We will be having the first of our drop-in printmaking sessions on Sunday April 2. These sessions are intended to give an introductory taste of printmaking. It might be your first attempt at anything artistic or perhaps you are a talented artist looking into a new medium, or even just something to do on a rainy afternoon... Whatever the reason, we are sure you will enjoy this activity.
The sessions last around 45 minutes to 1 hour, and are a demonstration with hands-on participation. Our resident printmaker, Alisa Vernon, with demonstrate the process. You will get to have a go with the tools, ink a plate of your choice and take the print you make away. Each session is $15 per person, no need to book, with up to six participants in each session. Larger groups can be accommodated with a little planning*.
During spring we will be offering the sessions on Saturdays & Sundays and will be demonstrating linocut printmaking. In summer we will add sessions on Friday that will demonstrate drypoint printmaking. There will be three sessions each day starting at 1pm, 2.15pm and 3.30pm.
Drop-in Linocut Printmaking Sessions: April through August
Saturdays & Sundays: Start times, 1pm, 2.15pm & 3.30pm
Drop-in Drypoint Printmaking Sessions: July through August
Fridays: Start times, 1pm, 2.15pm & 3.30pm
Autumn Printmaking Classes: September though November
Program available Shortly.
Once you have seen how great printmaking is we are sure you are going to want to learn more, so we are busily organizing a program of classes for autumn, which will explore different techniques.
We are still waiting on some work to arrive prior to our April 1 Grand Opening, but we think we are looking pretty good. Any one who has been passing will see that we have been open, as a soft opening to get everything running smoothly for April, and in fact we participated in the Savor Cannon Beach festival hosting the Youngberg Hill winery.
April 1st is our big opening, and we hope you will come and celebrate with us. We have activities all day (schedule below) and hope you will come in and see us. Our resident printmaker, and studio manager, Alisa Vernon has created a lovely open edition linocut print, which will be gifted to our visitors throughout the day.
Saturday April 1
We have finished getting the studio ready, and our studio manager, Alisa Vernon started on Monday. She is setting up the press and will be getting ready to begin drop in sessions in April and a putting an autumn workshop program together.
We are now just beginning to have work arrive, and this will populate both the gallery and website. The work above is by Heidi Preuss Grew. The pieces are a part of her 2005 Mardi Gras series, which she created shortly after a visit to New Orleans, just before Katrina.
We have also had work arrive from the painter Lisa Wiser and printmaker Jani Holberg, and are shortly expecting artist books from Christine Trexel, printmaking from Angie Purviance, ceramics from Sharon Goodwood, Luba sharapan, and Erik Haagensen, and sculptures by Aggie Zed. We should be in good shape for the March soft opening.
We have been progressing well in our refurbishment of the building in preparation of opening our new business. The gallery is almost there and is really just waiting for the artwork to begin arriving. It is a beautiful bright space with newly painted, bright white walls. So with this under our belts, Mike and I began working on the old framing studio we intend to use a studio for the purposes of offering workshops and education.
We have deconstructed all of the shelving and framing tables, and ripped up two layers of carpet. This revealed a layer of black crumbling rubber, glued to the floor. When we began to scrape this we began to see a good wooden floor with a unique patina. It had been our intention to lay linoleum down in the studio, but now seeing this evenly patterned surface we have decided to just varnish the wooden floor. After all... people pay good money to achieve this kind of distressed painted wood effect, and we quite like it.
I am posting images of the space just after the main deconstruction and will shortly post the 'After' pictures once we have finished making the walls good, and have painted the walls and varnished the floor. Things are moving along nicely
Thankfully I have a husband who is as impulsive and driven as I am. Just a few weeks ago I was feeling a little lost, having just resigned from a job with a small nonprofit. Prior to taking this job we had been gallery owners, but Mike, my husband, wanted to retire and so we moved to the beautiful Oregon coast. Mike wakes up one day and tells me that he misses owning the gallery and now that I am free, we could think about doing that again. Serendipitously, on the same day I get a call from a local gallery owner in Cannon Beach telling me that they are closing the doors and asking if would I be interested in the space. Seriously... The same day.
I had to process this and needed some time to think about it, but started emailing artists we had represented before to see if they would show with us again. I got instant positive replies and, confident that I could populate a gallery with work I could be excited about, any processing time was cut to just two days before we arranged to meet with the landlord. During the week that followed we decided on a name, got a domain name, set up an LLC, registered it with the state, applied for a business license, opened a bank account, set up a Facebook page and joined the Chamber of Commerce.
We are well ahead in painting the gallery and expect work to start arriving in the next couple of weeks. We will be having a soft opening in March, so we can iron out any issues before our grant opening on April 1. We are both so excited and believe this could be our best adventure yet.