Kelley Salber was born in Billings, Montana where her passion for texture and color and miniature things developed at an early age. She spent most of her life expressing herself through water color, collage and found object sculpture. Her propensity is toward 3-D so when she was introduced to the idea of the book as art, she found it fit her contemplative personality and her hands-on, “let’s build it” approach.
Kelley loves to experiment with the book as a sculptural form. Using her passion for texture and color, she imaginatively alters old books and boxes to form miniature worlds. Kelley also creates interesting new blank journals out of old books. Kelley also delights in inventing her own books. She has an unsurpassed eye for detail and narrative.
Kelley holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Montana State University and is a self-taught artist with continuing education through classes and workshops. Kelley has received bookbinding and book building mentoring from Rachel Fox, a Nebraska artist. Married for 30 years to Rich, her best friend and amazing support, Kelley lives in Bend, OR where she enjoys amazing views of the Cascade Mountains. She has one grown fabulous daughter, and three really cute dogs!
Her work can be found in Hood Avenue Art Gallery in Sisters, OR. Kelley is on the governing board of the Sisters Arts Association, a member of Atelier 6000 in Bend, OR and a resident artist of The Wilds Bend. Kelley also teaches the art of bookmaking in Bend and Sisters.
Recent exhibits include Illahe gallery, Ashland, OR and Atelier 6000, Bend, OR, The Tiny Art Show-tbd loft, Bend, OR and Valley Art Gallery, Forest Grove, OR
"I believe art is a powerful form of communication.
It is a tangible, interactive, invitation to colorful expression and texture
that involves all of one’s senses.
It is how I live from the inside out! I desire to encourage and inspire others to communicate creatively and live deeply.
"I favor books as art for their portability and
because books tend to lead toward deeper contemplation.
People are represented in my work as miniature books because each one of us has a story and we are all a good read!
"I make my art to encourage others and to communicate personal
messages intended just for them. I endeavor to speak
to people the truth of who they are and remind them that
they have value, worth and purpose.
"It is not as much about art as it is about LIFE!"
You can see more of Kelly's work at her website by clicking here.