Loss of another APA Member: Jim Daggs, #695

It is with a sad heart that I announce the loss of Jim Daggs, #695 of Ackley Publishing, Ackley, Iowa.  Jim was always a great contributor to the monthly bundles and of course the driving force behind the fully letterpress printed annual Membership Directory from 2001 to 2018. His constant contributions to the bundles will be missed and the help and encouragement he gave to others is a great loss to the letterpress community. Jim joined the APA in 1999, then served as a Board Director from 2007-2008, Vice President from 2009-2010 and President from 2011-2014. He ended his service to the group as Mailer from 2017-2018.

There is a limited obituary as quoted below:

Obituary for Jim Daggs

Jim Daggs, age 64, long-time business owner and former Mayor of Ackley, passed away Friday, October 2, 2020 at the Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames. No services are planned at this time.

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Loss of Past Member, Tara Bryan, #582

I just saw posted on the LETPRESS list that Tara Bryan has passed away. She was a member of the APA from about 1989 until 218.  Here is her obituary and a link to the site as well:

Tara T Bryan was born in Cuero, Texas on October 14, 1953 to Marilyn Jean (Brantley) and Andrew Jackson Tidwell. She passed away peacefully on September 29, 2020.

An award-winning book artist, painter, and teacher, she influenced many in the painting and book arts community in Newfoundland and across North America. Her honors include being elected into Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts for Book Design (2012), the Alcuin Award for Book Design (2018), and the 2010 Long Haul Award (VANL). “Aftermath (cracking up)”, one of her iconic iceberg paintings, was selected as the image for permanent placement on the exterior facade of the St. John’s Convention Center.

She collaborated with artists and writers in the Province and across North America including Di Dabinett, Luben Boykov, Elena Popova, Kevin Major, Anne Meredith Barry, and many others. Her work was included in many exhibitions across Canada, the USA, and abroad.

Tara’s volunteer and community work included being on the boards of Eastern Edge Gallery, VANL-CARFAC, and the Arts & Letters Committee for the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. A mentor to many, she generously shared her knowledge and her incomparable skills in book design and painting to many artists, and school children through the ArtsSmarts program, the Anna Templeton Centre, private classes, and innumerable workshops at St. Michael’s Printshop. She was always willing to share her knowledge generously to help artists or book makers move forward with their work.

In the last few years, she spent a lot of time in Wesleyville where she bought her little red house and spent time working with fellow artists, teaching, and mentoring others, and walking on the beach with her dogs.

She is survived by her husband, George Jenner, sister, Teresa Tidwell (Catherine) of Maryland, and brother, Terran Tidwell (Janis) of Oklahoma, and good friends too many to count. She will be dearly missed by all.

Instead of flowers, please consider a donation to one of Tara’s favorite organizations: Doctors without Borders, Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, Dr H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation or the charity of your choice.


New Tramp Printer: Jim Daggs, #695

With the hearty support of the Board, I declare Jim Daggs a Tramp Printer. This means Jim will receive bundles without the printing requirement. He may, if able, continue to print for the bundle.

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In addition we are dedicating the November bundle to honor the achievements of Jim Daggs. Among the many items in the large bundle, I would love to see many “reprints” of Jim’s bundle pieces. If Jim has a special place in your thoughts, produce a bundle piece and share. Jim is a former President of APA, mailer, and VP. The Printers Hall in Mt. Pleasant IA owes Jim a great debt. Many have benefited from Jim’s Heidelberg Windmill manuals. Other helpful references Jim has produced include literature on the Linograph as well as Linotype. Jim also produced letterpress printed directories for the APA for many years.

Let’s make an effort to show Jim our appreciation.

Joe Warren
APA President

Message from APA Board:

We are pleased that our membership is concerned about meeting our activity requirements. There is in our constitution a way for members to plead their case for an exemption from printing four items. At the end of the year (December 1) contact Vice President Mark Barbour if you need to be exempt from the printing requirements. Whether you can’t be in your printing location or need to care for elderly or ill, or become ill yourself, we will grant exemptions. Please do not let our requirements add to your stress. We are not removing the printing requirement for all. While our times are unprecedented, we are not yet through the third month of 2020. Many of us will have more time to print in the month ahead than we have had in a long time.

Our mailers have wisely had reasonable precautions in place (wearing gloves, disposing of packaging) even before this pandemic.

Please do not take risks or disobey civil authorities in order to print.

Wishing you all health and peace,

Joe Warren