom Leech to complement the poem. Also known as the Palace Press and the Palace Print Shop & Bindery, the organization functions as a living museum situated at the back of the courtyard of the 400-year-old Palace. Most of the broadsides were printed using the Palace Press’ 10 x 15 Chandler & Price platen press that was manufactured in 1899. The C&P was a fixture in the office of the News Herald newspaper in Estancia before World War II.
The market also sells marbling scraps from Leech’s book endpapers. Marbling, according to James Bourland, printer and bookbinder at the Palace Press, is done by setting a sheet of paper into a vessel containing pigments and water thickened with carrageenan. The pattern or design of the pigments, skillfully arranged by the marbler, is picked up by the paper.
The free event is held from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the New Mexico History Museum (113 Lincoln Ave., 476-5200) on Saturday, Nov. 13, in the Meem Community Room; enter on the Washington Avenue side of the museum.
A shorter program that day, available with museum admission, takes place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the space dedicated to the exhibit Wild at Heart: Ernest Thompson Seton. Storyteller Joe Hayes tells tales from New Mexico’s three cultures. Hayes is the author of The Day It Snowed Tortillas. He is the recipient of the Talking Leaves Literary Award from the National Storytelling Network and the New Mexico Eminent Scholar honor bestowed by the New Mexico Commission on Higher Education.