Abe McCowan – My Foot is a Desert

‘Imposing scale and intrinsic nature’ Abe McCowan is Saltgrass Printmakers featured artist for March’s Sugar House Art Walk – Friday, March 13th, 6 pm to 9 pm.

My Foot is a Desert

My work is inspired by experiences I have had while hiking in the deserts of the American West and northern Mexico. While these desert regions are sparse, they are surprisingly rich in biodiversity. This arid abundance creates beautifully stark wilderness. It is the wild plant forms in these landscapes – the chalky yet silky saguaro rib, the fine fibers that feather and spin off a yucca blade – that inspire this body of prints. These are plants that I touch, taste, admire, and am fascinated with.
I have used the medium of woodcut to capture the essence of these wild forms. This process allows me the flexibility to print large areas of color and also the ability to carve down to the minutest details. Thus, while the scale of the prints is imposing, like the desert itself, the images attempt to capture the subtle unexpected elements to draw the viewer in. Exploration and experimentation with various mark making is at the core of this work. Large and minute, simple and complex –these core desert elements are themes that fuel my creativity

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The Magic of the Three-Stick Kite

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This workshop will explore artistic and aerodynamic variations of three-stick kites. Scott starts with the American traditional Barn Door kite and finds many variations using three straight sticks. Jose starts with a much more organic shape made simply with two curved sticks and one straight one. The possibilities for original kite design become endless! Workshop fee: $50.00

 To register for the workshop,

contact Stefanie Dykes at sjdykes@aol.com.

Special offer:  $50.00 Parent accompanied by a child. Two for the price of one.

Linoleum Block Printing starts Saturday, February 21st @ Saltgrass Printmakers

Now would be the time to register for the class!

Create high contrast black and white key images with linoleum block prints using your own personal inspiration. We will cover image transfer options, proper use of tools, simple registration methods, and inking. I will demonstrate how to print either by hand burnishing or using the press.  We will be adding color to your ‘key’ images with separate blocks with flat color and blended rolls. We may even have time to chine colle’ with Japanese papers. I will explain everything! The class will create a small edition of prints to trade with workshop members. You will leave the class being able to print no matter where you find yourself. All materials provided in the special fee.

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Pleased to Introduce Roxanne

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This is Roxanne, Saltgrass Printmakers’ brand spanking new mobile rocking press. Nancy Boskoff generously donated her rocking chair. Van Lewis repurposed the rocker and created our newest press.  Here I am showing off Roxanne’s very first imprint, ‘Dancing Eagle.’  Look for Roxanne at Saltgrass Printmaker’s events and local street fairs.

Andrew Rice ~ No Man Is An Island

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Andrew Rice is Saltgrass Printmakers’  featured artist for the next Sugar House Art Walk. Andrew will be exhibiting new works and printing during the opening reception. Demonstration begins a 7:00 pm.

Artist reception: Friday, November 14th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

Andrew writes about his work: “John Donne wrote in his enduring poem, No Man Is an Island , that we are all interconnected, part of a larger collective, or as he writes, ‘a piece of the continent.’ We have created spaces and safe havens from the harsh world around us that encourage this reciprocal community. From personal spaces to larger, family and community spaces, it is paramount to our survival both individually and as a larger group. In the 21st century we have now gone digital in the spaces we create. These spaces provide protection, but also isolation, inhibiting access from the world around. My work up until now has used a figure in a spacesuit to illustrate this. The suit is vital for protection and survival, but it also prevents access from the surrounding environment. Our online avatars have become the spacesuits we wear in our daily lives. . . the spaces that we create to inhabit and protect us, and how they likewise trap, confine, control and define us. The astronaut uses this barrier around himself as an essential protectant but it is still a barrier. It is preventing access.”

Print Demonstration starts at 7:00 pm. Andrew has been building these gnarly textural collagraph plates to print during the demonstration.  He’ll be flexing some print ‘muscle’ to pull these emobossed surfaces.

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Collagraph Open Group – Fall Sessions

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Constructive to Reductive Sculptural Plates

We are going to carve, hammer, grind, glue, varnish and collage inexpensive and readily available materials to create collagraph prints.

Group participants will be using sustainable and re-purposed supplies while exploring the combination of mainstream and alternative mark making tools and techniques. We will examine additive and reductive process in the development of the printing matrix.  Participants will utilize a topographic approach in the creation of their prints that is mirrored by the ability of collagraph matrices to be printed as a relief and intaglio print.

Participants will develop surface textures using non-traditional tools for the inscription of marks upon MDF board, including (but not limited to) carving, hammering, grinding, stamping, sanding burning collaging gluing and varnishing.

BASIC INFORMATION

  • The Collagraph group will meet once a month on Saturdays:

Fall Session dates: October 18th, November 15th and December 20th.

  • Hours will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to start.  If the group gets larger or needs more time to work, then we will discuss adding an additional working sessions.
  • If the group requests any technical demonstrations, demonstrations will start at 11 a.m. and then the rest of the afternoon will be open press time for group participants to work individually.
  • $30.00 per session includes: basic tools, materials, paper and ink. I will be on hand to answer questions and help solve any issues during the open sessions. Participants will be responsible to pay for additional hours beyond the minimum three hours.
  • If you only want to attend the demonstration, cost is $15.00.
  • Participants will provide their own papers, special inks and bring their own drawing tools or brushes.  Paper may be purchased from Saltgrass, but participants should plan ahead and purchase their own papers.
  • Pre-register for the sessions you will be attending by emailing Stefanie at sjdykes@aol.com.
  • I will send out monthly email announcements so you know what to expect.

KICK STARTER WORKSHOP
Manière Noire – silk collagraph

October 18th 11:00 am to 3:00 You bring your drawing ideas and image resource materials. All your materials will be supplied. $50.00 per person. Reserve your spot by emailing Stefanie at sjdykes@aol.com. Maximum 8 participants. (Image by Emma Amos)

Monotype Open Group – Fall Sessions

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BASIC INFORMATION

  • The monotype group will meet once a month on Saturdays.  Fall Session dates: October 25th, November 22nd, & December 13th.
  • Hours will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to start.  If the group gets larger or needs more time to work, then we will discuss adding an additional working session.
  • Technical demonstrations will start at 11 a.m. and then the rest of the afternoon will be open press time for group participants to work individually.
  • $30.00 per session includes: basic tools, materials, paper and ink. I will be on hand to answer questions and help solve any issues during the open sessions. Participants will be responsible to pay for additional hours beyond the minimum three hours.
  • Participants will provide their own papers, special inks and bring their own drawing tools or brushes.  Paper may be purchased from Saltgrass, but participants should plan ahead and purchase their own papers.
  • Pre-register for the sessions you will be attending by emailing Stefanie at sjdykes@aol.com.
  • Stefanie will send out monthly email announcements so you know what to expect.

KICK STARTER WORKSHOP
October 25th 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

We are going to take our inspiration from Melanie Yazzie (Associate Professor of Art at the University of Colorado in Boulder) and create monotypes using stencils and ghost images. You bring with you images and resource materials that inspire you. Saltgrass Printmakers will provide all the other materials. $50.00 per person. Max. 8 participants. Register by emailing Stefanie at sjdykes@aol.com.