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Sketchbooks on Tour in Seattle

June 1, 2011

If you’re looking for something to do next weekend, have a look at one of the most interesting community art projects I’ve seen recently – The Sketchbook Project, sponsored by the Art House Co-op of Brooklyn, New York.  One of their many community art projects in visual, film, and literary arts, the Sketchbook Project is open to participants from around the world.  Participants receive a small sketchbook that is uniquely identified with a barcode, and the artist is notified by e-mail whenever somebody checks their book out.  Participants chose from 31 themes this year ranging from the specific to wide open for interpretation – Lines and Grids, This Will be Fun I SwearA Record Year for Rainfall, If You Lived Here, to name a few.   The project’s first year drew around 500 participants.  This year, there are over 10,000, and for the first time, the sketchbooks are touring the country before returning to Brooklyn to be housed in a library that will continue to make the sketchbooks available to the public.  We have an opportunity to see them in Seattle, June 10 – 12 at Form/Space Atelier Gallery, 2407 First Avenue.  Give yourself the gift of an afternoon of art, and go check it out.

If you can’t see the tour in Seattle, you can see some of the books in this year’s tour at the Art House Co-Op’s staff blog.  They are also digitizing this year’s books so they can be viewed on the Internet.  Plans are underway for next year’s Sketchbook Project Tour, which will be going international for the first time.   Check out the project Web site.    Lisa Harkins

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Jill Taylor permalink
    June 1, 2011 1:48 am

    Some Vancouver friends participated last year and had great fun. I’m definitely thinking about ‘going for it’ for the coming round.

  2. Liz Cooper permalink
    June 1, 2011 2:07 am

    Thanks for that info Lisa. Good to know they will be available on line.

  3. Carol Burrows permalink
    June 1, 2011 4:07 pm

    Thanks for sharing this information, Lisa. Looking at these sketchbooks is like “eye candy”!

  4. June 7, 2011 8:39 pm

    I participated in this as a latecomer…sent along a very small sketchbook with the assigned topic, “Make Mine a Double”. It was a great way to keep motivated and work in a sketchbook. I’m planning on doing it again for the next tour only this time joining up with more time to play with it.

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