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Exhibition Dates: August 9 – October 1, 2021
Featuring Artists with Unique and Original Books

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2020 was to have been a gala celebration year for PSBA. We began in 2010, a small group of book artists. We have grown into a vibrant and active organization over the last ten (now 11) years. Although our 2020 exhibit had to be cancelled due to COVID-19 safety measures, we have stayed in touch—and learned some valuable skills in connecting despite our restrictions. We have been able to hold classes, workshops, lectures, and interactive projects via Zoom.

We have all been inspired by Clarissa Sligh.Our 2020 theme of “Transformation” now seems prophetic at the beginning of 2021. We have been transformed on many levels as a nation and as a culture by the events of the past year. The idea of transformation may be useful to many of us as a stimulus for new visions of the books we can create. For example, we have been inspired by the work of book artist Clarissa Sligh, who visited Puget Sound recently. One of her book projects was to transform the pages of a white supremacy hate document into “a thousand paper cranes” strung together to form a symbol of the hope for change. Book artists can change and expand our vision of what a book is and how it can act in the world.

We hope that for the 2021 10th anniversary our members will allow themselves to dream, experiment, design, explore, and submit wondrous work that will enlighten and transform us.

Welcome back!


Read more:  Puget Sound Book Artists Returns to Collins Library

Community Connections:  did you know PSBA is partnering with Tacoma Reads to support this years reading selection of Caste?  PSBA member Carletta Carrington Wilson will have a display off her work at a TOL Library and Gabby Cooksey and Taylor Cox will offer a free workshop on basic book arts!  Details here:  https://www.tacomalibrary.org/tacomareads/

Jane Carlin, Director of the Collins Library and Vice President of the organization, is looking forward to the installation:  "The Puget Sound Book Artists have a following and now an excellent reputation in the South Sound and beyond.   It is truly an honor to host this exhibit and each year I am astonished at the creative and inspiring art on display.” 

Curatorial team members:

Exhibition Coordinator: 
Sally Alger

Selection & Installation: 
Sally Alger, Pat Chupa, Helen Edwards, Rachel Watson

Volunteer Support:
Debbi Commodore, Becky Frehse, Peter Newland, Jan Ward 

Please contact us at psbanews@gmail.com to learn more about the Puget Sound Book Artists or if you have a question about our organization!  The 2021 exhibition email is: psbaexhibition2020@gmail.com.

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