Sarah Harvey, a member of Centre St Arts Gallery and the Kate Chappell Centre for Book Arts, recently shared information about the Kate Cheney Chappell Centre for book arts and a project of the Book Arts Critique Group.


A sample from Sarah Harvey’s book about Corneiia “Flyrod’ Crosby, the first woman Maine Guide.

Kate Chappell Cheney is known as an environmentalist, businesswoman and artist. Along with her husband, Kate Chappell Cheney, founded ‘Tom’s of Maine’. She attended University of Southern Maine while managing and developing products for ‘Tom’s of Maine” and graduated in 1983. Printmaking and collage are often feature in her book art and reflected in her involvement with Peregrine Press. In 2006 she sponsored the Kate Chappell Cheney Centre for Book Arts naming her mentor and USM instructor, Rebecca Goodale, as Program Coordinator. The Centre for Book Arts is designed to bring books arts to students and the public through lectures, workshops and exhibits.

The Centre for Book Arts Critique Group is currently involved in creating books that celebrate Maine women deserving recognition. This endeavor is scheduled to coordinate the Maine’s 200th anniversary. Each of the contributing fifteen book group members selected a Maine woman to recognize in a book of their creation. Additionally, a collaborative book of the fifteen Maine women will be created and donated to USM, the Women’s Collective Library at the University of New England, the State of Maine Historical Museum and the Museum of Women and Arts in Washington D.C.. One edition of the collaborative book will be raffled in 2020. Sarah Harvey, CSAG and Book Critique member, has chosen Corneilia “Flyrod” Crosby, the first women Maine Guide as her subject.

The Centre for Book Arts Critique Group is scheduled to exhibit at Centre St Arts Gallery in January 2020.