23 Sandy was founded by book artist & photographer Laura Russell in 2007 in Portland, Oregon. For 10 years, it was a brick-and-mortar-gallery space exhibiting unique & edition artist books and paper art. The gallery hosted 91 exhibitions over the years, 20 of which were international juried exhibitions featuring thoughtfully curated works by a talented roster of artists from around the world.
In 2017, 23 Sandy became an online gallery. Laura continued to travel several times a year to educate and promote book arts—lecturing frequently to book arts groups, classes, and conferences, and helping libraries and museums build their catalogs of artist books.
In 2020, Erin Mickelson, Laura's long-time gallery assistant, took over the business from her home in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She continues to operate 23 Sandy as an online gallery and represents 23 Sandy at book arts workshops, conferences, and visits to institutions, in addition to working with art spaces to exhibit artist books. Read more about the transition.