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Full Steam Ahead!!

November 19, 2009


Back from a few weeks away, rested and ready for the end-of-year rush that is Xmas!  While in San Francisco I managed to get in to see two amazing spaces that will be of interest to any printmaker or book artist.  The first was the San Francisco Centre for the Book.  This is a nonprofit organization located in a warehouse area near the city.  It offers public programs, exhibitions and classes centred around promoting knowledge of the traditional as well as experimentation with new book forms.  Studio rental is available to members after they have completed the qualifying courses and there are also ‘Open Print Studio’ nights where an expert printer is on hand to help practicing printmakers with their projects.  I came away with more than a few ideas for how I could extend Myrtle Street Studio’s capabilities and was pleasantly surprised by the SFCB’s gallery space – it is no larger than what I am planning for MSS but manages to show a great range of both prints and books without seeming too cluttered.

The second space which I was lucky enough to be able to get in to see not only the gallery but studio space of was Crown Point Press.  This is a well established and very well-known private press founded by Kathan Brown which has been running since 1962.  It is located in the heart of San Francisco, conveniently just around the corner from the SFMOMA and is a print workshop and publisher dedicated to promoting printmaking via collaboration with mainly conceptual artists.  The gallery and bookstore were wonderful to browse through and I was even able to get a guided tour of the print rooms (with the biggest acquatint box I have EVER seen!).  The press usually works with invited artists but every summer they provide intensive workshops in different forms of etching which are open to anyone to participate in.  Some images below of the print rooms.

And finally!  You may have been wondering how Myrtle Street Studio itself is coming along?  Well, it was with much excitement that I got back to find that the stud walls have started to go up, there is a little bit of cladding done and louvres are soon to be put in!  If you’d like to see more than just click here!

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  1. December 3, 2009 10:46 pm

    I found you !! YAY!
    Oh my gosh, love the pussy cat image. How exciting with all the progress 🙂


    Merry Christmas to you

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