BAR is a dynamic group of about 70 diverse artists, including myself, with a shared passion for book arts. As Karen McDermott, BAR Founder and Director says, "The Book ArtsRoundtable is open to anyone who can't resist the feel of paper, the wonder of books and excitement of creativity".
Thanks to the on-going efforts and generosity of Karen, the BAR has become a place to learn, share ideas, get inspiration, participate in 2 yearly swaps, contribute to a themed collaborative, and show our work in an annual exhibit, "Booked", at the Pierro Gallery in South Orange, New Jersey.
Oh, and did I mention make friends? We welcome new members into our cohesive and supportive art community! We meet monthly at the Baird Community Center in South Orange and are coming up on our 11th anniversary.
The BAR also offers workshops to its members taught by prominent nationally and internationally recognized book artists, as well as our own members. Over the years, Karen has arranged workshops for us with Daniel Essig, Emily Martin, Beryl Taylor, Miriam Schaer, Mary Taylor, Barbara Mauriello, Robert Warner, Beatrice Coron, Carol Barton, Anna Pinto, Sarah McDermott, Denise Carbone, Robbin Ami Silverberg, Maria Pisano, Sue Sachs, Judy Langille, Eileen Foti, Jonathan Talbot and Suze Weinberg. Are we lucky, or what!
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I taught a workshop on June 15, introducing the Gelli plate to a talented group of 14 BAR members. We had a blast! The work they created is fantastic! Each artist's individual style came through and as I walked the room it was inspiring to observe everyone's different processes. Discoveries were being made all day long. I love it when you witness someone's "aha!" moment … or hear the shriek of a happy surprise! Yeah, we had that too!
A special thanks to all of the participating BAR artists whose enthusiasm and support has helped get Gelli off to a great start!
Our terriﬁc Gelli media expert, Nancy Kelley, takes care of matters behind the curtain and has posted our new slideshow of exciting Gelli prints created at the BAR workshop. I know you'll enjoy watching … the prints are all wonderful. As are the artists who created them!!!
So please watch … and get inspired!