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The Fall 2012 New England Broadside Exhibition at the Dianich Gallery features limited edition letterpress broadsides produced by some of the most eminent studios in New England, including Bread and Puppet Press, Bull Thistle Press, Golgonooza Press, Green River Press, Janus Press, and Swamp Press among others.

Coordinated by Chickadee Chaps & Broads, a collaboration between writer and letterpress artist Kelly McMahon and poet Julia Shipley, the exhibit showcases poems by Penelope Austin, Albert Goldbarth, Seamus Heaney, Galway Kinnell, Gary Metras, Helen Tartar and Derek Walcott, among many others. Selected for their superb typography, illustration and architectural design elements, these broadsides combine visual and textual virtuosity. Works will be available for viewing and purchase at the Gallery from 5-8 pm on Friday, October 12th, 10am-6pm on Saturday the 13th and 11-6pm on Sunday the14th. The broadsides will also remain on view throughout the months of October and November.

2012 New England Broadside Show Gallery

April 1-30, 2012

Chickadee Chaps and Broads, an imprint of May Day Studio, presented a juried exhibition of letterpress-printed poetry broadsides from New England as part of the month-long celebration hosted by PoemCity. PoemCity is a state-wide celebration of National Poetry Month (April), concentrated in the small capital city of Montpelier, Vermont. It features a walkable anthology of contemporary Vermont poets, along with thirty days worth of programming including readings, lectures, workshops, and film screenings.

Learn a bit more about the history and production of broadsides in Julia Shipley's articles published in "The Writer's Retreat Newsletter", Traditional Publishing: Part I, Traditional Publishing: Part II (scroll down on each page to view).

The Broadsides Exhibition was sponsored by Chickadee Chaps and Broads, an imprint of May Day Studio of Montpelier, Vt. (www.maydaystudio.com). PoemCity is created by Rachel Senechal of the Kellogg Hubbard Library and Phayvanh Luekhamhan of Montpelier Alive. It is presented by the Kellogg Hubbard Library and Montpelier Alive with underwriting support from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and is funded in part by the Montpelier Arts Fund. For more information about PoemCity please email poemcity2012@gmail.com