Monday, October 27, 2008


Making use of my old etching plates, I'm re-discovering the possibilities of artist books. This is a small accordion fold book using 8 small plates of my jasmine root series. I used pieces of quarter inch maple ply wood for the covers and will perhaps carve some of the image into its surface before producing the series.

These are solar images made from copies of my original lithographic drawings. The lithos were not turning out the way I had hoped, the first two images printed so dark, diminishing the silvery quality of the the tree branches. These are smaller versions (5x7") of the originals (10x13") but translated well in a smaller format, delicate with lots of movement. Now I'm seeing these as possible book images as well.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Hurray for the whales!!

News from the NRDC action fund ....


We just got life-saving news for the last 375 beluga whales of Alaska's Cook Inlet.

The National Marine Fisheries Service has decided to place these imperiled whales -- one of the smallest populations of marine mammals left on the planet -- on the endangered species list.

It's a huge win for beluga whales, whose population has plummeted due to the industrialization of Alaska's most populated and fastest-growing waterway.

And it's a huge win for the NRDC Action Fund. More than 118,000 online activists like you sent messages to the Bush Administration demanding protection for the whales.

Our messages accounted for some two-thirds of all 180,000 comments received! This outpouring of national pressure put the White House on notice that the American people expect swift action to save beluga whales from extinction.

But the Bush Administration still dragged its feet. That's why our partner organization, NRDC, and 10 other conservation groups filed suit and put a halt to the administration’s delays.

The beluga's newly won protection will help scientists deal with the many dangers now facing the whales: oil and gas exploration, increased pollution, and plans for massive new projects that could endanger the whales' survival.

We will hold the government's feet to the fire and make sure that habitat protections are put in place under the Endangered Species Act, while there is still time to save the belugas of Cook Inlet.

Meanwhile, I want to thank you for standing up in defense of Alaska's most vulnerable whales. We'll be sure to keep you informed as soon as there are new developments.


Frances Beinecke
NRDC Action Fund

P.S. You can support our ongoing campaign to save beluga whales by making an online donation HERE

The NRDC Action Fund is the 501(c)(4) affiliate of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

Monday, October 6, 2008

Take a minute to protect your rights as an image maker


I just wrote Congress to oppose the Orphan Works Bills. Please take a minute to send letters to your representative opposing this bill that greatly infringes upon copyright protection for artists.

Click on HERE to take action now

Click HERE to read the bill itself.

HERE is a link to already written letters that you can just click and send.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Off Axis events begin on First Thursday

Announcing Off-Axis 2008:
A Month-Long Celebration of Contemporary Art!

Here is a unique opportunity to explore ideas, concepts, and critical approaches to contemporary art practice in a community-wide setting. Off-Axis 2008 promises to be a stimulating immersion into art exhibitions, public openings, artists’ interventions, VIP tours, lectures by renowned scholars, and myriad of crossover events in Santa Barbara.

Santa Barbara is a growing hub for the arts in Central California and the West Coast region. Its rich history and the resources of the city’s visual arts institutions, the thriving gallery community, and cutting-edge performing arts scene provide an excellent backdrop for meaningful engagement with contemporary art.

October 2nd through November 5th
Join us for 1st Thursday
and a kick-off to Off-Axis
October 2nd, 5 - 8 PM

Pamela Zwehl-Burke is an artist, educator and book-maker. The books she makes are called "Artist`s Books". When asked for a definition, she says, "An Artist`s Book is one where the artist is responsible for everything - the structure, the form and the content."

Artist`s books can be unique objects or made in editions. The structure can vary from fairly standard to whatever comes from the artist`s imagination.

Pamela`s books are very personal, based on events and passages in her life. "Meditations" is a word that`s often used.

Watch video of Pamela Zwehl-Burke discussing her work and displaying her books.
Artist`s Statement
Bud, Bloom, Burst
Four Digits, and a Thumb
Picture Box
Soles for Her Roles
Order in the Drawer

For more information, please contact:

Eric Kelley

The Book Den
15 East Anapamu St
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

(805) 962-3321

The Book Den, in collaboration with the Downtown Organization and neighboring art venues, is excited to present 1st Thursday, an evening of art and culture in Downtown Santa Barbara. On the first Thursday of every month, participating downtown galleries and other venues will stay open from 5-8 p.m. (or later) to offer free access to art in a fun and social environment.

Enjoy an evening of culture by strolling the Historic Arts District’s 30-plus participating venues. These venues will offer special programming such as artists’ receptions, music, demonstrations, lectures, wine tastings, and of course, an array of artwork. As you wander between galleries, take in the live musical performances and interactive exhibits outside on State Street.

In addition to visiting our venue, be sure to explore the other participating venues. Listings of the specific programming offered at each gallery and descriptions of all public performances and interactive exhibits are available at

Make the Historic Arts District the place to be on Thursday nights!

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