NBLA Printers Represented in North Coast Galleries

May 2017: This month, printed works from many of the artists who work at the Iota printshop are featured in two gallery shows on the North Coast.

One is at Healdsburg Center for the Arts, called Power of Printmaking, which runs until July 16. After the election of Trumpf, there was an outburst of poster-making at the shop, and we entered ten of them on picket sticks as an installation. They are also on sale at the gallery, with benefits going to the NBLA.

Healdsburg Center for the Arts Power of Printmaking130 Plaza St
Healdsburg, CA


The Mendocino show at the Oddfellows Hall is organized by Flockworks, and is called “Art of Letter, Word & Book”. It runs until May 29th and is a great assembly of calligraphic art, letterpress, and various other printmaking and book arts work.
Flockworks “Art of Letter, Word & Book”.
Flockworks “Art of Letter, Word & Book”.
Flockworks “Art of Letter, Word & Book”.
Flockworks “Art of Letter, Word & Book”.
 Odd Fellows Hall
45101 Ukiah Street
Mendocino, CA

When A Book Becomes An Artist Book

A short recap from a recent lecture at NBLA by Brooke Holve:

 
brooke holve book art

When a book becomes an artist book, a transformation occurs in the process of making
from its conventional form to another — a process than can be mysterious.
What is the convention? The book?

brooke holve book art

Artists have challenged common assumptions about the nature of the book and
its conventional form through the making of artist books.
Some approaches to making artist books are:

brooke holve book art

brooke holve book art

Please join us for more upcoming NBLA events at the print shop in Sebastopol…

Opening Reception: NBLA at Kitty Hawk Gallery

north bay letterpress arts at kitty hawk gallery

kitty hawk gallery presents:
The North Bay Letterpress Arts Art Show

A group show of 11 printing artists associated with North Bay Letterpress Arts at kitty hawk gallery in Sebastopol.

Comprised mostly of prints in frames, this show is a fine way to see the breadth of work being done on old letterpresses in the revived medium of hand-set metal & wooden type. Striking graphic pieces, poem broadsides, handmade books, posters, wordplay & alphabetic dreams…

The Opening Reception June 10th will feature an improvisational game of bandied words. Everyone gets apprized!

The show runs from June 4th to July 26th,
with an opening reception Friday June 10th, from 5:00-8:00.
kitty hawk gallery is at 125 N. Main Street, the old downtown of Sebastopol.

Upcoming Event: NBLA at Kitty Hawk Gallery

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This summer there will be a show of letterpress art at the kitty hawk gallery of Sebastopol. Eleven artists who use the local printshop managed by the NBLA will have their wide-ranging work on display. Included are book art pieces; linocuts; collages; poetry books; posters… & some innovative printing not easily described.

The show runs from June 4th to July 26th,
with an opening reception Friday June 10th, from 5:00-8:00.
kitty hawk gallery is at 125 N. Main Street, the old downtown of Sebastopol.

Baroque Printing

Viols                Schweedi.JPG copy

The Iota Printshop is hosting a concert Friday March 18th by the chamber music group ‘Alphabet Baroque Club‘…which may not seem like a letterpress-related event. And it isn’t. But there’s a history here, and not just the one that goes back centuries.  It’s that the violinist Maria Caswell is an old friend of my family’s. And that for fifty years I’ve had a fascination with the early baroque composers.  Then there’s the history of this ensemble: when they began practicing together they decided to work their way through the early Baroque composers from A to Z. When they had performances, they stayed with the idea and called themselves the ABC (Alphabet Baroque Club). They use original instruments of the era to retain the sonorities of the time.

When they had a venue cancel for March  18th, I had this feeling: our printshop is teeming with ABCs… our presses are over a hundred years old and one of them is in the lineage of the Fifteenth century printers…we adhere to the old one-letter-at-a-time method invented by Gutenberg…our printing is like chamber work, usually passed amongst less than a hundred people, rather than published in the thousands … & it felt to me like: this is Resonant! This has to happen, not just because I know Maria or I have this old interest in early Baroque.

These instruments, these tonalities…they will vibrate amongst our old presses and wooden alphabets…and echo our own fascination with an older practice of art that was intimate & beautiful.

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