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Artist's Book by Stephanie-Dean Moore
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The Nuns and the Gardener
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Since its inception CBBAG has maintained an ambitious exhibitions programme, circulating shows across Canada and the United States, and participating in local book arts events like the Ontario College of Art & Design's Book Arts Fair in Toronto, and the Grimsby Wayzgoose, held each April at the Public Library and Art Gallery in Grimsby, Ontario.

Important shows have included The Art of the Book '93, a juried members' exhibition organized to celebrate the tenth anniversary of CBBAG, and Meister der Einbandkunst, a rare North American showcase of work by members of the German Masters Guild. In addition, CBBAG sponsored the 1989 Canadian tour of Bookwork: Form-Function-Finish in the Modern Craft of Hand Bookbinding, mounted by the New York-based Guild of Bookworkers.

CBBAG also developed and circulated a multi-media exhibit titled Two Centuries of Bookbinding: Materials and Techniques 1700-1900, designed for use in schools and libraries, which travelled across the country for two years. In 1995 CBBAG was invited to organize an exhibition of Contemporary Canadian Bookworks which was shown at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo, Japan.

Fine Printing: The Private Press in Canada which opened at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto, in April 1995, toured Canada until October 1997. This was the first major exhibition of Canadian private press work to be shown in Toronto since the two seminal exhibitions of the book arts in Ontario held in 1978 and 1981 at the North York Public Library.

The Art of the Book '98, an exhibition of members' work celebrating CBBAG's 15th anniversary, opened on June 11, 1998 at the Toronto Reference Library Canada Trust Gallery and travelled across the country for two years. The complete text (in English and French) and all images from the catalogue are now online.

Also read all about the Millennium in a Box travelling Community Exhibition for schools, libraries, and small galleries.

The Art of the Book '03, a juried exhibition of members'work celebrating the twentieth anniversary of CBBAG, opened at the York Quay Gallery, Harbourfront Centre, on September 19, 2003, and travelled across Canada through 2005.

The Art of the Book '08, a juried exhibition of members'work celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of CBBAG, opened in Toronto and travelled to seven locations across Canada through early 2011.

Art of the Book 2013, a juried exhibition of members'work celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of CBBAG, opened in Calgary and will travel to six locations across Canada through 2015.

New Art of the Book 2013 This sixth juried travelling exhibition of members' work marks CBBAG's 30th Anniversary. For the first time the exhibit opened outside of Toronto.

Catalogues from the exhibition are available at the CBBAG publications page (the order form is near the top of the page).

An onine version of the catalogue is also available in English and French.

Touring schedule:

July 12 - 25, 2013
Endeavor Arts Gallery
1209 1st St SW #200
Calgary, Alberta

November 22, 2013 - March 24, 2014
McPherson Library Gallery
University of Victoria
Victoria, British Columbia

April 14 - May 16, 2014
Rare Books and Special Collections
UBC Library
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia

June 6 - July 12, 2014
Affinity Gallery
Saskatchewan Craft Council
813 Broadway Avenue
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

NEW DATES: July 24 - September 13, 2014
Craft Ontario Gallery
990 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario

February - May 2015
Harriet Irving Library
University of New Brunswick
Fredericton, New Brunswick

A full colour printed catalogue accompanies the exhibition.

There were three distinguished jurors for this exhibition. Quebec-based design bookbinder Jonathan Tremblay, private press printer and owner of Greenboathouse Press Jason Dewinetz, and Chicago design binder and book artist Karen Hanmer.

Catalogues of all CBBAG exhibitions are described on the Publications page.

A Book Arts Mosaic, curated by Lise Melhorn-Boe, features twenty-six works by thrity-three Canadian book artists from across Canada. This Community Exhibition is presented in a box portfolio and is available for loan by exhibition venues (small galleries, museums, libraries, schools).

The CBBAG Online Gallery provides a new opportunity to see book arts exhibitions featuring work by CBBAG members. Members are invited to make proposals for exhibition — if you are interested in proposing an exhibition for the Online Gallery, click here for Online Gallery Guidelines.

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