Celebrate Love with Art

30 Jan
Celebrate Love with Art

Celebrate Love with Art

Hex Press will be at Saltgrass Printmakers printing on demand for all your Valentine needs ~ Clothing, cards and original art. You’ll make quite the impression with your loved ones with a hand crafted gift created by Hex Press’s amazing artists Anna, Tia & Bo.

Date: Friday, February 12th, 2016. Doors open at 6pm!

Tibetan-Inspired Prayer Flag Printing with Anna Hansen at Art Access

20 Dec

Anna Hansen carving linoleum blockPrayer flags have a long history of bringing health, good fortune, and blessings upon a specific place. In this class we will be creating our ownprayer flags with imagery that is relevant to our own lives. Participants will also learn a brief history relief printmaking in eastern and western traditions. We will cover the basics of proper carving techniques and how to successfully translate an image into a block, or stamp. Design, detail, contrast, and texture will be important parts of creating our prayer flag imagery. After designing and carving our own blocks, we will discuss different printing techniques onto paper and fabric to achieve different visual results. Each participant will complete one block and print their design several times. If time allows and participants are interested, we will print enough prayer flags for everyone in the class to exchange, and then go home with a complete set of flags!


Anna Hansen has been dabbling in art since a very young age. Anna graduated from the University in Utah with a degree in Printmaking and a Certificate in Book Arts. She then swiftly moved to Southern California where she spent most of her time teaching art in public elementary schools. She was also a member of an art colony in Fullerton where she was able to teach adult workshops and experiment with more painting, drawing, and installation work. In the summer of 2014 she returned to Salt Lake City where she has founded The Hex Press, a mobile printing endeavor which feeds her geeky side, as well as taken up ranks with SaltGrass Printmakers, a community printshop in Sugar House. Her other passions are gardening, fitness, her pit bull, and scuba diving.


WORKSHOP DATES: February 6, 2016

TIME: 1:30-5PM

LOCATION: ART ACCESS WORKSHOP, 230 South 500 West, #125, SLC, UT


COST: $30 (includes supplies; please bring your own brown bag lunch)

To inquire about fee reductions or accessibility accomodations, please contact elise@accessart.org. For other questions, contact workshop coordinator, jean@accessart.org.

From The Ground Up ~ Etching Workshop

20 Dec

A printmaker can achieve a wide variety of textures and intriguing surface qualities on a copper plate using etching grounds. In this workshop, participants will gain experience with a variety of traditional and less toxic contemporary ground applications.

On January 16th, come prepared to work on several 5” x 6” sample plates. We will provide the supplies and materials for soft ground, white ground, sugar lift, crackle ground, marble ground, etc for you to experiment with. Having sparked your imagination, we’ll reserve January 23rd as an individual working session continuing with the sample plates or developing a larger 9”x 12” etching plate.

Skill Level: Intermediate.  This workshop will introduce advanced etching techniques so a basic etching experience is necessary.

Dates: Saturdays, January 16 and 23rd.

Time: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Justin Diggle, etching with soft ground application

Akiko Tanaguchi, “Sky” etching with sugar lift application.

What to Bring with You: Your personal etching tools (Etching needle, burnisher, and scraper), notebook, working gloves ~ both for handling the ferric chloride and solvents and for wiping your plates.

Saltgrass will provide: All ground materials, copper plates and BFK paper.



  • Non-Member Workshop Fee: $150.00
  • Saltgrass Printmakers’ Member Fee: $100.00

Class will be limited to 6 printmakers.

$25.00 Non-refundable deposit required by January 9th. Balance due on the first day of workshop.

Contact: Stefanie Dykes, Saltgrass Printmakers, 2126 South 1000 East, Salt Lake City Utah 84106   Phone: (801) 467-1080 or by email: sjdykes@aol.com

Saltgrass Printmakers is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 11am to 3pm

Symmetrycks II

13 Nov

Visiting Artist Koichi Yamamoto


CLASS DATE:  December 12th and 13th.

