Ink will be rolling!Friday October 2 Noyo Printworks hosts a Sidewalk Printmaking Event from noon to 7, 215 Laurel Street in Ft Bragg. Activities include Letterpress printing on the Vandercook press, hand printing with a platen press, Sidewalk block printing with a Linoleum roller and mono printing on book pages by hand. Visitors will have a chance to join in this work as well as design their own simple block print. “Sidewalk Editions” of prints made by a number of guest artists will be completed and available for purchase. People can tour the Studio and sign up for upcoming workshops and Studio Groups. The Sidewalk Printmaking event is part of the Mendocino County-wide Celebration of National Arts & Crafts Week www.mendocinocraftweek.com Exhibits, demonstrations and special activities are happening all over the County from Oct 2-12.
Noyo Printworks is a new Community Studio begun under the umbrella of Flockworks, a local nonprofit focused on building community through creativity and best known for the Art@ Odd Fellows exhibit series in Mendocino and creative outreach with schools and children. Noyo Printworks, led by volunteer artists, is dedicated to learning, teaching and practice of letterpress, print making and book arts. The Studio welcomes beginners to experienced artists, with workshops and classes, on-going Studio Groups and special exhibits, events and activities.
Community donations of Letterpress, Etching Press, and related equipment got the ball rolling. City of Ft Bragg is helping incubate the start-up in unused space that was the old boy’s locker room of the old Swim Center, now transformed by volunteers into the Print Studio. A grant from the Community Foundation of Mendocino County funds a prominent outdoor sign and other outreach materials. The key ingredient, however, are volunteer leaders bringing this all together: Artist leaders includes Kathy Carl, Florence Ashford, Larry Thomas, Judy Detrick, James Maxwell, Sandy Oppenhiemer, Mary Anderson and Janet Self. Says Self “We welcome other printmakers and artists who want to add expertise, experience and time to make this work. Contact us at Noyoprintworks@gmail.com to sign up for our enews or let us know you want to be involved."
Sidewalk Print Event is free to the public, noon to 7pm and is part of the 1st Friday Ft Bragg Art Walk.