December 2019 e*newsletter

Highlights from the Fall

What's Happening Now

What's Coming Up

Opportunities & Exhibitions

Member and Faculty News


Highlights from the Fall

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Editions/Artists' Book Fair

Zea Mays Printmaking was proud to participate in the E/AB Fair in NYC for the fifth year. This year, the fair moved to a new venue down the street from the International Print Center of New York, visible from the High Line. We had lots of foot traffic throughout the four day print extravaganza.

We featured the work of T. Klacsmann, Tekla McInerney, Kevin Pomerleau, Anne Beresford, Annie Bissett, Liz Chalfin, Erika Radich, Amanda Maciuba and Edda Sigurdardottir in a small booth at the fair. It was very well received with sales to private collectors and one museum (see below).

As always, it's great to talk prints with collectors, curators, students and artists at the fair and to see what's going on in the greater print world.

You can see all of the work we brought to the fair here, and there's still time to purchase a print or two if you missed your chance.

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Marjorie Morgan, monoprint

ZMP Exhibitions

ZMP has been on view around the Pioneer Valley this Fall.

In October the Northampton Senior Center featured an exhibition curated from the Flat File Project.

Easthampton City Arts Gallery hosted a ZMP member exhibition in November, entitled Synchronicity.

Our exhibition committee works hard to create opportunities for our members to show their work in all kinds of venues. We welcome the opportunity to share wonderful prints with audiences near and far.


What's Happening Now

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In the Sanford Gallery @ ZMP

December 3-24

Reception on Friday, December 13, 5-8 PM

8"x 8"x $88

Our annual holiday print show and sale! All the prints are 8" x 8" and sell for $88. Come by the Sanford Gallery and find a work of art for yourself or a gift that inspires and delights.

Gallery hours: Tu-Fri 11-5
2nd and 4th Saturday and Sunday of the month: 11-5


Gift Certificates

Is there an artist in your life who would love to take a printmaking workshop? Or come choose a print from our Flat File Project to take home? Or a studio member who would be thrilled to have a month of their membership gifted to them?

Think about a Zea Mays Printmaking gift certificate!
Available in any amount, for anything buyable at Zea Mays Printmaking.

Email: shel@zeamaysprintmaking to order.


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Research Projects

This fall the Zea Mays interns Margo Temple, Olivia Arau-McSweeney and Pace Knowles-Donnelly have been revisiting research on non-toxic print processes conducted at Zea Mays in previous years. Using the original research, the interns are working on expanding upon each project and filling in any missing information. They will create a user-friendly and accessible guide to each process, and make it available on the the Zea Mays Printmaking website so that more people can access and use these safer alternative processes developed at Zea Mays.

Stay tuned for an announcement of when the newly revised research will be available on the website!


New Museum Acquisitions

We are thrilled to announce that the Smith College Museum of Art purchased two prints during the Editions/Artists' Book fair for their permanent collection.

T. Klacsmann's mixed-media print "Scherzo in Grey: Falcon and Mouse" and Liz Chalfin's polymer intaglio "Havana in Hindsight III" will be part of the Cunningham Center for the Study of Prints, Drawings and Photographs.

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T. Klacsmann, Scherzo in Grey: Falcon and Mouse

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Liz Chalfin, Havana in Hindsight III

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Angela Zammarelli, watercolor monotype

Feet in the Air, Head on the Ground. A Visit with Angela Zammarelli

2nd in our occasional series about young artist/mothers. This one by studio member Doris Madsen.

Read about Angela's art work, her life as working artist and mother and how she balances the two.

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Internship Opportunities

We are currently accepting applications for interns for the Spring/Summer 2020 and Fall/Winter 2020 slots.

Our interns work with us for 6 months, helping with workshops and doing research into safer printmaking practices. They get a 1-year studio membership in exchange. Details and applications are available here.


Moving Towards Sustainability

In our quest to become as sustainable as possible we're always looking to reduce our carbon footprint. To that end, we're thrilled to announce that we now get 80% of our electricity from a local solar farm. Since we now heat and cool with energy efficient electric mini-splits, this means most of our energy use is now supplied by the sun.

We compost 5 gallons of food waste each week and recycle all eligible metal, glass and plastic.

Our garbage is collected by the wonderful Pedal People, who use bikes to fetch our waste.


What's to come

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2019 Artist in Residence, Jade Hoyer

Artists in Residence

This winter we are looking forward to welcoming the following artists in residence:

Jean Sanders, State College, PA
Jean teaches art at Penn State and is coming to work on polymer intaglio prints.

Mary Hart, Portland, ME
Mary is a painter/printmakier and graduate of our Green Printmaking Certificate Program. She's a practicing artist and has taught at universities across Maine. We're excited to see where Mary's muse will take her.

Robynn Smith, Santa Cruz, CA
Robynn is a working artist who travels around the world as a representative for Caligo Inks and will be working on her own prints and teaching a workshop, Pastel Transfer Monotype during her residency here! Find more info about the workshop here.

