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Upcoming Events - Feb to May 2024

There are more details to come, but for those who like to plan, here are a the next few events that we are scheduling.

February 22, 2024

7 pm - Live and In Person

Member Show & Tell

Come (back) to the library and show us what you've been working on.

We will be meeting in the Special Collections Classroom in the basement of Suzzallo Library at University of Washington. For those who are new or don't remember, enter the eastern ground floor lobby of Suzzallo (where Raven Brings Light) and take the elevators there down one level. You'll be right around the corner from the classroom. Maps of the floors can be found HERE.

March 21, 2024

7 pm - Online Presentation

Susan Joy Share

More information and registration link can be found in the main announcement HERE.

See more of Susan's work here:

Sample from artist's website, the popup entitled "Undergrowth"

Mare Blocker: Shadowplay

an exhibit honoring Mare on her retirement from PLU

February 21, 2024 – March 20. 2024

Ingram Gallery, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma

Monday-Friday 8am-4pm

Opening Reception: February 21, 5-7pm

Special weekend opening: Saturday March 2, 1-3pm

Gallery info HERE

from Mare:

"Dear Book Arts Friends, 

Please join me for my Retirement (from PLU) Exhibit, Shadowplay. I will be exhibiting a few new artist's books, watercolor paintings and collages and some older favorites. The public opening is Wednesday, February 21, from 5 to 7, which I realize is a difficult commute time, and the gallery is not usually open on the weekend, so PLU has graciously allowed for special gallery hours on Saturday, March 2, from 1 to 3 pm. 

You know I wear my heart on my sleeve. I always have, and my work is almost always autobiographical. As many of you know, I’ve struggled with the weight of grief for the last few years, I lost my parents, my husband, my auntie, my brother and multiple close friends. I’ve divested two households, much of which has landed in my studio, making printing impossible, finding anything, embarrassing, and just generally overwhelming…I’ve moved twice in the last four years, I had two surgeries last year…I went into what I call Turtle Mode. (Yes, I remember I owe many of you a Community Dictionary and I will finish that soon! I’m learning to eat the elephant one bite at a time rather than trying to swallow it whole.)

Why am I spilling my guts? Context for my show. I found all that grief and life to be creatively debilitating for a few years. A friend suggested a 100 day project and that lead to my taking a folktale class or two and joining the StoryCampDisco project group. I finally feel like I’ve returned to myself. I hope you can see that joy in my new paintings."

April 11, 2024 (date may change, stay tuned)

7 pm - In Person at the Library

What's New in Special Collections?

Sandra Kroupa will share with us some of the new acquisitions for the Book Arts Collection in Special Collections.

May 9, 2024 (date may change, stay tuned)

7 pm - Online Presentation

The calligraphy practice of Carol Dubosch

Carol will speak to us about her calligraphy and incorporation of it into artist's books.


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