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An evening with Frank Viva

** Please note change of room.

The Alcuin Society is pleased to present an evening with Frank Viva Thursday, March 15th, UBC Robson Square, UBC Robson Square Theatre, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

Frank Viva – graphic artist, illustrator, book designer, author – is known internationally for his brilliant cover designs for The New Yorker.  He is also known for his internationally acclaimed children’s books. Young Frank, Architect was the first children’s storybook to be published by MOMA (the Museum of Modern Art). Of his Canadian publications, his Outstanding in the Rain and Sea Change have both won awards from the Alcuin Society.

Viva, who is based in Toronto, will be in Vancouver mid-March as one of the judges in this year’s annual book design competition, The Alcuin Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada.

This free event is open to the public. Please register beforehand.

For further information, contact


Robert R. Reid Exhibition at Massey College in Toronto

In May 1957, Carl Dair wrote to a colleague in the design profession regarding his decision to join the Typographic Designers of Canada. He also proposed in that letter setting up an Octovo Club of eight members who would comprise the pacesetters in the profession. He listed Robert Reid as being one of the eight. Reid had not turned thirty yet and was by far the youngest in the group. Continue Reading…


Saturday, December 2, 2017 in Toronto

For 30 years, in Toronto at this time of the year there has been a book arts fair where printers, binders, calligraphers, papermakers and others associated with the book arts have shown their wares and are available to discuss their work. Continue Reading…

We All Drew, Always: Bill Frank David Charles Mayrs

An important exhibit to see! Charles Mayrs is one of many talented artists who was also in the Alcuin Society’s Wayzgoose on Saturday at the Vancouver Public Library! There are two concurrent exhibits Nov 7- Dec 16:

West Vancouver Museum Artist Talk by Charles Mayrs: Saturday, November 18, 2 p.m.

West Vancouver Memorial Library  This exhibition brings together graphic design work and limited edition art books by all four Mayrs brothers, and recognizes their unique and long-standing presence in the history of Canadian art.


Trisha Klus

(The Alcuin Society Wayzgoose will be held Sat.Nov 4, 1030-430, Vancouver Public LibraryCentral Branch)

Trisha Klus is a lettering and book artist specializing in calligraphy and hand bound artist’s books with explorations in collage, marbling, mail art and letterpress printing. She has currently been creating with a focus on interactive books. Since beginning her creative studies in 1995, Trisha’s books and artwork have been published in Somerset Studio, Handcraft Illustrated, Bound & Lettered, the Alcuin Society’s “Amphora” and The Canadian Philatelist. Continue Reading…

Marilyn Stablein (Book Arts Editions) at Wayzgoose

(The Alcuin Society Wayzgoose will be held Sat. Nov 4, 1030 -430, Vancouver Public Library Central Branch)

Marilyn Stablein of Portland Oregon is a poet and mixed media artist working in artist books and collage.  Her books are featured in The Bone Folder, Lark’s 100 & 500 Artist Books series, on the cover of Bound & Lettered and in books and journals.  Her work is in private and public collections including the University of Washington, MacEwan University, Yale University, Beinecke Library, SUNY Buffalo, University of California at San Diego, and the British Library St. Pancras. Continue Reading…

Penny Parry (Book Artist) at Wayzgoose

(The Alcuin Society Wayzgoose will be held Sat. Nov 4 1030-430, Central Library)

Penny Parry  was born in Montreal and moved to BC in the late 1970’s.  She has worked as a university professor, psychologist and artist, among other things. Continue Reading…

Candace Thayer-Coe (Cloud Art) at Wayzgoose

(The Alcuin Society Wayzgoose will be held Sat. Nov 4 1030-430 Vancouver Public Library Central Branch)

Candace began drawing, painting, etching prints and collaging while she lived in the Philippines. While associating with many artistic people and friends Candace learned how to make her own paper in the mountain town of Baguio City, with the help of the Duntog Paper Mill, a facility for hand paper making. There she learned Suminagashi or Japanese marbling as well, and  was also introduced to Turkish Marbling. Continue Reading…

Gary Sim at Wayzgoose

(The Alcuin Society Wayzgoose will be held Sat. Nov 4 1030-430, Central Library)

Gary Sim is a long-time Alcuin Society member, donor, Amphora writer and artist, and Wayzgoose demonstrator. When asked to be the featured artist in Amphora 135 in 2004, he cut a limited edition print Lions Gate to accompany his other art work and an article on antiquarian booksellers. Since then he has created thirty limited edition prints, which include coastal and urban scenes. One of his many “works in progress” is an illustrated book on advanced linocutting and printing techniques, tips, and tricks. Continue Reading…

The Mogul 2-6-0

The Mogul 2-6-0

This print was created for a linocut printing demonstration at TRAINS 2017, Nov. 11-12 at the PNE Forum. Gary Sim’s interest in railways comes in part from his work on BC RAIL Rock Gangs, which he wrote about in 2013 in his book Railway Rock Gang. See for further information on Sim’s prints, publications, and events. Continue Reading…