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Graphica America at MoLAA

Board Meeting and 2019 Foundation Awards

May 5, 2019

LA Printmaking members are invited to join us for a special Board meeting and the 2019 Foundation Awards at the Museum of Latin American Art ( MoLAA) in Long Beach. After the meeting and award presentation, you are invited to visit the new exhibition at MoLAA, Grafica America.
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Sweet Earth/ Bitter Earth

April 26, 2019

JOIN US FRIDAY APRIL 26th for a special closing reception for the 2019 Spring LA Printmaking exhibition, Sweet Earth/Bitter Earth. Artist talks on artwork selected by juror Merion Estes will be followed by a special presentation and plant raffle by David Newsom, founder of The Wild Yards ...

SELF HELP GRAPHICS & ART * PRINTMAKING SUMMIT • April 18 - 20, 2019
April 19, 2019
Self Help Graphics & Art is proud to host our bi-annual Printmaking Summit April 18-20, 2019 with demonstrations, workshops, panel discussions and artist talks focused on the role printmaking in today’s creative economy for students, emerging artists and skilled national printmakers. Admission to the summit is $25.00 (3-day pass) or $15.00 for students with a valid I.D. (3-day pass).Participants of this three-day networking and skill-building event will learn about new technologies and green practices in printmaking, participate in demonstrations led by artists and an art exchange program, portfolio reviews, meet art supply vendors, among other activities. The Printmaking Summit’s mission is to build bridges among master printers, emerging and seasoned artists, as well as aspiring youth toward a solid foundation in printmaking. Purchase Your Ticket                                                                            Printmaking Summit RegistrationThe Printmaking Summit will conclude on Saturday, April 20, 2019 with an opening reception of Utopia/ Dystopia, a portfolio of fine art prints created in the form of a deck of 52 playing cards. Curated by Artist and Printmaker, Miyo Stevens-Gandara, twenty-six artists were invited to create two cards for the deck to create their interpretation of utopia and dystopia. The deck of cards allows the project to bring many different artists and styles together creating one unified artwork- a full deck, redefining a traditional portfolio. The concept of a deck of cards is intended to reference many things- games of chance, luck, fortune, war, solitude, precarious situations (house of cards), magic, empire, and divination. It serves as a container for many ideas, and each artist has chosen their own direction. Artists include Pavel Acevedo, Kay Brown, Ada Pullini Brown, Leslie Dolin, Usen Gandara, Miyo Stevens-Gandara (Curator), Luis Genaro Garcia, J. Leigh Garcia, Margaret Griffith, Rogelio Gutierrez, Phung Huynh, Dongeun Lee, Kelvin Lopez, Rosalie Lopez, Sandra Low, Poli Marichal, Álvaro D. Márquez, Dalila Mendez, Wayne Perry, Sandy Rodriguez, Victor Rosas, Marianne Sadowski, Dewey Tafoya, Alex Fridrich-Ward, Christian Salcedo Ward and Andi Xoch. Each day the evening portion of the Printmaking Summit is open to the public. RSVP here to attend one of the following events: Thursday, April 18, 6 - 6:45 p.m. Keynote Speaker, Alison Sar *RSVP Required Friday, April 19, 5 - 6 p.m. Artists Exchange *RSVP Required Friday, April 19, 6 - 7 p.m. Public Sale *RSVP Required Saturday, April 20, 5:30 - 8 p.m. Artists Exchange *RSVP Required
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April 10, 2018
AIR, WATER, and EARTHThe theme of the exhibition reflects the concerns for our planet expressed through the vital elements of life; air, water and earth, during a time of great challenge and change for our planet.Exhibition:  April 22nd - June 10th, 2018 Gallery Opening and Earth Day Celebration: Sunday, April 22, 20181:00 - 3:00 p.m. -- printmaking demonstrations suitable for all ages3:00 - 6:00 p.m. -- opening receptionThis exhibition presents the work of 65 artists selected from the national membership of the LA Printmaking Society by prominent Los Angeles artist Kim Abeles, a juror known for her own exceptional interdisciplinary work with environmental themes. Artists explore the vital elements of Life: air, water and earth, during a time of great challenge and change on our planet.The Venue: The Muckenthaler Cultural CenterThe Muckenthaler Cultural Center is housed in an historic 1924 villa on eight acres of parkland in the City of Fullerton, California. Each year the Muckenthaler hosts five exhibitions and over fifty performances, festivals, and special events in art galleries, the gardens, or on an amphitheater stage.The Muckenthaler Cultural Center | 1201 W. Malvern Ave. Fullerton, CA 92833 