Brianna Ashe, Easthampton, NY
Bri is a former intern at Zea Mays and has moved on to wear numerous hats as studio manager and assistant to a number of artists. Bri's been drawing and painting for a number of years and we're excited to see what she'll do when she's back in the print shop!

We look forward to welcoming them all into our community.

We had a cancellation for a residency for March 17-29, 2020 and are accepting applications NOW for that slot. If interested, apply here.

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Extraction: Art on the Edge of the Abyss

It's a call to create an art intervention that will investigate extractive industry in all of its forms (from mining and drilling to the reckless exploitation of water, soil, trees, marine life, and other natural resources).

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Read about it here, it's well worth it.

We're hoping to add our collective voices to the hundreds of other artists, poets, performers, venues participating in this international, multimedia, multi-venue event in 2021.

Part of the Zea Mays Printmaking response to this call is to try to re-use as much as we can so we don't have to buy new materials. Our first event to kick-off the project was an art materials exchange. Studio members brought all kinds of art making tools and odd studio stashes to swap. no money, just give and take. It was the best kind of shopping.

We'll be holding another one on January 19th along with a community potluck to begin discussing ideas about how to respond to this call. We've got exhibitions scheduled for October 2020 at A.P.E. Gallery, Northampton and September 2021 at the Augusta Savage Gallery, UMass Amherst.


Opportunities and Exhibitions

Wonderful Printmaking exhibiton

ART OF THE CHOP opens December 20!
Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts has invited master printer Lisa Mackie to present a group exhibition of fine art prints chronicling forty years of work produced at her studio in midtown Manhattan. The Art of the Chop features a diverse group of well-established artists and their largely experimental, innovative, and vibrant prints that each made in collaboration with Lisa Mackie. A second exhibition, Collages of the Sea, features Mackie’s own collages and prints. This exhibition will debut the new gallery space on Main St.
Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts
183 Main Street
Brattleboro, VT

Projects We Support

Zea Mays Printmaking member Daniel Chiaccio is opening a new print studio. First Proof Press is well underway!

Brattleboro's newest green community printmaking studio will be located in the heart of downtown in Brattleboro's thriving arts community.
Currently First Proof Press is in the fundraising stage, so far I have been so very fortunate with the generosity of the printmaking community, First Proof Press has reached 50% of its fundraising goal, there is still a ways to go to achieve this goal!
Head on over to the kickstarter campaign to read all about the story of the studio, check out unique prizes for those who donate and to reach out with any questions you may have!
First Proof Press, via @Kickstarter

For Sale

Zinc Plates 24” x 36”, acquired in the ’70’s
Most in very good condition. Some showing signs of air discoloration or slight scratches. Perfect to use for creative projects such as collagraph and drypoint Can be cut to 18” x 24” and possibly other sized if artist notifies me very soon.
COST- $50.00 Per Plate
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Exhibitions to Enter

Miniprint Kazakstan - April 20, 2020 deadline to apply


Member News

Corinne Rhodes is honored to be a juror for Massachusetts Cultural Council's Drawing & Printmaking Fellowship Panel in fall of 2019. Corinne held a non-toxic Century Plate Lithography demonstration at Rhode Island College in November. She is very excited to be teaching lithography at Rhode Island School of Design next spring, where she will introduce students to etching and processing without harmful acids and petroleum products.

Vaune Trachtman’s work is featured in A Photo Editor by Jonathan Blaustein, The Best Work I Saw At Filter Photo.

Willa Cox is showing “Waterfalls, Book Four”, a handmade book of original monotypes, in “Press & Release” at the Chester Gallery of Art at New England College through December 18.

T. Klacsmann is excited to have work in upcoming exhibitions En Masse at Thompson Giroux Gallery in Chatham, NY, and the 8th Annual Juried Group Show at The Laffer Gallery in Schuylerville, NY. Both on view Dec. 7th - Jan. 12th

Maggie Nowinski will be hosting an Open Studio among with others at the Paragon Arts and Industry Building Open Studios in Easthampton. Join them for art viewing, conversation, snacking and the opportunity for reduced prices on works large and small to take home and live with! Come say hi and take a peek. One day only! Saturday Dec. 14 12-8pm!

Olwen Dowling will be exhibiting in November and early December 2019 at the Elusie Gallery Easthampton, Massachusetts ( November 9th– December 7th). She also is delighted be with her community of printers from Zea Mays Printmaking in a Group Exhibit, across the hall from the Elusie Gallery , at the Easthampton City Arts, Easthampton, MA, as well as, an unexpected group show at The Jones Gallery, Kansas City Missouri during the month of November/December 2019 and, also, back at the Hen’s Nest, Washington, CT for a Christmas group exhibition in December 2019. On another note, Olwen has accepted a residency at The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in April 2020.

Christine Neill: Invasive, Endangered, Beneficial at Goya Contemporary, Mill Center, Studio 214 3000 Chestnut Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21211
On view November 14 – Dec 31, 2019

Christine Neill: Observations from the Valley Floor at The Katzen Museum, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016
On view November 9 – Dec 15

The exhibited works blend motifs of biological examination with visual processes and techniques. The effects of environmental changes on human life, and the reaction of the earth’s habitats to these
threats underlie Neill’s investigations and images.

