Studio Two Three | Richmond Book Art Fair | RVA | Festival

Join us for a week of community workshops on writing, storytelling, independent publishing, and bookmaking; panel discussions; and storytelling events.

The Richmond Book Art Fair culminates in a day-long fair on Saturday, April 20th, from 10am-5pm featuring artists’ book makers, zine makers, and independent publishers.

The theme of the 2019 Richmond Book Art Fair is Power of the Press, highlighting the power of the book, printing and publishing to tell previously untold narratives and highlight marginalized voices in our community.

The Richmond Book Art Fair: Power of the Press is made possible by a grant from Virginia Humanities.


2019 BOOK ART FAIR SCHEDULE

10am-5pm at Studio Two Three
Free admission!

30+ vendors of books & ephemera
Free demos on letterpress, risograph printing & screen printing
Blanchard’s Coffee Bar
Bar with Local beer + Mimosas
Kids activities
Food Trucks
Space Bomb DJ

1-2PM HAIKU Workshop with Hope Whitby
Free! Special haiku workshop with Hope Whitby, limited to 10 participants. First come first served!!!!

COMMUNITY ART INSTALLATION
Print your own 6-word memoir or haiku with artist Earl Mack and install it in a large-scale wheatpaste installation at Studio Two Three!

2019 BOOK ART FAIR EXHIBITORS

Athena Naylor | Barry O’Keefe | Bat Pig Books and Bowe House Press |The Battle Station | Blue Skies Workroom | The Book Lady | Bookworm Mama Co | Candela Books + Gallery | Clown Kisses Press | The Concern Newstand | Daniel Torraca | Death Club Radio | ELEMENTS | enml illustration | GenderFail | Hannah McHugh | The ICA Shop | Jamie Dodger Art | Jamie Douglas | Jonathan Lee | Justseeds Artists' Cooperative | Kim Walton | Laura Chessin | Life in 10 Minutes Press | NoRespassing | Pusakal | Richmond Young Writers | Sammy Newman | Sanzi Studio | Skinny Dipper Magazine | SLAG Mag + Null Set Magazine | SOFT WEB studio collective | Southside Book and Writers Club | Theodore Taylor III Illustration | Travis Robertson | Virginia Center for the Book/Virginia Humanities | Zoeybug Studio


VIP & EXHIBITOR PREVIEW PARTY
7-10PM @ STUDIO TWO THREE!

SPONSORS MAKE THE RICHMOND BOOK ART FAIR MAGIC POSSIBLE!

Sponsors make the Richmond Book Art Fair: Power of the Press possible. Your sponsorship provides free and reduced-fee spots for exhibitors, pays artists/advocates/publishers/independent press to teach and share their knowledge, promotes the amazing work exhibitors and teachers are doing, and underwrites materials for the full week of programming.

Meet the exhibitors and get a chance to buy early! High five over book-art-awesomeness, maybe even dance a lil’ to DJ The Cheats Movement while drinking some specialty cocktails, local beer and wine, and dining on Mean Bird’s finest catering.


richmond book art fair PROGRAMMING

DAILY DEMOS MONDAY APRIL 15-FRIDAY APRIL 19

Swing by Studio Two Three Monday, April 15 through Friday, April 19th from 11am-1pm .

We will have Blanchard’s Coffee and free demonstrations on bookmaking, letterpress, risograph printing, screen printing, zine making, relief printing and maybe a few more! The schedule will vary daily so come by as much as you’d like!


SUNDAY, APRIL 14


MIND COLLAGING
with Glynis Boyd Hughes, Sunday, April 14, 1-4pm, $20

*scholarship spots available, email kb@studiotwothree.org

Instructor Glynis Boyd Hughes will teach you her process of "Mind Collaging." In this hands-on workshop, you'll learn the value and importance of keeping one's personal history through the use of writing, writing prompts, and collaging using found materials. 


