We are proud to announce the newest product from the Tin Can Labs Research & Development Team. The Six Pack / Gift Pack (patent pending) fills the niche of a presentation-ready gift for even the hardest-to-shop-for.
The goal was to develop an affordable gift option that is a self-contained, sturdy, attractive, package that also contains no plastic, and is completely biodegradable. It also needed to be quick and easy to construct by hand, and use paper efficiently, with as little waste as possible. Following months of modeling and design, paper cutting and folding, and finally hands-on product testing, we have released this innovative package.
Tin Can Valley will be back in St. Peter for one day only on Saturday, November 26, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Back Room Art Gallery at Ouren Instruments, at 208 Minnesota Avenue. This will be a good chance to start stocking up on Tin Can Christmas cards.
There will also be a bunch of other businesses and artists in St. Peter participating in Small Business Saturday, so it might be worth your trip.
While you’re there, if you are looking for a musical instrument, and you are into vintage stuff, Ouren Instruments is the candy store for you. There are so many guitars, banjos, and fiddles from major brands you’ve heard of, as well as brands you didn’t know existed; and many are very affordable. The best part is that these instruments have all been gone-over and set-up by a skilled luthier, so they not only look cool, but play fantastic. Guitars, banjos, fiddles, mandolins, harmonicas, and everything in between.
Tune in to KMSU 89.7 FM Thursday, September 29 at 1:00 p.m. to hear me mumbling and stumbling on the radio. Ronda Redmond, co-host of the excellent radio show, Live From the Arts Center of St. Peter, will ask me questions about my history as a printer, why on Earth I do this, and I’ll even get to play some of my favorite songs that inspire me.
Even if you don’t catch that show, you should be listening to KMSU radio every single day, no other medium in southern Minnesota is doing as much to support local artists and musicians. I can’t ever say enough positive things about that radio station or recommend it too much.
And if you don’t listen to the radio, you should at least check out the host, Ronda Redmond. She has a website, and a recently published book, Said the Old Widow to the New. I just finished her book, and I was hoping to say something nice about it, but this is no mere book of poems. Her poetry is raw, and emotionally honest, and real. I am overcome.
Come catch Tin Can Valley at the Rock Bend Folk Festival this weekend in Minnesota Square Park in St. Peter, Minnesota. The festival is open from noon ’til the early evening Saturday and Sunday. Free live music on two stages. Lots of other artists and food trucks too.
I will have two small printing presses set up, and giving kids and adults the opportunity to get ink on their clothes, and try letterpress printing.
This is kind of exciting because I haven’t set up my tent at an art fair since the summer of 2019! Also, this will be my first time selling art as a vendor at Rock Bend. I’ve been to nearly every festival, and even played on the stage with a band once, but this is my first time as an artist.
You are invited to an open house Artist Reception on Saturday, February 26 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the Arts & Heritage Center of Montgomery.
Refreshments will be served, and printer Craig Kotasek will be on-hand demonstrating letterpress techniques on his portable printing presses. You will have the opportunity to “pull a print” on a tabletop press.
There is a fantastic article about my current exhibit in Montgomery on the Minnesota Prairie Roots site. The writer, Audrey Kletscher Helbling, really did a perfect job of capturing the essence of my work.
Though we have never met, Audrey and I share a common bond of both beginning our careers at the same newspaper, twenty years apart, working under the tutelage of the same publisher, James Deis, the owner of The Gaylord Hub.
I’ve been reading Audrey’s articles for years. Her passion for journalism, and recording the culture of small-town and rural Minnesota is obvious, and comprehensive. She’s been everywhere, documenting the lives of artists, craftspeople, and workers, living in the small towns, and exposing the rich highlights of what otherwise looks to be dying communities.
No other source in any medium has the depth and breadth of coverage of life in south central Minnesota as Minnesota Prairie Roots. Though she humbly refers to it as a blog, Minnesota Prairie Roots rivals the best news publications online or in print, and will be regarded as an important cultural resource for generations.
I am excited to announce that my first solo art show is happening now at the Arts & Heritage Center of Montgomery. On display is a sort-of career retrospective, demonstrating the history of how I got into printing, posters, prints, and advertising from the last twenty years, and printing equipment from my collection of letterpress equipment.
A new, smaller display box is now available for select retail locations. The larger box is still available, and out there, but some stores don’t have the shelf or counter space for a big box or spinning rack.
This begins a series of tool tips highlighting the most useful store-bought product in my shop: the multi-purpose 3M Post-it Tape. Though likely you will see this product pop-up in many other tips, this will be the central hub of knowledge for this information.
…and work and turn again. And then flip. Work and turn is a press process where both sides of a sheet are printed using one plate or make-ready. In this case, I’m using this method to avoid handling tiny pieces of paper.
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