A Gallery Talk by Basil Hall

Join us for an exclusive Center for the Book event at the Kluge-Ruhe. Virginia Center for the Book members and friends are invited to this private gallery talk with Basil Hall.

March 21, 2024 | 5PM – 6:30PM | Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, Charlottesville, VA

Letterpress Core Skills: Summer Session 2024

Explore the art and craft of typesetting and letterpress printing in the Center’s Pressroom which features Vandercook cylinder letterpresses and the largest publicly accessible collection of movable type in the mid-Atlantic region. We’ll have multiple small assignments/projects demonstrating metal type, lino & wood block, polymer, and multi-color printing.

August 22–25, 2024 | 10AM – 4PM | Virginia Center for the Book, Charlottesville VA

Artist’s Talk: Aaron Cohick Explores Collagraph and Pressure Printing

During this artist’s presentation, Aaron Cohick will discuss his work illustrated with projected images and actual pieces. After that, he’ll demonstrate collagraph and pressure printing and introduce the basic concepts of the next day’s workshop.

April 19, 2024 | 5:30PM – 7PM | Virginia Center for the Book, Charlottesville VA

2024 Annual Members’ Project – Project Pitch

We’re excited by the new possibilities for our 2024 Annual Members’ Project. Over the past couple of years, we’ve started the development process off by having our membership suggest what we might do for our project. So if you have an awesome cool concept you’d like the membership to consider for our next project? We’ll be collecting pitches from now through the first week in March.


Pride & Prejudice Screening at the Alamo

Join us for a special screening of Pride and Prejudice based on Jane Austen’s quintessential romance novel. We’ll be there to share info about some of the romance authors we’re featuring at the Festival of the Book in March.

February 14, 2024 | 7PM | Charlottesville

Botanical Contact Printing Workshop

We will learn natural printing techniques using locally foraged or found plant materials such as leaves, flowers, and seeds. The class will provide basic knowledge of botanical contact printing (also called eco-printing) on paper and textiles, focusing on materials that can be incorporated into bookmaking and book art.

June 22–23, 2024 | 10AM | Artist/Instructor’s Studio in Downtown Charlottesville

Book Arts Demonstrations at the Omni: A Festival of the Book Event

In conjunction with the 2024 Festival of the Book, our Center for the Book, Book Arts Members, will be on hand at the Omni Hotel for the “Festival Friday” Celebration. We will be offering public demonstrations in the arts & crafts of bookmaking

March 22, 2024 | 5PM – 7:30PM | Omni Charlottesville Hotel

Memento Fabric Book Workshop w/Lotta Helleberg

In this two-day class, we will create a soft fabric book filled with meaning and intention, inspired by our own collection of fabric pieces. We’ll create the folios from simple layered and stitched fabric collages. In the process, we will explore different hand-sewing and embroidery techniques, and we will discuss different ways to stabilize the pages and the book cover for added structure and rigidity. We will also learn different ways to edge the fabric pages and how to create a variety of closures.

April 13–14, 2024 | 10AM – 4PM | Virginia Center for the Book, Charlottesville VA

Pressure Printing w/Aaron Cohick

Learn this unique printing technique during our three day hands-on workshop. Pressure printing and collagraph lie somewhere between painting, collage, drawing, and printmaking. When they are combined with the versatility of a Vandercook cylinder press they become simple, direct, loose, and inexpensive processes to explore the full potential of letterpress printing.

April 19–21, 2024 | 10AM – 4PM | Virginia Center for the Book, Charlottesville VA

American Fiction Screening at the Alamo

VA Book Fest at the Movies Join us for a special screening of American Fiction based on 2024 Virginia Festival of the Book headliner Percival Everett’s 2001 novel Erasure.

January 24, 2024 | 7:30PM | Charlottesville

Paper Marbling: A Non-Instructed Workshop for “Experienced” Marblers

All the tools and materials are setup for you to marble away. Perfect your marbling skills during our four-hour session – Open to those with previous marbling experience. This standalone session follows our previous day’s instructed workshop.  This class is open to those with previous marbling experience.

March 3, 2024 | 11AM – 3PM | Virginia Center for the Book, Charlottesville VA

Paper Marbling w/Sandie Brayman (Instructed)

This instructed one-day standalone marbling workshop will guide participants through the process of marbling successively more intricate patterns, as well as time to experiment with your own unique designs. By the end of this class, those who wish to pursue their skills will have the experience and knowledge to do so.

March 2, 2024 | 10AM – 4PM | Virginia Center for the Book, Charlottesville VA