Museum of Early Trades & Crafts

Book arts Round Table

About BAR

The Book Arts Roundtable was founded in 2000 by artist Karen McDermott as a place where artists interested in making books, beginning bookbinders, and anyone who loved books and paper could gather and share their work.  Over the past several decades, BAR has exhibited annually with BOOKED –  first at The Pierro Gallery at The Baird in South Orange, where BAR also held its meetings and workshops,  in  2019, “BAR: Past and Present”  at The George Segal Gallery (Montclair State University), and in 2020,  BOOKED 16 at The Gaelen Gallery (JCC MetroWest).  Sadly, the Pandemic closed BOOKED 16 only a week later.  BAR is currently scheduled for an exhibition at Drumthwacket, the New Jersey Governor’s mansion, in the spring of 2022.

In 2019, The Baird began a huge renovation, and BAR lost both its “home” and the use of the Pierro Gallery. We were able to continue meeting through early 2020 at the 1978 Art Center due to Maplewood’s generosity.  Most happily BAR has been offered a new home and partnership with Madison’s Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, and we hope to entice a whole new group of artists and book lovers to the Book Arts Roundtable. The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts has been wonderfully welcoming and offers BAR a new place to flourish.

Membership is open to anyone who can’t resist the feel of paper, the wonder of books and excitement of creativity, runs from September to September.  The annual fee is $30.  Members are entitled to participate in all exhibitions, projects, workshops, collaboratives, book swaps, and meetings, and will find a generous sharing of ideas, materials, and techniques.  The BAR’s Coordinator is Chris Schorr, a longtime Madison resident and lover of the METC.  Further information about the Book Arts Roundtable and membership is available at

All of us are looking forward to working closely with the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, to integrating our skills and interests with the museum’s, and to offering BAR workshops and demonstrations to a wider community.

There are no upcoming events at this time.


The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts previously collaborated with the artists of BAR in 2015 for our Main Gallery Exhibit The Art of Books: Taking the Page Beyond the Press. This exhibit brought back to the building a collection of different kinds of books – ones that do not necessarily use words to convey the message. This exhibit was featured at the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts from July to December 2015.

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