Children learned how to make multi page books out of one sheet of paper in the Children’s Tent on Sunday, November 4. After they made their books, the kids could illustrate the pages. It was amazing to see the imagination and creativity the kids had as they worked on their books. Their parents learned that book making isn’t just for kids; that there is a variety of classes for adults at the Book Arts Center that are just as fun and creative as the books their children made.
Austin Book Arts Center celebrated its second year of existence on October 2, 2017, with the theme “It Takes Two to Two Step.” The event raised almost $3300! The White Horse Saloon in East Austin played host for the event, and the bar was transformed complete with decorations, cupcakes, a silent auction, and a slide show with ABAC photos from the last year. Children’s books were collected to donate to those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Guests could letterpress print their own drink coasters and construct keepsake dance cards. One of the highlights of the evening was live music performed by Carson McHone. Master of Ceremonies Greg Ciotti led everyone in celebrating the milestone.
ABAC also wishes to thank the generous donors to our Silent Auction: Beatrice Baldwin, Mary Baughman, Sarah Bird, BookWoman, Clare Bresnan, Betty Sue Flowers, Half Price Books, Harry Ransom Center, Deborah Hartigan, Christopher Hynes, Jerry’s Artarama, Little Free Library, Malvern Books, Chet Phillips, Olivia Primanis, South Congress Books, Texas Performing Arts, Beck Whitehead
Photography by Sarah Thorne sarahthornephoto.com
Hi-res images available upon request.
ABAC_image1.jpg Carson McHone
(left to right) Mark Smith and Louie Divino
(left to right) Olivia Primanis, Lisa Jones, Grace McAvoy
(left to right) Howie Ritchey and Greg Ciotti
(left to right) Aralyn Hughes and Iris Baughman
(left to right) Margaret Bentley and Randy Greenberg
(left to right) Katherine Brimberry, Mike Brimberry, Amanda Stevenson
(left to right) Jay Kleberg and Chrissy Kleberg
(left to right) Greg Ciotti, Louie Divino, Jen Poteat
(left to right) Grace McAvoy and Jace Graf
(left to right) Greg Ciotti and Mary Baughman
(left to right) Katy Belknap, Solomon, and Sara Belknap
(left to right) Max Koch, Amanda Rohlich, Mary Baughman
(left to right) Martyn Hitchcock and Paul Garner
The Austin Book Arts Center Board of Directors is pleased to announce our successful FIRST BIRTHDAY BASH took place at the North Door on Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 from 6-9pm.
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Austin Book Arts Center celebrated its first year of operation with letterpress printing, tiny books, music by Ruby and the Reckless, cupcakes, champagne, and a silent auction. Greg Ciotti of KOOP Radio was the Master of Ceremonies.
The event was to celebrate the accomplishments made by the Austin Book Arts Center in the first year of operation, including the expansion of the ABAC studio into a larger space at the Flatbed Building. Since September 2015, 57 workshops have been offered to engage people in creative, interpretive, and educational experiences related to the arts of the book.
The event raised almost $4000, 100% of which will go directly towards ABAC’s programming.
We would like to acknowledge donors to the Silent Auction:
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
Anthony Maddaloni Photography
Chet Phillips Illustration
Cloverleaf Bindery/Jace Graf
Domestic Papers/Lee Steiner
Half Prince Books
Koch Printing/Max Koch
Little Free Library
Missy Bosch Studios
South Congress Books
All images courtesy of Anthony Maddaloni Photography
Come by and see our new digs! ABAC has recently expanded our existing space. We now have a fully-equipped letterpress printshop, with 3 Vandercook proof presses and a 8×12 Chandler & Price platen jobber. This will significantly increase our capacity to offer classes and to fulfill our mission.
Ring in the New Year by learning something new! The Austin Book Arts Center Board of Directors invites the public to a Winter Open House on Saturday, January 16, 12pm-8pm. Attendees will learn about the Spring 2016 schedule of workshops, including letterpress printing, bookbinding, book repair, and paper arts. Attendees may print their own bookmark or make their own book. Admission is free.
All workshops are “hands-on” and are appropriate for beginners, artists, and anyone interested in exploring the arts of the book. Workshop sizes are small, and instructors are accomplished artists and experienced professionals. Students can expect to walk away with a new skill set, in addition to beautiful, handmade books and prints that they will be proud to share with their friends and family.