Friday, July 10th the Middlebury Arts Walk will be an Art Sit-In. Artists have been encouraged to spread out all over town and set-up their easels, open their art pads, bring their knitting needles, thread their needles and get brushes ready. The Arts Walk will featuring all sorts of artists using all types of mediums all over the town. Including the Historic Marble Works.
OCUB will be featuring poetry through Poet-for-Hire, Ben Aleshire, who will be set-up outside the store’s door.
Aleshire is originally from Cuttingsville, VT. He’s an award-winning poet who edits Honeybee Press, but he also works as a ‘Poet-for-Hire’, by creating custom poems for all who pass by in the street, typed up on a manual typewriter. He typically can be found every Saturday at the Farmer’s Market in Burlington. For the last several years he was a fixture on Royal Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Books and broadsides printed with lead type in a Vandercook letterpress will also be available.
A sample of his poetry:
Apology to the Dandelion
by Benjamin Aleshire
Forgive me, friend —
I wished too hard.
We all go to pieces, sometimes.
Now I must comb
this vast meadow
for every last bit of you —
Oh oh the others are not like you.
You are the only one.
In this field yellow with others,
their gold means nothing to me;
I cannot even see them,
though they surround me.
How could I not have realized
that what I was wishing for
was already waiting in my hand?
Stop by. It’ll be fun.
White Dragon Paper is R. Lawton who makes handmade paper and journals since 2008.
The leather journals are made with recycled paper. R. Lawton prides herself on using only recycled, eco-friendly fiber and reducing the amount of paper that is wasted. The leather is sourced from a scrap bin of a local leather supply store located near her.
Here is a sampling of her handmade paper. I love the range of colors:
You can find R. Lawton and White Dragon Paper at Etsy.com. Check her out!
So busy. In fact, right now and for the past couple of weeks buying back college-related books – textbooks. And getting them packed up and shipped out for the next day. And on top of that helping customers, SPS (sorting, pricing, shelving) new arrivals, keeping the floor swept, filling in holes on the shelves, straightening shelves, and trying, really trying to keep the store tidy. If you’ve been in lately you know the last item hasn’t been happening. But not for trying!
The Middlebury Arts Walk was several weeks ago with the theme of Children. I chose the book “Little Blue and Little Yellow,” by Leo Lionni, for a StoryWalk. The path of pages led from Printers Alley through the historic Marble Works with the last page at the store’s door. Upon reading the book, children were given a bag of their own Little Blue and Little Yellow, made from homemade playdough (that I and my grandson, Greyson made) to create their own story of the pair. It is a great story about friendships as well as color. And the book sold that night. The pages were photocopied and laminated to preserve the book.
I’m excited about June’s Arts Walk. I’ll be featuring the work from White Dragon Paper. The artist, R. Lawton, hails from Ohio. She is a papermaker as well as a book binder. I’ll tell more about her and show images of her work as the time gets closer. I love handmade paper and I love books!
Must get back to work! Thought I’d just jot a quick note. Especially since a valued customer noted I had lapsed! 🙂
We’ve been very busy in the store! So many books have come in so most of the time it’s been going through them – SPS (sorting, pricing, shelving).
Slow and steady. Civil War to local authors and fiction and a lot of others sprinkled in. Come in and check them out. Surely something will catch your eye.
Last Friday – July 11, 2014 – was the Middlebury Arts Walk. The artist was Hannah Harding-Minton (SCAD ’05). Below is a sampling of her work keeping to our store’s theme of Words.
Hope your summer is going as great as ours. We’ve a great selection of good summer reads. Stop in and peruse or at least stop in to say hi! Enjoy!
