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Block – Paper – Ink Printmaking Exhibition
Charlevoix Circle of Arts
Opening September 14th from 5-7 pm
Sixteen Michigan artists have been invited to represent traditional and contemporary methods of printmaking in the September-November exhibition at the Charlevoix Circle of Arts, Block – Paper – Ink. This is an exceptional gathering of artists working at the height of fine-art printmaking in the state. Along with the works in the exhibition will be samples of techniques, displays of materials and tools used for printmaking and gallery demonstrations.
There will be two Inner Circle Gallery talks to coincide with the exhibition. On September 20th at 11 am, Chad Pastotnik, founder of Deep Wood Press, will discuss his printmaking journey. Chad Pastotnik began his life’s work as a printmaker focusing on the intaglio processes of engraving and mezzotint and the relief processes of wood engraving and linoleum cuts. Book binding started happening in 1990 which led to letterpress shortly after. The cohesion of fine art prints in the hand bound book form accompanied by hand-set or hot metal text composition for letterpress printing of wondrous stories is the primary focus of Deep Wood Press.
On October 25, 10 am, Charlevoix artist Sue Bolt will give a gallery talk outlining and describing many aspects of historical printmaking and show their relevance in today’s world. With a lifetime of experience, beginning back with her days working for the Detroit Free Press and publications elsewhere, Sue is a walking encyclopedia of knowledge and hands-on experience of various forms of the art form with real-life applications of most processes.
To further explore the world of printmaking there will be two workshops offered. On September 29th, Diane Keighley will teach students the technique of eco-printing which involves bundling leaves, flowers and other plant material in cloth that has been prepared to promote the transfer of tannins in the plant material to the fabric, and then steaming the bundles to create a beautiful print.
On October 21 & 22 Charlevoix artist Meredith Krell will illustrate the process of lino-cut printmaking. The workshop will cover how to carve into golden cut linoleum and create an original design that can be duplicated. Students will also learn how to hand illuminate each print once the design is set.
The opening of Block – Paper – Ink will be on September 14th from 5-7 pm and is free and open to the public. For more information please refer to the Charlevoix Circle of Arts website at: www.charlevoixcircle.org or call (231) 547.3554. The Circle of Arts in located at 109 Clinton Street in the heart of downtown Charlevoix.
Block – Paper – Ink artists:
· Sue Bolt – Charlevoix
· Mary Brodbeck – Kalamazoo
· Pat Custer Denison – Honor
· Cindi Ford – Rapid City
· Lee Ann Frame – Fruitport
· Ladislav Hanka – Kalamazoo
· Tamara Hirzel – Kalamazoo
· Martin Hubbard – Battle Creek
· Meredith Krell – Charlevoix
· Chad Pastotnik – Bellaire
· Carolyn Swift – Traverse City
· Vicki VanAmeyden – Battle Creek
· Donald W. VanAuken – Marshall
· Mariel Versluis – Grand Rapids
· Glenn Wolff – Traverse City
· Nobuko Yamasaki – Grosse Pointe Shores