Stateside, there are some exciting events for book artist occurring...coming up at the Sunsan Hensel Gallery is Readers 11--Urban/Urbane opening in March in Minneapolis, MN. For more info, check out www.susanhenselgallery.com; Also occurring in Minneapolis will be the ARLIS conference in late March where dealers and book artists will bring their works to showcase at the annual book fair. ARLIS is the Art Libraries Society of America whose members are the curators and directors of Special Collections at MOMA, the Walker Art Center, etc. -- well, you get the idea...go to www.arlis.org. If you're in Minneapolis, don't forget to check out the Minnesota Center for the Book...they offer book making, letterpress and other classes to interest and intrigue. Another great event that will be occurring in June is the bi-annual Focus on Book Arts Conference occurring outside of Portland, Oregon. For more information, google "Focus on Book Arts Conference" to get workshop schedules, instructor bios, etc. Held over 4 days, this conference brings together book art leaders and students for an exhibit by the instructors, a book fair and great comraderie. Tack on a few days before or after the conference to check out 23 Sandy Gallery in Portland owned by book artist, Laura Russell. That's it for now...and enjoy February! It's a fickle month, so belated Happy Valentine's Day, Happy Abraham Lincoln's Birthday, and Happy George Washington's Birthday.