It’s that time of year! We’ve been hard at work the past few weeks, working on putting together our Annual Benefit and Auction, coming up on Friday, April 5th from 6 to 9 pm. It’s is an occasion for us to celebrate our accomplishments over the past year, and pay tribute to individuals who have made a lasting contribution to the practice or interpretation of book arts. This year we’re honoring:
- Mary Austin, founder of the San Francisco Center for the Book
- Steve Miller, book artist and educator at University of Alabama
- Barbara Moore, independent scholar of artists’ books and performance art
- Claire Van Vliet, printmaker-bookmaker
|Last year’s benefit. Don’t you want to be there?|
In the next few weeks you’ll be able to preview and bid on an amazing array of artworks in the auction; works are donated by a range of the many artists who have worked with us over the past year, including Beatrice Coron, Gaylord Schanilec, Russell Maret, Candace Hicks, Susan Mills, and many, many more.
In the meantime, 2000 letterpress printed invitations are on their way in the mail to you, hand printed here at the Center on a SP-20 Vandercook Proof Press and our trusty C&P Platen Press by our staff and a loyal team of volunteers. Thank you to Roni Gross, Sarah Nicholls, Kyle Holland, Tim Sullivan, Delphi Basilicato, Amber McMillan, Jessica Lagunas, Sarah Mottaghinejad, and Richard O’Russa for lending their time and their printing expertise to the cause, as well as to the scores of volunteers who helped score, fold and stuff them all into their envelopes.
If you can’t wait until you receive your paper invitation, you can buy your ticket now, online, through the internet, right here. Don’t delay!
But wait, what does printing that many invitations look like, you ask? Well, like this: