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Ohio Print Group Gathering 2012

Ohio’s 4 print groups (Tiger Lily Press, Phoenix Rising, Dayton Printmaking Cooperative, and Zygote Press) met in Columbus, Ohio for two days of printmaking activities.  A different city/co-op hosts the event each year.  (you can see a video from last year here: http://www.kenswinson.com/wordpress/?p=2548)

Here are some of my photos from the event:

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We started at the OSU Libraries Tech Center for Book Arts and Logan Elm Press
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They have a great studio
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where you will find everything needed to make a book from scratch using ‘old school’ technology

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Book Arts Specialist,Bob Tauber, gave a photo plate demonstration IMG_7610
Antique Macintosh powerPc – still works!

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Developing the negative

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The negative

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Cutting the photo plate – notice negative on top of plate

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exposed to light – parts of the plate exposed to light become hard
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soft parts of the plate brushed away in water with this machine

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Finished plate used in letterpress

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the finished print!

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The second activity was an up close and personal peek at the Columbus Museum of Art’s Print collectionIMG_7643
My favorite was this lithograph by Grant Wood.

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Followed by a artist talk/demonstration by Kathy McGhee at the host printmaking co-op, Phoenix Rising.IMG_7659
Then two exhibits at the Urban Arts Space in Downtown ColumbusIMG_7652
The first show was ‘Time and Place:  An International Exhibition of Works on Paper’  It’s a collection of works created between Columbus and it’s sister city Dresden, Germany’s artist residency exchange.

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The second show was “Peripheral vision”:  Ohio printmakers from each submitted a print featuring a horizon.  All the horizons were lined up in a beautiful exhibit. IMG_7655
As you can imagine, I was overwhelmed by all the creativity and amazing artists in one place.  I decided not to stay for the second day…I wanted to hurry back to my studio and start making art!