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Focus on Book Arts returns to Forest Grove, with events open to the public beginning June 26.

PMG PHOTO: SHELBY COKELEY - Pacific University faculty and staff are displaying their artwork in the school's library until the end of June around the Focus on Book Arts conference. Focus on Book Arts returns this summer with guest speakers from abroad, as well as a trade show and artist fair bringing art materials for sale.

While the focus is a conference for artists from all over, there are plenty of free, open to the public opportunities to appreciate the one-of-a-kind hub.

Book arts are a pastime to many Forest Grove residents, from book binding to papermaking to printing.

With Green Heron Book Arts on 21st Avenue, creatives from all around Washington County, such as Hillsboro resident Jeanne Levy, attend classes to learn the ins and outs of the centuries-old artform.

From Wednesday-Sunday, June 26-30, more than 200 people from as far away as Alaska, will attend the five-day series of workshops.

PMG PHOTO: SHELBY COKELEY - The 14th Focus on Book Arts is a five-day conference of book and paper arts workshops held biennially Pacific University.  "This is for people who make a lot of books, but also ones who have never made any at all and want to learn," Levy said.

Book arts are constructed pieces, similar to books, that contain artwork, poetry and words, she said, and her fascination with the craft is knowing how versatile it can be.

"I have always loved books and paper and building these books by hand by myself, I get to incorporate so many types of art," Levy said. "I love using the different papers and paper that I have even made myself.

"With any kind of hobby, it can be as complicated as you want to make it. However, there are books you make in a day or even in an hour," she said. "They may not be equal in beauty and complexity, but they can be ones you enjoy looking at."

Here is the rundown for events open to the public and all ages:

¦ A faculty-staff exhibit at Pacific University's library is on display until the end of the conference, and showcases the work of instructors who will teach workshops at Focus on Book Arts.

Thursday, June 27

¦ 4:30-7:30 p.m. Artist's Fair in Pacific's Cawein Gallery located in Scott Hall, 2043 College Way, Forest Grove. This is a unique opportunity to purchase handmade books, cards, hand-decorated papers, and other book-related work from professional artists and students of the arts.

¦ 7:45-9 p.m. in the Taylor Auditorium in Marsh Hall, members of the British company J. Hewit will present, "A Guided Tour Through the Leather Manufacturing Process. They will offer insight into the way J. Hewit & Sons produces its bookbinding leathers by way of a virtual tour of the factory, using slides, diagrams and movie clips. The presentation will reveal the entire leather production process from raw material to finished product. This is open to the public and free.

Friday, June 28

¦ 4:30-7:30 p.m. Artist's Fair Day 2, Scott Hall, 2043 College Way, Forest Grove.

¦ 7:45-9 p.m. in the McGill Auditorium at Murdock Hall, the owner of Scottish business Vintage Papers Co. will present "Money for Old Rope; The Golden Age of Papermaking." There will be discussion about the rise and fall of the handmade paper industry and why vintage handmade paper is a beautiful thing. He will talk about what he does, how the business works, and why there is a need to value the craft of papermaking, as well as show a 1937 short film from 1937 and some beautiful old photos. This is open to the public and free.

¦ 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. The Focus on Book Arts Trade Show is open to the public, with vendors selling PMG PHOTO: SHELBY COKELEY - Book arts are a centuries-old artform and attract many creatives with its flexibility and uniqueness. materials, supplies and tools related to bookbinding, papermaking and decoration. It's at Scott Hall 101 (near the Cawein Gallery), 2043 College Way, Forest Grove. Vendors include J. Hewit & Sons, Colophon Book Arts Supply, Hiromi Paper, Washi Arts and more.

Saturday, June 29

¦ 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Focus on Book Arts Trade Show Day 2, at Scott Hall 101 (near the Cawein Gallery), 2043 College Way, Forest Grove.

¦ 6:30-9 p.m. The closing reception for the exhibit will be held in conjunction with Hospitality Night.

Not only does Focus on Book Arts hope more people check out the free events, but they are looking for PMG PHOTO: SHELBY COKELEY - Two guest speakers from abroad will speak about leatherowrking and papermaking, as well as an artist fair and trade show open to the public for Focus on Book Arts.volunteers.

To help out, email Levy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To learn more about Focus on

the Arts, visit

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