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Swezey presents workshop at H-SC

Central Virginia Arts (CVA) will hold a workshop on bookplates and bookmarks Sept. 16, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., in the Atkinson Museum at Hampden-Sydney College. The museum presently hosts an exhibit on the history of bookplates which will complement the workshop. The workshop is open to the public and costs $15 for members of CVA and $30 for non-members, which includes membership in CVA. Those interested should contact Deborah McClintock at (434) 223-8322.

Mary Swezey

According to a press release, after a brief discussion about the history and purpose of bookplates and bookmarks, students will create their own bookplate and bookmark designs on paper. The designs will then be transferred to a soft printmaking block and cut out using carving tools. The carved block will be inked and printed on paper and cardstock.

The release cited textile artist Mary Swezey will teach the workshop.

“She has a (Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree) in art history from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and a (Master of Fine Arts Degree) in fibers from Arizona State University,” officials said in the release. “She has also studied textile techniques at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.”

The release cited Swezey has taught at VCU and Longwood College as well as the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.