So I took my best girl to the Art House Sketch book exhibit at Space Gallery in Portland Maine this morning. It's about an hour away and the gallery was a bit raw but there were a lot of people there and we got to check out the book I made for them along with about 15 others from all over the place!
Spain, Russia, Portugal,Germany and a number in the U.S.
In the end they have just about 10,000 sketch books- so there was no way I was going to get to see that many. Plus they only let you look at 2 at a time - apparently on the tour you can't browse like at a real library- they have runners bring you books so if you don't know who you want to look at they just grab books by theme- which were pretty interesting to choose from.
Initially I felt disappointed that I wasn't going to get to just peruse all these intriguing journals but considering I only had an hour to be there it worked out just fine.
Will have to save the perusing for a trip to the Brooklyn Art Library where the sketchbooks will be housed when the tour is over.
I did get to see artist Barbara Bottcher's sketchbook whose work I have been admiring for awhile now- you can see more on her blog Here :) plus a few other artists I hadn't known about.
It was an interesting and inspiring little field trip overall!