23 Sandy Thank You Book #2 – Little Free Libraries

Thank You Book #2 is hot off the presses! This special folding cube book, created as a keepsake for the 2018 ARLIS New York conference, debuted at the Book Arts SIG, a special interest group of librarians working with artist books. Featuring my own photographs of Little Free Libraries from Portland to Austin, New Orleans, Seattle and New Jersey, this book thanks my many ARLIS (Art Libraries Society) friends for 10 years of their support of this little gallery that could.

Thank You Books are a series of books celebrating the first 10 years of 23 Sandy and the plan is to create eight more over the next year or so. All will be free, open-edition books, perhaps one-sheet wonders, perhaps not. But, all aimed at thanking the oh so many artists, librarians, visitors and supporters of the gallery.

You can download a free PDF of the Little Free Library book here or by clicking on the thumbnail above right. For best results, print on 11 x 17 inch paper then follow the step-by-stop instructions to cut out and fold into the cube book shown below. I printed mine at Staples on 67# card stock for about a buck and they look great. You could also reduce to fit on letter-size paper for an even smaller miniature cube. But for smaller sizes I’d recommend text weight paper instead of card stock.

The Finished Cube

For anyone interested in collecting all of the books in this series, you can find Book #1, Tacoma, here. Plus, watch this blog for future releases. With a little luck, the next one will debut in mid-May, just in time for PBI (Paper and Book Intensive).

Happy folding,


23 Sandy Out of Bounds @ ARLIS 

The Skin Square, the Pupil Square (Deluxe Edition) by Kyoko Matsunaga

The Skin Square, the Pupil Square (Deluxe Edition) by Kyoko Matsunaga

I am very excited to head to New York City with a bevy of beautiful books for my librarian friends at the ARLIS Out of Bounds conference next week. Look for 23 Sandy in the exhibition hall at tables #117-118, February 26-28, 2018.

This first conference since closing the gallery includes new books by Jody Alexander, Elsi Vassdal Ellis, Mari Eckstein Gower, Kyoko Matsunaga (shown at right), Linda Welch and more!

Preview the works heading to ARLIS here on the 23 Sandy ARLIS online catalog.

Or, click here to download a PDF catalog of all the books to be exhibited at ARLIS.

See you soon in the Big Apple!

Lynn Skordal — Kudos and New Works

Muscle Cars, Rat Rods and American Girls by Lynn Skordal

Muscle Cars, Rat Rods and American Girls by Lynn Skordal

Long-time gallery and collector favorite Lynn Skordal recently sent a batch of new books. I am always get so excited to open Lynn’s box of treasures! She has a way of creating artist books with collage that are smart, intelligent, dreamy, curious, creative and not to mention superbly technically perfect. Her unique artist books are a joy to show off to both book arts fans and those new to the medium. Her collaged pages draw viewers deep into the images first, and then once they are drawn in, I point out that they are created with painstaking old-fashioned scissors and glue. Lynn’s perfection always draws admiration. Not a rough cut or goober a glue can be found anywhere and her incorporation of vintage books, papers and other found objects create further dimension.

Seattle Art Museum librarian Traci Timmons recently featured Lynn’s work on the Museum blog with an article that tied Lynn’s work to the current Andrew Wyeth exhibit. Check out this opening paragraph:

“In Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect, we see how Wyeth masterfully conveys a sense of place, constructing a certain reality or vision of landscapes, domestic spaces, and people of rural Pennsylvania and the coastal villages of Maine. For the Dorothy Stimson Bullitt Library‘s current book installation, we examine an artist’s book that also conveys a sense of place, one that is carefully constructed yet imagined.”

Read the full article here.

La Cite' des Animaux by Lynn Skordal

La Cite’ des Animaux by Lynn Skordal

Using artist books to make connections with current exhibitions or even particular works in a collection is happening more frequently these days with broadened outreach efforts. Many museum and gallery curators and librarians use artist books to foster deeper conversations about art and the relationships between materials, structures, concepts or subject matters. Artist books also bring teaching opportunities, making art more accessible and relatable for a variety of audiences.

Thank you Traci for your efforts and congratulations Lynn for such an honor!

Click here to see Lynn Skordal artist books currently available at 23 Sandy.


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