Two luminaries of the Northwest arts scene, Alfredo Arreguin and Yuji Hiratsuka, will be in Cannon Beach during the first weekend of October. Both artists are represented by Imprint Gallery in an exhibition running through October and November. There will be an artist’s reception at the gallery on Saturday, October 7, 6 -7 pm, and an artists’ talk on Sunday, October 8 beginning at 11am.
Painter, Alfredo Arreguin will be presenting his new painting "Salish Sea". He recently gifted the use of an earlier painting of Haystack Rock to illustrate a poster for Haystack Rock Awareness Program (HRAP), a stewardship and environmental education program whose mission is to protect the intertidal and bird ecology of the Marine Garden and Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge at Haystack Rock. At the Saturday evening reception representatives of the program and the nonprofit, Friends of Haystack Rock, will give a short description of the program and formally thank the artist for the use of his image. The poster is available from the gallery, with all funds going to HRAP.
Printmaker, Yuji Hiratsuka will be leading two, one-day workshops in the gallery’s studio on Friday, October 6 and Saturday, October 7. Hiratsuka is a venerated teacher at Oregon State University, and has had considerable influence on the development of many young Northwest artists, not least Imprint Gallery’s own studio manager, Alisa Vernon. On this visit, the artist will be teaching a class in stencil cutting and silkscreen printmaking. The class can be booked through the gallery’s website at www.imprintgallery.com
On Sunday, October 8 the gallery will be serving coffee at 11am, and both Alfredo Arreguin and Yuji Hiratsuka will discuss their work and be available for questions.
Alfredo Arreguín was born in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico, and has lived in Seattle since 1956. Arreguín’s distinguished career spans four decades. In 1979, he was selected to represent the United States at the 11th International Festival of Painting at Cagnes-sur-Mer, France, where he won the Palm of the People Award. In 1980, he received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1994 the Smithsonian Institution acquired his triptych "Sueño (Dream: Eve Before Adam)" for the permanent collection of the National Museum of American Art and a year later he received an Ohtli Award, from the Mexican government, recognizing distinguished individuals abroad. The Smithsonian has since added the painting "The Return to Aztlán", to the permanent collection of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.
Other awards include: a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Washington’s Multicultural Alumni Partnership; the Tomás Rivera Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of California, and a Timeless Award from the University of Washington’s College of Arts and Sciences. His work is held in many important collections including The Denver Art Museum, Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, Chicago, Portland Art Museum, San Antonio Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art, Tacoma Art Museum, and Tucson Museum of Art.
Yuji Hiratsuka was born in Osaka, Japan. He studied art at Tokyo Gakugei University. In 1985 he moved to the United States to pursue graduate degrees in printmaking at New Mexico State University and at Indiana University. Hiratsuka has been teaching printmaking and drawing at Oregon State University since 1992. His work is included in many public collections, including: The British Museum, UK; Tokyo Central Museum, Japan; Panstwowe Museum, Poland; Cincinnati Art Museum, OH; Jundt Art Museum, WA and The Portland Art Museum, OR.
Imprint Gallery is planning a monthly program of talks or demonstrations in the gallery by their exhibiting artists. This new program of talks is intended to offer an opportunity for artists to network, to contextualize the exhibited work, and for collectors to meet the artists. Imprint Gallery is a curated space with a strong focus on contemporary narrative art, ceramic sculpture and printmaking. The program is built on partnering with the exhibiting artists, offering a flexible approach to the creation and presentation of new work.
We are launching our first printmaking workshop program. Our studio is a social enterprise offering educational activities throughout the year, aimed at encouraging the participation in and understanding of original printmaking. It is located on the first floor of the Cannon Beach Mall on Hemlock, and is supported by Imprint Gallery. Being the child of a commercial gallery and lacking the credentials of a nonprofit that might allow it to apply for grant funding, the project is currently defendant on this workshop program having a good take up and being self-financing, so we are hoping that you will support us.
We believe that both the creative resident community and cultural visitors will value the experiential opportunities we are creating through this program. For us, the studio embodies our belief that art enriches lives and buildings community. We have chosen to do this through printmaking, because the very nature of the practice is often dependent on the support of others. Printmakers are seasoned community builders and because printmaking is such an immediate way of making an image, it is a great introduction to the visual arts.
The project is not a nonprofit, and we have no plans to go that route. Being able to apply for arts funding is very attractive, but this is very competitive and we think creating more groups would muddy the waters. The town is already well served by Cannon Beach Arts Association and Tolovana Arts Colony. At this point we are just trying to see if there is support for this kind of activity, and if it can be self-financing. We hope people will see the value in what we are trying to do and will support us by participating.
The inaugural workshop program begins of September 15th with a two-day class in the silk aquatint technique led by Jani Hoberg. Other tutors include Yuji Hiratsuka, Angie Purviance, Stirling Gorsuch, and Alisa Vernon. The program takes a tour of printmaking techniques to include relief, intaglio, planographic and stencil printmaking. There is currently good availability in most classes, but class sizes are restricted to six, so early booking is advised. Classes can be book on this website by following the Workshops link to the Fall Workshop Program
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.