Inaugural Vancouver Photo Book Fair, April 21-23

Inaugural eventWhat an amazing event for Vancouver! You gotta check out this first-time event!

The Fair is held at the Western Front in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood, with offsite programming at the nearby James Black Gallery. Free and open to the public, Vancouver Photo Book Fair is Vancouver’s first art book fair dedicated to artists whose book-making practices incorporate or intersect with photography and lens-based art. Featuring an engaging program and a variety of local and international artists, collectives, and publishers, the Fair is anticipated to attract 1,000 visitors from across the Greater Vancouver area and beyond.  Full list of exhibitors and program schedule.

BOOK FAIR located Western Front, 303 East 8th Ave, Vancouver
Friday, April 21: 7–10 pm (Members Preview for members of Capture, VABF, and Western Front; memberships also available at the door)
Saturday, April 22: 11 am–6 pm
Sunday, April 23: 11 am–6 pm

TALKS & WORKSHOPS held James Black Gallery, 144 East 6th Ave, Vancouver
Saturday, April 22: 12–4 pm
Sunday, April 23: 10 am–4 pm

A detailed calendar of monthly programming including dates, times, and locations.

The Capture Photography Festival, in partnership with Vancouver Art Book Fair (VABF), launches the inaugural Vancouver Photo Book Fair this April 21–23. The Fair surveys one of photography’s earliest forms of dissemination—the photo book—demonstrating how this vital form continues to evolve, push the conventions of artists’ books, and carry photography into new contexts.




Penny Parry at Craft Council of BC

Currently opennyparryn exhibit at the Craft Council of BC is the work of Penny Parry. Her presentation at the Artist’s Talk has been recorded (video). Her exhibit entitled Penny Parry : to have & to hold – the physical book…more than a quaint tradition continues until Thursday, November 17, 2016.

Craft Council of BC, 1386 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
Hours: Daily 10:30am-5:30pm

More information is available.

Brigitte Potter-Mael at UBC Beaty Biodiversity Museum

Currently exhibiting at UBC’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum are “Brigitte Potter-Mael’s delicate watercolours and striking woodcuts, as well as Proverbial Botany, a collaborative piece with sound artist Andreas Kahre. The works are inspired by plants from the landscapes of Lone Valley, Germany and British Columbia.”

The exhibit continues until September 4, 2016.

If you would like to experience making a botanical scroll, join Brigitte Potter-Mael in making a giant botanical scroll in a two hour workshop is held Saturday,  July 30, 2016 from 2-4pm. Please register online. Workshop is free with museum admission or membership.

In Vancouver, additional Brigitte Potter-Mael’s art works are also available at Malaspina Printmakers (Granville Island) and Full Circle Art Collective.

Sumie: Ink Brush Paintings (Feb 13-May 8, 2016)

​​Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre in Burnaby is showcasing works of  Canadian born painter Takao Tanabe.  The artist studied with sumie and calligraphy masters in Tokyo for two years. Over 30 works by the artist will be on display from Feb 13 to May 8, 2016. This is a public program; open to the public for free.

There are two free April events that may interest you.

  • Curator’s Tour by Sherri Kajiwara will be held on Apr 16 2pm
  • Sumie Workshop, Saturday, April 30, 2-4pm (Admission is free. Registration required)

For more information, please visit Takao Tanabe: Sumie Exhibit.

Call for Entries – in Colorado and Washington

We wanted to alert you two new call for entry opportunities!


Artists’ Books Ideation Cards – Abecedarian will host an exhibition of works created using the Artists’ Book Ideation Cards in summer 2015. This is an open call (not juried). You do not need to own or purchase a set of cards to participate in this exhibit. If you do want a set, you can buy a set in the Abecedarian Gallery online store.

Deadline to enter is December 6, 2014. Entry fee for this exhibit is $22 for each entry submitted November 1 – December 6, 2014. You needn’t enter your submissions all at the same time. Submission for this exhibition is by file upload only. Please view the prospectus here. Exhibition dates are June 19 – August 1, 2015. Exhibition venue is Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, Colorado.


Exhibition: Dirt? Scientists, Book Artists and Poets Reflect on Soil and Our Environment – 2015 is the United Nations International Year of the Soil. Poets and book artists can join soil scientists in making the soil visible! We are seeking book artists and poets who can offer fresh, intriguing perspectives on soil’s value. Entry form is here. You may enter up to three works … original poem and/or artists book (with or without original or previously published poem).

Deadline to enter is April 29, 2015. No entry fee. Please view the prospectus here. Exhibition dates are August 6, 2015 – December 30, 2015. Exhibition venue is Collins Memorial Library, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington.