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Posted February 26, 2019 | Kitsap Culture

DogEar Festival

A Celebration of Artist’s Books, Print Works, & Paper Arts

DogEar is BIMA’s first-ever festival of all things related to artist’s books, printmaking, and paper-arts, a joyous explosion celebrating the opening of Open Sesame! The Magic of Artist’s Books Revealed.

Artist Vendor Sale & Community Partner Tables

March 2 & 3, 10 AM-6 PM

Downstairs Galleries

Artists and artisans from the region and beyond take over the first-floor galleries of the museum to display their one-of-a-kind and handmade pieces for sale. Community partners from local organizations will be present to demo printing presses and other wonders of the artist’s book and paper arts world!

BIMA Book Bind Off!

March 2 & 3, 12-1 PM

Frank Buxton Auditorium

Competitive bookbinding at its finest! You didn’t know that was a thing? Competitors battle it out in a live bookbinding competition featuring unpredictable materials, audience participation, and unique, on-the-fly craftsmanship. A spectator sport for the art-geek in you.

Erasure Poetry Drop-In Art-Making with Path with Art

March 2 & 3, 11 AM-3 PM

BIMA Classroom

Create poems by erasing words from an existing text in prose or verse. Using secondhand books, facilitators will guide guests through the creative process of selecting a page of text, then redacting words and phrases through pen, ink, scissors, or block print images to morph the existing page into a new-found poem.

Paper Marbling Drop-In Art-Making with Sophie Loubere

March 2 & 3, 11 AM-3 PM

BIMA Classroom

Come watch and learn about the ancient art of painting on water and creating one of a kind, mesmerizing prints. Artist Sophie Loubere leads a demonstration and answers questions about both Japanese and Turkish traditions of paper marbling.

Poetry Listening Station with Path with Art

March 2 & 3, 10 AM-6 PM

Toni Hall Orientation Gallery

Drop in and listen to deeply individualistic recordings of Path with Art student artist poetry, written and recorded for the upcoming tour of Hear & Now: Community Perceptions of Homelessness. Get an audio taste of this sound sculpture, constructed by the kinetic sound artist Trimpin in collaboration with Path with Art poetry, visual art, and musical student artists, debuting in full at SAM in April 2019.

School of Visual Concept Letterpress Hands-on Demonstration

March 2 & 3, 10:30 AM-12:30 PM and 2:30-4:30 PM

Lovelace Gallery

Path with Art Community Partner Showcase
Open-ended run, opening March 2
Steve & Harriet Davis Community Gallery


Path with Art presents a showcase of artworks created through their program, designed to use creative arts to transform the lives of people recovering from homelessness, addiction and trauma by harnessing the power of creative engagement as a bridge to community and stability. The exhibition includes a wide variety of works, including a selection of Artist’s Books created during a workshop led by Michelle de la Vega.

Artist’s Book Improv featuring The Edge Comedy Improv Group

March 2, 11-12 PM, 3-4 PM

Frank Buxton Auditorium

Your favorite island Improv artists tackle the unlikely subject of Artist’s Books, responding, riffing, and ranting their way through a series of Artist’s Books. Prepare to be surprised or confused, stimulated or stumped – but always entertained in these two performances.

Craft in America: Spotlight on book, print, and paper artists

March 3, 10 AM-12 PM, 2:30-6 PM

Frank Buxton Auditorium

Enjoy a specially curated selection of PBS’s outstanding Craft in America Series, focusing on everything from letterpress to papermaking, on the large screen.

Marlene Seven Bremner, The Poetry Store

March 2, 11 AM-1 PM, 2:30-4:30 PM

Poet Marlene Seven Bremner comes armed with her vintage typewriter and wordsmithing capabilities and creates on-the-spot personal poetry for guests. Leave with a little masterpiece.

Cultivating, Curating, & Encouraging A Book Arts Collection

March 2, 7 PM, Reception at 6 PM, $5 Member / $7 Non-Member

Frank Buxton Auditorium

Moderated by Bonnie Thompson NormanIn the field of book arts, collectors have a tremendous influence on content, forms, and the artists who create them. What do they or can they do with this important role? How does it impact the development of a broader community and/or support education and diversity of all kinds? Audience members are encouraged to join a thoughtful conversation with the preeminent collectors featured on this panel including Sandra Kroupa, Charles Hobson, and Mary Austin, with moderation by Bonnie Thompson Norman.

Edible Books Competition

March 3, 3-5 PM

Pre-registration required

BIMA Bistro

Bookworms grab your oven mitts! Bakers get reading! The Edible Books Competition asks the public to build their tastiest food-based creations inspired by a book–anything from a literal interpretation to a whimsical punny take. Creations are presented, documented, and scored by a panel of local judges and the public for a variety of awards before the creations are consumed in celebration of this mouthwatering literary competition.

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