Taking Stock @ 23 Sandy 

Sabbatical. Liberty. Furlough. Interlude. Break. Closing up the retail side of 23 Sandy Gallery, selling the building, moving and other madness took entirely too long. Somehow, LIFE just got in the way and that much needed sabbatical hasn’t happened yet. Happily, there is light at the end of the tunnel and today is the new start date for my much needed creative break.

The good news is that during this mad, mad winter I did find time to refresh and renew my inventory of unique and limited edition artist books by many of the same talented book artists you’ve come to know over the past 10 years, but also a few fresh new faces.

Click here to see the new works in inventory. This page gets updated every couple of weeks, so anytime you need a dose of artist book inspiration, just head on over to 23 Sandy’s New Works page.


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!

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