The Artful Book California Chapter Member Exhibit

October 4, 2019 – January 5, 2020

Long Beach Museum of Art
2300 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90803

Friday October 4, 2019 5 – 7 pm Artists Only reception

The public opening is 7 to 9 pm Friday October 4. The opening reception celebrates three exhibitions: The Artful Book, Thread, and Adam Harrison.

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California chapter exhibition catalog available

The catalog for the Guild of Book Workers California chapter member exhibition at the Long Beach Museum of Art is available for direct purchase for $15.00 by following this link:



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California Chapter is awarding a scholarship to 2019 Standards



The California Chapter of the Guild of Bookworkers will award one scholarship to attend the 2019 Standards of Excellence Seminar in Philadelphia (October 24 – 26). The scholarship will be given to a CaGBW member who is a student or early in their career in the field of bookbinding, conservation and/or book arts. An award of $1,281 will be given to cover the cost of registration, one banquet ticket and four nights at the conference hotel. Travel and incidental hotel costs (parking, phone calls, room service, etc.) are the responsibility of the scholarship recipient.

To qualify you must meet one of the following requirements:

– be a student enrolled at an accredited institution or certificate/diploma granting program providing professional level training, or receiving training through an apprenticeship or on-the-job experience in a position related to bookbinding, conservation, and/or book arts (including but not limited to papermaking, calligraphy, print making)

– be early in their career: within 5 years of completing training either through an accredited institution or certificate/diploma granting program providing professional level training, or upon completion of a traditional apprenticeship, or on-the-job training, currently working full or part time, self-employed and/or employed by another, in a position related to bookbinding, conservation and/or book arts (including but not limited to papermaking, calligraphy, printmaking)

In order to apply, please submit a one-page resume to indicate your education or training in the field, work experiences and other pertinent information. In addition, please submit a 200 – 300 word statement in response to the following question:

What do you hope to experience at Standards and how will attendance at the conference impact your career?

The scholarship recipient must be a member in good standing, or willing to become a member, of the CaGBW in order to receive the award. GBW membership is $30 for students, $85 for regular membership, plus $10 for membership in the CaGBW. See for membership.

The application process is currently open and closes June 21. Please submit your application to When submitting your application, please make the subject line: “CaGBW Standards Scholarship”. Please submit your files as PDF’s labeled with your first and last name (for example: YourName-Resume.pdf). For any questions please email The scholarship recipient will be notified of the award by July 1.

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The William Andrews Clark Memorial Library invites you to the 2019 Kanter Lecture, featuring Carolee Campbell of Ninja Press: “On Books, Soap Opera, and River Rafting”

The William Andrews Clark Memorial Library invites you to the 2019 Kanter Lecture, featuring Carolee Campbell of Ninja Press: “On Books, Soap Opera, and River Rafting”
2520 Cimarron Street
Los Angeles, CA 90018

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 4 pm
Free and open to the public
For more information, directions and to RSVP:

In celebration of Ninja Press’s 35th anniversary, sole proprietor Carolee Campbell will discuss her life leading up to the founding of the press, share her influences along the way, and explain how an actress, trained in and devoted to the theatre, fell into a long and successful Emmy Award-winning career on television, yet left acting behind at her peak.

Campbell will present details of her particular approach to book design along with aspects of her pre-Ninja Press life: some seemingly disparate pursuits, which, when braided together, create a solid foundation for the art and practice of bookwork. The talk will abound with pictures and Ninja Press books will be available for perusal at the close.

The 2019 lecture is being dedicated in memory of Dr. Stephen A. Kanter, who passed away in September 2018.

The Stephen A. Kanter Lecture on California Fine Printing is dedicated to an exploration of the history and practice of the printing arts, especially as practiced in California. The biennial Kanter lectures, established through the generous support of Stephen A. Kanter, M.D., began in 1998 and have featured various printers and scholars. Visit to view past lectures.

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Impression of Nature: The Art of Nature Printing workshop November 17 & 18, 2018


impressions of nature: the art of nature printing

Rebecca Chamlee, instructor

November 17 & 18, 9:30-4:30

Occidental College, Weingart Building

1600 Campus Road, Los Angeles, California 90041

Directly printing forms found in the natural world has been used for centuries by scientists, naturalists and artists to preserve the ephemeral beauty of nature. This weekend workshop explores a variety of processes to create prints on paper with fresh and pressed plant materials provided by the instructor, collected during walks around the local area or brought by students from home. Students will learn traditional Japanese nature printing of fresh specimens on washi papers and other hand printing techniques, botanical contact eco prints and monoprints printed with the etching press. The results will be used to create a several books with plenty left over for students’ personal projects.

Workshop Fee: $165.00 for GBW members and $200.00 for non-members

Materials fee payable to instructor at beginning of workshop: $40.00, includes paper, ink, plates, supplies, use of shared tools and equipment. Students may be asked to bring other materials and tools.

Intended Students: Fine artists, designers, painters, printmakers, book artists and non-artists with interests in the natural world.

Skill level: All levels

Rebecca Chamlee is a book artist, printer, writer and bookbinder who has published letterpress printed, limited-edition fine press and artist’s books under the imprint of Pie In The Sky Press since 1986. Her work is in prominent special and private collections throughout the U.S. and has been exhibited widely. 

Rebecca is an associate professor at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles where she teaches bookbinding, letterpress printing and artists’ book classes and heads the Book Arts minor program. She also holds workshops at her studio and book arts centers throughout the country.

To Register: Make checks payable to Guild of Book Workers.  

Mail payment and your contact info (name, address, phone number
and email address) to:
Barbara Wood, 3530 Mountain View, Los Angeles, CA 90066



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Intent to Enter: The Artful Book California Chapter Member Exhibit


The California Chapter of The Guild of Book Workers 

invites members to participate in The Artful Book exhibition.

October 4, 2019 – January 5, 2020

Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA


All entrants must be members in good standing of the Guild of Book Workers and the California Chapter at the time of submission and carry a current membership throughout the entire run of the exhibition. Membership can be obtained through the national GBW website Entrants may submit up to three (3) works that were not shown in the previous chapter exhibtion. Finely printed/limited edition, fine binding, artist books, framed broadsides, and boxes may be submitted. Entry fee is $30 for one, two, or three works. Additional information will be sent with entry form after the Intent to Enter deadline October 31, 2018.

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Chapter Members’ 2019 Exhibition The Artful Book

Chapter Members’ 2019 Exhibition
The Artful Book
Plans have begun for our second GBW, California Chapter exhibition which will take place in October 2019 at the Long Beach Museum of Art in Long Beach, CA.  Look for announcements on our website, in the newsletter and an email which will include the formal Intent to Enter along with exhibition details.  We will keep you posted but start planning your entry soon.

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GBW, CA Chapter Board Members Election

A request for new board member nominations for this next term was included in the last chapter newsletter.  No new nominations were received.  The current board members have agreed to run for another term with one small change.

Proposed board:

Chapter Co-chairs:  Marlyn Bonaventure and Rebecca Chamlee

Secretary:  Sue Ann Robinson

Treasurer:  Barbara Wood

Technology/webmaster:  Rebecca Chamlee

Newsletter Editor:  Jean Gillingwators

Programs:  open

Chapter members  will receive an email ballot, please reply with your vote for the proposed slate so it can be ratified at the next open meeting in August.

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