MONDAY, APRIL 15

WRITE YOUR SIX-WORD MEMOIR
with Valley Haggard, Monday, April 15, 6-8pm, $20
*Scholarship spots available, email kb@studiotwothree.org

Write your own Six-Word Memoir with Valley Haggard of Life in 10 Minutes! Share your story by screen printing it with Studio Two Three to be added a large-scale installation showcasing the stories of our community during the Book Art Fair on Saturday, April 20 (as long as you're willing to share)!

What is a Six-Word Memoir? Your story in just six words! Some examples from the Six-Word Memoir project: Bittersweet - “Cursed with cancer, blessed with friends”- Poignant- “I still make coffee for two” - Inspirational - “From migrant worker to NASA astronaut” - Hilarious “Married by Elvis, divorced by Friday”(from sixwordmemoirs.com) 

Who is Valley Haggard? Valley has written in short and long form all her life. She is a big fan of the postcard, the 6-word memoir and drawers full of unfinished manuscripts. She has slept in tents, hostels, motels, couches, tool sheds, log cabins, bunk beds and ship bowels for short periods of time and the house she grew up in for much longer than that.

ZINES!
with Cosima Storz, Monday, April 15, 6-8pm, $20
*Scholarship spots available, email kb@studiotwothree.org

Cut, glue, copy and fold your way to a one-page book you make yourself! Learn about the history of zines, different collaging techniques and leave with your own one-page zine. All materials provided. 

COSIMA STORZ is a Richmond based artist working in printmaking, photography and performance art. She has a B.F.A. in Painting & Printmaking and is finishing her Master's in Art Education.


TUESDAY APRIL 16


Exquisite Corpse Books
with Laura Chessin, Tuesday, April 16, 6-9pm, $20

*scholarship spots available, contact kb@studiotwothree.org

Create an exquisite corpse book made of text and images. In this class, all students will create a unique pamphlet stitched exquisite corpse. You'll begin by creating a page with text or text and images and then pass your page to the next student. They'll add a new page on to yours, seeing only the previous spread. This continues until either the book is complete or the book returns to the originator, depending on the number of participants!

 

Beyond Aesthetics: Making the Words Work (Even the Tough Topics)
with Alane Cameron Ford, Tuesday, April 16, 6-9pm, $20

*scholarship spots available, email kb@studiotwothree.org

Studio Two Three | Death Club Radio | Writing Class | Richmond Virginia

As the host of Death Club Radio, a local talk show on WRIR 97.3 FM, Alane Cameron Ford spends considerable time discussing emotionally and culturally difficult ideas with people. There is a responsibility and a power in creating books, zines, and independently published works which say things that cannot be found in the mainstream.

What are some techniques to help writers, makers, and publishers welcome in a variety of readers? This workshop will cover gripping topics like voice, inclusion, boundaries, risk-taking, and the dry parts like layout and organization.

This is an action workshop, not a lecture workshop and participants will have created an authentic to their message framework before they leave the class.


WEDNESDAY APRIL 17


Chelsea Higgs Wise | Richmond Virginia | Studio Two Three | women in media

Pass The Mic: A Panel of Unearthing our Truths
Wednesday, April 17, 6-8pm
*Free and open to the public

A panel of women unearthing truths in the local and international press.

The speakers come from backgrounds of multi-media, journalism, radio and magazine publications.

This event will amplify the untold narratives of the community, hear why these women decided to create their own lane and effectively pass the mic to women archiving our stories for generations to come.

LEARN ABOUT THE PARTICIPANTS (photos link to more information)

Moderator:  Chelsea Higgs Wise   Chelsea Higgs Wise is a clinical social worker and experienced facilitator who specializes in connecting people from different walks of life to create equitable communication strategies.As an organizer who helps evolve narratives and policies, Chelsea has been an instrumental voice in numerous campaigns and was recently brought on as Narrative Change Officer to the Truth, Racial Healing, Transformation Enterprise granted by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and implemented by Initiatives of Change, USA.

