Are you attending the Focus on the Book Arts (FOBA) Conference in June this year? It’s hard to believe how fast that is coming up! With today’s warm and sunny weather in Portland I’m getting very excited about summer.
The FOBA conference is one of my very favorite book arts conferences—ever! I first attended as a student 10 years ago, just weeks after moving half way across country. Back then, the conference was held at Lewis & Clark College and I felt warmly welcomed into the Pacific Northwest book arts community. It was kind of like summer camp for book artists and many people I met at that conference are still friends today. The total immersion and lack of distractions were heaven.
23 Sandy Gallery has been a vendor at the conference three times, and last year I was honored to be the keynote speaker. So, I’m a huge fan of all things FOBA and the amazing group of volunteers who organize this fantastic conference.
This year I am pleased to be involved in the conference in a new way, THE “C” SESSIONS – Critique, Collaboration and Commerce for the Book Artist. My good friend Alicia Bailey of Abecedarian Gallery and I are teaming up for two very special opportunities for conference attendees.
First is a lecture on Wednesday evening, June 26th. We’ll be giving a joint talk about these very important topics for book artists. How do you get honest feedback and critiques of your books? And, if you work is ready, how do you go about selling it? As gallery owners and working book artists, Alicia and I have had a ton of experience with these topics and we are looking forward to sharing that knowledge.
All day on Thursday we will be doing individual one-on-one sessions with artists. It’s sort of a portfolio review-style event that you may have heard about from other artistic disciplines. Each artist gets 20 minutes with either of us and gets our undivided attention and free flowing advice. Use your time with Alicia to get a smart, academic-style critique of your work. Or sign up for 20 minutes with me to learn more about selling your work, sort of a personalized Marketing 101 for Book Artists. Or just use your 20 minutes to pick or brains about any topic you’d like. It’s all up to you.
Sadly, neither of these events are open to the public. These are special benefit just to FOBA conference attendees. So, if you are registered or thinking about registering for the conference I’d like to encourage you sign up soon. Our talk on Wednesday night is free and open to all attendees, but that talk won’t happen unless enough artists sign up for the private sessions soon. We need a full roster of artists so that we know both of these events are a “go.” You can still sign up for a session even if you have previously registered. Contact the FOBA registration folks to add a session or two. Or, be sure to add it to your registration if you haven’t signed up for the conference yet. Alicia and I have already spent time collaborating on our Wednesday lecture and we are really looking forward to meeting you at this amazing, inspiring conference.
Or, feel free to send me an email if you have any questions at all about FOBA or our session plans.
See you soon!