Prize Pop-Ups!

Prize Pop-Ups!

It's hard to believe that we are working so hard right now on our late September/October show. How did it get to be so late in the year already! The first pop-up book for the show arrived today. Unpacking the books for a new show is always a little bit like Christmas. One of my favorite parts of my job.

We finally have a list of prizes prepared for the Pop-Up Now show. The jurors will arrive in Portland for the Movable Book Society conference on Thursday, September 23 and will come visit the gallery to choose which books will get the prizes, which will be awarded at a special reception for conference attendees on Friday evening.

Two "Best of Show" winners in the categories of best limited-edition book and best one-of-a-kind book will each receive a copy of the Movable Book Society 10th Anniversary Special Limited Edition boxed set, which contains pop-ups and movable reproductions from some of the most famous historical creators in the field. This highly sought-after collectible is being donated by two of our jurors from their own personal collections.

My own copy of this piece has served as inspiration for my work many, many times. You can see a video of this work here. I just did a search for it and found one dealer who has it listed for sale for $550. What a cool prize!

One artist will receive the "Gallery Choice Award" and will receive a solo show in the book room at 23 Sandy Gallery to be scheduled sometime in 2011.

Three artists will receive "Juror's Choice Awards" of a free one-year membership to the Movable Book Society.

Now comes the hard part of choosing the winners. The jurors have their work cut out for them. There are just so many great works in the show that it could take them hours to decide.

Image: Enchanted Garden by Paul Johnson. Just one of the many fabulous books you'll see in Pop-Up Now!