Thursday, January 8, 2009

Book Arts in SF

San Francisco is very fortunate to have a wealth of book and book-related organizations. This may be left-over from when SF was a mecca for small, independent presses; I worked for a few of them in my early days here in the city. Most of the small printing companies are gone but SF still has a flourishing book arts community and at least two great places to study the book arts.

This Friday, the SFCB will be presenting an artist's talk with Ala Ebtekar onThe Art of Stepping Through Time

Join 2008 resident artist Ala Ebtekar for a presentation about the process of creating the most recent publication in the Center's Imprint program. The edition consists of 30 signed and numbered copies, published by the Imprint of the San Francisco Center for the Book.

Later in the month, they will be exhibiting bookworks from fourteen professional artists working in South Korea and Japan today. And they have an ebay store where you can buy works from the Center - anything to help the arts in these difficult times.

San Francisco Center for the Book
300 DeHaro Street (entrance on 16th Street)
San Francisco CA 94103

On Monday Night, The Book Club will be having it's opening reception of "In Love with Words and Type" - a showcase of the works of the Heyeck Press.

The press has been printing and publishing fine limited editions of contemporary poetry and books on paper marbling since 1976.
"Awash in Color" marbling demonstration by Robin Heyeck | 6 pm

Book Club of California - Opening Reception on Monday, Jan 12, between 5-7 PM
312 Sutter, Suite 510 | San Francisco 94108


Zoomie said...

Wow, Nancy, thanks for the "headsup" about Ala's talk - he was one of my students at SFAI and he's really, really talented. I'm going to try to make that one, for sure!

Sheree Rensel said...

I remember back in the 70's Detroit had a vibrant independent press with many writers/artists groups. It is kind of sad a lot of that has left us now. You are lucky to be in SF!

namastenancy said...

I should have added that the talk at SFCB (tonight) starts at 6PM and that there is some parking in the neighborhood.

Zoomie said...

Ala's talk was fun and we actually popped for his book as well as two smaller ones. It was well attended, too, which seemed to surprise the organizers, and I got a big hug from Ala who remembered me even after all this time! Flattered!

namastenancy said...

I'm sorry that I didn't come but unless I can guarantee a ride, I don't venture out late. That neighborhood is not the safest in the city. I'm glad that you two connected again and I'm not surprised that he remembered you fondly. You must have been a great counselor!

Zoomie said...

We'd have offered a ride if we weren't meeting friends afterward for dinner. You're right, that's not the best neighborhood at night; you made the right choice, although I think you'd have liked Ala's talk.

Zoomie said...

We'd have offered a ride but we were meeting friends for dinner afterwards. Oh, well, next time, right?