For the June 2014 Middlebury Arts Walk the store is featuring button art by artist, Vince of beanforest. All the way from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Keeping with the theme I set for 2014: Celebrate Words. Dozens of wearable buttons spouting all sorts of thoughts relating to books, authors, reading, literature, etc.
sampling of beanforest buttons
A little info about Vince: In elementary school, he often got in trouble for laughing at inappropriate times. In middle school, he often told failed jokes that were met with confused silence. His sense of humor finally balanced out somehow in high school. He enjoys writing, drawing, mixing metaphors, biking, meeting people, reading, anticipating the break in electronic dance music, anomalies, and dozens of thousands of other things, Writing in the third person distresses him.
All button orders are stamped by hand either by Vince or a friend, and with the exception of classic literature quotes in the public domain (Shakespeare, Melville, etc.), all artwork and phrases are original, written and designed by him. He offers so much more than what I chose as I kept to the theme of a bookstore.
You can find Vince (as I did!) on etsy.com or through his art/comic blog at jankybeanforest.blogspot.com.
My favorite button? “hell ya, helvetica!” For its randomness.
June 2014 Middlebury Arts Walk display featuring beanforest
Sitting here thinking of what I should write and nothing specific is coming to mind. So this post is going to be of random thoughts from this used bookstore lady.
This year for the Middlebury Arts Walk I have been celebrating bookmarks. It was interesting during the first walk I was asked by a customer, “What type of bookmarks are you featuring? For a website?” Huh? It took me a few moments for me to register what she was asking. “For books,” I replied. Then she got confused. I showed her one of the bookmarks and then she understood. Interesting. Come into the store and see the bookmarks I’m offering for sale. They are mostly made by Vermont artists. Only one isn’t.
My reason for choosing bookmarks is to highlight how there are so many cool things for books – actual books with pages one has to manually turn – as opposed to e-readers. One can purchase or make a cool cover but how about bookmarks? Book lights? Book covers? And when the book falls apart you can make art. Well, you could. You don’t have to but you could.
If you have been by the store lately you would have noticed that the vines on the outside of the building has been removed. I was somewhat torn about taking it down but I am very happy with the results. My signage stands out and as you walk by you can actually see my window displays. That excites me very much because that was one thing I missed moving from Main Street – that huge window. Now I have two facing the parking lot. I have to start planning my displays now. Before with the vines the windows were hard to see so I didn’t spend time on them nor changed them often.
Another change on this side of Marble Works is that the Farmers Market has moved over here. The area overlooking the Otter Creek is being re-sod for the new Riverfront Terrace and Walkway. To accommodate those coming to the Market I have been opening the store earlier at 9 a.m. Both Wednesday and Saturdays. It has been great fun for me. I’ve been welcoming even locals who didn’t know I moved the store two years ago. They thought I closed. Once again proving that one can do everything one can to promote a business (in this case) but not everyone is going to get it. Aside from telling each individual. I don’t mean to be rude. It’s just the way it is. I’m good with that.
The 50% sale went over very well the previous week. Once again it was an unadvertised sale. It allows me to thank customers – new and old – for their business as well as to turn over inventory. I have many new boxes to add to the store. Including ten boxes stored in my house and those are mighty fine books: world history, WWI, WWII, books on books and more. They are itching to come in. And I’m itching to get them out of the house.
Yesterday – Friday, August 9 – was National Book Lovers Day and all books were 10% off to celebrate. Again, a nice surprise for customers.
I’m in my quiet time of the store -2 pm-3:30. This is the time I close the store for a few minutes to check my mailbox and enjoy some fresh air. So that’s what I going to do. Later.
Poetry in the Park[ing Lot]
Inspiration can be found anywhere. Including a parking lot. Be a part of a Poetry Event!
Marble Works Signage
Drive to and park in the north Marble Works parking lot with a copy of your favorite poem. Post the poem in your car windshield for all to read as one mingles through the lot.
Then stop in the store and view our featured poet, local resident, Ginger Dowling Miller.
all poetry books will be 50% off during the Arts Walk, August 10, 2012, 5 pm-7 pm.
“Each space in the parking lot is marked with a simple bit of wisdom.” ~lisaleonardonline.com.