Letter from the Director Dear Friends, What a summer we had! I don't think I've ever seen the studio so full and hopping. This summer we offered sev

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drypoint tutorial in the modern age during the Certificate in Green Printmaking: Intaglio program

Dear Friends,

What a summer we had! I don't think I've ever seen the studio so full and hopping. This summer we offered several longer, more intensive workshops including a five-day Moku Hanga workshop, a couple of four-day monotype workshops, and our 25 day intensive- the Certificate in Green Printmaking: Intaglio. It's a different, wonderful feeling when artists really settle into the studio, make themselves at home in the space and temporarily join our wonderful community. All the while, our members' studio (upstairs) was busy with our regulars. It's great to see all the school teachers in the studio during their summer breaks, getting to feed their own artistic souls.

We also had two compelling exhibitions of work from our Flat Files, "Hot Off The Press" at Hope and Feathers Gallery and Frame Shop in Amherst, and "Working Green " at Manhattan Graphics Center in New York. The work in our Flat File changes each year as artists create new bodies of work. These two exhibitions continue our mission of exhibiting fine examples of prints made safely. This is how we will change people's attitudes about green printmaking practices.

Have you noticed our larger presence on social media this summer? If so, it's because we had a dedicated social media intern, Johanna Renard from Smith College. She posted on our Facebook and Instagram pages several times each week and really gave the world a closer view of what happens at the studio. I hope to keep the momentum going this fall and winter. Follow us and see!

This Fall promises to be busy as well. We'll be hosting the Art Salon in our courtyard on September 22nd, Print Fair North (our annual studio print sale) returns on October 2nd as part of the larger Print Works 2016 event and we open "The Unity of Opposites" a big, collaborative printmaking exhibition on October 4th at APE Gallery in Northampton.

Zea Mays Printmaking will be returning to the Editions/Artists Book Fair in New York City in November. This year, we will be showcasing our boxed portfolios, and debuting our newest and largest to date, "Traces." This new portfolio is based on an original poem by Annie Rogers to which twenty artists responded. If you're in New York November 3-6 please stop by and see the portfolios.

We're happy to be starting the second year of our Artist Mentorship program and welcoming six new mentees and two returning. The response from the first year has been so positive, with each person realizing their unique goals (such as a solo exhibition, a broadening of technical skill, a more focused approach to one's own work). We have such great teachers here at ZMP, and the mentorship program is another way for artists to build working relationships with them.

Due to modern technology, when you receive this email, I'll be on vacation relaxing by a lake and recharging for another good year. I hope you have the chance to do the same.



New People in Print Videos featuring Esther S White and Dan Chiaccio

This summer, the Zea Mays Printmaking social media intern Jojo Renard interviewed and filmed two of our new faculty members Esther S White and Dan Chiaccio for our People in Print video series. Watch and listen to learn about each artist's process, inspiration, and current series. Here are the videos:


People in Print – Esther S White


People in Print – Dan Chiaccio


Print Fair North

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Print Fair North
Courtyard behind Thornes Marketplace
Northampton, MA
Sunday, October 2, 2016, 10-5

This year we have combined forces with the Northampton Print and Book Fair and Big Ink and the three of us will be hosting Print Works 2016 on October 2nd. We will take over downtown Northampton with three printmaking events.

Free and open to the public, "Print Works 2016" is a day­-long festival celebrating the art of prints, books, and zines. Print Works 2016 brings the public into close contact with artists, writers, and publishers. Featuring prints and publications for sale, live printmaking demonstrations, and the opportunity to talk with artists and printmakers, Print Works 2016 engages with the diverse printmaking practices active in our region.

There will be activities at three adjacent locales downtown Northampton, Mass. including Northampton Print & Book Fair, at the A.P.E. Gallery at 126 Main Street, BIG INK, in the municipal parking lot behind Thornes Marketplace, and Print Fair North, in the plaza between Thornes Marketplace and the parking garage.

Print Fair North sponsored by Zea Mays Printmaking will feature over 30 artists and print studios showcasing original prints for sale. Join us under the big tent on the Plaza between Thornes Marketplace and the Parking Garage.

