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