Moderator: Chelsea Higgs Wise

Chelsea Higgs Wise is a clinical social worker and experienced facilitator who specializes in connecting people from different walks of life to create equitable communication strategies.As an organizer who helps evolve narratives and policies, Chelsea has been an instrumental voice in numerous campaigns and was recently brought on as Narrative Change Officer to the Truth, Racial Healing, Transformation Enterprise granted by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and implemented by Initiatives of Change, USA.

Panelist: Francesca Leigh Davis of  RVA Dirt   Francesca Leigh-Davis is a Richmond area transplant from the Tidewater. After over a decade in voter rights advocacy and citizen journalism, Francesca joined forces with two other Richmond community activists to co-found RVA Dirt in 2016. Live-tweeting city council, school board, and community organization meetings, RVA Dirt has become a trusted community outlet for local political news and discussion. Using social media to drive community engagement led to a weekly radio broadcast where RVA Dirt unpacks a wide spectrum of local politics and community equity topics.

Panelist: Francesca Leigh Davis of RVA Dirt

Francesca Leigh-Davis is a Richmond area transplant from the Tidewater. After over a decade in voter rights advocacy and citizen journalism, Francesca joined forces with two other Richmond community activists to co-found RVA Dirt in 2016. Live-tweeting city council, school board, and community organization meetings, RVA Dirt has become a trusted community outlet for local political news and discussion. Using social media to drive community engagement led to a weekly radio broadcast where RVA Dirt unpacks a wide spectrum of local politics and community equity topics.

Maya J. Boddie is a communications professional in the nonprofit sector and a political journalist. She is currently a politics writer with  Blavity , and communications fellow with  Community Change,  where she reports on the impact of safety net programs. Maya is a proud Hampton University alumna, and resides in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

Maya J. Boddie is a communications professional in the nonprofit sector and a political journalist. She is currently a politics writer with Blavity, and communications fellow with Community Change, where she reports on the impact of safety net programs. Maya is a proud Hampton University alumna, and resides in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

Dr. Sionne Neely is a  womanist researcher, writer, teacher and multimedia producer and Initiatives of Change Director of Marketing & Communications.  She spent eight years cultivating critical movements in the artist community of Ghana before returning to her hometown of Richmond, Virginia and joining the IofC team.In Ghana, Sionne co-created  ACCRA [dot] ALT , an independent community-based organization that promotes the socially transformative work of local creatives and artists to global audiences. As part of this work, she also co-founded and helped run the flagship CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival, the biggest festival of its kind in Africa.

Dr. Sionne Neely is a womanist researcher, writer, teacher and multimedia producer and Initiatives of Change Director of Marketing & Communications. She spent eight years cultivating critical movements in the artist community of Ghana before returning to her hometown of Richmond, Virginia and joining the IofC team.In Ghana, Sionne co-created ACCRA [dot] ALT, an independent community-based organization that promotes the socially transformative work of local creatives and artists to global audiences. As part of this work, she also co-founded and helped run the flagship CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival, the biggest festival of its kind in Africa.

Cheyenne Varner  is a certified professional doula, designer, photographer, and writer in Richmond, Virginia. She runs The Educated Birth, an online shop of inclusive birth educational materials, including Everyday Birth Magazine. Everyday Birth's most recent project, Life's Work, is an at-your-own-pace documentary series, using photos, audio clips and brief descriptions of real-life prenatal, birth, and postpartum care experiences to educate parents on what they might expect and empower them to pursue the experience they desire.

Cheyenne Varner is a certified professional doula, designer, photographer, and writer in Richmond, Virginia. She runs The Educated Birth, an online shop of inclusive birth educational materials, including Everyday Birth Magazine. Everyday Birth's most recent project, Life's Work, is an at-your-own-pace documentary series, using photos, audio clips and brief descriptions of real-life prenatal, birth, and postpartum care experiences to educate parents on what they might expect and empower them to pursue the experience they desire.


