The Book Arts Roundtable grew out of the
interest generated by the 1999 exhibition
“Beyond the Fold, Artist’s Books: traditional to
chaired by Pierro Gallery board member Karen
McDermott for The Pierro Gallery of South
Orange. The exhibition opened in October of
1999 and featured the work of 47 artists showing
79 books. With the help of a grant received
from The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, “Beyond
the Fold” also included workshops in book
binding, some taught by the prominent book
artists in the exhibition: Hedi Kyle, Barbara
Mauriello, Carol Barton and Susan Share, to name
just a few.
the show came down, the classes and workshops
continued. With the support of the Pierro
Gallery, the interest in bookbinding and
artist’s books continued to grow.
Karen felt it might be time to start a group to
keep the interest alive and provide a place
where artist’s interested in making books,
beginning bookbinders and people who love books
and paper could gather and share their work.
The first meeting was called in February 2000.
Seven people showed up and shared some
incredibly original and beautiful books. From
that point on, the Roundtable became a reality
and continues to provide opportunities for
artists to learn, share and exhibit their art.
The Book Arts Roundtable (BAR) is extremely
fortunate to have the Baird as its home. This
connection enables the BAR to do many activities
that it otherwise would not be able to do. For
instance, a major event every year in March is
BOOKED, a celebration of book and paper art.
The BAR meets once a month, always with a short
business meeting, sharing of ideas etc.,
followed by an activity led by a member of the
group. This is done in the form of a mini
workshop or demonstration where a lot is learned
and is great fun for everyone.
The Book Arts Roundtable hires artists and
bookbinders to teach weekend workshops, it does
a swap twice a year, and has created six
BAR meetings take place at The Baird, 5 Mead St.
South Orange NJ.
Remember: The Book Arts Roundtable is open to
anyone who can’t resist the feel of paper, the
wonder of books and excitement of creativity.