We are proudly—and collaboratively—celebrating our anniversary with the exhibit 20 Years of Horse & Buggy Press (and Friends) which is currently at CAM Raleigh after debuting at Cassilhaus, both venues being true gems of the Triangle.
The CAM exhibit is up until August 7 and includes special events and thematic programming featuring myself in conversation with many of the collaborating artists and craftspersons including . . .
—Kenny Roby playing music and discussing songwriting;
—H&B authors reading from their books;
—photographers Catharine Carter and Rob McDonald sharing work and discussing their H&B books;
—a bevy of the furniture makers who shared work for the show sharing more of their work and discussing their approach in a conversation highlighting the importance of craft;
—an informal evening gathering of NC State School of Design and Penland School of Crafts alums, teachers, adminstrators, friends, and fans.
Please see the recent H&B newsletter to learn about these specific CAMversation events (as well as viewing some of the pictures from the Cassilhaus events). The closing reception at CAM will be Sunday, August 7 from 4-6pm and will feature surprises and special guests.
We are excited to share favorite projects from our first two decades. We reached out to many friends to produce custom pieces and create aesthetically rich reading environments in which to engage the work. This includes custom cherry bookshelves and bookstands by Evan Lightner; floor lamps and ash and upholstered leather chairs by Scott Howell; several tables by Al Frega; a fun mixed media book rack by Tim Schrand that incorporates a ruler, leading strips, and pencils amongst the repurposed wood; custom bench cushions made from vintage agricultural feed sacks and domestically produced leather by Jessica Ullom from Hawks and Doves; a hand-forged, glass topped coffee table by Ben Galata; and a display wood table by Anthony Ulinski.
The exhibit features all eighteen of the fine press book collaborations that bear the H&B imprint, including several titles long out of print. This will most likely be the last chance to purchase several of the book editions.. A pair of 2016 book projects make their debut. Sons and Father is a 60 page book of wood engravings by John McWilliams and was produced in conjunction with his exhibit at The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston, South Carolina. Journey is a 112 page book of photomontage by Catharine Carter which features text excerpts from Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell. Both titles feature letterpress printed covers, hand-sewn bindings, and a deluxe edition, lettered A-Z, features handmade paper covers and each of these deluxe edition copies includes a frameable print tucked inside the back cover. Many books which we've designed for other publishers are also on display, as well as exhibit catalogues designed for museums and galleries, and choice design and letterpress projects and a smattering of artifacts from the archives vault.
There are over 40 pieces of framed art by friends in the show (works pulled from the book collaborations; this includes a 30 by 42 inch photograph of West Virginia coal cars by Testify photogapher Roger May; a 6ft long H&B designed collage featuring images by Photourist photographer Andy Gershon; some absolutely amazing pen and ink drawings by Ippy Patterson from the Bestiary book; and copperplate engravings by Henrk Fantazos from Song of the Line). Additionally there are dozens of framed letterpress broadsides, posters, announcements and other print ephemera; music and film packaging projects and a listening station; and a selection of other design commissions which all contribute a historical, time capsule flavoring to the show. There are small-scale treasures and surprises for those who take the time to explore the nooks and crannies of the show.
Dividends will be paid out to the initial stockholders in a grand public ceremony at the CAM closing reception. There will be a pinata. There will be poignant and humorous stories, some of them may even be true.
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Open Studios on Third Fridays.
We continue to have open studios on the Third Friday of every month as part of Third Friday Durham. This is a fun time to come by and see new work. Hours are 6-9pm and we often have receptions for the guest artist exhibits in the Upfront Gallery. Sometimes we have special guests like the Poetry Fox or musicians doing their things out on the sidewalk.
U P F R O N T. .G A L L E R Y .
The relatively spacious Upfront Gallery features a curated guest artist exhibit area, as well as a large display of Horse & Buggy Press projects (and other BCAC members' works).
On the guest artist wall until August 20....
Paintings, Drawings, and Prints by Phil Blank.
Closing Reception Friday, August 18 from 6-9pm.
R E C E N T . F I N E . P R E S S . B O O K S
Sons & Fathers: Wood Engravings by John McWilliams.
An extensive blogpost, including photographs of the book, will be up and running by mid/late July for this 60 page artist monograph which coincided with John's 2016 exhibit at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. A delxue edition was produced which features handmade paper covers and each of these 26 copies, lettered A–Z, includes a hand-pulled engraving suitable for framing. The book is on display at CAM Raleigh as part of the anniversary exhibit.
Roses: from the Late French Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke
Translations and Essay by David Need
Pen and Ink Drawings by Clare Johnson
2014 .|. 224 pages .|. $30
*less than 5 copies of the first edition with letterpress covers remain. The second printing is in bookstores, if you would like the first edition, which is signed and numbered by David and features hand-printed letterpress covers, please contact me directly. These last five copies will be sold for $75 each.
Testify: A Visual Love Letter to Appalachia
Photographs by Roger May
Foreword by Silas House
2014 .|. amazingly, this edition of 300 has nearly sold out. We are hopeful a larger trade publisher will step in to release a second edition.
The last two copies are being sold for $200 each.
Maji Moto: Dispatches from a Drought
Photographs and Lyrical Essays Courtney Fitzpatrick
Maji Moto has been lauded far and wide including by the Paris Review, and Natural History Magazine.
Extensive info and images on the Maji Moto book and broadsides project can be found at this blogpost of Side Spur Ramblings (the official H&B blog). The books and broadsides are still on display and available for sale alongside other H&B work in the foyer gallery.
Website Update / Don't You Guys Have Any New Work to Share?
We're too busy to update the website. I used to claim this was a back burner project but in reality the pilot light went out quite some time ago. No doubt, it will get fired back up at some point and a kick-ass, updated website will emerge; but until then, this is what we got and if you want to see more recent work then please go to CAM Raleigh to see the anniversary exhibit, get in touch for a visit, stop by on a Third Friday open studio event, or request to see samples in the mail. Thanks for understanding.