Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Year of Print begins...

2016 is the 50th anniversary of the Print Council of Australia. Or maybe its the 50th birthday - sounds more like a party!

A small group of local print enthusiasts have been pulling together a range of activities, events, talks and exhibitions to all celebrate the wonder and the magic of printmaking throughout the year. We are keeping track of things and showcasing them over at regionalprint.com.au. You can subscribe to the feed to get all our updates too.

We start in March with an exhibition at the Arts and Ecology Centre at Maroochy Botanical Gardens Art Reflecting the Environment - a fabulous display of children's printmaking about the environment, all made at workshops throughout the school holidays.

In May we have our keynote exhibition - Regional Marks - a gorgeous show of local printmakers at the beautiful Gallery at the University of the Sunshine Coast.  Opening Night is 19 May at 6.00pm and it runs until 2 July.

I have two letterpress works in this show - most excitement!

In June there is a printmaking demonstration "Make your Mark" at Caloundra Regional Gallery and and Artist Talk at the Gallery as well - three of us talking about "Making your Mark" as a printmaker and artist. I will be one of those talking, 8 June 2016 from 6pm - 7pm.

In October we have a show called Nothing but the Print in the Window Gallery at Pine Rivers Gallery. This will be a collection of 2-D and 3-D works which will be a delight I think.

In November the Press Gang at Noosa are doing Rubbings by the River which will be a great activity to connect people to printmaking, and the results will be shown in Noosa Regional Gallery's windows for the month.

And then we spill over into January next year with an exciting postcard-style exhibition Interpretation of Nature Reserves (the place-holding working title at the moment) showing post-card sized works inspired by the three Nature Reserves on the Sunshine Coast.

Throughout the year the shops at Caloundra Regional Gallery and Pine Rivers Gallery are both encouraging the sale of prints so we hope to be able to keep them well-stocked and supplied.

Phew, I can get tired just thinking about it.

Whilst we are on the subject of printmaking and prints, towards the end of last year Barry and I were lucky enough to get to Brisbane to view a printmaking exhibition _scape which showed prints inspired the poetry of Angela Gardner. It was stunning. Here are few of the works I loved most.

 "Grey sky sneak-thievery" 
By? Apologies I photographed the wrong didactic.

 "Into the hot burden of a day"
By? Apologies I photographed the wrong didactic

 "All the steps of pride and loneliness in diagrams for ease of use"
By Judy Keogh

"What else but touch the moment of a death"
ByRobyn Bradfield

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