Goals and Evolving Mission
Nurture the artistic growth and talents of book artists through sharing ideas, techniques, resources, research and enlightenment.
Expand horizons in the book arts by making books, organizing exhibitions and maintaining and furthering an awareness of the greater community of book artists and book arts.
Educate the public about the uniqueness of the book arts as a cultural force, enjoyable activity and experiential art form.
To be an organization of volunteers who respect diversity, honor the contributions of others, take risks and enjoy what we do.
The Bay Area Book Artists is a group of independent free-thinking contributors bound together by volunteer chairpersons. Communication is done by email and this web site. Minutes are taken at business meetings.
Chair: Julia Bradshaw
Demo Chair: Laura Mappin
SBAWCA Board Representative : Diane Cassidy
Web Communications: Eileen McGarvey
Jade designed and directed the installation. BABA members helped with everything from building the furniture to providing demonstrations at a special evening workshop. A "Triton Community Book Arts Project" was created on-site throughout the exhibition. Thanks to Jone and Conni Rizzuto the book is bound and resonates with community spirit.
Transcript of talk given by Jone Small Manoogian
A combination of Jone Small Manoogian's leadership and the group's vitality have resulted in the growth of BABA to about fifty members. All share a passion for art and books.
Our April 2000 exhibition at Works/San Jose was named "Book Nook: An Interactive Environment for Exploring Artists' Books". We transformed the gallery space into a huge living room with couches, chairs, tables and lamps. Over 1000 visitors attended the exhibition including 300 at our opening reception "Mad Hatter Tea Party". Public events surrounding the exhibition included lectures, demonstrations, hands-on collaborative bookmaking, school class tours and lots of community engagement. It was not unusual for visitors to spend hours at the exhibition, many coming back several times.
Each show presented by the South Bay Bookies has enlarged on the theme of making artists' books more easily accessible to the public who has responded with enthusiasm and interest to this rapidly growing medium for presenting artistic expression.
The year 2000 was filled with active meetings that include demonstrations, book sharing, critiques, announcements about the book arts, and success stories by members. In fall of 2000, the group decided to change the name from "Bookies" to "Bay Area Book Artists." The BABA logo was designed by Kent Manske.
Our third show, "Bound to Amaze You", held at Koret Gallery in Palo Alto in October/November 1998 again engaged the walls by having each artist provide wall art that was either the inspiration for or a derivation from the books displayed on tables. We also included poetry readings by six of our artists and live dulcimer music provided by Harry Ely which added ambiance to the gallery atmosphere.