Past Exhibits

Grant Silverstein

Grant Silverstein- Devil and Sleep

Grant Silverstein

Born in 1953, Grant Silverstein is a self-taught artist presently living in Pennsylvania. His specialization is in the media of intaglio etchings, and he has developed a reputation as a figurative printmaker.

He has been etching since 1980 and has exhibited widely in North America. His etching style is realistic and influenced by mythology and common daily events and dreams.

Decadia | Exchange Portfolio

Opening Reception Friday November 5, 5-8 PM

The Ink Shop is celebrating its first decade.  The Decadia Portfolio exchange reflects both a celebration of our first ten years, as well as a utopian destination, now and into the future. Our "arcadia" is a place that continues to nurture artists and artmaking; where artists and the public interact and grow in symbiotic ways, and where printmaking and the art of the book are highlighted and celebrated.

Decadia contains 18 prints by 18 Ink Shop artists who interpreted this theme each in their way, some literally, some more broadly.  It is a tribute to their talent, enthusiasm, and determination that these artists have mastered the craft and art of the print.  Their work shows the ongoing exploration of the traditional methods of printmaking, as well as an incorporation of new approaches, which include digital media, social and political themes, and more formal explorations in abstraction. These artists bring new life and excitement to the field of contemporary printmaking with a portfolio that keeps the art form printmaking relevant to our modern cultural discourse.

Participating artists:

Judy Barringer, Brandy Boden, Pamela Drix, Kathy Friedrich,  Rebecca Godin, Liz Grantham, Kumi Korf, Pat Hunsinger, Craig Mains, Tim Merrick, Jim Mullen,  Margaret Myers, Greg Page, Jenny Pope, Kadie Salfi, Jae Sullivan, Caleb R. Thomas, Christa Wolf.

Kadie Salfi Apex-Predator | Body Parts

Kadie Salfi - Bald Eagle

September 3 - October 29 | Opening Reception Friday, September 3, 5-8pm

Humans are the world’s leading apex predators. But instead of maintaining the health of ecosystems as other apex predators do, humans are destroying the world’s natural balance by killing millions of animals every year at a rate that is unsustainable and irreversible. More than 100million sharks are killed annually for their fins. Rhinoceros are killed for their horns, eagles are killed for feathers, wings and talons, and on and on. The illegal wildlife trade is the third largest illegal trade in the world, at $20 billion a year trailing only narcotics and arms. The trade generates a vicious cycle: the illegal killings make the animals rarer, so they become more valuable, stimulating more killings.

In the same way that we are consuming our virgin forests and depleting our freshwater supplies, we are destroying entire populations of animals without considering the local and global effects. It is one thing to kill an animal for food and clothing in a humane and sustainable way, using the whole animal, but it is quite another— a form of animal genocide— to mutilate animals for specific body parts, often leaving them to waste painfully and die.

When will we realize that what we are doing is not sustainable and will affect the health of the planet, which in turn threatens us?

 To view a PDF of the complete catalog for the exhibit CLICK HERE.

Kadie Salfi has been the 2009/10 Peter Kahn Family Fellow. Sales from Kadie Salfi's art will support the fellowship, and also 5% of all sales proceeds will be donated to WildAid, and organization whose mission is to "end the illegal wildlife trade within our lifetimes"


Through the Screen

Screen Prints by Bill Davison, Steve Poleskie, Minna Resnick, Kadie Salfi, Christa Wolf

September 3 - September 24 |  Opening Reception Friday Sept. 3., 5-8 PM

Screen printing is currently regarded as one of the newest forms of printmaking, but it evolved out of the oldest known techniques of stenciling. These methods of stenciling were developed in China and Japan between 500 and 1000 A.D. The Japanese used fine silk threads and strands of human hair to hold floating stencils in place. The whole stencil was then varnished and flattened, which formed something not unlike the modern screen. Artists then applied color to open areas using a stiff brush, creating continuous patterns of almost unlimited complexity. These patterns were used to create fine art forms such as stencil pictures, screens, and fabrics. The medium was developed in the west using framed screens and squegees to press the ink throiugh. It became the medium for all kinds of professional printing and is often used to decorate T shirts.

In the 1960s, screen printing proved an ideal medium for the aesthetic movement of the time. In his 1967 article,"Silkscreen Printing"  in Artists Proof, the Annual of Prints and Printmaking"  Steve Poleskie, founder of the Chiron Press, called screenprinting "the medium of now," saying that "...the new artists attracted to this field, naive about what can or cannot be done, about what is or is not a print, have completely revolutionized the graphic arts."  At Chiron Press Poleskie worked with most of the well-known artists of that time such as Robert Rauschenberg, Claus Oldenburg,  Larry Rivers, Roy Lichtenstein, Alex Katz, James Rosenquist, and Andy Warhol.  A professor emeritus at Cornell, Poleskie's work is in the collections of numerous museums including the Metropolitan Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Other artists showcased include Bill Davison, who taught screen printing and etching at the University of Vermont for thirty-five years and produced his own screen prints until 2000, when he switched to making water based monotypes. Kadie Salfi, his daughter, also works primarily in screen printing, often with sculptural material. Kadie was awarded the Peter Kahn Family Fellowship in 2009/10 and has a solo show at the Ink Shop Gallery. Minna Resnick is well known nationally and internationally for her work that centers on womens' themes. She often combines screen printing with lithography. Christa Wolf’s pieces deal with the layering of memory. She studied screen printing with Steve Poleskie at Cornell and is a co-founder of the Ink Shop


