ENTRY CALL: Submissions of original sketchbooks for The Sketchbook Collective, a gallery exhibition presented by the Handmade & Bound Nashville book arts festival, accepted through September 23. Entry details at HandmadeBoundNashville.com.
CALENDAR LISTING: Handmade & Bound Nashville, Vol. 3, a family-friendly book arts festival at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, presents opening reception of The Sketchbook Collective in the Brownlee O. Currey Jr., Gallery on Friday, October 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. Exhibit continues during the H&BN v.3 festival on Saturday, October 5, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and through Oct. 14. Free. Info: 615-383-4848 or HandmadeBoundNashville.com or watkins.edu.
Entry Call for ‘Sketchbook Collective’ at Handmade & Bound Festival Open
Through September 23
Community celebration of the individually-made book to run in Currey Gallery
The third annual Handmade & Bound Nashville festival is seeking submissions of original sketchbooks for their gallery exhibition The Sketchbook Collective, to run October 4-14 in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film. Entry deadline is September 23.
The exhibition is staged in association with Handmade & Bound Nashville, Vol. 3, a celebration of artists’ books, zines, comics, printmaking and other independent publications presented by Watkins Community Education and the Library at Watkins October 4-5.
This year in the gallery for H&BN, The Sketchbook Collective will showcase the artist’s most loyal friend: the accessible, affordable and adaptable sketchbook. Local artists, musicians, writers and other professionals are invited to submit their own sketchbooks (defined as a set of blank pages, bound or unbound, used for spontaneous, quickdrawings, notes, verses, collages or more) to highlight the importance of these artistic forms in a creative life. Participants will be recognized at the exhibition’s opening reception on Friday, October 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Currey Gallery on the Watkins campus.
Sketchbook submissions, along with artist name, profession, mailing address, telephone number and email, should be sent to Watkins Community Education, 2298 Rosa Parks Blvd., Nashville, TN 37228. For questions, visit the event site at HandmadeBoundNashville.com or contact Mary Beth Harding at (615) 277-7456 or [email protected]. Sketchbooks will be returned after the exhibition’s run.
The gallery show takes its name from a series of partnership workshops between Watkins Community Education and local community organizations, and many books on display will spring from a series of collaborative workshops with various local groups. The goal of the Sketchbook Collective project is to invite members of local and underserved communities to participate in the city’s creative landscape. Sketchbooks have long been used as a way for artists to ignite their creativity and store innovative ideas. Like the people who use them, sketchbooks come in a multitude of shapes, colors and sizes, and are an intimate glance into the mind of their owner. They can document the experiences of everyday lives or contain unique ideas created by endless imaginations.
Community workshops led by teaching artists will be held in August and September at Crestview Health & Rehab (Amelia Garretson Persans, 8/13 &14), Looby Center (Katie Gonzalez, 8/26 & 28), FiftyForward (Lesley Patterson-Marx, 9/9 & 11), Casa Azafran (TBD, 9/9 & 11), and the Oasis Center (Meredith Eastburn, TBD).
The Sketchbook Collective is funded in part by a MetroArts ArtsAccess Grant.
Pictured left: Candace Hicks, Common Threads, Vol. XXXIV
ABOUT H&BN, VOL. 3
The third annual edition of Handmade & Bound Nashville, a celebration of artists’ books, zines, mini-comics and other independent publications, will unfold Friday, October 4, and Saturday, October 5, at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film. Part book convention, part literary event and part art show, the free, family-friendly event, presented by the Watkins Library and the Community Education department, will feature demonstrations of techniques and crafts and dozens of vendors and distributors in addition to gallery exhibition.
All October 4-5 activities are free and open to the public.
For information including schedules, vendor table registration and exhibition submissions, visit handmadeboundnashville.com and Handmade & Bound Nashville on Facebook, or contact the Watkins Library at 615.277.7427.
The festival is an official, registered event of Artober Nashville, a broadly collaborative promotional initiative designed to highlight, inform and inspire the community’s participation in the wide range of arts activities offered in the Nashville area during the month of October (NowPlayingNashville.com).
Handmade & Bound Nashville, Vol. 3 is presented by the librarians and staff of Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, the Watkins Community Education department, and local librarians and book artists. The College is located in MetroCenter [2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd], with free parking available in the campus lot.
• What’s a sketchbook? A blank book, pad or pages designed to be easily portable and frequently used for drawing or painting as a part of an artist’s creative process. Sketchbooks are generally divided into two categories: observation [with documentation of the external world, including travel and nature studies] and invention [with an artist’s musings and internal journey, as compositional ideas are developed].
· What’s an artist’s book? An artist’s book is a work of art realized in a book-like format. They are usually one-of-a-kind creations or published in small editions, and can employ a form other than bound printed sheet.
· What’s a zine? A zine (pronounced “zeen,” as in “magazine”) is a self-published, small circulation, non-commercial booklet or magazine, usually produced by one person or a few individuals. Zines range from small photocopied booklets, to handwritten or handmade booklets, to magazine-like publications.
Watkins College of Art, Design & Film is a four-year baccalaureate college offering a studio-based curriculum for its Bachelor of Fine Arts degree programs in Film, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Interior Design and Photography, its Bachelor of Arts in Art, and its Certificate in Film. The faculty and staff are committed to a learning-centered environment that challenges students to engage the mind, train the eye and cultivate talent and skill into an active realization of creative potential.
Established in 1885 as a community-based learning institution, Watkins became a baccalaureate college in 1997, and it continues to shape and positively influence the cultural horizon and economy of our community through art, design and film instruction in an academic setting, as well as through the Community Education program for youth, teens and adults. Watkins is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and by National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
Watkins College of Art, Design & Film receives funding from the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission and the Tennessee Arts Commission.
Pictured: Liz Coleman of the Nashville Public Library shows off a book from the Wilson Limited Editions Collection