San Diego Book Arts
“Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art.”
—Leonardo da Vinci
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Current & Upcoming Events

SDBA Quarterly Potluck

August 28, 2016
1pm till 4 pm

Hosted by:
Nancy Fisher
Save the Date!

Enjoy a lovely, summer afternoon in beautiful Pt. Loma with fellow book artists. The theme and any special events regarding this potluck will be announced shortly.
Watch for your invitation and RSVP form in upcoming emails.  

Juliayn Coleman in DEMAND

SDBA is adding a 2nd Book Conservation Basics as the first class filled long ago! This added class will take place on Friday, September 9, 2016 from 9 AM-4PM! The cost is $75 to SDBA Members. Please note: We still have openings in Rebinding a Paperback Book. These are both great classes with a grand teacher! Register here.

2015 Collaborative Art Project (CAP) : Over The Moon


Free Book Arts Workshops based on Over the Moon, the SDBA Collaborative Arts Project:
*Mission Valley Library Book Arts Workshop
- Pamphlet Stitch Book led by Gretchen Hiegel,
Saturday, Sept. 10, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

*Mission Valley Library Book Arts Workshop
Accordion Fold Book led by Jim Stiven,
Tuesday, Sept. 27, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Watch for information on how to reserve your spot in these workshops in upcoming email updates.

Upcoming CAP Exhibition Dates:

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library - Over the Moon Exhibit
Opening Reception of Over the Moon at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 
Friday, Jan. 6, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm


SDBA Member Exhibition

James Alan Rose Gallery:
Frances Parker School

6501 Linda Vista Rd.,
San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 569-7900
Submission deadline: October 1, 2016
"Commitment to Exhibit" deadline: August 15

Members' Exhibit First Deadline

Commitment to exhibit in the member's exhibit: deadline is August 15th.
Email: with "SDBA Members' Exhibit" in the subject. Include your name as you would like it published on the announcement.

One of the best perks of membership in San Diego Book Arts is inclusion in the Members' Exhibition. This year, from November 7th to December 14th, we will be exhibiting at the Rose Art Gallery on the campus of Francis Parker School. Although the exhibit doesn't open until November, we will need a commitment to exhibit and images much earlier to begin work on the announcement and, possibly, a catalog. If you are planning to exhibit, you will need to "sign up" by August 15th. Once you sign up, you will begin receiving emails with additional information and deadlines. We will need images of your artwork by early September. So remember to allow time after you finish your work to produce a high resolution photograph. If you or if you know anyone who would be interested in working on a catalog for the exhibit, please email Judy Christensen (

If you haven't seen the gallery, you can google "Rose Art Gallery Frances Parker." (For the direct link, go to: then click on "Academics" and choose "Arts at Parker," then, on the arts page, choose "The Rose Art Gallery".)

2016 Workshops

We still have space in some of these workshops:

Helen Hiebert - Illuminating Paper Possibilities

SDBA Salons: Looking for people to host a Salon

We are restarting the Salon initiative. Salons are small, special-interest groups or "Salons" where our members could meet informally and connect on various topics of interest for some time now.

Our very first one, an 'UnFinished Object' (UFO) Salon, was held on January 22nd, 2015. At this meeting, members brought unfinished art projects to a casual setting and worked on them. These unfinished projects could be from prior workshops or anything else participants were working on. Laurel Moorhead was our host.

We are looking to have more Salons, so if you have an idea for one let us know. A Salon can be based around a concept, process, and technique or simply to finish projects in the company of others. Some ideas for a Salon might include: a mixed-media Salon where members can teach each other a variety of techniques or a miniature book Salon for example.

Each Salon requires a leader who can either host or find someone to host the group, sets the dates of the meetings, etc. If you are interested in putting together a Salon please email us at, with the subject: Salon.

—Yvonne Davis, SDBA Programs


The SDBA Programs Committee is still offering, small workshops given by our talented members. Would YOU be interested in being a part of that teaching a particular technique or structure?

Each SDBA mini workshop is a hands-on session, runs two to four hours, and is offered by a member to the membership. Class sizes are generally 5 to 8 people. Any member with expertise in any book arts–related subject can offer a mini workshop. Fees will be collected by the presenter. SDBA requests that 15% of all fees collected be donated to the organization. Mini-workshop offerings will be publicized via an E-Blast to members with email, in the newsletter, and on our website.

 MANY of you know how to do things that others would like to learn. Each of us has different talents and skills and sharing those might be interesting and fun! We can help find a location for your workshop if need be. Please step up, share your skills, make some money, help your friends and make new connections. If you are interested in teaching a longer workshop we would be happy to help you put that together.

If you are interested in offering a Mini-Workshop please email us at, with the subject: Mini-Workshop.

—Yvonne Davis, SDBA Programs


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2015 Collaborative Art Project (CAP)

Dear SDBA Folks,

The SDBA Collaborative Art Project is on it’s way! Forty-five, or so, of our member-artists have chosen to respond artistically to one of the Moon Haiku series by San Diego Poet Diane Gage, serendipitously a long time San Diego Book Arts member: Haikus. Each artist will produce a single, large, page of art, on watercolor paper, using any chosen medium, but including a part of the text of the chosen haiku.The full 45 pages, the collaborative book, will be displayed as a single collection at an exhibition early next year, part of SDBA's 20th Anniversary celebration.

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, putting Collaborative Art Project as the subject, or click on the Donate button below.Off, off and AWAY!

SDBA CAP Steering Committee