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IN-PERSON EVENT: Gallery Talk with Sam Ellenport

Saturday, July 17, 2021 - 11:00am to 11:30am
Registration is requested

Volume of Shakespeare's Poems and Sonnets bound in blue leather with gold tooling, including a large gold spiral design on the cover.Gallery Talk in 40 Years: Celebrating the New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers

with Sam Ellenport

Members: Free | Visitors: Free with admission

Join book artist and Boston Athenæum Proprietor Sam Ellenport as he discusses his role as a juror for 40 Years: Celebrating the New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers, including the criteria he used in making selections. He will also discuss his work as a binder and the process by which he arrived at the design for his entry in the exhibition. And finally, Sam will share his thoughts about why the Athenæum is an appropriate venue for the exhibition.

Man standing at a work bench wearing a collared shirt and apron tooling the spine of a book on the bench.Sam Ellenport trained as an historian and moved from teaching at Brown University and Suffolk University to bookbinding in 1971. He joined, and quickly bought, The Harcourt Bindery in Copley Square, and has spent his life so far as a binder, teacher, and collector of bookbinding materials. He was instrumental in creating the local chapter of the Guild of Book Workers, helped establish the program in binding at the North Bennet Street School, and was recognized for his contributions to the Guild of Book Workers with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.

This gallery talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition 40 Years: Celebrating the New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers, on view at the Boston Athenæum through August 7, 2021.

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