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Artist first to display at new learning center


Gold Beach artist Sarah Bean White used a copy of “To Kill A Mockingbird” to create a work of art. Her art will be on display at the Curry Public Library.

Local artist and lifelong lover of books Sarah Bean White will discuss her work at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, in the new Harald Haug Library Learning Center at Curry Public Library.

The library is at 94341 Third St. in Gold Beach.

White carves old books with an Exacto knife and glues the pages together, combing them with pieces of wood and metal to create works of art.

She moved to New York City at 18 with the dream of becoming a poet, and ended up living with five ambitious young professional visual artists. She began selling her work on

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Local artist and lifelong lover of books Sarah Bean White will discuss her work at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, in the new Harald Haug Library Learning Center at Curry Public Library.

The library is at 94341 Third St. in Gold Beach.

White carves old books with an Exacto knife and glues the pages together, combing them with pieces of wood and metal to create works of art.

She moved to New York City at 18 with the dream of becoming a poet, and ended up living with five ambitious young professional visual artists. She began selling her work on the streets of Soho in 1998.

White received training as an apprentice for several years to 20th century surrealist collage artist Roderick Slater. She also studied literature and philosophy at the University of Chicago.

White has focused on studio work since 2004 and has exhibited and garnered awards at juried art fairs across the country. Her work is in hundreds of private collections.

In recent years her work was included in the group exhibition, “New Waves 2015” at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, where she was awarded second place. Her work appeared in a solo exhibition, “How We Hunger” at the Shenandoah Valley Art Center in 2011, and a show with her mentor “Promises We Make to Ourselves” at The Staunton Augusta Art Center.

She has published two books of poetry and collage, “Because Sisyphus Smiles” in 2001 and “Dream of a Common Language” in 2010.

White has won numerous awards across the nation. This year she won Best in Show Mixed Media at the Bellevue Art Show in Seattle, WA, and First Place in Mixed Media in the Sausalito Art Fair. She has recently had a large scale book carving gifted by bequest to the National Museum of Women In The Arts in Washington, D.C.

This presentation is free and open to the public. Book carvings by White will be on display in the upper floor of the learning center starting today (Aug. 18) and continuing through Sept. 7.

For more information, call the library at 541-247-7246.