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Monthly Meetings

Future 2017 Meetings:

July 19, Pacific Beach Taylor Library
August 9, Cardiff-by-the-Sea Library
September 20, Pacific Beach Taylor Library
October 11, Cardiff-by-the-Sea Library
November 15, Pacific Beach Taylor Library
December 13, Cardiff-by-the-Sea Library

Join fellow SDBA members, guests, and members of the public on a Wednesday each month for an evening of collaboration and socializing. Meetings are held from 6 to 8 p.m. at public libraries alternating between central San Diego and North County. It's a place to trade tips, information about exhibitions and book arts resources, and enjoy fun activities. You may also bring dinner or snacks if you wish.

And don’t forget The Unfinished Object (UFO) salon. Bring anything you're working on, want to share with others, or need advice on.  We will have tables set up to work while you chat with other book artists. This is a time to get together to share, inspire each other, and do some creative problem solving if you have a project that’s stuck.

These monthly meetings were begun in November 2016 as a new benefit for members and those in the community who are interested in learning about book arts. They are held the 2nd Wednesday of every month, alternating between two libraries, one in central San Diego and the other in North County.

Quarterly Potlucks


Next Potluck:

July 9, 2017 at 2 pm


Four times a year, food and friendship bring San Diego book Arts members together in a private home to enjoy the special pleasure of spending time with other artists. Past programs have focused on members' sketchbooks and showing the books made by Over the Moon participants from the reproduced pages. No two were alike and the creativity was astonishing. Recently, attendees brought the first and most recent books they've made. It turns out that some SDBA members have been making books from a very early age.

Collaborative Projects

New Collaborative Art Project for 2018
Mail Art Postcards


CAP Ways and Means Committee, from left, Gina Pisello, Yvonne Davis, Janis Reeser, Nancy Fisher, Linda Faulkner, and Gretchen Hiegel.

CAP Ways and Means Committee, from left, Gina Pisello, Yvonne Davis, Janis Reeser, Nancy Fisher, Linda Faulkner, and Gretchen Hiegel.

Project Goals

The purpose of any CAP is to bring SDBA members together to work on a common art project.  This helps to build community and foster friendships which encourage SDBA members to actively participate in the organization.  Recent past projects have included Over the Moon CAP 2016 and Artist Trading Cards 2011.

The Committee has chosen MAIL ART for CAP 2018. Each participant will create an original art POSTCARD for each participant/group and one additional copy for SDBA to document the event.  Postcards could be, but are not required to be, identical and all postcards must follow the selected theme. Upon receipt of all postcards, participants will make them into a book.

Project Rules

Theme:  Favorite San Diego County Landmarks

The Card:
Postcards must meet size and physical restrictions to comply with USPS rules.
Rectangular, 4 x 6 inches, made of paper, no more than 2 mm thick
Back side must leave bottom 3/4-inch blank, stamp area in upper right corner blank, and address on the right side not more than 2-1/4 inches from the right edge

Final Book: No restrictions on size or shape

Participants: San Diego Book Arts members only

The Exchange: Each participant mails a postcard to every other participant, and receives a post card from every other participant.  Depending on the number of participants, the project may be split into two groups. 

May thru December 2017, Postcard creation and mailing (must be mailed by year end 12/31/17)
January thru April 2018, Book creation from postcards received
May 2018, CAP 2018 Exhibition

Over the Moon, SDBA's 2016-2017 collaborative art project

It takes a tremendous amount of effort to get 40 people together to form a collective vision and then transform it into works of art and community events. Meetings, checklists, more meetings, and the participants headed off with three sheets of watercolor paper to embody one of member Diane Gage's moon-themed haiku. Work on Over the Moon had begun.

Because the participants came to the project with a broad range of experience and skills, classes were set up to teach methods of creating images and ways to bind the sheets into books. The finished images reflected the diversity of artistic practice brought to the task of creating a page: watercolor, printing, calligraphy, collage, and pen and ink.

It was a feast for the eyes. At the first showing of the images everyone was Over the Moon, and it was only the beginning. The original pieces were photographed and each participant received a set to bind.

The completed books were all beautiful and unique. Finally, the original art was collected in a handmade clam shell box.