Kelley Salber was born in Billings, MT 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 eight years ago, 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. She has an unsurpassed eye for detail and narrative.
Kelley hold 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 Bend artist. Married for 29 years to Rich, her 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 and A6 Studio & Gallery in Bend, OR. Kelley is on the governing board of the Sisters Arts Association, a member of A6, and a resident artist of The Wilds Bend.
Recent exhibits include Illahe gallery, Ashland, OR and A6, Bend, OR.