May 2015 Newsletter: Movers and Shakespeare

Art on Ivy panorama-small

Things are in motion for the Virginia Arts of the Book Center. No, we haven’t moved, we’re just moving on up into a great studio and showcase space with our long-time partners at Creative Framing / The Art Box. Now the VABC cards, projects, and prints you’ve come to recognize can be displayed and sold through the Art Box at street level.

We are calling the space “Art on Ivy” and we envision it as a creative community resource where you can:

-purchase art supplies, paper, bookmaking needs, and framing materials
-find out about upcoming classes and workshops
-find handmade items that make great gifts
-see the work of affiliated VABC professional artists, members, and Art on Ivy partners
-make connections to artists who produce and sell their work and services

Stop by Art on Ivy in the Ivy Square Shopping Center (2125 Ivy Road) to get a glimpse of our poetry in motion. Framed and unframed broadsides are on sale, no waiting!


We are more than halfway to our goal of $12,000 to help us completeSpeaking in Faces a specimen book to display the largest collection of moveable type in Virginia. VABC needs your help to get all the way there. Yes you! We’ve only got 17 more days to go, and, with Kickstarter, it’s all or nothing.

To recap the project, Speaking in Faces will:
produce a letterpress book so every VABC artist or workshop participant in the future can see the character of the typeface they’re printing
launch a series of workshops and printing demonstrations to build your skill and comfort with metal typesetting and printing alongside masters
pay stipends to artists for inspired work on specimen pages

Support is coming from friends all over the U.S., the Netherlands, the U.K., Australia, Denmark, and Brazil.

Time to pledge what you can give to make the entire project possible. Every pledge will count in getting us there!

Visit this link or type in “Speaking in Faces” on



For its next collaborative project, the VABC is taking on the first published quarto edition of Hamlet, sometimes known as the “Bad Quarto” or “Q1.”

Project description here. Some key upcoming dates:

Wednesday, May 27 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm: Meet at U.Va. Special Collections (Small Special Collections Library) for a Shakespeare show-and-tell with curator Molly Schwartzburg.

Saturday, May 30: Bad Quarto teams meet to share the sketches of their signatures from the play.

For more information on the project, contact Program Director Garrett Queen





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