Quartermaster Press Studio celebrates its 25th Anniversary with a retrospective exhibition that includes the printed works of 31 past and present members. April 6 through May 25, 2018 at Koch Gallery at Katherine L White Hall.
Printing is an infinitely expanding art form, embodying creativity, experimentation, and inventiveness. This is the colorful local story of a small group of artists learning to monoprint in a potting shed at Quartermaster Harbor in 1993. Today, 25 years later, Quartermaster Press Studio is still an active artist collective, working in a fully-equipped etching studio at the historic Beall Greenhouses.
QMP 25 invites you to attend Two First Friday Receptions and other special events including docent tours of the exhibit and The Collector’s Conversation to understand what it is to own and live with an artwork.
April 6, 5:30 p.m. First Friday – Valerie Willson Artist Talk — QMP History and Print Techniques
April 14, 1:30 p.m. Saturday – Brian Fisher — Collagraphy Demonstration
April 28, 1:30 p.m. Saturday – Collectors’ Conversation
This special event is part of the Quartermaster Press 25 Retrospective at Vashon Center for the Arts. The “collectors,” people just like you who own art that they have purchased from our exhibiting artists, or those of you who are inspired to collect art from other genres, are invited to participate. We’ll find out what draws people to collect artwork, the benefits of owning a work, how a piece changes as it becomes part of one’s daily life… and much more. Saturday April 28, 1:30 p.m. “The Collectors Wall” at Vashon Center for the Arts.
May 4, 5:30 p.m. First Friday – Suzanne Moore Artist Talk — Tradition and Transformation
The history of printmaking is rich with imagery and technique, and it was key to the democratization of art. The printing press has been traditional equipment since the Tang Dynasty (7th century), and in the hands of contemporary artists, new approaches and individual experimentation allow the creation of distinctly modern prints. Beyond what we perceive as viewers there is often a “backstory” hidden in the layers of ink, collage and mixed media. Hear what lies in those layers of ink on paper, as we hear some of the Quartermaster Press artists’ perspectives on their work.
May 4, 6:30 p.m. – Deborah Taylor — Multi-plate Etching Demonstration
There are many ways to make a multi-colored image in fine art printing. In this demonstration, Deborah Taylor will show how to make a fine print using two copper plates. She will give a very brief history of etching, explain different techniques for etching an image into copper, how to ink and wipe an etched plate, and how to register and print a two-plate colored print using an etching press.
May 19, 1:30 p.m. Saturday – Valerie Willson — Monotype Demonstration
Valerie Willson will demonstrate monotype–one of the most spontaneous of the printmaking mediums. Monotype is fun for beginners and is also used by the most sophisticated printmakers to create unique prints. In this demonstration, four different techniques will be explored.