Past Exhibits

Dreams and Impressions | The journey of two artist friends Genie Shenk and Mary Ellen Long

Dreams and Impressions | The journey of two artist friends, Genie Shenk and Mary Ellen Long 
10/5 - 10/27

The Ink Shop is honored to exhibit the poetic documentations by book artists, Mary Ellen Long and Genie Shenk displaying three-dimensional works of paper, text, imagery, and found objects. 
We are very sad to say that Genie Shenk passed away on August 19th, 2018 and are grateful to her family and friend Mary Ellen Long for helping us to continue with this exhibit.

Genie Shenk Wreck of the Little Bee    

Genie Shenk’s work in printmaking, fiber and book arts has been extensive and diverse.We are fortunate to have  several excellent examples of her books in this exhibit, including The Wreck of the Little Bee, which is a housing for dreams of warning before the death of a mermaid, and The Fudge of Atropos, made with handmade paper and mulberry paper with cord, some findings, magnets, and dried fudge. A quote from the artist, “In my mother’s dresser drawer, hard as a rock, cold as stone. She had loved chocolate. . .”  Several books in the exhibit and the focus of most of her research are her dream logs and related dream pieces. She was influenced by Jungian philosophy, and began recording her dreams in visually in 1982. While attending the Masters of Fine Arts program at UCLA in 1987, Genie focused on book arts. She used the book as a register, for dreams, belongings, travels, and events. She taught color theory and developed a popular experimental book arts course at San Diego Mesa College, and taught book arts at Mesa College and the Athenaeum School of the Arts in La Jolla for 17 years. Genie was co-founder of Mesa Arts Press and a founding member of San Diego Book Arts. Her work has been widely exhibited and is most significantly represented in the University of Washington Library Special Collections, the University of California San Diego Special Collections, the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library in La Jolla, the Long Beach Museum of Art, and the Library of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.  

Mary Ellen Long, Rio Grande
Mary Ellen Long Rio Grande    

Mary Ellen Long explores themes of nature, ritual, process and time. Mary Ellen’s ForestStories use paper, photography, mixed media, and found materials to document her environmental statements and other subjects such as family, the process of aging, and cultural issues. Some of Mary Ellen’s very interesting works included in this exhibit are Roots and Rivers, an exploration into the physicality of roots which led to her interest in the lines that rivers make on the land. Winter Pressings, are a series documenting paper she has buried for the duration of winter, a practice she has committed to since 1983. Mary Ellen was born in Los Angeles and lived in North San Diego County before moving to Durango, Colorado 34 years ago. She received BA and MA degrees from San Diego State and has received grants from the Colorado Arts Council. Mary Ellen has been a featured artist at The Center for Book Arts in New York City and has been an artist-in-residence at Edgemont Highlands in Durango creating outdoor environmental art for 9 years.


 

 

This program is made possible in part with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County. 

Member Exhibit


Member Exhibit  9/7-9/28
 

Each year, The Ink Shop launches a Members' show, giving our membership the opportunity to exhibit their newest work. This is always a popular show that gives the public the opportunity to see the new work coming out of The Ink Shop, Central New York's only community printmaking facility.

Reflexion | Printmakers of Atelier de Gravure de la Villedieu

 

Reflexion | Printmakers of Atelier de gravure de la Villedieu  Jul 6 – Aug 11, 2018

We are very excited to announce our upcoming exhibit featuring the printmakers of l’Atelier de Gravure de la Villedieu, a community studio located outside of Paris. Since 1986, l’Association d’Arts Graphique de la Villedieu/Atelier de Gravure de la Villedieu has organized the "Biennales Internationales de Gravure", exhibiting the work by great contemporary French and International printmakers. The recent director of the l’Atelier de Gravure de la Villedieu, Fabienne Veverka,  has joined The Ink Shop while she is residing in the US, and will be present for the opening reception of this show. She will present an artist’s talk for our TalkPrint series at The Ink Shop during the run of the exhibit.  Through Fabienne, The Ink Shop is able to connect with yet another print shop, and introduce the public to an ever-widening circle of international printmakers.

