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Free Encouragement Postcards

In a sweet collaborative project between Erin (designformankind.com) and Jeff (booooooom.com), comes a batch of 10 different postcards sporting love, encouragement, support, and other niceties. In a time filled with economic trouble, these are the perfect things to show your support to the people you love.

My favorite one is the one that states “your new beard makes you look wiser.” Check them out!

Facsimile #1 and OBJECTIVE NON NARRATIVE by Shawn Eisenach

For the past couple of months, Shawn Eisenach has been sending us awesome little booklets full of his artwork that he collects each month and binds together and makes editions of around 50 for each issue. You can find them for sale here for a mere $7 bucks.

Shawn was also a participant in The Sketchbook Project 3, and he’s made an edition of 25 replicas of his incredible sketchbook that he submitted. Entitled “Exray Style”, they are available here for $7!

After tour reflections

Following along with Steven’s post from yesterday, I wanted to also reflect on the tour and happenings.

First off, it was great to meet so many of you who’ve been participating in our projects and all of the people who came to look at the sketchbooks. It was crazy seeing so many people at each show armed with a camera and then seeing all of the photos of the events popping up online afterwords.

To me, the coolest thing about being on the tour, at galleries other than our own, is that it gave me a chance to see the exhibition and project from a whole new angle. When we have shows at Art House I’m stuck running around in the back, helping serve drinks, answering questions, and other forms of TCB (taking care of business). For these 6 shows we just had on the road, I could finally experience the project from the viewer’s point of view. Looking through the books in a crowded gallery with hundreds of people all around you looking through thousands of other books, all gushing to their friends about the awesome page they just discovered in the book they were looking at and passing it around brings a whole new dynamic to just viewing them alone in a quiet room. People would grab stacks of 3-5 books and walk away to try to find open space to look through them. By the end of each night, the viewing experience became communal, and the crowds became the curators. With thousands of books on display, it’s impossible to view each and every one in a night, but help was given to you in choosing what to look at by the people standing next to you. It was an amazing thing to see.

In addition to the writeups Steven posted, here’s some more we’ve found:

Also, you can find a whole bunch of pictures on flickr by doing a search for “sketchbook project”

Thank you again to everyone who participated and made this happen! Like Steven said in the previous post, be ready for May/June!


Hello! Were home!

Well we made it home. 4,420 miles. We are both really tired and glad to be home. It was an awesome experience though to meet everyone and to have so many people get to be a part of the experience. I’m listing some interesting write ups about the trip below….

- Watch a funny video of Shane and I being interviewed. Im not sure why my tie is off to the side.


http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/blog/2009/03/sketchbook-project-draws-artists-together.html - PBS!!!

We hope everyone enjoyed this whole thing as much as us! We will be starting sign ups for a bigger and better Sketchbook Tour in May/June!!

Photos from the Chicago show

View the full flickr set here.

Photos from Philadelphia, PA

Here’s some photos from the show in Phily at Chris’ Jazz Cafe

To view all photos from Phily, check out the flickr set!

Washington, DC Pictures

Pictures from The Sketchbook Project exhibition at MOCA DC in Washington, D.C.

To view all the photos from this show, check out the flickr set

2 down, 5 more to go! Tour Blog #3

Hello all!

Well we just finished the 2nd show of the tour at Chris’s Jazz Cafe in Philly. It was a really fun show with a live band playing! After the show we headed into NJ to stay with my father. We got some Pizza when we got here. O, how I missed pizza from up north! Its just not the same in Atlanta. Tomorrow is our first day off! We are supper excited to relax a bit after two REALLY full days. We will be heading up to New York to go to the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens so we can see the diner set from Seinfeld. Oh, and the puffy Shirt!!!! Then, on Friday, it’s off to Boston!! Should be a good time!

Thanks for being you,


Washington DC! Tour Blog #2

Hello from good old Washington DC. Well tonight is the first night. It took us 14 hours to make the 10 hour drive from Atlanta to Washington. One because we got a flat tire and two because apparently everything closes in North Carolina when it snows. We finally made it at 11:30 last night. We spent the very cold day here checking out the city and seeing the MOCA DC where the show will be tonight. We are super excited. Though we didn’t see Obama, we did stand outside the Whitehouse!! So, if you’re in the area we hope to see you at the show tonight! If not we hope to see you at any of the other shows! Pictures of Shane in front of the monument coming soon!


Sketchbook Tour Travel Blog #1 (We haven’t left yet)

Welcome to the Art House Travel Blog for our Sketchbook project tour. As you may or may not know, Shane and I are driving those little sketchbooks all over the country to each city we are going. We are hoping to meet lots of the new people and see lots of awesome stuff! Of course we will be keeping you updated every step of the way!

This is my first entry of the tour. Its Saturday and we are leaving in two days. Tonight we meeting up at the gallery to start planning how we are going to fit this all into Shane’s little car. It a two door Honda Civic. Not very practical we know! Last night we kicked everything off with the first stop, our gallery here in Atlanta, Ga. What an awesome time it was! We had a huge crowd at the gallery as well as a packed live feed online! I want to say, how awesome everyone’s book is. We were BLOWN AWAY about the talent from every book we got! Everyone at the show was also blown away by all your talent. People stayed for hours flipping through all your books!

Monday we set off for Washington DC! Its about a 10 hour drive from Atlanta to Washington. We will arrive late Monday. The show is at the Museum of Contemporary Art DC. Its will be from 7-10 on Tuesday night. Please come visit us and say hi if you are in the area! We would love to meet as many of you as possible.

We will be consistently updating our flickr page with photos of the tour. Not just of the shows, but of the whole experience! Please check it out! flickr.com/arthousecoop

Bon Voyage,

Steven and Shane