4:00 PM16:00

Monthly Meeting-Margit Smith on The Medieval Girdle Books (Free, Open to Public)


It is a special thrill to handle and examine books spanning the early 14th to the late 16th centuries, to feel, touch, smell, listen to their history, and to realize that our current desire for instant access to information can be traced to these objects. Girdle books were always with the owner and could be used without being removed from the belt. 

Margit will explain her initial fascination with the girdle book format and how she came to dedicate fourteen years to exploring its history, construction, use, and symbolism. She will share two girdle books she made herself, as examples of the two types that remain from the Middle Ages.

The extreme rarity of the girdle book, often not recognized even by people who deal with rare books, prompted her decision to document and describe the known twenty-six girdle books still in libraries, museums and private collections. Margit received permission to examine them all. They are located in nine European countries and three libraries in the US, and she was able to take photographs in most cases. 

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5:00 PM17:00

POSTMARK, SAN DIEGO Reception and Show


Collection of 29 postcards created, mailed and recreated into artist books by members of San Diego Book Arts
Celebrating art, creativity, book making and San Diego!

Exhibition: Mesa College Art Gallery July 16 – August 3, 2018
Opening Reception:  Thursday, July 19, 2018 5pm - 8pm

(See Exhibits page for details)

 Ann Schwartzwald

Ann Schwartzwald

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10:00 AM10:00

Josie Rodriguez Studio Tour and Introduction to Encaustic (Free, RSVP Required)


Josie will lead a 2 hour walk and talk through her home studios. It will start with her inside studio where her encaustic work is hung, with an explanation of how the work was created and what inspired it. You will then visit her dedicated encaustic studio where Josie will show the equipment and tools used in encaustic art. The final point of the tour will include a short demo of the encaustic process. 

Don’t miss this special opportunity to see an artist studio, learn how it evolved and how she uses it for her unique art.  

(Also see information on encaustic workshop here.)

RSVP required by July 9th to moorheadL@gmail.com  Space is limited to 10 participants


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7:30 PM19:30

Bhavna Mehta - Artist Lecture (Free, Open to Public)

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Bhavna Mehta works with paper – cutting and embroidering it to tell stories that combine figurative imagery with botanical motifs, text and shadows. Using paper as skin and thread to connect and mend, using cutting and sewing to talk about exposing and hiding, she makes work about relating and remembering.

Mehta has exhibited widely in San Diego and Southern California. She is the recipient of the Artists Activating Communities grant from the California Arts Council (2017) and the Creative Catalyst grant from The San Diego Foundation (2015). She has won multiple awards in juried shows and she was one of the San Diego Art Prize emerging artist winners.

She collaborates with artists making public art, using paper as a design medium. She has engineering degrees from both India and US and worked as a software engineer for many years before turning to art.

Mehta teaches paper cutting and sculpture at UCSD Extension, Penland School of Craft, San Diego Book Arts and in varied avenues around San Diego County.

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