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Art, Books & Wine – Eagle Point Winery Show

October 21, 2013

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Yes, it is show season here at Greyweathers Press, so the next several posts will be about shows, doing them and, yes, promoting them. Just warning you.

The next one up is a new one for me. It takes place at a winery near Mallorytown, Ontario – Eagle Point Winery on November 2 & 3, 2013. The venue is terrific, located in the scenic countryside, rolling hills, and, of course, wine. Here’s the goods:

Before the Rush – an art show at Eagle Point Winery

Eagle Point Winery in partnership with organizers; John Sorensen and Betty Matthew is proud to present an exciting new art show, “Before the Rush”.  View local and selected guest artists in the intimate and unique setting of Eagle Point Winery, Nov. 2nd and 3rd. Take a break “before the rush” of the Christmas season to enjoy the camaraderie of fellow art and wine lovers at Eagle Point Winery.

Local artists; Terry Schaub (stone sculptor), Sue Hale-Ladouceur (fabric folk artist), Ingrid Schmidt (painter, sculptor), John Shea (water colour artist),  Lea Hamblett  (wearable art jewellery), Winona Elliott-Schep (encaustic wax artist),  John Sorensen (oil painter, “found art”), Betty Matthews (water colours and acrylic painter) and special guest artists; Linda Hynes (potter, Smith’s Falls), Larry Thompson (book builder and wood block prints, Merrickville), Herman Ruhland (sculptor of found objects, North Gower), and Kirei Samuel, (glass artist, Prince Edward Cy.) combine to make a unique event in a special setting at our local Eagle Point Winery.

WHEN:    November 2nd and 3rd, 2013 from 11 am to 6 pm
WHERE:    Eagle Point Winery, 337 Escott/Rockport Road

Brag Post – Alcuin Awards Ceremony, Toronto

October 11, 2013

The quote on the right reads: “Book design is one of the excellencies by which a civilization can be measured.” – Munroe Wheeler

Holly and I made the journey to Toronto early this week to attend the Eastern Canadian presentation of the Alcuin awards for excellence in book design. Alcuin is Vancouver-based, so the west coast version took place the week prior in Vancouver. In Toronto, it was held at the storied Arts and Letters Club, where notable artists and writers, designers and architects and creative types have been hobnobbing since the early 20th century.

I’m enthusiastic about the Group of Seven, a cabal of Canadian artists who painted the wilderness in a very impressionistic manner. (I’m particularly fascinated by Tom Thomson, who died in mysterious circumstances in Canada’s north country before the Group formed, but he had an immense influence on the other members. Toronto wood engraver George Walker has printed an amazing wordless novel about the life of Tom Thomson – check it out HERE). The only existing photograph of all seven artists together was taken in the room where Alcuin (east) met for dinner and a speech on Carl Dair’s Cartier typeface by type designer Rod McDonald.

From the Arts and Letters Club great hall: the massive hearth, gothic window and fanciful coats of arms representing the founders of the club.

From the Arts and Letters Club great hall: the massive hearth, gothic window and fanciful coats of arms representing the founders of the club.

I could go on and on, but I was equally in awe of the surroundings, and of the many sketches and paintings of Canadian artists on the walls, and in the talent in the room that evening. We sat with the above mentioned George Walker and his wife Michelle, and artist, wood engraver (and club member) Alan Stein. Andrew Steeves from Gaspereau Press came from Nova Scotia to collect several citations for his peerless book designs.

A bit about the Alcuin Awards: they are the only awards in Canada (that I know of) that celebrates how a book appears, how it’s construction and how it feels. It covers all books from all publishers, big and small with categories like pictorial, prose fiction and non-fiction, poetry, etc. The awards are normally first, second, third and an honourable mention, although these are at the discretion of the jury, which changes every year. A jury could (and has) rejected all books in a given category, or conversely award ties for first or second, or more than one honourable mentions.

Our Tintern Abbey picked up an honourable mention citation in the limited edition category for 2012. I say ‘our’ because the book was very much a collaborative effort by three people. The judges made a special note about Holly’s calligraphy in the book, and also my wood engravings. I know it would not have made it so far without Redbone Bindery‘s (Natasha Herman) elegant binding design for the regular edition, which incorporates Holly’s painted papers.

The title page spread.

The title page spread.

Perhaps my only regret about the evening was that I went up alone to claim the prize. Being the second award called, we weren’t aware that groups could go up, as others did thereafter. As you can see from the photo above in the calligraphy on the title page and the colour of the ink, Holly bears a lot of the  responsibility for the success of the book, and I am always grateful to have such a talent in my camp.

I don’t have a book for Alcuin for 2013; this has been a year of promoting and organizing and showing and selling. But I will hopefully have two in contention for the 2014 awards.

Small & Private Presses at the Fisher Library, U of Toronto

September 22, 2013
Five flights of WOW at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto.

Five flights of WOW at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto. Taken at the exhibition level, and imagine turning another 45 degrees in each direction and seeing more of the same.

