Larkspur Press From a wood engraving of Larkspur Press by Wesley Bates Fortieth Anniversary

You are cordially invited to a
Spring Book Arts Event
celebrating forty years of

Larkspur Press

Larkspur Press Authors & Book Artists

Wesley Bates
Gabrielle Fox
Nancy Lampton
Ed McClanahan
Maurice Manning
Maureen Morehead
Richard Taylor
Mary Ann Taylor-Hall
Jeff Worley

Reception to Follow · Larkspur Exhibition

The Great Hall / Margaret I. King Library
University of Kentucky
Friday, 31 May 2013 at 7:00 p.m.

Free & Open to All

For forty years, Gray Zeitz has been printing beautiful books and broadsides at Larkspur Press in Monterey, Owen County, Kentucky. He began Larkspur in 1974 by editing and designing a volume of poems by future Kentucky Poet Laureate Richard Taylor. This publishing effort culminated in 1975 in the appearance of the first Larkspur Press book, Bluegrass.

Bluegrass set the collaborative style of Larkspur, an exciting participation of writers, artists, printers, bookbinders, and ultimately readers and collectors who value significant works presented in an appealing, imaginative, and beautifully finished form.

Gray Zeitz set out on his typographical adventure as an apprentice at the University of Kentucky’s King Library Press. Working there with Carolyn Hammer, he learned the skills of fine hand work and typographic design. The work of Larkspur Press has been widely recognized. In 2012 Gray Zeitz was the recipient of the Artist’s Award in the annual Kentucky Governor’s Awards for the Arts.

The King Library Press is pleased to join in celebrating the achievement of Gray Zeitz as a publisher, craftsman, and book artist.

A Larkspur Press Workshop with Gray Zeitz & Friends

Collaborate with Larkspur Press’s Gray Zeitz, Canadian wood engraver Wesley Bates, Cincinnati book artist Carolyn Whitesel, of Yellowbird Editions, and Larkspur’s poet, binder, and typographer Leslie Shane in a special fortieth anniversary Book Arts Workshop. Work at a printing press to produce a portfolio of illustrations by Wesley Bates, chosen from Larkspur Press books.

Also, as part of the Workshop, printer Gray Zeitz will conduct a tour of an extensive exhibition of his work; Wesley Bates will give a demonstration of the wood engraver’s tools and techniques; and Carolyn Whitesel will demonstrate a method for creating decorated papers for use in bookwork.

The Workshop will take place at The King Library Press in the Special Collections Library of The University of Kentucky.

To participate in the
Larkspur Press Workshop
Saturday, 1 June 2013

Call (859) 257-8408 or e-mail Give your name and a phone number or e-mail so that you can be contacted, if necessary. Registration is limited. Send your check for $40, made out to The King Library Press, to:
University of Kentucky Libraries
Lexington, KY 40506-0039

Continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m.
Workshop begins at 9:00 a.m.
Registration includes lunch.

We have a listing of nearby restaurants and hotels for your convenience.