Artists' Talks

As part of our annual workshop schedule many of our presenting artists also offer a free public lecture to offer insights into their art practice. It's a great preview for those who are signed up to attend the class that will follow. It also is an opportunity to meet well known book artists and learn a little about their focus and how they work.

Monthly Meetings

San Diego Book Arts holds monthly meetings at alternating library locations, offering the public an opportunity to learn about the medium of book arts, meet people with a shared interest, and discover all that SDBA has to offer. We invite the community to join with our members and their guests on the second Wednesday of the month for a fun-filled evening of book work and conversation. No art experience is necessary. A special feature is the Unfinished Object (UFO) salons, which offer time and encouragement for those who have projects that are just waiting to be finished.

The Next Monthly Meeting:

Wednesday, August 9, 4 to 8 p.m.
Cardiff-by-the-Sea Library
2081 Newcastle Avenue
Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007

For the August and September meetings Laurel Moorhead will be leading a Rubber Stamp Carving workshop. This is free and open to everyone, members and non-members alike, but requires participants to bring their own supplies and RSVP directly to There will be 2 sessions, 4 to 6 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Please specify the session you would like to attend. Each session is limited to 10 students so RSVP soon to save your space.

Questions: Janis Reeser at

Tools and supplies to bring: Your design ideas, bone folder, scoring tool, X-Acto knife or similar, fine-point black marker, ink stamp pad if you have one, carving tool and blades, carving block, 4"x6" or larger.

Carving tools, blades, and carving blocks can by found online or at Arts and Craftsman Supply and Blick Art Materials stores. Recommended: Speedball linoleum cutter with Blades Set #1; Soft-Cut Block Printing Material, 4"x6" or 6"x12"; Speedball Speedy Carve Block, or Blick Readycut 4"x6" or larger. All additional materials provided.

This program is neither sponsored nor endorsed by the San Diego Public Library. The library is not responsible for the information presented in this program.

Annual Meeting

In the first quarter of the year San Diego Book Arts holds its annual meeting. There is a small amount of business, a large amount of yummy refreshments, and an informative and inspiring presentation about book arts and art making. Several of our outstanding members whose books are widely collected have shared their work. We have also hosted collectors, small presses, and artists from around the country. The 2017 meeting was held Sunday, February 19, and featured Sibyl Rubottom, one of SDBA's founding members, speaking about her life in art and sharing a selection of her many artist's books.

2017 Annual Meeting, La Jolla Riford Library

If You Dive Deep Enough You Will Touch the Stars by Sibyl Rubottom