Opening Reception: Friday, Mar 3, 5-8 pm
Exhibit Dates: Mar 3–Apr 2, 2017

Essentials Steamers Trunk by Kelly Selber

Kelley Salber “Essentials Steamer Trunk”

Artists from across the U.S. and abroad explore the rich theme of “Relics & Ruins” in unusual book forms for A6’s 3rd Biennial International Artist Book Exhibition. The exhibit opens March 3, 2017 with a First Friday reception from 5-8 pm. “Relics & Ruins” will be on display through April 2, 2017.

For people who are unfamiliar with artist books, the exhibit is an eye-opener. “These works may look like a book or function like a book, but they also test our notion of what a book is,” explains A6’s Executive Director, Dawn Boone. Gallery visitors will find books of molded paper, altered books, finely-crafted letterpress books, and sculptural books meant to be viewed in the round.

Juror and book artist Ann Kresge of Salem, Oregon selected a tunnel book by Jaime Shafer of Reno, NV for the Best in Show award. Shafer’s “17927” describes a 20th-century “company town” in the mining region of Pennsylvania that vanished at the whim of the government. The book’s title refers to the town’s zip code that was also deleted.

PLAYA at Summer Lake has supported this biennial exhibition since 2015, bestowing a four-week artist residency at PLAYA to the Best in Show winner.

Local artists represented in the exhibition include Kris Elkin, Kelley Salber and Jane Quale of Bend, Oregon. The exhibit features artists from Nevada, Hawaii, Florida, Washington, and Oregon, as well as Korea and Italy.

View the online Exhibit Catalog

Also on display in March, Featured Member Barbara Hudin exhibits prints from her “Visions and Signs” series. Hudin’s prints use creative combinations of encaustic, drypoint, ImagOn, and “Processing” computer code. Hudin will be pulling prints during the First Friday reception.

Admission is free to the A6 Gallery. The exhibit is available for viewing during regular business hours: Monday-Friday 10-7 pm, Saturday 10-6 pm and Sunday 12-5 pm.

A6 (Atelier 6000) is a non-profit art studio and gallery in Bend, Oregon centered on printmaking and book arts. A6 offers on-going classes and workshops; upcoming classes are posted at A6 presents monthly exhibits of contemporary original prints and artist books in its gallery. A6 participates in Bend’s First Friday Gallery Walk.


Located in the Oregon Outback, near Summer Lake in Lake County,  PLAYA is a nonprofit organization supporting innovative thinking through work in the arts, literature, natural sciences and other fields of creative inquiry. PLAYA was organized in 2009 and began its Residency program in May 2011. For all of the latest information, including upcoming residency opportunities go to our application page.

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