Transplants Bloom Too

This reduction print was the fruit of a long internal creative process that began when I bought some dahlias at the market. What a gorgeous flower, with its collection of perfectly-designed laid out in geometrical spirals and the delicate addition of color, always a variation of two near-complements fading into one another for a beautiful effect.

Woodblock print plate for "Transplants Bloom Too" reduction print
An early shot of the pen drawing on MDF board and the initial plate starting to take shape.

It didn’t take my mind long to move to the amazing science of transplantation, cross-pollination, plant hybridization and the like that have been practiced in the plant kingdom long long before they were practiced by humans. I fascinated by the way plants can quickly assimilate themselves to different climates and habitat with beautiful results. We see proof of this all the time in the plant kingdom, and in humans as well. How wonderful to behold how well we humans do when transplanted far far from home and into communities that may look nothing like the ones we are used to.

While conceptualizing what the text on this piece would look like in my head I originally was visualizing a more handwritten-style font. But then while experimenting with fonts this classical “Times”-style serif caught my eye and I liked it immediately for its appearance and weight. The letters were hand-carved in linoleum and printed in a separate pass, bringing the total color count on this print to five.

 

Holiday Season 2018 Sales

There are still plenty of chances to find us around town for a Michigan-made creative gift or two. Here are the upcoming shows. Schedule tight? Drop me an email any time to set up an appointment at the studio.

Saturday, 12/1/2o18
UICA Holiday Artists’ Market
Website: https://www.uica.org/holiday-artists-market/

Sunday, 12/23/2018
Last Chance Holiday Art Market | The Pyramid Scheme
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/277318769568111/

Fall and Winter 2018-19 Shows and Events

August 17, 18 & 19
Hoxeyville Music Festival
Event Website: http://www.hoxeyville.com

September 7, 8 & 9
Wheatland Music Festival
Event Website: https://www.wheatlandmusic.org/music-festival/

September 15 & 16
Fallasburg Art Festival – Lowell, MI
Event Website: https://www.lowellartsmi.org/fallasburg-arts-festival

September 30 – October 21
Printmaking Class: Fall ’18 Printmaking 101
Sundays September 30th through October 21st, 2018 – 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
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November 16 & 18
27th Annual Tanglefoot Open Studio Sale

December 9
Printmaking Class: Monotype Day Session
December 9 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
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January 14 – February 4 2019
Printmaking Class: Winter ’19 Printmaking 101
Sundays January 14 through February 4 2019  – 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
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Summer & Fall 2018 Shows and Events

June 23
Bizarre Bazaar – Eastown Grand Rapids
Event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Eastownbizbaz/

July 6 & 7
Lakeshore Art Fest – Muskegon, MI
Event Website: https://lakeshoreartfestival.org

July 14 & 15
KRASL Art Fair – St. Joseph, MI
Event Website: https://krasl.org/art-fair/event-information/

August 17, 18 & 19
Hoxeyville Music Festival
Event Website: http://www.hoxeyville.com

September 7, 8 & 9
Wheatland Music Festival
Event Website: https://www.wheatlandmusic.org/music-festival/

September 15 & 16
Fallasburg Art Festival – Lowell, MI

 

Goodbye “crow” print!

“Wishing my worries away”

We’ve got to the last of this print edition. Numbers 42, 43, 44 and 45 are all that’s left of the edition. If you would like to get one of them come to our anual studio sale coming up November 17 and 19; or get it at the online shop and I’ll ship it for free.

 

 

 

Fall and Winter 2017 Art Sales and Events

Mitten Made Makers Market
Mitten Made Makers Market South Haven

Oct 21 & 22 2017 10:00-5:00
Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/1805693909460221/

 

Día de los Muertos at Donkey Taqueria
Dia De Los Muertos at Donkey Taqueria

Nov 1 2017 Noon-Close
Website: https://www.facebook.com/DonkeyGR/

 

Tanglefoot 26
Tanglefoot 26 Open Studios

Nov 17 5-9 and Nov 19 12:00 – 5:00
Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/280518525772003/

 

UICA Holiday Artists Market
UICA Holiday Artists Market 2017

Dec 2 2017 10:00 – 6:00
Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/276688639449437/

Spring and Summer 2017 Festivals

Red Hydrant Press will be selling at the following festivals and shows this spring and summer. * are for places we haven’t been before, so be sure to come check us out if you’re near these ones.

May 27 – Made in MI Pop Up Market*
Website: http://madeinmipopup.com

June 2-4 – Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts
Website: https://festivalgr.org

June 17 – Founders Fest
Website: https://foundersbrewing.com/taproom-events/founders-fest-2017/

June 24-25 – Grand Haven Art Fair*
Website: https://grandhavenchamber.org/grand-haven-art-festival/

July 1-2 – South Haven Art Fair*
Website: https://www.southhavenmi.com/events/details/59th-annual-fine-arts-fair-sh-center-for-the-arts-07-01-2017-1744

September 8-10 – Wheatland Music Festival – Remus, MI*
Website: http://www.wheatlandmusic.org

If you have any questions about these events or other ways to see my art, please get in touch.

Cloudiest place on Earth

January is already one of the harshest months for me, I need to start thinking about taxes, I have near to zero income, no projects to focus on, no events, no concerts, no blue skies, no sun, no warmth, nothing to make a being with a beating heart feel better! On top of that I just read that Grand Rapids was the cloudiest place on Earth last week. So I guess the only thing left for us inhabitants of this grey place is to brag about how miserable we can be, but even that was taken away by the events of last week which made last week also one of the darkest I have memory of.

But times like these have inspired great art and that’s what I am looking forward to.

To the drafting table!

 

Classes: Introduction to Printmaking

Frailecillo plate

I am teaching printmaking classes at my studio located in the Tanglefoot building. These classes are intended for those who are curious about the process but have felt intimidated to start on their own.

Classes will cover the basics of printmaking, like design transfer, translating a sketch images suitable for relief carving, materials, inks, paper, tools, etc. The goal is that at the end of the four classes, students will be confident to pull prints on their own.

Classes are limited to 10 people with a minimum of 3 people. To sign up follow the link below.

4 – 3 hour classes $200
supplies $35

Sundays February 12  to March 5 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

UICA Holiday Artist’s Market 2016

UICA Holiday Artists Market 2016

Red Hydrant Press is excited for another year at the UICA Holiday Artist’s Market. This is the 28th year, but the third in the new venue for the event: Steelcase Town Hall. With the new space, even more great artists, artisans, and craftspeople can show their work, and the variety of gifts for sale is amazing.

Both parking and entry to the event are free. We hope to see you there.

More Information at the UICA Website:
http://www.uica.org/calendar/ham-2016