November 2 Art of the Book Celebrating The Saint John's Bible
11 AM - 3 PM

Celebrating the handmade illuminated book, this is a day for all ages with family programming in the morning and a free public lecture in the afternoon presented by Diane von Arx, calligrapher and artist for The Saint John's Bible.

Admission is free to the day's events, however, guests wishing to view the special exhibition Word and Image: The Saint John's Bible must obtain a ticket.

11 am–1 pm: Family Activities

The day begins with book arts displays, demonstrations, and hands-on fun.
  • Create illuminated art with metallic crayons and a watercolor resist.
  • Add your mark to a giant scroll using unique implements.
  • Write in Arabic with Jihan Ali or Chinese with Dr. Haihong Jiang of Creighton University.
  • See calligraphy demonstrations by Laura Capp of Postscript; draw and color your own fancy letters.
  • Watch Anne Burton of Metropolitan Community College demonstrate book binding and make your own book to take home.
  • Visit with our friends from Omaha Public Library.

1 pm: Public Lecture

“Special Treatment Illuminations” with Diane von Arx, illuminator and part of the artistic team for The Saint John’s Bible.

A native Minnesotan, Diane von Arx is a graphic designer, specializing in creative lettering, calligraphy, and corporate identity. She conducts workshops around the world and has published three beginning calligraphy workbooks. Her work has been included in numerous exhibitions and private collections. Von Arx was part of the artistic team for The Saint John’s Bible and was responsible for the design, lettering, and illumination of The Book of Honor, the donor volume for The Saint John’s Bible, which was also created on vellum with the same tools and techniques as the seven-volume Bible.

Following the illustrated lecture, enjoy a light reception and calligraphy demonstration with the artist. Personalized bookmark lettering offered as time allows.