Thursday, December 30, 2010

The WNYBAC 2011 New Year’s Party & Fundraiser

We hope you will join us by ringing in the New Year at the WNY Book Arts Center,
& help us take the next steps in our progress towards becoming a self-sustaining center
for the arts of the book and beyond.

See the Ball drop from the Electric Tower at Midnight from the 2 floors of the book arts center.
At 468 Washington St.
9pm -2am

Tasteful and tasty hors d'oeuvres
Live Music
Complimentary Beer, Wine & champagne toast at midnight.

Silent Art Auction.
The Annual Artist Silent Auction, featuring artwork from many renowned artists-
preview to be hung at WNYBAC Dec 17th

Limited to 200 Guests.
RESERVE BY midnight DEC 30!!

First 100 individuals or couples to register get a free limited edition signed and numbered
4 color letterpress poster print (see event photo)

$75 per person
$125 per couple
wnybac members:
$60 per person
$100 per couple

for more info

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Crispin Hellion Glover!

Things are very busy around the WNYBAC print shop; we've been creating a lot of new holiday cards, broadsides, New Year's Eve invitations, and of course, posters. The latest that we're quite proud of is this two-color monster for Crispin Hellion Glover:Glover is an actor, performance artist, musician, author, and illustrator noted for straddling the fine line between madman and genius - his work rarely has boundaries and often deals with uncomfortable subject matter, but other times it's just outright kooky (check out Clowny Clown Clown) He's best known for his role as Marty McFly in Back to the Future, but he's also done countless independent video shorts and performance pieces. He's coming to the Market Arcade Cinema in downtown Buffalo on December 15, 2010, courtesy of my good friend Jill Mertz and Little Red Booking.

If you have any interest in the unusual or the forbidden, this is the place to be that chilly Wednesday in December. Check out the close up photos below. A limited edition will be available for purchase after the event at the Book Arts Center.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Movin' On Up

WNYBAC is a perpetual work in progress, and we're always improving, but we've been making some great advances lately. Most notably, our successful Kickstarter fundraising campaign allowed us to install much needed professional heating and ventilation in the Print Shop.
For those of you who are interested, we had a 70,000 BTU Payne Closed Combustion furnace installed; it's a high-efficiency unit capable of heating the space in a few short minutes. The closed combustion unit ensures that the fumes from the ink and solvents won't corrode the burners. It's already been an amazing help during open studios and workshops (where our members are welcoming a reprieve from the biting cold).
For ventilation purposes, we had 12" duct work installed with a 800 cubic ft/minute Fantech Inline fan, capable of an air change in the room once every 5-10minutes. The fume hood is mounted at about 2' high in the center of the room on the East wall near our line of Vandercook presses; it's situated low because the fumes from solvents are heavier than air. It's been working amazingly well - we no longer come home with our clothes and hair smelling like One-Step Type Wash, we no longer feel dizzy or crampy, and we feel perfectly secure ensuring the health of all of visitors, students, artists, and staff alike.
Again, to all those who donated money or who have helped support us, THANK YOU! Stop down and visit any time you'd like to see the space and what we've been doing to enhance it! As WNYBAC continues to improve, the community of cultural workers in the city of Buffalo will strengthen as well, so remember - we're not just trying to refine the building, the print shop, or the gallery - we're doing our best to improve Buffalo as a whole!