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A History of the Private Press in Canada by Chester Gryski

On March 25, Chester Gryski presented the premier of the Alcuin Society Virtual Lecture Series 2021, a survey that explores the creative output of Canadian presses. Chester Gryski has been collecting Canadian fine printing for over 40 years, has written… Continue Reading →

Wayzgoose 2021 – virtual presentation

Happy 43rd Wayzgoose! On Saturday, April 24, the second virtual Wayzgoose edition was posted to YouTube: 43rd GPAG WAYZGOOSE Go to the information details about the video to see the full list of artists. The Grimsby Public Art Gallery has been… Continue Reading →

CBBAG Ottawa Valley SWAP Project 2020-2021

A swap brings together book artists to share in a common project. In order to foster creativity, the techniques, themes and rules vary for each swap project. Participants are asked to prepare signatures to exchange with one another. The total… Continue Reading →

Group of Seven: Graphic Design

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first Group of Seven exhibition in May 1920, the Gallery’s Library and Archives is featuring a display of graphic design items by the original members of the Group of Seven, including books, brochures, exhibition catalogues,… Continue Reading →

RCA Medal 2020 goes to David Carruthers and Denise Lapointe

Congratulations to David Carruthers and Denise Lapointe, owners of Papetrie Saint-Armand in Montreal, the 2020 recipients of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts’ RCA Medal. “Each year the RCA acknowledges an individual(s) who has made an outstanding contribution to the development… Continue Reading →

Tara Bryan

It is with great sadness that we have just learnt that Tara Bryan, a celebrated book artist in St-John’s, Newfoundland, passed away on September 29th, 2020. “An award-winning book artist, painter, and teacher, she influenced many in the painting and… Continue Reading →

Printer’s Ink: How many words make a picture?

Artists of the Ottawa-Gatineau Printmakers Connective will be showing works that are inspired by a poem, proverb or sayings. A variety of printmaking techniques ranging from traditional to contemporary including linocuts, eco-printing, etching and others will be showcased in 2… Continue Reading →

Ottawa Antiquarian Book Fair 2020 – Cancelled

Some of our members received the following message from the organizers of the Ottawa Antiquarian Book Fair. We wish to share it with you: It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the cancellation of this year’s… Continue Reading →

CBBAG Non-Meeting

Hi CBBAGers! Hope you and your families have been safe and healthy during this pandemic and will continue to be so. As much as we all live, breathe and dream bookbinding, I do not think it is time to gather… Continue Reading →


Print London is pleased to announce that this year’s edition of The Ontario Miniature Print Exhibition (TOMPE2020) will take the form of a physical exhibition that will also include several virtual elements. TOMPE2020 will be held at Satellite Project Space… Continue Reading →

COVID-19 challenge (a virtual invitation)

In this time of confinement, it is important to find ways to stay connected and what better way for us at CBBAG Ottawa than to invite you to join a virtual show & tell and share our mutual interest in… Continue Reading →

William Morris and the Kelmscott Press with Moira Duncan

Thursday, 14 May 2020 at 11 a.m. EDT (Ottawa time) The Institute of Conservation‘s Icon Book & Paper Group Committee are pleased to be able to bring you a series of live streamed talks during these unprecedented times. On Thursday,… Continue Reading →

Wayzgoose 2020 – Virtual Event

Join the Grimsby Public Art Gallery this Saturday April 25th 2020 from your couch! Support the artists by visiting their social media links and online shops. They will be posting a virtual gallery of this wonderful book arts community. Look… Continue Reading →

Nancy Trottier

It is with great sadness that we announce that our dear friend and CBBAG colleague, Nancy Trottier of Deep River ON, has passed away March 17, 2020. She had been fighting many health issues for the past year and a… Continue Reading →

William Blake 1757-1827: Illustrated Books

An exhibition of illustrated books and related prints by English poet, painter and printmaker, William Blake (1757-1827). Tuesday, January 14, 2020 to Sunday, April 26, 2020. Library and Archives, National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario. More information… Continue Reading →

Meeting, March 11, 2020

Programme: Endbands. A special presentation of Geneviève Samson’s History of Endbands (L’histoire des tranchefiles), a project she completed which exhibits hand-sewn endbands from the 12th to the 20th century. We will also have a fun hands-on activity to learn to… Continue Reading →

Meeting, February 12, 2020

Programme: Folding Paper Fun Night. A hands-on demonstration with Spike Minogue. As always Bring your creations, information or news pertaining to the book arts to share during our show and tell period. Join us from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at… Continue Reading →

Tim and Elke Inster recipients of Robert R. Reid Award and Medal

Tim and Elke Inster have been awarded the eleventh Robert R. Reid Award and Medal for lifetime achievement in the book arts in Canada by the Alcuin Society. Widely recognized for their work through the publishing company The Porcupine’s Quill, Tim Inkster is cited in Robert Bringhurst’s The Surface of Meaning: Books and Book Design in Canada as the most celebrated book designer in the country, with over 43 citations from the Alcuin Society.
Read the rest of the post by Leah Gordon, Alcuin Society Blog, Jan. 26, 2020.

The Alcuin Society sponsors 
the Robert R. Reid Award and Medal.

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