We're posting snapshots of some of the exhibitors on our Facebook Page -


The Unity of Opposites

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Sally Clegg, "Riddle", etching - one of the first two images to kick of the Telephone game

Zea Mays Printmaking invited Peregrine Press (Portland, ME) to collaborate with us on an interesting exhibition concept. Two artists were given a verbal prompt and told to make a print based on their interpretation of the prompt. Their prints were shown to four different artists who responded by making their own, new images. Then the four new pieces were shown to eight more artists, who created a new interpretation. This continued until 75 artists created printed works which include prints, sculpture and artists' books. When the show opens on October 4th, the original prompt will be revealed and gallery visitors will be able to trace the evolution of one thought through seventy five interpretations. At that point, we'll also move the exhibition into the digital realm of Instagram and invite anyone to respond to any of the works of art by creating their own interpretation and posting it to our Instagram hashtag #telephoneexhibit. The physical exhibition will travel to the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art in February at which time the Instagram feed will be exhibited along with the physical prints.

A.P.E. Gallery
Northampton, MA
October 4 - 30, 2016
Reception: Friday, October 14, 5-8 PM

ICA - Maine College of Art
Portland, ME
February 1 – March 4, 2017
Reception: Friday, February 3, 2017, 5-8 PM


Editions/Artists Book Fair

Save the date - November 3 - 6, 2016
Editions/Artists' Book Fair 2016
The Tunnel
Chelsea, NYC

Twenty artists were given the original poem Traces by Annie Rogers. Each artist responded to the poem with an edition of ten prints. These prints, along with the poem, list of works and colophon are included in a gorgeous box designed by Sarah Creighton. Artists included in Traces are Maya Bajak, Anne Beresford, Annie Bissett, Judith Bowerman, Meredith Broberg, Lyell Castonguay, Liz Chalfin, Daniel Chiaccio, Sally Clegg, Nancy Diessner, Anita Hunt, Louise Kohrman, Tekla McInerney, Larinda Meade, Frank Ozereko, Lynn Peterfreund, Joyce Silverstone, Nanette Vonnegut, Carolyn Webb and Angela Zamarelli.

We'll be debuting Traces at E/AB along with our other two portfolios, The Nature of Things and Ten.


Featured Workshop


Introduction to Photopolymer Printmaking
Taught by Nancy Diessner

Friday 6-9, Saturday & Sunday 10-5, September 23-25, 2016
$300 non-members, $270 members
$40 materials fee includes film, plates, paper, inks

This workshop is an introduction to working with Toyobo Printight plates, a photopolymer plate that is very sensitive to the tonal range in photo-based imagery as well as direct drawing. In fact, the process is so versatile that it can accommodate nearly any type of imagery or visual approach you’re interested in bringing to it. The plates can yield prints with rich, luscious blacks, delicate tones, or lines that sensitively translate the texture of the drawing tool. Through the use of colored inks, multi-plate printing, and chine colle, the plates can also yield beautiful color prints. We’ll be working with photographic imagery that the participant will have the opportunity to alter at many points in the process with digital manipulation, drawing, scratching, or the addition of painterly marks.
The workshop is open to beginners with no printmaking experience as well as experienced printmakers. It can also be used as an introduction or a re-fresher course for those familiar with the process.


Other Upcoming Workshops

Traditional Wheat Paste Chine Collé with Louise Kohrman

Tuesday Morning Monotype with Joyce Silverstone

All about BIG! with Louise Kohrman

Large Scale Woodcut with Lyell Castonguay

DIY Gig Poster: An Into to Basic Screen Printing Practices via Poster Design with Dan Chiaccio

BIG Monotype with Lynn Peterfreund

The Painterly Reductive Screenprint with Jennifer Grover

Editioning Drawings: Photopolymer and the Artist's Hand with Nancy Diessner

See a full list of fall workshops here!


The Loo Gallery West at the Dream Away Lodge

This fall, BZ Reily and Kevin Pomerleau each have a solo exhibition in the fun, quaint, Berkshire restaurant The Dream Away Lodge. The restaurant's handicapped bathroom has been transformed into an unorthodox gallery space. As in years past, opening receptions as well as a Starving Artist Dinner, a meal prepared by the chef at the Dream Away Lodge in response to the artwork, will accompany each exhibition.

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The beautiful dinning area at The Dream Away Lodge

Exhibition Dates:
BZ Reily: September – mid-October
Kevin Pomerleau: mid-October – November

Dinner dates to be announced.


Member News

Erika Radich is participating in the following exhibits:
September 3- October 10 (weekends): Old Frog Pond Farm & Studio's Tenth Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit,
38 Eldridge Road, Harvard, MA.
Artist Reception: Sunday, September 18, 1-4pm

September 10, 11, 2016: 11am -5pm, River Valley Artisans Art & Wine Tour,
Walpole Mountain View Winery, Walpole, NH.