Anne Beresford is pleased to be part of the EVAC Project, an ongoing initiative to document, interpret & preserve veterans’ stories. Printmakers are paired with a veteran, and using interviews & transcripts, create a print that illuminates a piece of their history. Currently exhibiting at several venues around the US, including Dulles International Airport and the Flatiron Building in NYC. A complete list of exhibition venues & dates is available here.

Doris Madsen, Elisa Lanzi and Edda V. Sigurdardottir are curating a Western Massachusetts members show for the Monotype Guild of New England. The show, Singular: Monotypes and Monoprints will be February 7 - March 1, 2020 at #LOCAL Gallery, 40 Cottage St., Easthampton, MA. The reception will be Feb. 7, 6-9 pm.

Doris Madsen will have work hanging in Artists of Arcadia's Art House, Visitors Center. December 6 through January 29, 2020 at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton, MA. A one-day Holiday sale and Reception will be on December 14, 10 am-4 pm. The artists will also have tables of work in the auditorium where they will sell paintings, drawings, original prints, digital reproductions, handmade books, artifacts and jewelry. A percentage of all sales will fund the Art House program for 2020.

Elisa Lanzi's prints are in the MGNE Press and Release (Chester Gallery of Art, Henniker NH) and Synchronicity (ECA Gallery, Easthampton, MA) shows this November/December. You will find more of her work in seasonal shows at Hope and Feathers Gallery (Amherst, MA) and Art Salon Red Dot Dash (Northampton, MA) among others. Elisa is currently teaching Cut and Paste collage workshops in the region and will pair up with fellow handmade papermaker Sheryl Jaffe to teach the Pulp Dreams workshop at Zea Mays next June. She was especially proud to receive the "Green Printmaking: Intaglio Certificate" after completing an immersive course of study at Zea Mays. Next, Elisa is busy at the press preparing for her February 2020 exhibit at the Burnett Gallery in the Jones Library (Amherst, MA).

Larinda Meade is participating in Greenhut Gallery’s invitational print exhibition “ Focus: Printmaking III. Exhibition dates: February 6-March 24. Greenhut Gallery, Fore Street, Portland, Maine.
Larinda has been invited to teach a weekend workshop “ Experimenting with Line and Texture” as part of her solo exhibition “ Between the Lines” at Remarque Print Studio, Albuquerque, NM. The workshop is scheduled for May 2 and 3, 2020 and the exhibition is May 1-May 31 with the Opening on May1st.

Lyell Castonguay's work is included in the ninth annual Small Works exhibition at Dedee Shattuck Gallery in Westport, MA from Dec. 4 - 22. The gallery invites the public to an artists' reception to celebrate the opening on Saturday, December 7, from 5-7pm.


BIG INK is hosting large-scale woodblock printing events at 3 Fish Studios (deadline 1/27), the Center for Contemporary Printmaking (deadline 2/10), and Whiteaker Printmakers (deadline 3/23) in Spring 2020. It is free to submit an application; accepted artists pay $300 to participate. This includes: access to BIG INK’s woodblock carving video course leading up to the event, paper, ink, cleaning supplies, studio equipment usage, technical expertise during the event, and photography of the finished work after the event. No prior experience is required and emerging, mid-career, and established artists are encouraged to apply. Experience art-making on a monumental scale, explore creative places, and connect with program participants from coast to coast. Please visit to learn more.

Annie Silverman has a small article in issue 9 of PRESSING MATTERS about Print, Wax, Poke and Stitch, and Zea Mays is mentioned. Pressing Matters is a really interesting and beautifully produced magazine about printmaking and is international in scope with a strong community feel to it.

Annie Silverman is participating in the second round of the print exchange
LUNCH MONEY PRINTS in Connecticut. It is an 11-piece edition, where 10 prints are exchanged and the final one is for sale.

Annie's Abrazos Press, a teaching and professional print shop, in Somerville, MA is looking for a new renters/members for January 2020. The studio is equipped with a 30” x 60” Takach etching Press, and is in the Miller St. Studio building, close to Porter Sq. in Cambridge. The shop is clean but not totally green. We use primarily oil-based inks and clean with soy solve and elbow grease. The studio can accommodate many types of printmaking, but is not set up for intaglio except for dry point. Most of the printmaking done is in the realm of woodcut, other relief forms, polyester plate lithography, monoprints and mixed media combinations. Monthly rental fee is $200.00 for 24 hour access except when classes are being held, which amounts to about 10 hours per week. There are flat files and storage spaces for supplies. The studio is 650 square feet, with AC in the summer and heat in the winter. A minimum commitment of 6 months is desired. Contact: Annie Silverman:


Faculty News

Joyce Silverstone’s work is included in the beautiful new book, Singular and Serial: Contemporary Monotype and Monoprint by Catherine Kernan and Ashley Rooney. You can purchase the book here

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