All SDBA Members, family and friends are welcome.
This is a special VIP Opening to view our new Members Exhibit. Enjoy a private time to view the very special books created by our members in response to the Cherchez La Femme theme. We will also have a table of small books and art for sale.
Cherchez La Femme will open to the public on the monthly Friday Night Liberty free event. Please attend on this night as well, when you will have another opportunity to view our exhibit along with free entry to all of the other museums and galleries in the Liberty Station Arts District.
Cherchez La Femme, which means Look for the Woman, is a phrase that came from a novel written by Alexander Dumas in 1864. The rather unflattering phrase became popular and came to mean, if there is any trouble about, there must be a woman behind it.
The artists’ books in this exhibit explore the many aspects of womanhood. Sometimes the femme fatale, and sometimes the mother, the daughter, grandmother, the women in history, literature and mythology, the heroines, the women of yesterday, the women of tomorrow, and women whose lives inspire us today.
The books that will be on display were created by artist members of the San Diego Book Arts. Each member on exhibit has chosen a woman, or women, or something in nature that to them represents the feminine. What you will see are books as seen through the eyes of an artist.
Please note that the Women’s Museum is generally open Wednesday–Sunday, 12–4 pm.
For more information: womensmuseumca.org.
As a fundraiser for SDBA please bring to the opening on October 1st, small ARTIST MADE books, small accordion
books, cards, book marks, and other small works of art to be sold for $5 to $15.
—Fran Watson, Exhibitions Chair
Do you want to brainstorm with other CAP members on book structure ideas? Do you need time to finish your Kumi Korf structure, or your Daniel Essig book? Do you just want to hang out with other book artists? You have another opportunity to work on your projects at Salon-‘UnFinished Objects’. The purpose of this group is for members to bring unfinished art projects to a casual setting and work on them. These projects can be from prior workshops, or anything else you are working on. Laurel has kindly agreed to be your host and can comfortably host 7 people on a first come basis, first served basis. Her house is in the Bay Park area of Clairemont and is wheelchair accessible. Feel free to bring a snack to share.
So, if you are interested please RSVP to her as soon as possible: MoorheadL@gmail.com, please put Salon – UFO as your subject.
Please remember we are looking for other people to host the various Salons
Visit the Workshops page to register.
Saturday, November 7, 2015
10 AM–1 PM
Cost: $50 includes supplies
The date of our last quarterly SDBA Potluck in 2015 has been established. Mark your calendars! So far this year we’ve visited Pnina Gold’s Normal Heights home on New Year’s Day and Fran’s home in April. We had a grand time at Tena's in August. Each experience has been SO much fun, and interesting, totally reflecting the diversity and creativity of our SDBA community. The art and food that people share is beautiful and delicious, and appreciated by all. The community is lovely. Connections are made, ideas shared, friendships become enriched.
Many thanks, in advance to Deanna Heitschmidt for hosting SDBA’s upcoming Quarterly Potluck on December 6th, 2015. Our potlucks bring together book lovers, artistic energy and time for getting better acquainted, while relaxing and rejuvenating our spirits. The potluck begins at 1 pm and lingers on until 4 pm.
These lovely gatherings are to SDBA members and their guests. Please take a moment to mark your calendar.
Please look for your RSVP invite in November!
I have a vision of these large pages hanging, as on a clothesline, in a gallery setting, with light shining on them from above. I want to see that, says Orchestrator Kathy Przekopp,
echoing the vision of project Artistic Guide, Viviana Lombrozo.Ultimately, a container will be created for these donated pages and the total book will be available for sale to a collector.
Smaller copies of the images will be made and our participating artists will create their own book-structures of the images, showcasing the talents of the full group.
This is an ambitious project with lots of moving parts that is being done as a full collaboration, with each member of the group creating not only their art but also volunteering in the various tasks that will make this experience so memorable for San Diego Book Arts. The purpose of the project, beyond the glory to be seen in the exhibition, is twofold: First, helping to increase the sense of community and belonging within San Diego Book Arts and second, to be a source of fund-raising to support the project and SDBA as a whole.
This project IS off the ground.In order to get it flying, funds are needed for supplies, photography, printing, facility space and more. Our goal is to that the net gain from the sale of the full collection and the various artists' books will far exceed the costs for the project so that ultimately SDBA’s coffers will be made healthy again.In order to do this we are asking for (tax-deductible) donations of services and supplies, along with funds. If you would like to help this project move forward and can help in anyway, please do so.If you can donate or know of someone who can donate, please contact us via email email@example.com, putting Collaborative Art Project as the subject, or click on the Donate button below.Off, off and AWAY!
SDBA CAP Steering Committee
Both the exhibition and the reception are open to the public.
In 25 years of collecting artists’ books, the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library has developed an important resource for artists, researchers, and presses. Parts of the Erika and Fred Torri
Artists’ Books Collection are typically on display for visitors in the Athenaeum’s North Reading Room and are available for use by appointment. But the [UN]BOUND exhibition at the San Diego Central
Library will provide unprecedented public access to more than 50 books from the collection.
The one-of-a-kind books, fine-press limited editions, and book-objects included in the [UN]BOUND exhibition were created by 36 San Diego–area artists, working solo or in collaboration. SDBA book artists included in the show are: Judy Christensen, Mary Ellen Long, Jim Machacek, Kathy Miller, Al Rodríguez, Sara Rosenbluth, Sibyl Rubottom, Genie Shenk, and Joyce Cutler-Shaw. The books vary greatly in form, materials, and bookbinding methods, and they explore an equally wide range of subjects, from personal to public.
