Wow. What an exciting weekend for Pop-Up Now. Opened the show on Wednesday to a super crowd of folks who came to Portland a day early to catch the show. Then lectured to 650 people on Thursday night about artist books, including many of the books from the show. Then, Friday morning, lecture and award ceremony at The Movable Book Society conference. Then, a TV crew filmed the show in the gallery on Friday afternoon (link soon, hopefully). Then, Friday evening reception for all of the fantastically fanatic conference attendees. Then, a book fair at the conference on Saturday. Whew, what a weekend. Needless to say I was glued to my couch all day on Sunday and now it’s going to take a week to dig out from under the madness.
Congratulations to the following artists who received awards from our three marvelous jurors: Ellen Rubin, Larry Seidman and Jill Timm. I have to tell you that they had a very tough job. Deciding who got into the show was hard enough, but deciding the prize winners was even tougher. Our jurors puzzled over the books and negotiated into the wee hours on Wednesday night to come up with this list. Our undying gratitude again for their hard work. So, without further delay, here are the winners:
Best of Show, Unique (One-of-a-Kind) Book – Kevin Steele for The Movable Book of Letterforms
Best of Show, Editioned Book – Mary Jeanne Linford for Tool Box
Juror’s Choice Award – Sue Collard for her Small Museum of Nature and Industry
Juror’s Choice Award – Kitty Maryatt and Her Scripps College Press Students for Arch
Juror’s Choice Award – Linda Johnson for Blessing Bowl
Gallery Choice Award – Elsi Vassdal Ellis for There Goes the Neighborhood
Kevin and Mary Jeanne both will receive a copy of The Movable Book Society’s 10th Anniversary Special Limited Edition boxed set. (Thank you Larry Seidman and Ann Montenaro for donating these treasured prizes.) All award winners will receive a one-year membership to The Movable Book Society. Elsi also wins a solo show in the gallery sometime in 2011.
Congratulations again to everyone who is a part of this show. It really is a top-notch show and we are so honored to have your amazing work here at the gallery.
The Book as Art: Hand2Hand
Guest Curator: MalPina Chan
Location: Columbia City Gallery, Seattle, WA
Exhibition dates: Nov. 17, 2010 to Jan. 9, 2011
The theme for our second Book Arts exhibition at Columbia City Gallery is INTERACTION—from the artist’s hands to the viewer’s hands.
Media: This exhibit is open to artist books created as either editioned or one-of-a kind. Sculptural books, book objects, tunnel books, pop-ups or pop-outs, books with pull-tabs or flaps, altered books are encouraged as long as the book has interactive, movable elements. Your books can employ any medium, any style, and any size.
Please contact MalPina Chan for more information.
Saturday, September 25, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
The Movable Book Society invites the public to the book sale portion of its Portland conference on Saturday, September 25 from 3-5pm in the Hilton Portland Executive Tower Salon Ballroom. The sale will include about 20 vendors–book artists and engineers, publishers, and collectors– with merchandise oriented to pop-up and movable book enthusiasts.
A few tables may become available to local vendors, depending on space. If you are interested, please contact Anne Avery at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Movable Book Society was organized in 1993 to provide a forum for collectors, artists, curators, book sellers, book producers and others to share enthusiasm and exchange information about pop-up and movable books. The Society has nearly 450 members worldwide.
For more info contact:
Anne N. Avery
Anne Avery Graphic Design
503.697.6210; cell 503.544.4174
Today! 4:00 p.m.
Please join us for an artist talk with Stewart Harvey. Stewart show in the gallery this month, titled “I Am What I Need To Be,” is a rich essay on the character and characters of New Orleans. Come join us to hear his stories and be sure to ask about the shop keeper who promised to shoot him in the foot!