The USM Book Arts Bazaar is Back!

Book Arts Bazaar Flyer featuring a blue flag book with painted sunflowers titled "In the Moment" by Sue Rodgers. All embedded text is included in text below.

The Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts (External Site) at the University of Southern Maine (USM) is excited to be hosting it’s annual Book Arts Bazaar after a 2-year hiatus. The Book Arts Bazaar is a festival with book artists, papermakers, bookbinders, printmakers, educators writers and all things related to the book. Free and open to the public!

Sunday April 3, 2022
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Wishcamper Center, University of Southern Maine Portland Campus
34 Bedford St. Portland, Maine

Free parking in the University of Southern Maine Parking Garage at 88 Bedford Street, attached to the Abromson Community Education Center. The entrance and exit to the parking garage is found on the side street of Surrenden St., closest to the skywalk.

I hope to see you there!

Join me this June for a week of Poetry and Art-making “in the Garden”

Join me this coming June for RSP 299 Gathering in the Garden: Poetry and Studio art, offered through the University of Southern Maine.

drawing of sunflowers. text that reads: Gathering in the Garden: Poetry and Studio Art. RSP 299. June 13th-19th 2022. Fulfills Creative Expression Core.

RSP 299 Gathering in the Garden: Poetry and Studio Art

June 13th-19th, 2022

Welcome to RSP 299 Gathering in the Garden: Poetry and Studio Art.  This is a one-week intensive studio class with Zoom sessions Mon, Tues, Fri, and Sun and site visits Wed. and Sat.

The course is co-taught by Lisa Hibl, Director of the Russell Scholars Program, and Rachel Church, intermedial book artist and Part-time Art Faculty, and is designed to encourage interdisciplinary creativity.  It fulfills the Creative Expression Core requirement at the University of Southern Maine. Credits: 3

Schedule Details:

  • June 13, 9-11 am class meets on Zoom.
  • June 14, 9-11 am and 4-6 pm class meets on Zoom.
  • June 15, 9 am-1 pm class meets at Coastal Maine Botanical Garden in Boothbay, bring your lunch (if students are not in the mid-coast Maine area we will guide them in selecting an appropriate garden site near where they live as an alternative).
  • June 16, 9-11 am and 4-6 pm class meets on Zoom.
  • June 17, 9-11 am and 4-6 pm class meets on Zoom.
  • June 18, 9 am – 1 pm class meets at Pineland Farms, Cumberland, bring your lunch (visit your alternative garden site as approved by instructors).
  • June 19, 9-11 am class meets on Zoom. 
  • Final Project due by July 3.

How to Register:

Priority Registration (Matriculated USM/UMS students): March 1-2

Open Registration: March 3

Learn more about how to register (External Site).


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Upcoming ONLINE workshop: PRINT, FOLD, CUT!

Print, Fold, Cut!

Hosted by The University of Southern Maine’s Kate Cheney Chappell 83 Center for Book Arts

Three Saturday Synchronous Online Workshops with Zoom
October 10, 17, & 24, 2020
9:30 – 11:30 AM Eastern Standard Time
$80 for All Three Workshops, Click Here to Register Online or call (207) 780-5900

Maximum enrollment 15

Rachel Church

Course Description:

Over the course of three sessions you will learn a set of at-home techniques and structures for creating engaging artist’s books with little surprises such as storage compartments, peek-through cut outs, and custom patterned paper. In the first session we will learn how to print patterned papers using simple supplies at home. Next, we will explore masu boxes, a folded box structure that can used to create a variety of book objects with storage compartments. And in the last session, we will learn to make a suite of single-page folded book structures and look at how to incorporate cut-outs to take advantage of both sides of the paper. 

Image Below: Workshop Student Artist Book by Emma Betterley-Dow

Rachel Church

Supplies you will need:

In addition to these items you will need an internet connection to log-into the class, preferably on a larger screen such as a laptop or iPad (vs. phone) so you can see the demos. Please set up your workstation near your computer/iPad so you can follow along. Access to a sink is helpful for clean-up.