28 February 2013

Basia Smolnicki In Action, 9-10Mar, Wellington

Miramar Peninsula Arts Trail presents Artists in Action weekend
on Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 March, 11am-4pm

The Official Launch of the Miramar Peninsula Self guided All year round Arts Trail Map
This is a special ticketed weekend event,
so if you will be near Wellington then book this in now.

As part of this event, you can visit Basia Smolnicki
at her workshop at Bayview Studios in Shelly Bay.
Just follow the driveway up the hill, left of the Chocolate Fish Cafe car park.
This is your chance to see Basia demonstrating her printmaking skills
and view her etched glass works.

For more information and tickets contact www.mpat.co.nz or

27 February 2013

Boundless / In The Frame, to 25Mar, Hamilton

 Boundless and In the Frame exhibitions are on at ArtsPost in Hamilton. 
 These are works by members of the Central Print Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (CPCANZ)
The exhibition is 10am-4:30pm daily, until 25 March.

Looks like some good examples of printmakers exploring the boundaries of print. 
(Again, sorry, ArtsPost didn't reference the artists...)

26 February 2013

Studio Printmakers, 27Feb-17Mar, Auckland

Studio Printmakers Collective are holding an exhibition of works
at the Lake House Arts Centre in Takapuna, from 27 February to 17 March.

Here's a few pictures from the Lake House website
(sorry, there are no captions or credits, will try to find more info)

23 February 2013

Compact Prints, 1-15March, Auckland

If you live in Auckland, you may want to stop in to see Compact Prints,
a touring international print show, which will be exhibited in Mt Eden 
from 1-25 March.

22 February 2013

Ben Reid, 27Feb-30Mar, Wellington

Solander Gallery in Wellington are preparing for the latest exhibition 
by printmaker Ben Reid, called "I can see for miles and miles ..."

The opening event is on Wednesday 27 February from 5.30-7pm

Visiting the Campbell Islands in 2011, Ben was provided with an opportunity to see 
a landscape in which the last vestiges of farming and settlement had been removed, 
virtually returning it to its original pre-Eurpoean state. 

Inspired by this experience and the writings of Aldo Leopold (1887-1948), 
Ben's work strives to expand our idea of conservation to a broader concept of land ethic 
where 'conservation is a state of harmony between men and land'.

Ben Reid, Snipe Dog
intaglio and relief print with Chine-collé, 33x49cm

20 February 2013

Print Workshops, Term 1, South Auckland

There are a few new workshops being offered this term at Nathan Homestead in Manurewa:

Collograph Printmaking
Collograph printmaking uses found materials arranged in a collage form. 
Learn the history and technical side of using this print technique for editioning and monoprints. 
You will make your own plates and print them. A materials list will be discussed in the first class.
8 weeks, starting Wednesday 27 February, 7-9pm 
Tutor: Toni Mosley. Cost: $100 

Mixed Media Printmaking - Making your Mark
Explore less-conventional ways of printmaking. 
Using materials normally found around the home or in a hardware store 
you will discover the wonderful mark-making possibilities, density and variation in tones 
that can be produced with simple equipment. 
Materials list provided. Suitable for beginners as well as experienced printmakers
6 weeks, starting Monday 11 March, 6:30-9pm
Tutor: Gabrielle Belz. Cost: $80

Painterly Printmaking One-Day Workshop 
Create your very own painterly prints and enjoy a creative day exploring the monotype process. 
Monotyping is a type of printmaking made by drawing or painting on a smooth, nonabsorbent surface. 
Saturday 23 February (beginners) 9.30am-3.30pm
Saturday 13 April (advanced) 9.30am-3.30pm
Tutor: Toni Mosley (MFA). Cost: $65 (includes all materials)

18 February 2013

NZ Painting & Printmaking Award, 15-28 Feb, Hamilton

The finalists for the New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Awards (NZPPA)
were announced on Friday at the opening night of the exhibition.
You can see it from 15-28 February at the Pavillion in the Hamilton Gardens

I was really happy to see the following prints had made it to the list of finalists:

The exhibition is FREE to the public, and features a Peoples’ Choice award,
so I encourage you all to go vote for one of these above prints!

or to see all the finalists, click here to go to the WSA website.

