Monthly Meetings

Next Meeting:

Wednesday, May 17
6 to 8 pm
Pacific Beach Taylor Library
4275 Cass Street
San Diego, CA 92109-4005

Future 2017 Meetings:

June 14, Cardiff-by-the-Sea Library
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

CAP Launch and Information Meeting
Sunday, May 7,  1:30 to 3:30 pm
Community Room atMission Valley Library
2123 Fenton Parkway
San Diego, CA 92108-473

If you haven’t signed up, this is your chance to be included in this fun activity. Our collaborative project focus will be a 4x6-inch Mail Art Postcard.

At the meeting participants will vote on the theme:
1. San Diego County
2. Pets/Animals
3. Botanicals

Sample Postcard Mail Art will be on display and members will have an 0pportunity to join a committee. the purpose of a $20 participation fee will be explained.

Project Goals

The main goals that the 2018 CAP Ways & Means Committee would like to accomplish for 2017:

  • Organize and administer the 2018 CAP, an exchange of postcard size Mail Art.
  • Implement an outreach program to local book arts students to participate in 2018 CAP. This is to support a SDBA objective of increasing membership numbers.
  • Have the exchange completed by the end of 2017 so that in 2018 a catalog can be produced and exhibition can be held of the resulting work.

If you are interested in participating in 2018 CAP and assisting in the following areas, email the information below to Gina Pisello at

  1. Member Name:
  2. Cell Phone:
  3. Email:
  4. Area of Interest – please select an area(s) from the ones listed below to volunteer:
  • Administration – Administers all 2018 CAP events and activities.
  • Exhibition – Find exhibition space, and set up etc.
  • Catalog – Volunteers with InDesign, Photoshop or other image editing experience.
  • Outreach – Define and administer outreach to local book art students.
  • Publicity – publicize 2018 CAP.

And look for announcements of our upcoming meetings.

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.