31 January 2012

Basia Smolnicki, 4Feb-10March, Wellington

An exhibition of new work by Basia Smolnicki
will be shown at Solander Gallery in Wellington from 4 February to 10 March.
There will be an opening event at 2-4pm on Saturday 4 February.

Basia plays with the etching process to produce 
works on paper, sandblasted glass and metal objects. 
Her imagery is reduced to simple silhouette forms 
to reveal a narrative that explores place and identity for Basia 
as a first generation Kiwi of Polish origin.

30 January 2012

PAN Portfolio On Show, Kerikeri

In November 2010, Art at Wharepuke co-curated an international print project 
which saw a selection of works by 17 leading New Zealand printmakers 
exhibited alongside members’ works from Print Arts Northwest (PAN) 
at the Washington County Museum, Oregon, USA.

This special portfolio presentation is now available to view in New Zealand. 
The portfolio is in print studio next door to the Art at Wharepuke gallery.

(Sorry, none of the details for these images are available at present.
I will add captions when I get more information)

For contact information and opening hours, see www.art-at-wharepuke.co.nz
For info on Print Arts Northwest, see their web site http://www.printartsnw.org

26 January 2012

Leeds Print Festival (UK), 27-31 Jan

Although it is on the other side of the world,
I thought the Leeds Print Festival is worth a mention 
as it contains some interesting events and exhibitions.

Joe Wilson (UK)

Exhibition: 27-31 January 2012
An exhibition of innovative print works 
from regional, national and international artists and designers 
that will run for the duration of the festival.

Print Fair: Saturday 28 January 2012, 11am-6pm.
Exhibitors who work in a diverse range of print media 
will be at the Print Fair talking about and selling works.

Talks: Sunday 29 January, starting at 11am.
Leeds Print Festival is proud to present a series of three talks
from creatives who work with, play with and love print.

Mister Millerchip (UK), Bone, Mug and Harmony, 2010Limited edition screenprint 

They have a blog and lots of artist website links on their website:

25 January 2012

England, 26Jan-19Feb, Kerikeri

There is a new exhibition at Art at Wharepuke in Kerikeri opening tomorrow.
Titled 'England', the show contains work by
 Mark Graver, Chris Pig, Duncan Bullen, Stephen Mumberson and Sandy Sykes.

Mark Graver, Salix II, 2011
Etching, 60x50cm

Stephen Mumberson (UK), Yoeman

Chris Pig (UK), Madame Emilia Never Lies

Mark Graver, Window, 2012
Aquatint, embossing, monotype, 25x25cm

23 January 2012

APS' 2nd International Artist in Residence

2012 has started off well for Auckland Print Studio,
with the completion of Escape from Toledo by John McKaig (USA),
 who is Auckland Print Studio's second annual international artist in residence.

John McKaig (USA), Escape From Toledo, 2012
2-colour Stone Lithograph, 40x60cm, edition of 28

John McKaig is an Instructor of Visual Arts at Interlochen Arts Academy, Michigan, USA.
He has also been an Associate Professor, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY.

Escape from Toledo is currently on view in the exhibition
Northwest Michigan Regional: A Juried Exhibition of Michigan Fine Art

22 January 2012

Printmaking in Deep South?

I'm off for a somewhat spontaneous trip next week
to the spectacular 'deep south' of NZ
(Dunedin, Invercargill, TeAnau, MilfordSounds, Queenstown, Wanaka, Haast)

I was wondering any of you readers of this blog had any recommendations
in case I have any spare time to go see some printmaking? 

If you know of any exhibitions, artists or galleries in this part of the country
that you want to tell me about, please post a comment below.

21 January 2012

Screenprint Classes, Term 1, LakeHouse

LakeHouse in Takapuna are offering an 8-week Screenprinting course
being tutored by Susanne Khouri
on Wednesdays, 8 Feb-28 Mar, 9.30am-12.30pm

  Learn how to mix and apply printing inks on paper and fabric. 
A variety of printing processes will be explored 
in an encouraging and user-friendly environment. 
The class size will be 5-8 students. Some materials are included. 

Price: $270 (includes $100 non-refundable deposit for materials
which is payable 7 days before start of class) 

20 January 2012

Intro to Print Course, Term 1, Auckland

Whitecliffe College of Art & Design is offering an evening printmaking course
called Introduction to Printmaking in Term 1.
The course will be on on Tuesday nights from 6-9pm,
from 28 February to 23 April, and will be tutored by Ruby Oakley.

This introductory course covers five different processes of print making which are not commonly taught.
These include monoprinting using gelatine plate
so students will not need a press to continue printing at home.
Other processes include drypoint etching on plastic, linocut, collagraph and pronto plate lithography.

By focusing on a different printing process each week
students will discover their own style to create their own printing plates and prints on paper.
It is my aim to ensure students leave with the confidence
to produce more plates and prints completely on their own.

The course is aimed at beginners and those with some experience.
$250 per term (plus a $55 material fee to cover the cost of ALL materials, paid directly to the tutor)


17 January 2012

Pixels for Christchurch Project

I just heard about this recent project involving Shane Hansen;
Pixels For Christchurch is an appeal to raise $100,000 
towards providing relief for Christchurch families affected by the earthquakes. 
Check out the video for this project:

Simply purchase blocks of pixels 
to reveal Shane Hansen’s artwork, Arohanui Otautahi
Every block of pixels revealed is a $10 donation. It’s easy as!

So lets support Christchurch, and buy a few pixels each!!!
Well done Shane and the team for such a creative project!

14 January 2012

Entries Sought for 'Boundless' (USA)

I saw this and thought perhaps some of you might be interested in entering work.
It is unusual in that it is open to all print mediums including 3D and installation!

