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


1st Basic Book Arts Workshop:
Taped Codex with Wrapped Cover

Saturday, February 13th, 10am - 1pm

Instructor: Janis Reeser, with Laurel Moorhead assisting
Location:
San Diego Writers, Ink
NTC at Liberty Station
2730 Historic Decatur Rd. Barracks 16, Suite 202
San Diego, CA 92106

Class Fees:
$40 for members of SDBA or SDWI
$50 for non-members
Materials Fee: $7 to be paid in class

Woven and Interlocking

For anyone who has never created their own handmade book or for those who would like a quick and easy book to use for writing, a visual journal or travel journal. Students will be making a taped codex book with a wrapped cover. Size will be 30 pages plus cover, 7.5 inches by 5.5 inches using 90lb. watercolor paper.

The book pages are created by folding the paper and tearing it. Just a little taping and gluing will complete the finished book. In addition, students will be decorating the cover with their own handmade stamps created in class. This structure can be easily adapted to a wide variety of sizes and shapes so students will be able to make their own versions at home.

This class is being held in collaboration with San Diego Writers, Ink.

Please select pricing option

20th Anniversary Annual Meeting

Sunday, January 31st, 2016, 2– 4 PM

Begin the New Year Celebrating SDBA’s History

It’s SDBA’s 20th Anniversary! Please join us in reminiscing, embracing the future, while enjoying one another in the present on January 31st, 2016. Our 20th Anniversary Annual Meeting will take place at La Jolla’s Riford Library. We will start with the business meeting at 2 PM and segue into a presentation from Fran Watson and Charlotte Bird. Enjoy lovely refreshments, walks down memory lane, and the joy of artistic creation as we reflect and look forward. 

La Jolla Riford Library 7555 Draper Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037
Tel: 858-552-1657


SDBA Members Quarterly Potluck

Sunday, December 6th, 2015, 1– 4 PM

Hey SDBA Folks!

The date of our last quarterly SDBA Potluck in 2015 has been established. Mark your calendars! So far this year we’ve visited Pnina Gold’s Normal Heights home on New Year’s Day and Fran’s home in April. We had a grand time at Tena's in August. Each experience has been SO much fun, and interesting, totally reflecting the diversity and creativity of our SDBA community. The art and food that people share is beautiful and delicious, and appreciated by all. The community is lovely. Connections are made, ideas shared, friendships become enriched.

Many thanks, in advance to Deanna Heitschmidt for hosting SDBA’s upcoming Quarterly Potluck on December 6th, 2015. Our potlucks bring together book lovers, artistic energy and time for getting better acquainted, while relaxing and rejuvenating our spirits. The potluck begins at 1 pm and lingers on until 4 pm.

These lovely gatherings are to SDBA members and their guests. Please take a moment to mark your calendar.

SDBA will provide paper goods, utensils and drinks (beer, wine, iced tea & lemonade), you bring a dish to share. Please let us know what you will bring when you RSVP.

Look for the email to RSVP or send us an email to sandieogbookarts@gmail.com. Please put December Quarterly Potluck as your subject.

SDBA Programs


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

SDBA CAP Steering Committee


Show Opening:

[UN]BOUND Book Arts Exhibition
Public Library Brings the Athenaeum’s Artists’ Books to New Audiences
San Diego Central Library 9th Floor Art Gallery

January 31-April 26, 2015
Reception: January 31, 2015, 12 noon–2pm

Both the exhibition and the reception are open to the public.

In 25 years of collecting artists’ books, the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library has developed an important resource for artists, researchers, and presses. Parts of the Erika and Fred Torri Artists’ Books Collection are typically on display for visitors in the Athenaeum’s North Reading Room and are available for use by appointment. But the [UN]BOUND exhibition at the San Diego Central Library will provide unprecedented public access to more than 50 books from the collection.
The one-of-a-kind books, fine-press limited editions, and book-objects included in the [UN]BOUND exhibition were created by 36 San Diego–area artists, working solo or in collaboration. SDBA book artists included in the show are: Judy Christensen, Mary Ellen Long, Jim Machacek, Kathy Miller, Al Rodríguez, Sara Rosenbluth, Sibyl Rubottom, Genie Shenk, and Joyce Cutler-Shaw. The books vary greatly in form, materials, and bookbinding methods, and they explore an equally wide range of subjects, from personal to public.

Coinciding with the exhibition, SDBA member Judy Christensen will offer a series of free book arts workshops in the Mary Hollis Clark Conference Center at the Library: one for preschoolers, one for teens, and several for adults.


Call for Submissions:
What is a Book? Curated by René Gehr

March 2-31, 2015

Mission Valley Public Library, 2123 Fenton Pkwy, San Diego

Submission Deadline: February 1, 2015 (email thumbnail image & text)
Books Deadline: February 15-20, 2015

The exhibition will be located in the main lobby of the Mission Valley Library.
Books made by children and adult students will be considered.
Content: While the content is up to each student, please keep in mind that the exhibit case is adjacent to the Children’s Section of the library. Explicit adult content would not be appropriate. Bright colors and light-hearted subjects would be best. Anything related to Earth Day, Spring, growth, or nature—but that is a general theme. Please submit whatever you like!

Format: A variety of formats is encouraged.

Each student submission must be accompanied by the following information: Thumbnail Image. General measurements. Label information: Title, Artist, Date and a brief (1-3 sentences maximum) answer to the question: “What is a Book?” This sentence will be displayed in the case. The idea being that each artist will have a unique answer to that question which will expand the notion of “Book” for the viewer. If it is a juvenile artist, please include age. Optional: Biography. Professors only: René would be happy to promote your Book Arts class, your other projects and you next to your book.

