Now Showing in the Gallery!


On view through December 17, 2016

Please join us for an artists reception: Saturday, November 5, 2016, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

23 Sandy Gallery is pleased to present Pop-Up Now II, a juried exhibition of pop-up and movable artist books. Pop-up books captivate and excite the child in all of us. They come to life as three-dimensional works of art hidden inside the pages of a book. Pop-Up Now II showcases handmade artist books that pop-up, move, slide, twirl, whirl, and even light up. One of the best aspects of book art is the opportunity to push the definition of movable books and tackle deeper subjects. It’s easy to make a whiz-bang pop-up, but book artists are very adept at pushing further and rounding out the book with more context. We are thrilled that so many artists were inspired to make pop-up and movable books that tell a bigger story.

Click here to see our online catalog for Pop-Up Now!

Explosive Politics by Ed Hutchins

Explosive Politics by Ed Hutchins

Pop-Up Now II features the following artists: Charlene Asato, Angela Batchelor, Anita Bigelow, Mary Beth Boone, Ruth Bryant, Susan Collard, Jan Dove, Don Drake, Katie Nelson Harper, Patricia Heimerl, Kyra E. Hicks, Ed Hutchins, Diane Jacobs, Paul Johnson, Bryan Kring, Jihae Kwon, Mary Jeanne Linford, Susan Lowdermilk, Amy Lund, Kimberly Maher, Celeste Maia, Mary V. Marsh, Emily Martin, Dorothy McCuistion, Lise Melhorn-Boe, Cathryn Miller, Bettina Pauly, Meryl Perloff, Dawn Peterson, Katie Preston, Camille Riner, Michelle Segal, Judy Sgantas, Krista Sharp, Carolyn Shattuck, Stephen Sidelinger, Lynn Skordal, Marilyn Stablein, Carmen Tostado, Elsi Vassdal Ellis, Zoe Waller, Thomas Parker Williams and Dorothy A Yule.

Top image: left to right © Emily Martin, Dorothy A. Yule and Elsi Vassdal Ellis.
Bottom image: Ed Hutchins

Celebrating the Dead Feminists!

Gun Shy by Chandler O’Leary and Jessica Spring

Gun Shy by Chandler O’Leary and Jessica Spring

NOW SHOWING at 23 Sandy Gallery

Makeready: Dead Feminists from Print to Page
Jessica Spring and Chandler O’Leary

On view through October 29, 2016

Artists Reception and Book Signing: October 22, 2016

Since beginning their Dead Feminists series of letterpress-printed broadsides in 2008, collaborators Chandler O’Leary and Jessica Spring have featured 24 different women from history, connecting their words and stories to current social and political issues. The newest chapter in the series is the publication of Dead Feminists: Historical Heroines in Living Color a book about the series published by Sasquatch, set for release on October 11, 2016. The concurrent exhibition at 23 Sandy Gallery delves into the process of creating both the prints and the book, from original drawings and ephemera to the latest print in the series to be revealed concurrently with the book release.

Dead Feminists by Chandler O'Leary and Jessica Spring

Dead Feminists by Chandler O’Leary and Jessica Spring

Each signed and numbered limited-edition broadside in the Dead Feminists series is letterpress printed by Jessica Spring and illustrated and hand-lettered by Chandler O’Leary. A portion of the proceeds of each piece is donated to a cause that aligns with the issue highlighted by the artwork.

Click here to view our online catalog for this exhibition.

“Dead Feminists offers well-researched and meticulously illustrated insight into some of America’s inspiring historic heroines—but it also goes way beyond that. This book is a profound and super-smart look at feminist craft, creation, and collaboration, and reminds us that what goes on behind the scenes can be just as powerful as the finished product. I am so grateful to Chandler and Jessica for allowing us into their radical world.”
— Kate Schatz, author of Rad American Women A-Z and Rad Women Worldwide

Title Nine Iron by Chandler O’Leary and Jessica Spring

Title Nine Iron by Chandler O’Leary and Jessica Spring

Broadsides are a form of street literature popular from the 16th to the mid-19th centuries as large printed sheets of paper, designed to be plastered onto walls. By the mid 19th century, the advent of newspapers and inexpensive novels resulted in the demise of the street literature broadside. Today, broadsides are a popular artistic endeavor for printers, publishers and designers. Most are letterpress printed and feature poetry or literature combined with typography or hand lettering and illustrations.

Jessica is the proprietor of Springtide Press, where she designs, prints and binds unique artist books, broadsides and ephemera, incorporating handmade paper and letterpress printing. Small finely-crafted editions consider historical topics and popular culture from a unique perspective. Jessica has a MFA from Columbia College Chicago Center for Book & Paper, and now lives and works in Tacoma, Washington.

Chandler is an illustrator and lettering artist. She has a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, and creates her own line of prints and paper goods under her in-house brand Anagram Press. She also does lettering and illustration work for publications and brands throughout the U.S., and posts her sketchbook drawings on her illustrated travel blog, Drawn the Road Again. She lives just a few blocks from Jessica in Tacoma.

Click here to view our online catalog for this exhibition.

Congratulations POP-UP NOW II Artists!

pop-up-now-logo-500wToday marks the opening day of the Movable Book Society Conference in Boston. To celebrate, we thought it would be fun to announce the Pop-Up Now II featured artists. A big thank you to all of the artists who entered a superb selection of movable books. And thank you to our guest jurors: Larry Seidman and Jim Carmin who thought long and hard about each book submitted. If you are at the conference, ask Larry to see a preview catalog of the show. I know a few of our artists are at the conference and they deserve a pat on the back.

Pop-Up Now II will be on view at 23 Sandy Gallery in Portland, Oregon, November 4 – December 16, 2016. More information and a full online catalog will be posted soon. In the meantime, congratulations to our artists:

Charlene Asato
Angela Batchelor
Anita Bigelow
Mary Beth Boone
Ruth  Bryant
Susan Collard
Jan Dove
Don Drake
Katie Nelson Harper
Patricia Heimerl
Kyra E. Hicks
Ed Hutchins
Diane Jacobs
Paul Johnson
Bryan Kring
Jihae Kwon
Mary Jeanne Linford
Susan Lowdermilk
Amy Lund
Kimberly  Maher
Celeste Maia
Mary V. Marsh
Emily Martin
Dorothy McCuistion
Lise Melhorn-Boe
Cathryn Miller
Bettina Pauly
Meryl Perloff
Dawn Peterson
Katie Preston
Camille Riner
Michelle Segal
Judy Sgantas
Krista  Sharp
Carolyn  Shattuck
Stephen Sidelinger
Lynn Skordal
Marilyn Stablein
Carmen Tostado
Elsi Vassdal Ellis
Zoe Waller
Thomas Parker  Williams
Dorothy A Yule

The Movable Book Society was organized in 1993 to provide a forum for collectors, artists, curators, book sellers, book producers, and others to share enthusiasm and exchange information about pop-up and movable books. The Society has about 400 members worldwide. The Movable Book Society and the Ticknor Society are jointly sponsoring the 2016 Movable Book conference in Boston, September 15 – 17, 2016. More info here.

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