Laura Russell of 23 Sandy Gallery in Portland didn't send in a news item about the Maternal Legends exhibition which wrapped up January 3rd--presumably because she's too busily tending the future--so I'll have to take care of that for her. It was another well-received juried show of artist books, and the first time the gallery navigated an on-line submission process. Many GBW members participated, and happily someone talked her into producing a print catalog (available through the website). Another gallery first for the book arts! Although the delicious cookies put out by Laura to lure my husband to First Friday events precluded the chance to handle the books on opening night, as a rule they are always wonderfully accessible to gallery visitors. Juror Cara List chose Karen Hanmer's book, Reunion, for the Purchase Prize, and so a copy of that superb and moving work will now be part of the artist book collection at the University of Oregon. Congratulations, Karen!