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Conference Blog, Part III

Volunteering, Sessions, Convocation & Icebreaker Welcome Party!

Friday began very early with volunteering for Shhh…Silent Auction! at 7am. Several of us were tasked with setting up the items for the silent auction which would open later that morning for bidding. The number of donations far surpassed what the Silent Auction Committee expected and, I believe, numbered between 70 and 80 lots! Many of the lots were donated by ARLIS and VRA chapters, and there were some pretty good themes that made if fun to unwrap and display items. Patricia McRae Baley (aka Empress Patti) ran the show, busily showing us how to assemble lots, display items, and match bid sheets.

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Conference Blog, Part II

Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Volunteering & Food

Tour participants walk through the MCBA gallery

On Thursday I had the pleasure of participating in a tour of the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. The Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) is a 25 year old center for contemporary artists’ books, printmaking, papermaking, and artistic exploration of the book format, and the oldest center of its kind in the country. Our tour was led by Adult Programs Manager M.C. Hyland. Hyland was a fantastic host, leading us through the breathtaking, light-filled facilities, and explaining printmaking and paper-making processes.

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