October 24 - November 10, 2016: “Lotus in the Mud,” Solo exhibit at Augusta Savage Gallery,
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. Artist Reception: 10/24, 5-7.

Joanne Desmond has two mixed media encaustic pieces in the Vision and Verse exhibit @ the art gallery - University of New England, Portland, ME.

Susan Schmidt, a supporting member, exhibited prints during July in
Intention and Chance: Evolving Images along with printmakers Constance Jacobson, and Eleanor Rubin. chandler Gallery, Maud Morgan Arts Center in Cambridge, MA.

Anita Hunt has work in the following shows this fall:
Beyond the Norm: International Juried Printmaking Exhibition. The show marks the 40th anniversary of Normal Editions Workshop at Illinois State University. Selected by Susan Tallman.
Showing Sept. 20 - Oct. 16 at the University Galleries' new space in Uptown Normal, IL.

Small Print International
A traveling exhibit organized by Leicester Print Workshop, touring six venues around the UK through the summer of 2017. The show opened in May at Attenborough Arts in Leicester, England. Next stop on the tour: The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle Upon Tyne, in partnership with Northern Print. On view Sept. 7 - Nov. 15
All prints from the show can be viewed and purchased online: https://shop.leicesterprintworkshop.com/

Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition. On view Sept. 20 - Oct. 1 at the Federation Of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC.
The show travels to three more venues through January 2017: Dundarave Print Workshop, Vancouver, UBC Okanagan, and finally to SNAP Gallery, Alberta. http://www.bimpe.com/bimpe-viii-galleries/

Julie Lapping Rivera showed woodcuts at Henion's in Amherst, and mixed media collage/prints at the Dream Away Lodge in Becket, Massachusetts this summer. She is participating in a four person exhibit at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Gallery in Hadley, "The Sky and Earth" which runs through September and October along with studio member Janet Walerstein Winston
Artist Reception Sept. 8, 4 – 6PM
U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service
300 Westgate Center Drive (behind Staples)
Hadley, MA 01035
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 – 4:30PM

Louise Kalin will be sharing an exhibition of her Monoprints with Felt Constructions by Ellen-Jouret Epstein, at the Millbrook, New York Library Gallery, 3 Friendly Street, Sept 9 - Oct. 10, Artist’s Reception Sept. 9, 4-6 p.m. All are welcome!

As a newly juried member, Louise’s prints are on view at the Longyear Cooperative Gallery in Margaretville, NY. www.Longyeargallery.org/index.html
She will also be showing at the Alix Travis Gallery for the month of October, in Margaretville, NY.
Both galleries are located in the Commons Building on Main Street.
It’s a beautiful drive when the leaves start to turn!

Larinda Meade’s exhibition at the Washington Printmakers Gallery ”Larinda Meade..From to There” was reviewed in the Washington Post July 15, 2016. Here is the link to the review

Elizabeth J Saccà was invited to include her monoprints in "What a Relief: Woodblock Print Exhibition" curated by Moku Hanga artist Elizabeth Forrest. "Birdbath", "The Unknown" and "Cleo Bay" after Greg Robinson were exhibited at the Gerrard Art Space in Toronto, July 13-31.

Louise Wallendorfwas awarded an October 2016 artist residence in a dune shack on Cape Cod National Seashore under Peaked Hill Trust's Residency Program in Arts and Sciences.

Kristina Key has her print, "Aquatint V" included in "Ink, Press, Repeat", a national juried exhibition at William Paterson University Galleries from September 6 through October 14th, 2016. She will also have her print "Aquatint IV" included in "Beyond the Norm", an international juried printmaking exhibition at Illinois State University Galleries from September 20 through October 16th, 2016. "Aquatint IV" will also be included in the 2016 Pacific States Biennial North America Printmaking Exhibition at the University of Hawaii at Hilo Campus Center Gallery. The exhibition will run from October 19th until December 30th, 2016.


Faculty News

Liz Chalfin’s solo exhibition “Implied Narratives” opens at Bowdoin College on Tuesday, September 27th and runs through October 14, 2016
– Exhibition in the Edwards Front Gallery at The Robert H. and Blythe Bickel Edwards Center for Art and Dance
– Artist’s talk, 4:30-5:30 PM in the Beem classroom, Visual Arts Center
Reception, 5:30-6:30 in the gallery
– This exhibition is part of Chalfin’s participation in the Marvin Bileck Printmaking Project, teaching etching to students.

