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Local artist to lead bookmaking workshop

CONTACT: Tory Olson, 515-271-1834, tory.olson@drake.edu

Des Moines artist Peggy Johnston will teach a bookmaking workshop at Drake University on Thursday, Sept. 18, as part of the “Book Arts: Dialogues and Languages” series.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will start at 1 p.m. in room 201 of Cowles Library, 2725 University Ave.

Johnston graduated from the University of Wyoming with a double degree in Art and Education. Since then, she has continued her studies in painting, printing and the book arts. She has taught book art workshops in Oregon, Colorado, Wyoming and Iowa, and has studied with leading book artists across the nation.

She also teaches at the Des Moines Art Center and in the public schools as a visiting artist, working with students from kindergarten through 12th grade. Johnston’s work is featured in public and private collections nationally and she is the proprietor of Waveland Studio (Link: http://www.wavelandstudio.com) in Des Moines.

The “Book Arts: Dialogues and Languages” series is sponsored by the Drake University Language Acquisition Program and the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK.

The series includes workshops and demonstrations on the topics of printing, bookmaking, and writing, giving special attention to works written in languages with non-Latin alphabets,

The remaining events, which will take place from 1-3 p.m. in room 201 of Cowles Library, are listed below:

Sept. 23 — Demonstration of fine printing and letterpress by Rick von Holdt

Sept. 25 — Arabic calligraphy demonstration by Jean-Pierre Taoutel and Jane Qass

Sept. 30 — Japanese and Chinese calligraphy Miwa Okamoto, Azusa Kanou and Qi Shi