Coinciding with the exhibition, SDBA member Judy Christensen will offer a series of free book arts workshops in the Mary Hollis Clark Conference Center at the Library: one for preschoolers, one for teens, and several for adults.
Mission Valley Public Library, 2123 Fenton Pkwy, San Diego
Submission Deadline: February 1, 2015 (email thumbnail image & text)
Books Deadline: February 15-20, 2015
The exhibition will be located in the main lobby of the Mission Valley Library.
Books made by children and adult students will be considered.
Content: While the content is up to each student, please keep in mind that the exhibit case is adjacent to the Children’s Section of the library. Explicit adult content would not be appropriate. Bright colors and light-hearted subjects would be best. Anything related to Earth Day, Spring, growth, or nature—but that is a general theme. Please submit whatever you like!
Format: A variety of formats is encouraged.
Each student submission must be accompanied by the following information: Thumbnail Image. General measurements. Label information: Title, Artist, Date and a brief (1-3 sentences maximum) answer to the question: “What is a Book?” This sentence will be displayed in the case. The idea being that each artist will have a unique answer to that question which will expand the notion of “Book” for the viewer. If it is a juvenile artist, please include age. Optional: Biography. Professors only: René would be happy to promote your Book Arts class, your other projects and you next to your book.< --->
The current issue of End Papers is now available in pdf format. Click here to view or download the latest issue.
The full color, 9 x 7 inch, 69-page Fifth National Juried Exhibition catalog is available now; it includes an introduction by the juror, Sue Ann Robinson. Each artist’s book in the show is on it’s own page, with 2-3 images of most books. The price is $20 plus $4 shipping. Use the Add to Cart button to order your copy with a major credit card, or send a check for $24 to San Diego Book Arts, 1624 Forestdale Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024. Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery. Sorry, SOLD OUT!
One of the most modern and architecturally innovative libraries in the country hosted this exhibition of the work of 28 artist members of SDBA. Forty-five artist’s books showcased the wide range of structure, media, and imagination that characterize the art of the book.
For a list of exhibitors, visit our Exhibitions page.
A full color, 7.5 x 7.5 inch. 27 page catalog is available. It includes a brief introduction about the Cerritos Library and its special collection of artist's books. Use the Add to Cart button to order your copy with a major credit card, or send a check for $20 plus $4 shipping to San Diego Book Arts, P.O. Box 90562, San Diego, CA 92169. Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.
The show is over, but the full color, 9 x 7 inch, 65-page Fourth National Juried Exhibition catalog is available now; it includes an introduction by the juror, Carolee Campbell. Each artist’s book in the show is on it’s own page, with 2-3 images of most books. The price is $20 plus $4 shipping. Use the Add to Cart button to order your copy with a major credit card, or send a check for $24 to San Diego Book Arts, P.O. Box 90562, San Diego, CA 92169. Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.
Twenty-seven Artist Trading Cards, one for each letter plus the question mark, have been bound into 27 unique structures. Although the exhibition has passed, a catalog, itself an ABC book, is now available. Use the Add to Cart button to order your copy with a major credit card, or send a check for $15 plus $4 shipping to San Diego Book Arts, P.O. Box 90562, San Diego, CA 92169. Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.Sorry, SOLD OUT!
Of the over 200 books submitted for this exhibit, Juror Kitty Maryatt selected 61 pieces by 54 artists. The quality of work was outstanding, which will make for an excellent exhibit, but this made the judging process extremely difficult. Although the show is now closed, you can still order the catalog, below.
Juror: Kitty Maryatt, Assistant Professor of Art at Scripps College and Director of the Scripps College Press, and principal owner of Two Hands Press, a book arts design studio specializing in the design and fabrication of both handmade and production books. Kitty has an MFA from UCLA and lectures and gives workshops all over the country.
The full color, 9 x 7 inch, 67-page Third National Juried Show catalog is available; it includes an introduction by the juror, Kitty Maryatt. Each artist’s book in the show is on it’s own page, with 2-3 images of most books. The price is $20 plus $4 shipping.
Use the Add to Cart button to order your copy with a major credit card, or send a check for $24 to San Diego Book Arts, P.O. Box 90562, San Diego, CA 92169. Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.
Note: the catalog for the Second National Juried Show, held in 2008, is also available on our Exhibitions page.
Although the exhibition has closed, a full color catalog is still available. Use Add to Cart button to order your copy with a major credit card, or send a check for $15 plus $4 shipping to San Diego Book Arts, P.O. Box 90562, San Diego, CA 92169. Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.
A 65 page, 9 x 7 inch, full color catalog of our Second National Juried Show is available. Each artist’s book in the show is on it’s own page, with 2-3 images of the book. The price is $20 plus $4 for shipping.
To order your copy, send a check for $24 to San Diego Book Arts, P.O. Box 90562, San Diego, CA 92169. Or, click the "Buy Now" button below to pay with a major credit card using our PayPal shopping cart.
Please allow up to two weeks for delivery.
We have member’s exhibitions scheduled almost continuously in the coming year, and we need your artist's books to show. Please fill out the online submission form to let our Exhibitions Chair know what you have. You will be contacted to make delivery arrangements when your piece has been scheduled for an exhibit.