With 2013 racing to an end its a good time to stop and consider all the wonderful things that surround us. Good friends. Great prints. And yes, sweet vintage vans festooned with the Honolulu Printmakers logo. I’m just recovering from an event called Stitch N’ Print II, which happened yesterday somewhere in Kakaako. Some of you witnessed it, but for those who did not, a group of amazing volunteers set up a temporary sewing and screenprinting studio to hand-make free tote bags for anyone who wanted one. Scores of bags were sewn, printed, and sent home, but more importantly, many new people were introduced to our organization and what we do. As is usual when we do printmaking activities in public, people just can’t get enough of it. Sometimes as printmakers we take what we do for granted, but when folks who are not immersed in it see it they are really blown away and inspired. Below is volunteer Michael Javalde working with some new fans of printmaking:
Hopefully everyone knows about the upcoming Impressions Print Sale by now, but if not, it is on November 29, 30, & Dec 1, the friday, saturday, and sunday after Thanksgiving, 10-4 daily. The location is our studio at the Honolulu Museum of Art School (aka Linekona) at 1111 Victoria St. There will be tons of amazing prints and printed objects for sale by print artists from around the state, so don’t miss out.
I also want to mention a new project debuting at Impressions this year: the Director’s Portfolio. This is a limited edition portfolio containing prints by four emerging local printmakers whose work has impressed me. Only 20 sets are available, and for the very reasonable price of $100 you can collect the work of some important up-and-comers while supporting the overall mission of Honolulu Printmakers. The artists involved are Drew Broderick, Ualani Davis, Marika Emi, and AJ Feducia, and I’m very excited about introducing you to the work they have produced for us. You can learn more by listening to this radio piece by Noe Tanigawa where she talks with some of the artists involved.
On the horizon we are looking forward to our annual juried exhibition in 2014, with juror Liz Chalfin bringing us her take on the latest in non-toxic printmaking, and a Gift Print from Margaret Barnaby that is already selling briskly.
As always I urge you to get involved, and please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or ideas you have about how we can promote the art of printmaking far and wide.