Kindred Spirits: Call for Submissions

Exhibition Theme:  The Legacy of Lucy Maud Montgomery

Through book artistry and related book arts, show us how Lucy Maud Montgomery (as a person or through her literary works) has influenced you. What are your memories of her as a child? Or, as you have learned more about her, what are your adult views? This exhibition is about the respect and admiration for Lucy Maud Montgomery expressed through the various forms of book artistry. It is a love letter to her.

Perhaps you only know Anne of Green Gables. You can craft your memories of that story, or you can design a binding for it. Lucy Maud was ahead of her time when it came to speaking out on the human condition. Some of this was cleverly portrayed in her novels, but a lot was also penned in her journals and diaries. You could present your impression of those themes through your work. (See Submission Ideas for other ideas)

Lucy Maud Montgomery loved books and especially the written word. As bookbinders and book artists, this makes us kindred spirits with her. Using the words spoken by L.M. Montgomery’s fictional character, Anne Shirley, this exhibition offers lots of “scope for the imagination”!

Who Should Enter

Fine binders, book artists, box makers, paper makers, paper decorators, letterpress printers, calligraphers, chine collé, and digital collage artists.


This exhibition is open to all CBBAG members. (Not a member of CBBAG? It is easy to become one! Registration & Registration Guidelines)


CBBAG is pleased to announce the jurors for the Kindred Spirits exhibition!

  • Robert Wu – fine design bookbinder, marbling artist, and stationer of worldwide acclaim. Robert’s works can be found at the Grolier Club (NYC), the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library (U of T), the Bruce Peel Special Collections (U of A), the Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto, ON), Harvard & Yale Universities, the Boston Athenaeum (Boston, MA), and The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC)
  • Liz Menard – printmaker, visual artist, and educator whose practice includes drawing, painting, book arts, and printmaking. Liz’s works have been exhibited widely; and as a frequent CBBAG instructor, she is a well-known and respected member of the book arts community
  • Kate Macdonald Butler – television producer and President of the Heirs of L.M. Montgomery. She is a granddaughter of Lucy Maud Montgomery and one of the heirs to her Intellectual Property rights

From the submissions received, the jurors will select the 40 pieces that not only best reflect the exhibition theme but also reflect the high standards of excellence for which CBBAG is known. From the 40 pieces selected for the exhibition, the jurors will also choose the prize-winning entries.


Based on jury selection, there will be two monetary prizes:

  • The Kindred Spirits AwardCDN $600. This will be awarded to the entry that is considered the “Best in Show”.
  • The LMM Award: CDN $400. This will be awarded to the entry that best captures the essence of Lucy Maud Montgomery.

Participants whose work is chosen to appear in the Kindred Spirits exhibition will receive

  • a Certificate of Participation; and,
  • a complimentary exhibition catalogue

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