Time: 11:00 to 2:00pm

Fee: $150.00 includes all your materials.

Register for the class by paying a non-refundable deposit $25.00 by November 30th, 2015.  You can mail a check; Saltgrass Printmakers, 2126 South 1000 East, SLC UT 84106 or drop by Saltgrass to pay with a credit card (TH/F/SAT 11 to 3pm)

Workshop limited to Eight participants

Workshop technical focus: Copper Plate Etching introducing a variety of ground applications (ball, smoke and soft grounds).  This workshop will explore print processes to discover diverse compositions.  We will experiment with Intaglio with tradition copper and alternative matrices.  If you already have some intaglio plates please bring them. We will print in many different ways, if not, we will make a lot of monotypes and collage them up.

Muscle memory, also known as motor learning, is a form of procedural memory that involves consolidating a specific motor task into memory through repetition. When a movement is repeated over time, a long-term muscle memory is created for that task; eventually allowing it to be performed without conscious effort. This process decreases the need for attention and creates maximum efficiency within the motor and memory systems.

Skill Level: All skill levels are welcome. Some printmaking would be helpful, but not necessary. Koichi is an incredible instructor! Past workshop participants have left Koichi’s workshop with extremely sophisticated prints….and it was too much fun!


Koichi Yamamoto is an artist who merges the traditional and contemporary by creating unique and innovative approaches to the language of printmaking.  Koichi has worked with meticulous copper engravings to large-scale relief and intaglio prints. His current works are in large-scale monotypes and intaglio prints that exemplify a contemporary.  His international aesthetic developed from upbringing in Osaka, Japan and Experience in the western U.S. He moved to Dayton, Wyoming in 1983 where he recognized importance of communication through visual.  Completed BFA at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon in 1992 then moved to Krakow, Poland for search of Lithography stones.  Continue producing works in Warsaw, Poland until 1994 and attended Bratislava Academy of Fine Arts in Slovakia in 1994-95 to study copper engravings.   From 1995-96 he produced monotypes in Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan, Poland.   Completed MFA at University of Alberta, Canada in 1999 and worked as a textile designer in Fredericia, Denmark in 2000. Koichi’s prints explore issues of the sublime, memory, atmosphere, light and history through various representation of landscape.  He has exhibited throughout U.S., Canada, Japan, Poland, Denmark, UK, Germany, South Korea, China, India, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Ireland.  He has taught at Utah State University and University of Delaware and currently an Assistant Professor at University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Most recent achievement is climbing to the top of Volcan Cotopaxi (19,347’) in Ecuador.

Saltgrass is excited to support the University of Utah Art Teaching Club’s first art show and fundraiser.

13 Nov


The opening is FRIDAY, November 13th, FROM 6-9 pm.  We are having this sale to help us raise funds to bring as many students as possible to the Statewide Arts Education conference in February located in Hurricane.  Students involved with the Art Teaching program at the University of Utah, will be showing works from their individual areas of focus in the Art Department; 3D, Ceramics, Painting and Drawing, Photography, and Printmaking.

Please stop by this Friday to see what the U of U Art Teachings students have created and perhaps take home an addition to your art collection.  Art Teaching Club advisors, Beth Krensky and Sandy Brunvand will also have works available at the fundraiser.

We are located at 2126 South 10th East.  We hope to see you at SaltGrass this Friday!


David Bradway ~ A Dark Spot

2 Oct

David Bradway is Saltgrass Printmakers’ featured artists for the October Sugar House Art Walk (SHAW). Friday, October 9th 6pm to 9pm

A Dark Spot

“If a thing falls outside the range of people’s curiosity, then they simply cannot make inquiries about it.” Bradway’s prints explore what he describes as ‘a blind spot-a spot of blindness.’ Bradway’s prints visually map that location of blindness drawing attention to the role of curiousity in our search of knowledge.