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Book Arts Center to honor co-founder Kegler

Richard Kegler, the Buffalo-born designer who launched the internationally regarded P22 type foundry and co-founded the Western New York Book Arts Center (468 Washington St.), has stepped away from his Buffalo projects to take a job directing the Book Arts Center at Wells College in Aurora, about three hours east of here.

To mark his departure, the center he helped to launch is hosting an exhibition featuring prints, posters and other pieces designed by Kegler since 2005. The pieces include gig posters for local concert venues, bits and pieces of printed and hand-made ephemera and a series of elegant prints of famous Buffalo architectural destinations.

Kegler, a devotee of printing techniques that many consider outmoded, was the driving force behind the Book Arts Center, where he served for several years as the executive director before stepping into an advisory role. He has had a lifelong interest in hand-designed type and hand-printed books and other materials, an enthusiasm which quickly spread to many others in the local community through WNYBAC.

Since Kegler’s departure as executive director, the organization has struggled to make ends meet financially, but has maintained a healthy exhibition and event schedule. Proceeds from the sale of Kegler’s works will benefit the center.

The exhibition opens with a reception at 7 p.m. Friday and runs through Dec. 5. Kegler will give a free workshop from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Register at www.wnybookarts.org/workshops or call 348-1430.

– Colin Dabkowski

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