The Minnesota Center for Book Arts Visual Journal Collective meets 12 times a year on the third Monday of the month, from 7 to 9 p.m. at MCBA. (See their website for directions.)
The Collective, founded in fall 2008 by co-ordinator emeritus Roz Stendahl, is part of the adult workshop and program offerings at MCBA. Meetings are free and open to any adult who is interested in keeping visual journals. All skill levels are encouraged from beginner to life-long journal keepers. See the bottom of this post for a list of meeting topics.
Starting in October 2013 Suzanne Hughes (email@example.com) is the new volunteer coordinator for this group. Please email Suzanne with questions about the group or suggestions for future meetings.
We are an eclectic, curious, and welcoming adult group interested in sketching and observing our lives. Come and join in the fun.
Please go to the MCBA Visual Journal Page on Suzanne's blog for information about upcoming meeting topics. After December 2013 topics will no longer appear on this page.
Upcoming Meeting Topics for 2013
(Note some meeting topics may shift due to availability of speakers; check back here for more details.)
Please read the blurb for each meeting thoroughly to learn if there is any supply costs or any need to bring special items to a particular meeting. Most meetings are free with no supply costs. Please watch the regular blog postings for last minute changes to topic or speaker. Join the Yahoo list for updates as well, or the Facebook page.
OCTOBER 21, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Monoprinting with the Gelli Arts Gel Plate
Twin Cities artist Briana Goetzen will be on hand to demonstrate the great fun that can be had printing with this printing plate. (So easy you can do it at home without a lot of fuss or space.) After her presentation attendees will have a chance to pull their own test print. More details to come. (We'll of course share journals at the end of the presentation, so we can keep current on what everyone is up to.)
NOVEMBER 18, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Eraser Carving (there will be a small fee for materials)
DECEMBER 16, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The Not-So-Blank Page
Whether or not you participated in the nine-month long collaborative project—Our custom Smash journals "The Not-So-Blank-Page-Project"—you are cordially invited to meet with us tonight for a fun "simultaneous" viewing of all the pages. We'll see what a page was like originally and then we'll see what each member of the project did to that page. It will be a fun evening with surprises! End the year by being inspired by creative responses to the not so blank page. You'll be all set to jump into your 2014 journal.
Note: If you have a topic or know a presenter, please submit the information to Suzanne Hughes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
View Information about Past Meetings
If you would like to see what we've done at past meetings go to the category cloud in the left column of the blog and click on "Visual Journal Collective" or "MCBA." Posts will come up that announce the meeting (typically with samples of the speaker's work) along with posts that provide a wrap up of what was presented (typically with more samples and also photos of the members enjoying themselves!). Come and join in the fun.