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.
Who doesn’t like a bleed? Well, usually the printer. Running an image off the page is a simple way to introduce a spatial effect to the printed page. However, the usual way to do it is to start with a larger sheet, and trim off the “bleeds” after printing.
My Challenge guillotine paper cutter is only capable of taking widths up to 25 inches wide. Since most of my parent sheets come in 26″ x 40″, I always have to make at least one cut on the table ( sometimes two ).
Another tool review for a product that I am receiving no affiliate money or advertising fees. I didn’t even get a free one. But I must endorse this tool as probably the best thing for quickly cleaning out a type case while causing the least amount of damage to the type. Read on.