Spring For The Arts Auction Preview: Virginia Arts of the Book Center

Virginia Arts of the Book Center Don’t miss your chance to bid on VABC classes and other exciting items in PCA’s Spring For The Arts silent auction! Tickets to the event on May 23rd can be purchased here and proceeds support PCA’s many programs throughout the year.

The Virginia Arts of the Book Center (VABC) is offering an intensive certification class in letterpress or bookbinding and one introductory letterpress class for the auction.

Letterpress is all about a hands-on creative process and it’s seen a huge resurgence in recent years. As the NYTimes explained in 2011, letterpress is “the graphic design equivalent of slow food.”

These personalized, intensive courses with the VABC will teach you competence in old book arts that are coming back in style! By the end of the bookbinding class, students will have a bookmaking vocabulary, two to three sewn books, as well as the skills to create their own hand-bound book projects. And, by the end of the letterpress class, students will have a set of printed cards and the skills to create their own stationery or posters. Sessions will be scheduled in the fall or winter, usually over six weeks on weekday evenings or Sundays; a week-long daily intensive may emerge in summer. The VABC will work with the winning bidder to find the class that best meets his or her needs.

The VABC is a community of artists exploring books, printing, and paper while sharing a fully equipped letterpress, printmaking, and bookbinding studio with a gallery and a classroom right here in Charlottesville. A unique program of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, the VABC offers training and community for those with an interest in the book arts. Members participate annually in collaborative projects and feature their work at the “Raucous Auction” in November. Galleries, schedule, and announcements are available here.

You can bid on unique items and experiences like these on May 23rd at Spring For The Arts! By attending, you’ll help support a variety of PCA’s programs and initiatives including the Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study, Charlottesville Area Cultural Plan, Arts Access Project, annual Rising Star Awards, Law & The Arts seminars, Arts Inspire workshops, and more.

We hope to see you there!

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