Seattle Art Museum features our favorite Native American book artist!

Museum libraries can be an overlooked part of the museum environment. Too frequently these research and curatorial gems are tucked in a corner or hidden behind intimidating doors. Happily, more and more often these days, museum librarians are reaching out and connecting library holdings with the major exhibitions in the museum. These outreach efforts are especially exciting when they feature artist books from the either the museum or the library collections. In this case, 23 Sandy Gallery artist and former gallery assistant Erin Mickelson’s work was showcased in the library during a major exhibition featuring no less than Edward S. Curtis, Marianne Nicholson, Tracey Rector and Will Wilson.

Traci Timmons, head librarian at the Seattle Art Museum recently wrote an article on the SAM blog about Erin’s work. Erin is a very talented book artist whose unique and limited edition artist books are always thoughtful, engaging, smart, layered, nuanced, superbly concepted and perfectly crafted. You may have met Erin if you ever visited 23 Sandy Gallery on a Saturday. For four years, she was an invaluable part of the gallery operation. She charmed customers, curated exhibitions, ran our web site, helped install shows and so, so, so much more. She was a super help and vital to me staying sane during those crazy days. I will always appreciate her help and friendship.

Check out this stellar blog article on the SAM web site:

“Recently, the Dorothy Stimson Bullitt Library acquired two works by book artist, designer, and member of the Oneida Nation Erin Mickelson. Mickelson’s work is often about language, particularly translation. Sometimes her work is as straightforward as a translation from one language to another, but often she attempts to translate an idea between seemingly disparate forms—language, image, code, and movement….    

Continue reading the SAM blog here.


You can also see more of Erin’s work here.

Congratulations, Erin!

The 23 Sandy Gallery Exhibition Archive 2007-2017

The 23 Sandy Exhibition Archive

The 23 Sandy Exhibition Archive

Over the first 10 exhilarating years of 23 Sandy Gallery, we organized 20 international, juried book art exhibitions. These shows featured unique and limited-edition artist books, broadsides, letterpress printing, calligraphy and more—really, any form of book and paper art. Each in-depth, themed exhibition presented 50 to 75 works by up to 60 artists from across the United States and from as far away as Japan, Germany, England, Argentina, Australia and all points in between. Most of the shows were juried by respected librarians and curators who always brought rigorous, thoughtful, intelligent consideration to their selection of works to include in the exhibition.

In what came to be an integral part of these exhibitions, we published full-color printed catalogs for 16 of those 20 shows. We saw these catalogs as an important way to document the art, the artists, the juror’s thoughts and more—all preserved in print for the inspiration of future book artists and researchers. Libraries across the country purchased catalogs and it was always gratifying to hear of these catalogs being cataloged in their permanent collections.

The 23 Sandy Exhibition Archive

The 23 Sandy Exhibition Archive

The 23 Sandy Gallery Exhibition Archive 2007-2017 is a boxed set of all 16 juried book art exhibition print catalogs presented in a custom acrylic box. The set also includes a four-panel brochure listing all 93 exhibitions presented in the gallery over those first 10 amazing years.

Click here to order your copy of the archive.

In addition to all those juried book art shows, 23 Sandy proudly presented solo exhibitions and small group shows for local, national and international artists ranging from book artists to photographers, designers, sculptors and even a rousing group show of altered world globes. The juried exhibitions were huge endeavors, taking several months to produce. They could not have happened without the art and artists—but also the help of many, many supporters, volunteers, interns, gallery visitors and librarians who helped make it all possible. Thankfully, there was also one supportive husband who proofread every catalog. Thank you to everyone who helped make these exhibitions a dream and a reality.

The 23 Sandy Exhibition Archive

The 23 Sandy Exhibition Archive

Online, you can click here to see a one-page timeline off all 93 (yes, 93!) exhibitions on the 23 Sandy Gallery web site.

Or, click here to find the most recent 21 exhibitions with full online catalogs with multiple photos of each work of art. We hope to preserve this online documentation for many years to come.

Click here to order your copy of the 16 catalog boxed archive.

Happy reminiscing,


23 Sandy Thank You Book #4 – Celebrating Sandra Kroupa’s 50 Years!

Thank You Book #4 debuted last weekend at a beautiful event celebrating Sandra Kroupa and her 50 year anniversary working in the Special Collections Library at the University of Washington. Sandra is a passionate supporter of book arts and more importantly— book artists.

The tunnel book pages spell out Sandra’s own words to live by, “Inspiration. Commitment. Transformation.” She has sincerely inspired, shown a deep commitment to, and transformed the lives of countless book artists over the years. Through her work we all have learned to think deeper about our work and our lives—and we are better in so many ways thanks to her dedication.

Thank You Books are a series of books celebrating the first 10 years of 23 Sandy and the plan is to create 10 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 friends, artists, librarians, visitors and supporters of the gallery.

You can download a free PDF of the Sandra Kruopa Thank You Book by clicking here or on the thumbnail at left. For best results, print on 11 x 17 inch paper then follow the step-by-stop instructions to cut out and fold into the tunnel 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 tunnel book. But for smaller sizes I’d recommend text weight paper instead of card stock.

This book is a tunnel book structure from Ed Hutchins. Floating around the internet I ran across a tutorial for this structure from a 1994 Paper Crafters magazine. Look for more Ed inspiration in his book, Book Dynamics. (Order your copy and get to know this superstar book artist and all-around great guy at Ed was an early teacher and friend in my book arts world and his work continues to inspire after all these years. Thank you, Ed.

For anyone interested in collecting all of the books in this series, you can find Book #1, Tacoma here. and Book #2, Little Free Libraries here and Book #3, Go to Your Studio and Make Something here. Plus, watch this blog for future releases.

Happy making,


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