Annick Autran • Marie Claire De La Blanchardiere
Jocelyne Briselet • Anne-Marie de Lajudie • Catherine Delmelle 
Yannick Dublineau • Colette Dumont • Alfera Gilles
Lise Hertz • Valerie Loiseau • Francoise Majchrowicz
Laurence de Saint Martin • Florence Ohana • Michele Urbany
Fabienne Veverka • Katherine Azoulay Villier

 

Paul Van Atta | 2017-2018 Kahn Family Fellow

Paul Van Atta | Molotov Cocktail
2017/18 Kahn Family Fellow

Opening Reception Friday, June 8, 2018
6/1 - 6/30

Molotov Cocktail by Paul Van Atta

Paul Van Atta will exhibit work he created as the Ink Shop’s 2017-18 Kahn Family Fellow. Paul’s imagery started as an experiment with found materials, and developed to including screenprinting, drawing, painting and drypoint engraving as a means of engaging with the public. He uses byproducts of marketing and retail displays as a substrate for his economic commentary. Many of his images overlay human characters in a state of befuddlement or general distress as one might be, having come to terms with the bulldozing of their community mom and pop stores and trying to navigate the uncaring, merchandise mega-warehouses. Paul is a painter and illustrator and graduated from SUNY New Paltz with an MFA in printmaking. He has also spent three years working within the same company, starting as a cashier and then relieving his duties as an Operations Manager

Each year The Ink Shop awards the fellowship to an emerging printmaker who shows promise and dedication to the world of printmaking. At the end of their tenure at The Ink Shop, the fellow is celebrated with this exhibit, their opportunity to show us, and the public what they have been working on over the past year. 

 

The Poetics of Printing & the Printing of Poetry | Broadsides from the Wells Book Arts

the poetics of printmakingDetail of broadside written by Dan Rosenberg To Miles, January 2015 and Alicia Rebecca Myers Harmer's Market ; Letterpress by Richard Kegler

The Poetics of Printing & the Printing of Poetry
Broadsides from the Wells Book Arts 5/4-5/24


The Ink Shop Printmaking Center is excited to feature a selection of broadsides from the Wells Book Arts Visiting Writer Series. Wells College has hosted hundreds of writers over the years, many have been top figures in their field, including Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award recipients. Every poet's visit is commemorated with a hand-printed, limited-edition broadside, produced by the master printmakers at Wells College Press. The press was founded in 1941 by Victor Hammer, an internationally renowned figure in 20th-century graphic arts who was among the leading typographers, printers, and artists of his time. 

Demonstration: During the opening reception, Richard Kegler, Director of Book Arts Center at Wells College, will demonstrate printing with his own P22 Blox modular type system which can build letterforms and abstract patterns
 

Featured poet broadsides include: Melissa Balmain, Bruce Bennett, Jen Bervin, Ralph Black, Stephan Burt, MRB Chelko, Marilyn Chin, Joshua Corey, Michelle Courtney Berry, Susan Deer Cloud, George Drew, Rhina Espaillat, Kevin González, Lauren Haldeman, Matt Hart, Sarah Jefferis, Meg Kearney, XJ Kennedy, Judith Kitchen, Austin MacRae, Philip Memmer, Jerry Mirskin, Rebecca Myers, Kiki Petrosino, Yi Ping, Katha Pollitt, Hilda Raz, Dan Rosenberg, Zach Savich, Cole Swensen, Sue Ellen Thompson, William Trowbridge



 

 

             

 

Impressions from Rembrandt

Woodcut by Lucy Plowe, SwanImpressions from Rembrandt

 
Opening Reception
Friday, April 6, 2018, 5-8pm
April 6- April 27, 2018

Impressions from Rembrandt is a collection of prints produced by 14 students in the Introduction to Print Media course, taught by Professor Gregory Page and assisted by MPF Printmaking Technician Julianne Hunter and teaching assistant Libby Rosa at Cornell University in the Academic Year 2017-2018.  Students created a portfolio of 18 limited edition prints utilizing various techniques taught in class including lithography, woodcut relief and screen printing. Each print measures 11”x15” and is hand-printed on various archival grade fine art papers.