Peter Kahn Fellows: 2000-2010

July 2 - August 24 | Gallery Night Reception: Friday, July 2, 5-8pm

This exhibit celebrates ten years of printmaking and books from the Peter Kahn Family Fellowship recipients. Artists Samantha Couture, Jennifer Savran, Jae Sullivan, Ella Sadza-Loinaz, Jenny Pope, Caleb R. Thomas, Jamie Ellen Davis, and Kadie Salfi are showcased.

The Kahn Family Fellowship is a key element in our programming, furthering the legacy of Peter Kahn’s life and art, drawing together artists and writers in collaborative projects of the kind that were so important to him. In memory of our colleague, this fellowship is designed to offer opportunities to artists seeking further experience and professional development in printmaking and book arts

10 Years of the Ink Shop | Prints and Books

May 7 - June 22 | Gallery Night Reception Friday May 7, 5-8pm

The Ink Show celebrates its 10th Anniversary this year! We started out in the Airplane Factory, generously supported the first year by John Novarr, then moved to the Handwork building on State Street. After the big fire of 2008, we relocated to the second floor of the Community School of Music and Art, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

We mount six shows each year which highlight almost every printmaking technique. The Ink Shop has developed a solid reputation for providing professionally curated exhibitions. We have shown artists/printmakers from all over the world and have been invited to show our work nationally and internationally, as far away as Japan.  Our popular classes include intaglio, etching, lithography, bookbinding, wood cut and screen printing.

The 10th Anniversary exhibit is the first in a series celebrating our first decade. The May show features Ink Shop artists plus printmakers country-wide who have shown with us.  In July and August we will display the work of our Peter Kahn Fellows from 2000-2010 and the Ink Shop poster graphics of Craig Mains.  In the Fall, we will hold the Black & White Ball fundraiser and an exchange portfolio.  Ithaca and the people of the region have magnanimously supported our efforts to keep the art wheel turning.  

Please CLICK HERE to read Arthur Whitman's review of this exhibit, published online on IthacaPost.
Come May 7- June 22 and explore our exhibit of over forty artists in all three galleries at the Community School of Music and Art.

Exchanges: Ithaca / Osaka

March 5 - April 30 | Gallery Night Reception: Friday, March 5, 5-8pm

Prints and drawings from Gallery Ami & Kanoko in Osaka, Japan. Exhibited as part of an exchange. Ink Shop prints have been featured in Gallery Ami & Kanoko twice.

Pat Hunsinger: Changes

March 5 - April 30 | Opening Reception: Friday, April 5, 5-8pm

In creating her art, Patricia pulls from her plethora of experiences, from her family, and from the universal questions all humanity faces. She lives along Skaneateles Lake, and her immersion in the natural world is a running motif in her artwork. She is often able to turn sketches, photographs, and found items from her backyard into layered prints that draw from nature while commenting on human life and the choices we make. Other major influences on her art include her children, Allison and Elliot. With her daughter, she was able to explore the cycles of nature in terms of budding womanhood; with her son, she was able to explore his increasing sexuality and the effects of the external world on his maturation. In both bodies of artwork, she chose to present the awkward transition of pre-adolescence and adolescence into adulthood.

Patricia L. Hunsinger is a Central New York printmaker. She received her B.A. From the State University of New York at Cortland in Studio Art and went on to earn her M.F.A in Printmaking from Ohio University. She has taught at a variety of schools, including Long Island University at C.W. Post and Ithaca College, and most recently, Parsons New School for Design and Cazenovia College. As a teacher, Patricia devotes herself to the classroom in order to create a shared student-teacher experience, a “life world experience,” as writer David Abrams explains it. She works to build student technical knowledge, but also to incite a love of learning and creating. While she enjoys teaching students the techniques of creating art and helping them grow into accomplished artists, much of her life is entirely devoted to making prints.


Natural History: Critical Condition

January 22 - February 26 | Gallery Night Reception Friday, February 5, 5-8 pm


Artists include Lynne Allen, Dale Clifford, Carmon Colangelo and Ashley Colangelo, Syd Cross, Georgia Deal, Maggie Denk, Bill Fisher, Diane Fox, Adele Henderson, Pat Hunsinger, Anita Jung, Cima Katz, Kumi Korf, Robert Lazuka, Pam Longobardi, Angela Oates, Dennis O’Neil, Cynthia Osborne, Andy Rubin, Joe Sanders, Jewel Shaw, Aaron Wilson, and Anderson Wrangle.

Portfolio Organizer: Syd Cross                     above image   Endagered by Lynne Allen             


Results: from Ink Shop Instruction

January 22 - February 26 | Gallery Night Reception: Friday, February 5, 5-8 pm

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