13 February 2013

NZ Painting & Printmaking Award, 15-28Feb, Hamilton

The New Zealand Painting & Printmaking Award (NZPPA)
is NZ’s most valuable award for resident artists in the fields of painting and printmaking, 
with a prize of $20,000 which is announced on the opening night of the exhibition.

The judge for 2013 is Blair French who is the Executive Director of Artspace in Sydney
and he has chosen around 50 works from the several hundred works
submitted many of New Zealand’s contemporary artmakers
(though I heard there were only 3 print works included this year).

The exhibition is FREE to the public and features a Peoples’ Choice award,
wins a prize of art materials donated by Gordon Harris
so I encourage you all to go vote for the prints!

At the Pavillion in the Hamilton Gardens, from 15-28 February.

12 February 2013

Website Help for NZ Printmakers

Hey NZ Printmakers, have you got an artist website??? 
If you have a website, add a comment below with the address so we can admire your prints! 
Or maybe it was on your list of New Year's resolutions to get around to it???

Many NZ artists haven't yet realised the advantages of having a website:
Your images and info are immediately available to anyone, 24 hours, 365 days a year.
Websites reach a broader audience than you could meet in a lifetime, national & international.
Websites are cheaper and more up-to-date than printed catalogues.
You can make it both 'self-service' for browsers, and interactive if you want feedback.
You can promote your exhibitions, and fans can subscribe to your latest news.
Make it easier for people to find your contact details, images and information,
to promote links to your artworks or projects via email or Facebook.

But I know it can be daunting... where to start?
If you are interested in getting help to establish your artist website
(approx 5 gallery pages, unlimited images + artist profile & contact page)
I can offer you a special one-off, low-cost solution to get you get started,
without needing any special web design programmes or ongoing costs.
You can edit yourself for free, anytime, from anywhere in the world
or link to your own domain name...

So if you're a NZ Printmaker and want to get started, then click here to send me an email.
I can show you an example and discuss various options depending on your requirements.

11 February 2013

33rd Mini Print International of Cadaqués 2013

The 33rd edition of the Mini Print International of Cadaqués 2013 
is now open for submissions.

In each call, a qualified jury makes a selection of six works. 
The award winning artists are invited to have a solo show 
 in Taller Galeria Fort in Cadaqués the following year. 
Also, in previous years it has travelled to various countries 
(including United States, Japan, Korea, France, England, Ireland, 
Finland, Mexico, Colombia and other locations within Spain) 

The Mini Print International of Cadaqués is the most popular 
and longest running exhibition of miniprints in the world.
 The technical and formal quality of the works is very high.

Open to all artists, printing techniques and tendencies,
each artist should submit four prints.
The image must not be bigger than 10 x 10 cm. 
The paper must not be bigger than 18 x 18 cm.
Cost to enter is €80 (approx NZ$130 at the current rate)

I'm giving you plenty of warning - the deadline is 15 March 2013.

In the 32nd Mini Print competition,
 there were 650 exhibiting artists from 50 countries!
Here are works by the 6 winners from this year:

Prue Mac Dougall (New Zealand), The Denver Girls II, 2011

Maria Heed (Sweden), Högflygande planer

Jinan Kobayashi (Japan), Monument, 2012

Patricia Niemira (France), Landscape III
Collagraph, chine collée

Nanna Sjöström (Åland Islands), Tyson

Montserrat Ansótegui (Spain), Germen I
Mixed media

For more information, check out their website: http://www.miniprint.org/in/in.html

08 February 2013

Print Exchange 2013, New York

The Print Exchange 2013 will feature 500 Printmakers from around the world.
When I looked today, there were still about 100 entries still available.
so thought I'd post it here in case any of you were interested. 

It is being run by Art House Co-op in Brooklyn (the same people who run the Sketchbook Project).
They want 500 printmakers to become a part of a massive exchange of printed matter 
that will reach across the globe!

"The Drive Home..." is the theme of this swap.
Artists will interpret the theme by making an edition of 12 prints to submit to the exchange. 
Participants will create editions of 12 from a single plate;
 screen, stone, wood-block, or whatever method chosen!
In return, they’ll be mailed a bundle of 10 prints to call their own from artists near and far. 
Costs US$50

For more information, check out their website: