Thursday, December 4, 2008

“Maternal Legends”

23 Sandy Gallery

Merriam-Webster defines the word legend as “a person or thing that inspires.” The artists who are featured in this month’s exhibit at 23 Sandy Gallery have created art inspired by family—specifically the women in their family. The influence our mothers, grandmothers and sisters have had on our lives often derives from the way their own mothers and grandmothers shaped their lives. The books created by artists from around the world for “Maternal Legends” are born out of this inspiration.

This exhibit will feature artwork related to the book arts, which have been created in editions and as one-of-a-kind pieces of art. Artist books, sculptural books, book objects, altered books, zines and broadsides will all be included in this themed exhibit.

The show will be juried by Cara List, the art and art history librarian at the University of Oregon’s Architecture and Allied Arts Library. As the curator of the Artists’ Book Collection, she teaches extensively with artists’ books. List earned a master of fine arts degree in painting from the School of Visual Arts in New York, where she worked and exhibited for a number of years before she earned a second masters in information science at the University of Michigan.

There will be a reception for the artists on Friday, December 5 from 6pm–9pm, and the show will run from December 5–January 3. Gallery hours are Thursday–Saturday from 12pm–6pm. For more information, visit

–Shanon Emerson

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