2017-2018 Collaborative Art Project



A Collection of 29 postcards created, mailed and recreated into artist books by members of San Diego Book Arts
Celebrating art, creativity, book making and San Diego!

Exhibition: San Diego Mesa College Art Gallery July 16 – August 3, 2018
Opening Reception:  Thursday, July 19, 2018 5pm - 8pm

(See Exhibits page for details)

UPDATE: February 21, 2018

In February 2017, an administrative committee was formed to launch an SDBA Collaborative Art Project, and the committee agreed on a mail art project. After taking into consideration US Postal Service and other requirements, the committee settled on a 4x6 postcard format for the project.  At subsequent meetings, project timelines were established and subcommittees were formed to concentrate on Exhibitions, an Exhibition Catalog, and Publicity.

In May 2017, SDBA members were invited to attend a kick-off meeting for the project.  Members were invited to sign up for the project,  and participants paid a small administrative fee to help cover costs.  Several themes for the project were proposed, and participants chose a “San Diego County Landmark” theme.  Over the next several months, participants created their art. The target end-date for mailing completed postcards was December 31, 2017.

Thirty (30) participants have completed and mailed their postcards to each other, and we are delighted at the variety of art that has been produced!   A “sneak peek” is shown below.






Theme: California Natives

Save the dates and start creating!

Exhibition Dates: Nov. 11, 2018 - Jan. 5, 2019
Opening:  Sunday Nov. 11, Noon to 2 pm
Location: Front Porch Gallery
2903 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad, CA 92008
760-795-6120 contact for parking/directions

Contact for artist participants: Krista Neis   (krista.neis@comcast.net ) 520-850-7611


The SDBA Exhibit Committee is excited to announce that the 2018 Members Exhibition will open at the Front Porch  Gallery in Carlsbad on Sunday, November 11. This exhibition will showcase the works of 26 artists who have created art around this year’s theme, “California Natives.” We thank the Front Porch Gallery for sharing their beautiful space and for all their help, including installation and publicity. We are thrilled to invite you and your family, friends, and supporters to the unveiling of the artworks at the opening reception and during the exhibit. Please see details below. Thank you for helping to spread the word. We look forward to celebrating with you!


Oct. 2:  Submission of Art if delivering it to Clairemont Mesa location for transportation to the gallery
Oct. 2:  Submission of Artist and Book Art Statement
Oct. 31 - Nov. 2:   Submission of Art if delivering directly to the gallery
Opening Reception Sunday, Nov. 11, Noon to 2 pm.  
Nov. 11, 2018 Jan. 5, 2019:  Members Exhibition open to the public
Jan. 6 - Jan. 12:    Pick up Art at the gallery

Past Activities and Events

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.

Mingei International Museum Docent Led Tour of
VOLUMINOUS ART –Treasures from San Diego’s University Libraries

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Mingei International Museum
Plaza de Panama, Balboa Park,
1439 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.

This spring, Mingei International Museum will shine a spotlight on the lesser-known libraries of UC San Diego, San Diego State University and University of San Diego in VOLUMINOUS ART – Treasures from San Diego’s University Libraries. This exhibition will celebrate the art of the book by showcasing approximately 25 volumes from each library collection, a sampling that will hint at centuries-old practices of book design, typography, binding and printing. Additionally, there will be multiple examples of so-called artists’ books – contemporary creations,usually in very small, one-off editions of eccentric art works.

The museum has generously offered free to current SDBA Members two different docent led tours (one hour) of the exhibit.

Quarterly Potlucks


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.