Southeast Guild of Bookworkers, 1st Annual Exhibit in BW Gallery

SEGBWJuried exhibition of works from the Southeast Guild of Bookworkers, was on view in the BookWorks Gallery, January 3rd- February 24th, 2013.

The Southeast Guild of Bookworkers (SEGBW) is a regional chapter of the Guild of Bookworkers, a national organization of book artists founded in 1906 with intent to unify marblers, printmakers, bookbinders, conservationists, calligraphers, paper makers, and letterpress printers under a common craft. Today, these artists still come together within this community to organize a yearly conference, numerous traveling exhibitions, publication of a newsletter and journal, and a range of study and professional opportunities. Chapters, like SEBGW, divide the larger organization into subsets of artists united by proximity and regional culture.

The 60 members of SEGBW represent an expansive region of the country. From the Carolinas and Kentucky, south to Florida and as far west as Louisiana, these bookworkers sustain a vibrant southern book arts community through exhibitions and workshops. SEGBW’s regional span has allowed them to host workshops in cities like Tuscaloosa and Atlanta within the last year. The upcoming show at Asheville BookWorks speaks to their growing presence in the Carolinas.

SEBGW is currently focused on expanding in order to better serve their membership, and to draw non-members into the world of book arts. SEGBW recognizes BookWorks as an ideal venue for this show because of its accessibility to the Asheville community. “We felt that BookWorks would provide a new venue for people who aren’t perhaps familiar with SEGBW to see what it is our membership is all about,” says Sonja Rossow, one of the Workshop and Events Coordinators of SEGBW. “We think Asheville, with its vibrant art community, makes the perfect place for the exhibition and to get the word out about SEGBW.”

Juried by Laurie Corral, owner and director of Asheville BookWorks. Clara Boza (NC), Anna Embree of (AL), Michelle Ray (FL), and Peter Bain (MS).