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Westfield Historical Society Hosts "The Art of the Book" : An Artists Handmade Book Exhibit

The Westfield Historical Society in conjunction with the Book Arts Roundtable will be presenting an exhibit of handmade artist's books on Friday, April 25 beginning with an exhibit opening and reception at 7pm.,to be held at the Reeve Museum and Cultural Center  The exhibit will be open Fridays through Sundays from 10am to 3pm until May 10.

The exhibit will feature 39 pieces from 19 different artists. Each book is a one of a kind piece of art. The books include various art mediums including watercolor, collage, handmade paper, stenciling, inks, wood, photographs, etching, to name just a few. Books range in size from miniature to large panels and all will be offered for sale on opening night and throughout the exhibit.

The Book Arts Roundtable began in February of 2000 in order to provide a place for artists, bookbinders, and people who love books and paper to gather and share their work.  They meet once a month to share ideas, and when possible, a member of the group puts on a workshop or demonstration.  The group also hires artists and bookbinders to teach weekend workshops.  They also do a semiannual book swap and have created nine books collaboratively.

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In addition to the exhibit a workshop with Book Arts Roundtable artist Joe Reilly will be given Sunday, May 4 from 12:45pm to 3:00pm at the Reeve House in Westfield.  Participants will learn the basics of bookbinding and make two books in one afternoon: a soft cover pamphlet stitch and a hard cover accordion book.  Participants will learn how to score and fold paper, stitch with linen thread, glue paper to board, and determine the grain of paper.  Book Art information will be sprinkled throughout the afternoon.  Participants will have the opportunity to tour the exhibit. All materials will be supplied, including gorgeous Japanese paper, text paper, and linen thread.  Joe Riley has been involved in making books by hand since the 1980s.  He has been exhibiting and selling in various galleries in New Jersey and New York since 2006. 

Both events will take place at the Reeve House Museum and Cultural Center located at 314 Mountain Avenue in Westfield.

The Westfield Historical Society is a nonprofit organization.  Our mission is to preserve, interpret, and encourage interest in history in Westfield.  We provide educational outreach through our museum, archives, and via programs and events.  We also offer resources for those interested in preservation, oral history, and historical research.

Seating is extremely limited for the workshop, so reservations are encouraged.  There is a suggested five dollar donation for the workshop.  For reservations and further information, please call the Westfield Historical Society office at (908)654-1794. Samples of book art can be found on our website at

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