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Catalogs Available for Purchase

San Diego Book Arts Fifth National Juried Exhibition
May 5-June 22, 2014
UC San Diego, Geisel Library, Special Collections


Fifth National Juried Exhibition 2014 catalog

The full color, 9 x 7 inch, 69-page Fifth National Juried Exhibition catalog is available now; it includes an introduction by the juror, Sue Ann Robinson. Each artist’s book in the show is on it’s own page, with 2-3 images of most books. The price is $20 plus $4 shipping. Use the Add to Cart button to order your copy with a major credit card, or send a check for $24 to San Diego Book Arts, 1624 Forestdale Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024. Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery. Sorry, SOLD OUT!

San Diego Book Arts Members' Exhibition
April 2 – May 30, 2013
Cerritos Library, 18025 Bloomfield Avenue, Cerritos, CA 90703

One of the most modern and architecturally innovative libraries in the country hosted this exhibition of the work of 28 artist members of SDBA. Forty-five artist’s books showcased the wide range of structure, media, and imagination that characterize the art of the book.

For a list of exhibitors, visit our Exhibitions page.

Cerritos Library Members' Exhibition Catalog CoverA full color, 7.5 x 7.5 inch. 27 page catalog is available. It includes a brief introduction about the Cerritos Library and its special collection of artist's books. Use the Add to Cart button to order your copy with a major credit card, or send a check for $20 plus $4 shipping to San Diego Book Arts, P.O. Box 90562, San Diego, CA 92169. Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.

Catalog, San Diego Book Arts Members' Exhibition, Cerritos Library, $20 plus $4 shipping

San Diego Book Arts
Fourth National Juried Exhibition
May 26-July 8, 2012
UC San Diego, Geisel Library, Special Collections

San Diego Book Arts Fourth National Juried Exhibition CatalogThe show is over, but the full color, 9 x 7 inch, 65-page Fourth National Juried Exhibition catalog is available now; it includes an introduction by the juror, Carolee Campbell. Each artist’s book in the show is on it’s own page, with 2-3 images of most books. The price is $20 plus $4 shipping. Use the Add to Cart button to order your copy with a major credit card, or send a check for $24 to San Diego Book Arts, P.O. Box 90562, San Diego, CA 92169. Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.

Fourth National Juried Exhibition Catalog, $20 plus $4 shipping

SDBA 2012 Workshops

SDBA Members' Exhibition: An Artist Trading Card ABC

An ATC ABC catalogTwenty-seven Artist Trading Cards, one for each letter plus the question mark, have been bound into 27 unique structures. Although the exhibition has passed, a catalog, itself an ABC book, is now available. Use the Add to Cart button to order your copy with a major credit card, or send a check for $15 plus $4 shipping to San Diego Book Arts, P.O. Box 90562, San Diego, CA 92169. Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.

Sorry, SOLD OUT!

San Diego Book Arts
Third National Juried Show
May 29-July 4, 2010
Geisel Library, UC San Diego

Of the over 200 books submitted for this exhibit, Juror Kitty Maryatt selected 61 pieces by 54 artists. The quality of work was outstanding, which will make for an excellent exhibit, but this made the judging process extremely difficult. Although the show is now closed, you can still order the catalog, below.

Juror: Kitty Maryatt, Assistant Professor of Art at Scripps College and Director of the Scripps College Press, and principal owner of Two Hands Press, a book arts design studio specializing in the design and fabrication of both handmade and production books. Kitty has an MFA from UCLA and lectures and gives workshops all over the country.

The full color, 9 x 7 inch, 67-page Third National Juried Show catalog is available; it includes an introduction by the juror, Kitty Maryatt. Each artist’s book in the show is on it’s own page, with 2-3 images of most books. The price is $20 plus $4 shipping.

Use the Add to Cart button to order your copy with a major credit card, or send a check for $24 to San Diego Book Arts, P.O. Box 90562, San Diego, CA 92169. Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.

Third National Juried Show Catalog $20 plus $4 shipping

Note: the catalog for the Second National Juried Show, held in 2008, is also available on our Exhibitions page.

Edge to Edge CatalogEdge to Edge
Japanese Friendship Garden, Balboa Park
March 1-31, 2010

Although the exhibition has closed, a full color catalog is still available. Use Add to Cart button to order your copy with a major credit card, or send a check for $15 plus $4 shipping to San Diego Book Arts, P.O. Box 90562, San Diego, CA 92169. Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.

Edge to Edge Catalog $15 plus $4 shipping

San Diego Book Arts Second National Juried Show
October, 2008
UCSD, Geisel Library

A 65 page, 9 x 7 inch, full color catalog of our Second National Juried Show is available. Each artist’s book in the show is on it’s own page, with 2-3 images of the book. The price is $20 plus $4 for shipping.

Second National Juried Exhibition Catalog

To order your copy, send a check for $24 to San Diego Book Arts, P.O. Box 90562, San Diego, CA 92169. Or, click the "Buy Now" button below to pay with a major credit card using our PayPal shopping cart.

Second National Juried Show Catalog $20 plus $4 shipping

Please allow up to two weeks for delivery.

Book Artist Members—We Need Your Work

We have members exhibitions scheduled almost continuously in the coming year, and we need your artist's books to show. Please fill out the online submission form to let our Exhibitions Chair know what you have. You will be contacted to make delivery arrangements when your piece has been scheduled for an exhibit.

Click here to enter your book in the ongoing member’s exhibitions.