We are a group of book artists dedicated to making
educational experiences available


Every other year we hold a five-day conference of workshops taught by the very best in the fields of bookbinding, printing, decorating papers, paper making, books design and publishing. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit with an all-volunteer staff. There are many volunteer opportunities both before and during the conference; please contact us for more information.  

Focus on Book Arts does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

FOBA Board and Conference Committee Chairs

Amy Pfleiger Board President
Sue Collard Board Treasurer
Patty Grass Workshops Chair, Board Secretary
Jean Wyatt Conference Coordinator, Registrar, Board Member
Fran McReynolds Communications Chair, Board Member
Karin Sandwick Volunteer Coordinator, Board Member
Jeanne Levy Facilities Chair, Board Member
Jackie Wygant Faculty-Staff Exhibit, Artists’ Fair, and Raffle Chairs, Board Member
Christine Trexel Trade Show Chair, Board Member
Denny Nkemontoh Board Member at Large, Registration and Communications Teams
Kelcey Beardsley Board Member at Large, Conference Events Team
Laura Russell Publicity and Graphic Design Manager

Focus on Book Arts
1928 21st Avenue
Forest Grove, OR 97116






Back: Karin Sandwick, Christine Trexel, Sue Collard, Jeanne Levy, Jean Wyatt, Denny Nkemontoh, Fran McReynolds
Front: Patty Grass, Jackie Wygant, Amy Pfleiger, Kelcey Beardsley

The History of FOBA

The Oregon Book Arts Guild (OBAG) was founded in 1988 and met quarterly for two decades.

Under its auspices, the Biennial Book Exhibit started in 1989, with the first exhibit at the Oregon State Library. Exhibits continued through the mid-2000’s. It was resurrected in 2016 with an exhibit at Valley Arts Gallery in Forest Grove.

The first OBAG Focus Conference was held in 1993 at the Multnomah Arts Center. It continues to be held, every odd-numbered year; the past five conferences have been held at Pacific University in Forest Grove. When OBAG was dissolved in 2005, the conference name was changed to Focus on Book Arts and continued as its own entity.

Today the conference attracts over 200 people from around the world. It offers five days of workshops, along with a Trade Show, Artists’ Shop, Keynote Speaker, Faculty-Staff Exhibit, and several evening receptions. It’s an opportunity for networking and learning new skills in the various areas of book arts.

Focus on Book Arts is a 501(c)3 organization and is fully managed by an all-volunteer staff.