Rembrandt, a Dutch master of the 17th Century, gave rise to important ways of image making. His subject matter and style influenced generations of artists to come. The students responded to the plethora of subjects in Rembrandt’s etchings, ranging from portraits to genre scenes and landscapes to narratives. The students visited The Johnson Museum twice to view the exhibition and to study several Rembrandt prints up-close. The work responds to Lines of Inquiry: Learning From Rembrandt’s Etchings, an exhibition co-curated by Andrew C. Weislogel and Andaleeb Badiee Banta at The Johnson Museum of Art.

Special thanks to Cathy Rosa Klimaszewski, Andrew C. Weislogel, and Carolyn Benedict Fraser for their support and collaboration.

 
 
 
 
 

 

I See You (IC/CU)

I See You (IC/CU) exhibit image    Lucy Plowe (Cornell), Cleopatra, woodcut                                               Sam Unger (Ithaca College), Village at Night

I See You (IC/CU)
Opening Reception
Fri, Feb 2, 2018, 5-8pm
Feb 2-Mar 29, 2018

The Ink Shop is pleased to host the 3rd joint show of prints by students of two strong printmaking programs at Ithaca College and Cornell University.The fine art print possesses conceptual complexity which is deeply embedded in contemporary art practices. These prints explore aspects of this conversation, questioning what prints are and how they function. These works are richly diverse with unique approaches using traditional methods, ranging from beginner to advanced practitioners.

2017 Annual Print Sale

 

 

Annual Print Sale 12/1 - 1/27

The Ink Shop has its Annual Print Sale before the holidays. Our collection of prints is extensive and represents some of the best printmakers around. Through this sale, and all exhibits presented by The Ink Shop, we remind the public that prints make great gifts. We are always encouraging people to support the Arts by buying more Art!

Brian D. Cohen | Emblems

Brian D. Cohen | Emblems  11/3 - 11/25

Emblems is a series of etchings based on the form of the 17th C emblem book. The historical book intended associations and diverse meanings of key elements of the world in schematic and formal spatial arrangements. The emblem book envisioned the universe as 'like a book or mirror of our life and death', and objects in the world as invested with immediate and enduring universal significance. The physical is presented in order to reveal the spiritual, the metaphysical, the abstract, and the symbolic.

"The process of etching is physical and elemental, requiring force and pressure, inviting aggression and then delicacy, conjoining fire, water, earth, and air. There is something about setting an image in metal that implies permanence, duration, and enduring presence. I embrace themes of loss, futility, destruction, and unexpected, redemptive beauty, themes tied to the tradition of printmaking, whose imagery has always tended toward critical commentary and serious contemplation, and often toward humor and irony as well.”

Brian D. Cohen is a printmaker, painter, writer, and educator. In 1989 he founded Bridge Press, now in Westmoreland, New Hampshire, to further the association and integration of visual image, original text, and book structure. Artist’s books and prints by Cohen have been shown in forty individual exhibitions, and in over 150 group shows. His works are held by `private and public collections throughout the country. Cohen's essays and reviews have appeared both in print and in online national journals and magazines.

Big Ink Ithaca 2017

BIG INK in Ithaca

On Aug 26th & 27th, 2017 the Ink Shop got together with BIG INK who brought a 48” x 96” mobile printmaking press to the Ithaca Commons to promote an appreciation for the art of woodcut printmaking. 

Artists were selected by Lyell Castonguay, director of BIG INK. Each brought a giant carved wood block measuring at least 24" x 36" in size. The prints created at BIG INK events are exhibited in university galleries, art centers, and museums, such as a recent show in Seoul, Korea.for an event that fosters appreciation for the art of woodcut printmaking. The finished prints will be hung in the Ink Shop Studio Gallery October 6th - October 28th, 2017

Participating artists: Craig Mains, Henry Portillo, Stephen Winiecki, Carla Aurich, Sarah Gorss, Greg Page, Camille Chew, Rebecca Aloisio, Judy Barringer/Christa Wolf, Pamela Drix, John McKaig, Todd Ayoung

 

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