She is also a part of “A State of Mind”, Boston Printmakers’ Members Exhibition at the Lamont Gallery, Phillips Exeter Academy
20 Main Street
Exeter, NH 03833-2460
November 1 – December 10, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, November 4, 5-7 pm.

Nancy Diessner is in Text. Image / Image. Text. at Curry College in Milton, MA, from Aug. 26 - Oct. 15.
She's showing in a group show of members, Alter Ego, at Bromfield Gallery in Boston during the month of September.
Nancy highly recommends going to see Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indiginous Art from Australia at the Harvard Art Museum in Cambridge. The show has been open since February and is ending soon on September 18.

Esther S White will be showing an installation of new printed textiles and quilts alongside Jamie Williams's embroidered paintings in "Unbound" at the ECA+ Gallery at 43 Main Street in Easthampton, Mass., September 6-27, 2016. "Unbound" reception, Saturday, September 10, 5-8PM during Easthampton Art Walk.

Jenny Gover’s etching, "Obscura 2," won second prize in the Washington Printmaker’s 19th National Small Works Exhibition in Washington, DC.

Neil Brigham currently has a show of his work, Block Prints, at the Jewish Community of Amherst through October 27th. The exhibition features a selection of his linocut prints, including pieces commissioned for books and other publications. Receptions coincide with the Amherst Art Walk on Thursdays September 1st and October 6th from 5-8. The JCA gallery hours are Tue - Thu 10 - 4 and Fri - Sun 10 - 2.

Lynn Peterfreund is showing an etching in “#Los Capricos” at the Smith College of Art. The show, curated by
Lindsey Clark-Ryan, includes ten of Goya’s etchings in addition to the prints made in response to Goya’s satirical political prints .
Each artist chose a tweet to echo the nature of Goya’s ideas. The show runs from August 22-December 11.

She is showing “Dangerous Crossing,” a large monotype in “A State of Mind,” a show of work from members of The Boston Printmakers.
the show is at The Lamont Gallery, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH, running from October 31-Dec 10.

Lynn Is participating in “The Unity of Opposites” at A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton, October 4-30
and E/AB, a part of The International Print show in NYC in early November.


Meet the Interns

This fall, Zea Mays Printmaking will be welcoming two new interns to the studio. Julia Shirrmeister and Emma Warren.


Meet Emma Warren!

What inspired you to work at Zea Mays Printmaking?
Zea Mays has a reputation for being a thriving and creative artist community, one that strives to find new ways to keep printmaking inventive and safe for both artists and the environment. It's a wonderful place with great people!

Tell us a little about yourself! Where are you from? What are your hobbies?
My name is Emma Berry Warren -- I was born in Boston, MA, and when I was 12, my family and I moved to Austin, TX. I'm currently a senior BFA Printmaking major with a Women's Studies minor at UMass Amherst. My main hobby just so happens to be my passion and what I'm studying -- art! Along with printmaking, I create and distribute my own zines, which are handmade books//magazines.

What is your preferred method of printmaking?
I work in a mixed physical and digital space -- I would say that my preferred method is a combination of the two: traditional monotype and digital dass transfers. I like to layer the two and experiment with different marks.

Fun fact about yourself!
I can recite/sing all of R. Kelly's hip-opera "Trapped in the Closet," by heart!


Exhibition Opportunities

2017 Delta National Small Prints Exhibition

Open to all artists 18 and older. Submissions must be original works on paper, created within the last two years, including but not limited to, digital, intaglio, lithographic, photographic, relief, serigraphic and stencil processes. Monotypes are also eligible but reproductions of pre-existing works are not.
Juror: Ann Prentice Wagner, Curator of Drawings at the Arkansas Arts Center.


The Print Club of Rochester is now accepting submissions for a thematic exhibition, Second Glance. This is a juried show inspired by observations that go unnoticed. The constant influx of visuals and events in our lives, when observed closely, are often stranger than anything we could invent. Through a diverse selection of printmaking methods, Second Glance will examine these curiosities of everyday life. The exhibition is open to all interpretations of the concept.


Digital Exhibition

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Horizontals, the newest digital exhibition taken from works in the current Flat File is now viewable.


Featured Website

This quarter we would like to feature studio director Liz Chalfin's website.


Liz Chalfin, in the shadows, etching, 6"x 9", 2016, etching