The 23 Sandy Blog is Moving to Facebook

Hello Friends,

You may have noticed that posts to this blog have gotten fewer and farther between since closing the retail side of the gallery. These posts take a huge amount of time to write and post and frankly, Facebook is a much easier platform to keep updated. Therefore, I’ve decided to stop posting new articles to this blog—mostly. Unless something big comes up, you can find me posting news from the world of book and paper arts on the gallery Facebook page. The ease of postings allows me to post more frequently, which allows me more time in my own studio, which is very exciting.

Click here to find the 23 Sandy Facebook page. You do not need to be a Facebook member to see the gallery page as commercial “pages” are visible to anyone.

Don’t forget…you can still shop for artist books and see past exhibitions here on the gallery web site.

You can also still find popular posts about topics like Safe Shipping Strategies for ArtistsPhotographing Your Artist BooksBook Arts Resources and more by clicking on the links at top right sidebar on this page.

See you there,


P.S. I almost never post on my personal Facebook account, in fact I rarely look at my news feed. If you want to be my friend, the gallery page is the only place you will find me.

An artist book goes far beyond borders!

What We Carried © Jim Lommasson

This project started out as an artist book. You may recall What We Carried, by Jim Lommasson, an artist book from our Book Power Redux exhibition show back in 2014.

Well, that book morphed into an important  body of work that has spread far and wide to critical acclaim. The remarkably heartfelt and powerful What We Carried exhibition opens next month at the immigration museum on Ellis Island. I think this body of work has a big impact in the immigration/refugee debate we are currently facing in this country. When you see these images and read the stories, you can’t help but be deeply affected.

Jim now has a GoFundMe campaign going to raise funds to pay the expenses of this important exhibition. Please help him reach his goal by donating here.

Thank you!

New artist books from Poppy Dully & Lynn Skordal!

Whenever new books arrive, I feel like a kid in a candy store! Unwrapping the treasures such talented artists have entrusted to me never ceases to be a thrill. This time it is a pleasure to present new books by Lynn Skordal and Poppy Dully. Two favorites of collectors everywhere, these artists produce work that is innovative and compelling—and both have unique styles, making books like no one else.


Poppy Dully is a Portland-based artist of many talents. She is a printmaker, painter and more, and if you ever have a chance to see her studio during Portland Open Studios (held each year in October) be sure to stop by. She’s a gracious host, lovely soul and all around smart artist.

Becket by Poppy Dully

Becket by Poppy Dully

Poppy’s books involve a unique confluence of literature and cinema. She uses pages from vintage or classic books, rebound on an accordion structure, which are then attached inside the original vintage book covers and dust jackets. The pages are original monotype prints that illustrate key scenes from the movie or stage version of the book. Sometime she is able to find two copies of the same book and then uses the “ghosts” of her monoprints, still rich with dark inks, which results in a variable edition of two copies. Such a brilliant concept! See Poppy’s books here.


Surrealism in America by Lynn Skordal

Surrealism in America by Lynn Skordal

Lynn Skordal 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. In addition, Lynn’s subject matter are always smart and thought-provoking. Not one for fluffy, pretty collages, she tackles topics ranging from feminism to Hitler to art history, to science and more. See Lynn’s books here.

Happy browsing!


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