Creative Arts Workshop in Connecticut, USA, 
are calling or entries to their upcoming exhibitition

It is an international exhibition and it will be juried by Anne Coffin, 
who is the founder and director of International Print Center New York
a non-profit institution dedicated to the appreciation and understanding of fine art prints. 

Printmaking offers a rich menu of opportunities 
for experimentation, imagination and innovation. 
While the core techniques of the medium are centuries old, 
methods are constantly evolving 
as artists explore boundless possibilities for creative expression.

This exhibition seeks recent prints in which concept and technique 
come into balance to create works of art.

Open to all original artists' prints, including three-dimensional and installation work. 
If selected, work must be sent ready for display. 
Work must be able to pass through a doorway measuring 80 by 40 inches; 
no piece may exceed a weight of 75 pounds. 

Entry Requirements:
Artists must enter online. Online entry will be open starting January 6. 
One US$30 entry fee covers up to three entries. 
Each entry must have been completed within the past 2 years. 
 Each submission must also include an Artist Statement.

13 January 2012

Tell Us About NZ Print Courses for 2012

I'm putting together some posts about print courses on offer around NZ in 2012,
which I'll add in the next few weeks as the info comes in.

If you are teaching one-day or weekend workshops, 
evening, term-long or year-long courses, 
or you want to recommend an educational provider offering printmaking courses,
then please tell us about it so we can share with other NZ Printmakers

International Print Exchange: Madonna

Ochosi Editions in Chicago, USA, has just announced its inaugural print suite exchange 
and invites participation from printmakers from around the globe.

Artists are to present images about the Madonna; 
the Virgin Guadalupe, Mother Mary, Marian subjects, motherhood, nurturing, etc.

Eligible Media: 
Collograph, Digital/photographic-based, Intaglio, Letter press, Lithography, 
Monoprint, Relief, Serigraphy, or any combination of these methods are accepted.

Paper Size:
8 x 11 inches (images may be any size, up to the edge of the total paper size) 

Edition Requirements: 
15 prints, Signed and numbered (1/15, 2/15, 3/15...etc.)
Write (in pencil) artist name, date, title, media on the back lower right corner of each print.

Participation fee: US$25 international. 

Postmark Deadline: 1 May 2012

A random selection of 12 prints will be mailed to each participant mid-2012.
The prints will be exhibited at Benedictine University in Summer 2012, 
with other venues to follow.

If you are interested in participating, 
see here fore more details: http://ochosieditions.blogspot.com/

11 January 2012


I liked this image I found on DesignWeek website,
so thought I'd share it with you printmakers...

07 January 2012

Etching Press Wanted

I got an email from Anton, a printmaker in Timaru,
who is looking for a "pre-loved" etching press in good condition.

Ideally he would like a medium-sized freestanding roller press
to use for etching, relief and other print processes,
however if you know of ANY presses for sale then please let us know!
Price is negotiable dependent on the size and condition of the press.

Here is an example of the style of press
that Anton would like to buy.

I haven't heard of any for sale at the moment,
but if any of you are interested in selling your pre-loved printmaking press
or know of any others that are for sale in NZ,
then please click here to email me and I will happily pass on the information
or I'd be happy list it here on the blog for you to find a buyer.

06 January 2012

Photographic Print Workshop, 26-27 Jan, Auckland

Whitecliffe College of Art & Design is offering a 2-day printmaking course
called Photographic Printmaking, as part of their Summer Workshop programmes.
The course will be on 26-27 January, 9.30am-4pm,
and will be tutored by Ruby Oakley.


The two print processes of solar and pronto plate are being offered together
as they can both be utilised to produce prints directly from photographs,
which is the focus of this workshop.

Solar plate uses UV light to etch the plate,
while Pronto is a type of paper lithography that makes use of a photocopier.
This is almost a unique opportunity as rarely is tuition offered for these modern printmaking processes.
Inspirational examples will be provided as well as easy to follow demonstrations.
Students will find these processes are an easy way of creating great looking prints.

The course is aimed at beginners and those with some experience.
Cost $225 (plus a $30 material fee to cover the cost of ALL materials, paid directly to the tutor)

05 January 2012

Layering Print Workshop, 23-25 Jan, Auckland

Whitecliffe College of Art & Design is offering a 3-day printmaking course
called Printmaking - Layering, as part of their Summer Workshop programmes.
The course will be on 23-25 January, 9.30am-4pm,
and will be tutored by Ruby Oakley.

This 3-day workshop introduces students to four different methods of printmaking.
The focus will be on layering of prints either together (one on top of another)
or multiple printing of individual plates to create a variety of finished images.
Layering is a fabulous technique to create pattern, texture and depth.
The results are usually dynamic and wouldn’t be possible using just one process.

The four processes used are gelatine plate monoprinting
(which does not need a press so printing can continue at home),
drypoint etching on plastic, collagraph and pronto (a type of paper lithography).

Tuition will cover each process one at a time
so that students are able to understand how each process works individually.
The course will explore how to create an image through layering these processes together
and students will be able to independently produce more plates and prints.

The course is aimed at beginners and those with some experience.
Cost $285 (plus a $44 material fee to cover the cost of ALL materials, paid directly to the tutor)

01 January 2012

Happy New Year 2012!

I hope all you printmakers had a wonderful time celebrating Christmas
and that you have many exciting printmaking projects planned for 2012!

Now that I'm back from holidays,
I look forward to getting back into writing about your printmaking news,
exhibitions, workshops and events coming up this year.
But I need your help... if you have any interesting stories or projects,
I can't wait to hear from you!