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!

Now Showing at 23 Sandy Gallery: BUILT

BUILT: Book Art & Architecture
On View Through May 27, 2017

23 Sandy Gallery is pleased to present BUILT, 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. Taken a step further, book art can provide a framework for topics like urbanism, town planning, buildings and space. BUILT examines the relationship between the built and the book.

BUILT features the following artists: James Allen, Jo Andersen, Amy Arnold, Charlene Asato, Alicia Bailey, Angela Batchelor, Carol Chase Bjerke, Carli Boisjolie, Servane Briand, Wade Brickhouse, R D Burton, Susan Collard, Guylaine Couture, Jan Dove, Mari Eckstein Gower, Margot Fagan, Jennifer Farrell, Susan Fichter, Christiane Grauert, Frances Hunter, Edwin Jager, Sarah Klein, Sammy Lee, Macey Ley, Erin Mickelson, Zea Morvitz, Don Myhre, Lesley Patterson-Marx, Sumi Perera, Dr. Bob Pliny, John Retallack, Janet Reynolds, Matthew Rieck, Carolyn Shattuck, Lynn Skordal, Emma Sovich, Jessica Spring, Marilyn Stablein, Barbara Strigel, Laurie Strong, Erin Sweeney, Nikki Thompson, Christine Trexel, Elsi Vassdal Ellis, Amanda Watson-Will, Bill Westheimer, Eileen White, Thomas Parker Williams, Nina Eve Zeininger.

Click here to see our full online catalog for BUILT.

Above image: left to right © Sumi Perera, Jan Dove, R D Burton

Artist Book Spotlight – Mutterfarbe – Video UPDATE

Recently we told you about Mutterfarbe, a new artist book and installation project by Erin Mickelson and Brandi Katherine Herrara. Now we are thrilled to present a video of these very talented women talking about this multi-faceted work, its conception and their collaborative process.

Using Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s seminal work, Zur Farbenlehre (Theory of Colors, 1810) as a primary source, Herrera translated sections of the text from German to English during a residency at the Château de Monthelon (Burgundy, France) for the first time since Charles Eastlake’s 1840 edition. In this brilliantly designed limited-edition artist book, the language of color is transformed in order to provide fresh perspective on an archaic text, and allow Goethe’s words to reimagine themselves within a more contemporary conversation.

Click here to learn more about the Mutterfarbe book.


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