Art Bets: Historic Bindings

In recent years Asheville has become a hub for bookbinders, thanks in part to Asheville BookWorks. Through Wednesday, Feb. 29, BookWorks hosts an exhibition of contemporary handcrafted books inspired by historic bindings, from medieval Europe to Colonial America. Juried by Jana Pullman, a bookmaker from Minneapolis, the show includes work by 12 national artists (including local artist Dan Essig) and reflects the ever-evolving art of bookmaking. “Experimentation with materials has been a regular practice in the field of bookmaking and the work in this exhibition shows that this experimentation continues,” says Pullman.

On Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 6 p.m., there will be an illustrated lecture called Telling the Tale: A Brief History of Binding and Illustration in European Manuscripts and Incunabula presented by Laura Dufresne and Laura Gardner from Winthrop University.

BookWorks is at 428 ½ Haywood Road.

— Ursula Gullow writes about art for Mountain Xpress and her blog,


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  1. Arts in AVL

    FYI MX Webmaster : I’m trying to access all of the Arts Bets from the oldmx page, but every link just goes back to this one article.

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