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Special Events
Saturday, August 6 - 11:00 a.m.
Thomas Haller Buchanan
Tom is a commissioned artist, illustrator and visual designer.
He has worked in every artistic medium, for all communications media, creating commissioned portraits, fine art, murals and illustrations throughout the country. Always ready to take on new projects, he refers to himself as a ‘Pictorialist’, with a passion for creating images of remarkable people.
As such, a book celebrating his 40 years of experience as an art and design professional — Faces.Figures.Fantasies. The Art of Thomas Haller Buchanan — was recently published.
Facts, Figures, Fantasies book image
Thom is also the editor, creative director and sometimes illustrator of Pictorial Arts Journal— an online publication that showcases and promotes the significance of the pictorial arts, exploring the splendors and visionary skills of artists, past and present. In conjunction with that role, he often presents illustrated talks showcasing art history and techniques.
Thom is an enthusiastic promoter of work that emanated from the so-called Golden Age of the early 20th century and has much to show and tell on the subject.
Book talk and signing
Thom will discuss, sign and sell his newest publication: Beauty and the Book — An Autobiographical Examination
Beauty and the Book image
This is a sumptuous survey of some of the greatest images ever created during a golden age of creativity from 1880 to 1950, covering ephemera such as books, magazines, pulps, comics, posters, and advertising. This illustrated talk will highlight particular artists and show connectivity and pattern interweaving within society and its trends.
Thom will ‘virtually‘ dust off beautiful books and other printed material that are vibrant and visionary, with timeless illustrations and graphic design — showcasing books that are rare and collectible and not-so-rare, yet still collectible — material that has inspired my career and most likely countless others.
Saturday, August 6 – 1:00 p.m.
Featured Presenter: KAREN JONES: Caring for your collection
Karen Jones
Learn best practices for keeping your collection in prime condition. Basic care and safe handling of books and paper will be covered, with time for questions and a short demonstration. Karen has been a book and paper conservator in private practice for 30 years. A professional associate member of the American Institute for Conservation since 1990, she is also an employee of Jefferson County Public Library. She currently serves as co-chair of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers. The GBW, established in 1906, promotes interest in and awareness of the tradition of the book and paper arts by maintaining high standards of workmanship, hosting educational opportunities and sponsoring exhibits.
Guild of Book Workers Logo
Other Special Events:
Englewood Letterpress Depot Logo
Demonstration and exhibit of letterpress printing and related book arts by the Englewood Letterpress Depot. Examples of printed pieces from the Depot will be available for browsing by Fair goers. Tom Parson is the Executive Director for the Depot project.
The Book Arts League Logo
Tom Parson is also on the board for the Book Arts League. The BAL’s mission is to be a community resource for the traditional and contemporary arts and crafts of the book. A historic Boulder County homestead settled over 125 years ago at what was then called “Eight-Mile Corner” (now 95th and Arapahoe streets in Lafayette) serves as headquarters and studio for the League, while providing a permanent home for their antique letterpress collection. The Book Arts League has partnered with the City of Lafayette to preserve the historic structures and provide for their maintenance while using the Farm.
Abecedarian Gallery Logo
An exhibit of contemporary book art by regional binders, courtesy of Abecedarian Gallery will be on display in Booth 79/80. Thanks to the Gallery and its owner, Alicia Bailey, for offering this display.
Film Presentation
The Fair will be presenting a 40-minute-long film periodically, The Restoration of Books, Florence by Roger Hill, produced in 1968 in London.
The viewing is in observance of the 50th anniversary of the Florence Flood. On 4 November 1966, the River Arno burst its banks, sending dark muddy water thundering into the center of Florence. More than 100 people died in the floodwaters; and about 14,000 works of art were badly damaged or destroyed, as well as hundreds of thousands of books. There were many heartfelt appeals to save Florence.  These were answered by the so called Mud Angels, young people from all parts of Italy and all over the world who joined the citizens of Florence, to save the city and its heritage. Over sixty countries responded to the appeals and supported the salvage efforts after the disaster. These efforts marked the birth of conservation as a profession.
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