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Jan. 20, 2018
CALL FOR ENTRY 2018All current LA Printmaking members are invited to submit work for the upcoming LA Printmaking membership exhibition, "Air, Water, and Earth". This exhibition has an environmental theme and encourages printmaking in all its forms!AIR, WATER, and EARTHThe theme of the exhibition reflects the concerns for our planet expressed through the vital elements of life; air, water and earth, during a time of great challenge and change for our planet.Exhibition:  April 19th - June 10th, 2018 The Juror: Kim AbelesKim Abeles is a prominent interdisciplinary artist and activist whose art focuses on issues of social justice, the environment and feminism. Her work has been exhibited in 22 countries and she has received a number of significant awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2013.The Award: The Los Angeles Printmaking Society is pleased to announce that a Juror’s award of $500 will be awarded and an Honorable Mention of $125.Gallery Opening and Earth Day Celebration: Sunday, April 22, 20181:00 - 3:00 p.m. -- printmaking demonstrations suitable for all ages3:00 - 6:00 p.m. -- opening receptionThe Venue: The Muckenthaler Cultural CenterThe Muckenthaler Cultural Center is housed in an historic 1924 villa on eight acres of parkland in the City of Fullerton, California. Each year the Muckenthaler hosts five exhibitions and over fifty performances, festivals, and special events in art galleries, the gardens, or on an amphitheater stage.The Muckenthaler Cultural Center | 1201 W. Malvern Ave. Fullerton, CA 92833 Eligibility: MembershipThis CALL is open to all members of the Los Angeles Printmaking Society in good standing with up to date 2018 membership. For any questions on eligibility for entry, please contact LAPSLIST@gmail.com. 
Examples of possible eligible entries will be posted on www.LAprintmaking.com and on the LA Printmaking Facebook Group Page.FULL PROSPECTUSSUBMIT HERE
Bob began his career during the burgeoning of the print workshops in 1970. He worked at Impressions Workshop in Boston and at the Printshop in Amsterdam Netherlands. He earned a B.F.A. from University of Massachusetts and M.F.A. from Syracuse University.  A faculty member at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass. and member of The Boston Printmakers since 1986, his lithographs are included in collections here and abroad. In 2009 he was the co-winner of The Dayton Peace Museums International Peace Prize for The Arts. He participated in the London Liberal Arts College, "Year of Subversion Exhibition” in 2013. His essays have appeared in the Print Alliance Journal,"Prints and Politics", Visual Overture Magazine, and the Bangalore Review. Other writing has appeared in Literal Minded, Orange Alert, Shine Journal, Askew Reviews, Glossolalia, Creative Writing Now, Blinking Cursor, Bap Q, Lunarosity, Icelandic Review, Writers Billboard, First Writers Magazine, Milspeak, Subterranean Journal, South Jersey Underground, Cavalier Magazine, Yellow Mama, Visual Overture, Vox Poetica, Ascent Aspirations Magazine, The Red Fez, Forum Magazine, and Spilling Ink Anthology.
I want my paintings to speak for themselves. I look for a certain power and simplicity in my work, images that work at a gut level which also invite a wry, humorous look at life. I like to challenge bland emotions and poke fun at sacred cows.The roots of my work are in expressionism; my influences are from everywhere: a childhood in West Africa, French political posters of May 1968, Topolski’s sketchbooks, Munakata’s woodcuts. I also admire Chinese brush painting with its object of capturing a single Zen moment in a few simple brush strokes.My themes are grounded in everyday life, in my experience of life as a woman. As an artist I like to work within the traditions of art and history, at the same time to play with its icons and stretch its boundaries. My subjects are landscapes and people, animals and flowers, dancers and musicians, a celebration of life.Art for me is not only about life but a way of adding to it, exploring it. I think with my brush. I think about the marks I make. I want to blow fresh air into established ways of looking at life and constantly to redefine myself and my relationship to the traditions of art.

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