This past summer the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library ran an exhibition titled “A Death Greatly Exaggerated,” referencing the famous quote by Mark Twain who, one day, was amused to read his own obituary. For the exhibit, it refers to the printed book about which we have all heard dire pronouncements and grim prognostications. It featured examples from private presses and small presses from the past half century or so, culled from the Fisher’s own collections.

On the day that the exhibition was set to wrap, Saturday September 7th, the librarians decided to hold a show of private presses and small presses in the spacious room that literally lies at the bottom of a tower of books rising up five flights on almost all sides, these books being the Thomas Fisher Library collection — a collection that includes a First Folio of Shakespeare’s works, and a world-class collection of Alice books and ephemera. Yup, that’s Alice of Wonderland fame.

Greyweathers Press was very pleased and honoured to have been included in this fine show. My small table was nestled between Alan Stein on one side and Hugh Barclay (Thee Hellbox Press) on the other. Other notables from the fine press community included George Walker (who some years back illustrated a limited edition run of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass), Will Reuter of Aliquando Press, and Shanty Bay Press, amongst others. One thing I liked about this show was the presence of writers and publishers from the small press community. It made for a good mix, but reminded me how woefully ignorant I am of some of these presses, and of the important work they do to carry on a cultural and literary duty. Visitors to book arts show will know of Porcupine’s Quill, but also in attendance were poet-publishers such as Ottawa poet rob mclennan with poet-book conservator wife, Christine McNair.

In spite of inclement weather, a steady crowd streamed through all day, and everyone seemed to have a good time. But the real star of the day was the venue – the rare book collection all ’round us while we talked about and sold our books.

View from the show floor of the stacks, with Tintern Abbey on the left and Tenebrismo on the right, in the foreground.

View from the show floor of the stacks, with Tintern Abbey on the left and Tenebrismo on the right, in the foreground.

One visitor wondered if we (the exhibitors) had access to the books. I laughed, imagining the pandemonium that would ensue with two dozen crazed book fiends on the loose, were that ever to be permitted! No, the stacks are, very correctly, secured from public access. Requests are directed through staff who then retrieve the books to be – depending on the book – examined in a supervised reading room.


MONDO GRAPHICA at Studio 22 in Kingston

September 22, 2013


Years ago I went to Kingston to a show at a newish gallery in Kingston, located right downtown behind the domed city hall, adjacent the market square. They were holding a paper show; I think it was actually called ‘The Paper Show’ and I thought: “Well, this is different…. a fine art gallery that loves type and design.” That sensibility comes from Hersh and Ally Jacob. Hersh is a designer and book enthusiast who loves art and expression, and Ally has an incredible design sense when it comes to space and working out the intricate puzzle of how an exhibit fits together and still works. Together they run Studio 22, one of the coolest galleries I know.

Last night, on one of the wettest nights in a very wet year, they opened the doors on Mondo Graphica, an group exhibition featuring design houses instead of individuals. Holly and I went in together as The Studio at Greyweathers, one of the very few times we’ve exhibited under our actual business and partnership name. What a refreshing and interesting show! Hersh and Ally brought in some veteran designers and some new young talent as well, showing what strong design talent exists in the region.


Hersh Jacobs’ own work under The Idea Manufactory moniker – fantastic books and broadsides!


One view of our display at Studio 22’s Mondo Graphica.

It was great to see Holly's calligraphic designs out on show and available again.

It was great to see Holly’s calligraphic designs out on show and available again.

If I were beefed up a bit more I'd look like the  bodyguard for some nefarious kingpin. But dressing black is easy; really I'm just happy to be there and seeing all the cool design work.

If I were beefed up a bit more I’d look like the bodyguard for some nefarious kingpin. But dressing black is easy; really I’m just happy to be there, seeing all the cool design work.




Exhibition opens at the General in Almonte

September 3, 2013

If it’s autumn, then it’s the season for shows and exhibits. Holly and I have our work at The General in Almonte, Ontario for the duration of an exhibition called “Text Me!” The theme is right up our alley. It is a beautiful shop/gallery. The opening is this coming Friday, September 6th.

For more information on the General, click HERE.

The General Storefront in Almonte, Ontario

The General storefront in Almonte, Ontario. How a village in rural 19th century Ontario came to be named for General Juan Almonte is a bit of a story, but the store in named in honour of him as well. There is a extraordinary glass etching of Almonte over the door.




Exhibition – Contemporary Book Arts in Eastern Ontario

February 9, 2013

We are very honoured to be a part of an exhibition set to open at the Douglas Library at Queen’s University. I have studied under and with some of these participating artists, and many I consider my peers and friends, but they all inspire me. This exhibition was conceived by Margaret Lock of Locks Press (Kingston), and I have been helping out as a co-ordinator. Jeff Macklin, a letterpress printer from Peterborough, Ontario (Jackson Creek Press) designed the catalogue and the poster.

There will be an opening reception on March 7 between 5 pm & 6:30 pm. The details are below. If you are in the Kingston area, drop in and see this extraordinary collection of books.

Queens Bookarts Poster FINAL

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