THURSDAY, APRIL 18


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RURALITY artist talk with Peter Christenson and Jon Henry
Thursday, April 18, 7-9pm, free and open to the public

What is RURALITY? Artists and activists Jon Henry and Peter Christenson have collaborated on a number of multimedia projects examining the sights, sounds, tastes, feelings, and ethos associated with the rural, including their most recent publication RURALITY, a zine featuring close to 50 international artist projects and writings that engage the nuanced relationship between rural and urban.

Join Jon and Peter as they serve up delectable edible provisions from Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, talk pollinator gardens, tomato costume dance parties, general stores, and Dorothy in Kansas, all during a participatory happening that seeks audience input to craft new and relevant definition(s) of RURALITY.

Bookmaking | Studio Two Three | sketchbooks | art class | Richmond Virginia

SKETCHBOOKS FROM RECYCLABLES
6-9PM, with Jenifer Lowry, $20

*scholarship spots are available, email kb@studiotwothree.org

Make sketchbooks from recyclables! This easy, fun and addictive class will show you how to create hand stitched blank sketchbooks from things found around the house. Leave with a blank book that you made by hand and fill it with all your brilliant ideas!


FRIDAY, APRIL 19


VCU Special Collections Tour

Studio Two Three | Book Art Fair | VCU

10am
VCU Libraries, James Branch Cabell Library
Monroe Park Campus
901 Park Ave.
Richmond, VA 23284

Join an intimate tour of the closed stacks of the VCU Special Collections and Archives. Andrea Kohashi, Teaching & Learning Librarian, will also have a few special pieces to showcase a sampling of the book art collection.

Free but space is limited to 15 participants; sign up below!

 

VIP & EXHIBITOR PREVIEW PARTY
7-10PM @ STUDIO TWO THREE!

Studio Two Three | Richmond Book Art Fair | nonprofit sponsor

Meet the exhibitors and get a chance to buy early! High five over book-art-awesomeness, maybe even dance a lil’ to DJ The Cheats Movement while drinking some specialty cocktails, local beer and wine, and dining on Mean Bird’s finest catering.


SPONSOR THE RICHMOND BOOK ART FAIR & MAKE THE MAGIC POSSIBLE

Sponsors make the Richmond Book Art Fair: Power of the Press possible. Your sponsorship provides free and reduced-fee spots for exhibitors, pays artists/advocates/publishers/independent press to teach and share their knowledge, promotes the amazing work exhibitors and teachers are doing, and underwrites materials for the full week of programming.

SPONSORSHIP LEVELS

POWERING THE PRESS $2,500
Lead sponsor of the Richmond Book Art Fair: Power of the Press.
*Sponsors provide the funding for a week-long portal installation by Free Egunfemi of Untold RVA and materials for the community-generated wheat paste installation of 6-word memoirs during the Book Art Fair

For your sponsorship you receive:

  • 6 Tickets to VIP & Exhibitor Preview Party, Friday April 19th, 7-10pm

  • Listing as lead Sponsor on Event Promotion Wall

  • Sponsor credit on website, print and social media promotional materials

  • Table at the Book Art Fair, if desired

  • Free admission to any workshop or program throughout the week leading up to the Richmond Book Art Fair

  • Swag bag of books and ephemera from participating exhibitors

YES! I WANT TO POWER THE PRESS!

SUPPORTING STORYTELLERS $1,000
*sponsors at this level provide free and reduced-rate spots for exhibitors to participate in the Book Art Fair

For your sponsorship you receive:

  • 4 Tickets to VIP & Exhibitor Preview Party, Friday April 19th, 7-10pm

  • Listing on Event Promotion Wall

  • Sponsor credit on website

  • Swag bag of books and ephemera from participating exhibitors

YES! I WANT TO SUPPORT STORYTELLERS!

CONNECTING COMMUNITY $500
* sponsors at this level provide scholarship spots for students in Book Art Fair classes

  • 2 Tickets to VIP & Exhibitor Preview Party, Friday April 19th, 7-10pm

  • Listing on Event Promotion Wall

  • Sponsor credit on website

YES! I WANT TO CONNECT COMMUNITY!