biography

artist
Book artist and printmaker Kelly Booth lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her artworks have been shown internationally at venues that include SFMOMA Artists Gallery in San Francisco; Kala Art Institute in Berkeley; the Brooklyn Art Library in New York City; and the 29 Palms Art Gallery in Twentynine Palms, California, where she was awarded First Place Artist of Distinction in the 2015 Joshua Tree National Park Juried Art Exhibition. Kelly has served as Artist-In-Residence in Joshua Tree National Park, Buffalo National River, and Kala Art Institute. An alumnus of Rhode Island School of Design, her works have been published in the Ann Arbor News, RISD Works, and Spirals 91.

trailblazer
Always the intrepid traveler, Kelly was once told by a Cuban Santeria that her work would be translated into many languages—a prediction that came true: In her role as Creative Director at Weldon Owen Publishing in San Francisco, she’s overseen the creation of hundreds of visually-driven books on topics ranging from wilderness survival to art and design. Many of these have been translated, some into more than 35 languages, winning fans and awards both in the US and around the globe. Her other design work has lit up the internet, graced the pages of news and fashion magazines, and appeared at events such as the Academy Awards, the Indianapolis 500, and the Sundance Film Festival.

reconteur
Kelly’s curiosity often lures her into dangerous and dazzling regions of the planet such as the mountains of northern Peru, which turned up an especially surprising episode involving a witch doctor. Kelly’s account of that incident was anthologized in A Woman’s Path: Women’s Best Spiritual Travel Writing. Other outlandish adventures have been chronicled in various blogs and articles, and expounded upon in talks given at the Left Coast Writers Literary Salon and GRID | 09 in Stockholm, Sweden. The Swedish media company Bonnier AB commissioned Kelly to create limited edition publications It Takes Courage and Just Imagine after she spoke in the very home where Nobel Prize founder Alfred Nobel invented dynamite. The subject of her talk? How to end up in the midst of extraordinary circumstances.

 

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