Julie Chen Exhibition in Seattle

Listened to this Julie Chen podcast today and learned that her exhibit at UW in Seattle ends on June 30. Be sure to see the show before it comes down. The podcast is a recording of her talk to kick off the exhibition. I got a peek at the show when I was there last month. Julie’s process work was fascinating to see. Highly recommended.

And, here is where you can find the details about the show at UW.

Happy trails,


Congratulations BUILT Award Winners!

23 Sandy Gallery is pleased to announce our BUILT award winners. This very smart exhibition is still on view in the gallery, so stop by soon to see the show if you happen to be in Portland.

BUILT is an international juried exhibition of book and paper art examining the relationship between contemporary book art practices and architecture, engineering, landscape and construction as form, function and structure. Book artists took this opportunity to re-imagine the ways we as designers, of either books or buildings can inhabit and shape the world around us. Our disciplines have a natural synergy. After all, books and buildings are both kinetic, sequential, structural and time based. BUILT examines the relationship between the built and the book.

So, without further ado, here are our BUILT award winners:


The Animals’ Entry into Jerusalem
by Susan Collard

Shown above, this book has been a gallery visitor favorite! Created using reclaimed building materials and furniture scraps, this book is very “built.” Over many years of creating sought after books, Sue Collard has mastered working with unusual materials, creating unique books with thoughtful, studied narrative as cohesive sculptural works. Click here to see more photos of this stunning work.

Kalendarium Hortense by Amy Arnold

Kalendarium Hortense by Amy Arnold


Congratulations to the following artists selected by Sandra Kroupa, curator of the artist book collection at the University of Washington. These books will be purchased by 23 Sandy gallery and donated to the library.

Kalendarium Hortense by Amy Arnold  (shown at right)

Collapse by Nikki Thompson

Here is the church. Here is the Steeple. Here are questions for the people. by Elsi Vassdal Ellis


Congratulations to all of our BUILT award winners and to every talented artist who participated in this stellar exhibition. Selecting these awards was difficult in a show filled with so many superb works.

Click here to see all the works in BUILT.

The Next Chapter for 23 Sandy Gallery

Dear Friends,

I dropped a tiny hint in my most recent newsletter that said 10 years in the gallery has “been a page-turner of a journey and I can’t wait for the next chapter.” Well, the time for the next chapter has come and I am very excited to share the news with you.

As you know, 23 Sandy is a two-pronged operation. First, the art gallery, which has hosted 91 exhibitions over the last 10 years. Second, the traveling book dealer selling artist books to libraries and museums.

Steve and I have loved living in the house behind the gallery and the low overhead of owning the building has made for a wonderful business for each of those 10 exciting years. But things change and the time has come to sell the building. That means the gallery side of the operation will be closing as soon as we wrap up the BUILT exhibition in May. I am planning to take a sabbatical from exhibitions for a year and am looking forward to finally finding studio time for my own books.

The good news is that the book dealer side of the business will continue. Here’s what I have planned:

  • I will continue selling books via the web site and via sales trips and conferences. You can still order books from the web site and I’ll continue to ship and invoice as always.
  • I will continue to archive all of the books you have collected on the web site. I regularly get queries about older or sold out titles and will maintain that database of artist book history, for cataloging efforts and research requests.
  • The on-line catalogs of past exhibitions in the gallery will remain in an effort to keep documentation in tact.
  • Wayfinders, the exhibition scheduled for this fall, is postponed until 2019. I’ll keep you posted on location plans. I look forward to a post-sabbatical return to organizing and curating exhibitions, most likely on a freelance basis.
  • I will continue my email newsletter with artist book news and announcements every 6-8 weeks.

Words cannot express my deep gratitude for your part in this incredibly rich experience. I feel so fortunate to work in this exciting field. Your support means so much in so many ways. It was my dream to bring an art-gallery-level “cred” to book art and hopefully that has helped advance our field. Thank you for your help making that dream come true. I’m very excited about the future.

Have a good day,


P.S. You can still check out BUILT, our current exhibition of books about architecture here. Or, if you are in Portland, stop by soon!

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