Book Dealer turned Outsider Artist

Estelle Chessid was as a dealer of antiquarian books and owner of “The Book Chest”.  Up until the mid-1990s she participated in many of the NY Book Fairs produced by Sanford L. Smith & Associates as well as many smaller national fairs. She specialized in natural history and illustrated works from the 15th to the 20th centuries. She was on the National Board of Governors of the ABAA and for many years was Chairman of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association Cooperative at Rockefeller Center in New York City.

Estelle is now trying on a new hat.  Ms. Chessid will be one of the featured artists in another one of Sanford L. Smith’s fairs, The Outsider Art Fair at 7 West 34th Street from February 11 – February 13, 2011.  Outside of the antiquarian book world, Estelle has always created art in her spare time.  Her art concentrates on collaging and the assemblage of pieces and cut outs of chosen antiquarian books. Her works are informed by her extensive knowledge and love of early illustrated books, and are inspired by such varied sources as Persian miniatures, Japanese woodblock prints, medieval illuminations, and political caricatures.

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Visit the Outsider Folk Art Gallery’s booth (# 32) at Sanford Smith’s Outsider Art Fair to view Estelle Chessid’s masterpieces.

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5 responses to “Book Dealer turned Outsider Artist

  • Alyssa Bernstein

    Estelle Chessid’s work is magical and fascinating! It makes me want to just continue looking for, and looking at, all the details.

  • Alice Deutsch

    I’m so excited for you to be recognized as the amazingly creative artist that you have been for as long as I can remember! Mazel tov!! I feel that this is the start of something BIG, so get ready for your close-up!

  • audrey pizer

    Delighted to hear the news and its so good after seeing all the collages every time we visit they are at last being recognised as art.

  • edna whiteson

    At last my friend will be appreciated – I have seen and handled so many of these lovely things and know they will now be a great success. Love as always – Edna

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