At the WNY Book Arts Center (WNYBAC), celebrating the “art of the book” is a daily ritual. During the month of July, WNYBAC is especially busy with the orchestration of Summer of BookFest. Starting on Saturday, July 10, and carrying on throughout Saturday, August 21, book lovers are invited to partake in the 10th Annual BookFest.
Every Saturday during the festival, WNYBAC will host “fun, free & family friendly artmaking activities,” starting with Bookmaking ABC’s (create a book from start to finish in this hands-on demo) on July 10 (the festival kick-off).
By visiting WNYBAC for Summer of BookFest, book enthusiasts will get a chance to learn the ins and outs of the art of bookmaking, which is considered an endangered artform. Thanks to establishments such as WNYBAC, people can keep the art of the book alive, by participating in printmaking and bookmaking demos, attending a Bookfest Artist Market, or even attending gallery activities.
To learn more about Summer of BookFest, you can visit wnybookarts.org.
Note: Summer of BookFest events (on Saturdays) are family-friendly, free, and open to the public.
Summer of BookFest kick off!
Create a book from start to finish in this hands-on demo
Saturday, July 10 @ 10am-2pm (drop in any time)
GALLERY MEDITATION: VISUAL MINDFULNESS
Explore artwork on view through your senses
Families are invited to attend
Saturday, July 17 @ 10 – 11am
Free – donation based
Some good ol’ fashioned letterpress printing on WNYBAC’s proof presses
Saturday, July 24 @ 10am-2pm (drop in any time)
Peruse handmade & bookish goods from several artist vendors in the main floor & outside Book Arts
Saturday, July 31 @ 10am-2pm (drop in any time)
Wearable Art Buttons @ PLAY/GROUND
Saturday, August 7 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm (drop in any time)
CONVERSATION & GALLERY HIKE WITH ARTIST RUBY MERRITT
Together, we’ll observe the artwork on view and explore the artists’ installation of new printed works and hand made sculptural oddities which emphasize care for our earth and local environment.
Saturday, August 14 @ 12 – 1pm
Free | Register here
Screen Print Extravaganza
Saturday, August 21 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm (drop in any time)
Hands-on Artmaking Demo
WNYBAC | 468 WASHINGTON STREET | BUFFALO, NY 14203 | (716) 348-1430| CURIOUS@WNYBOOKARTS.ORG
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