June 2018 newsletter

Highlights from the Summer

What's Happening Now

What's Coming Up


Member and Faculty News

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Gordon in residence at APE Gallery

Remembering Gordon Thorne

This summer we mourned the passing of Gordon Thorne - a quiet, behind the scenes supporter of Zea Mays Printmaking. Gordie invested in the studio when it was just an idea and helped us at every stage of our growth. We are indebted to him and so thankful to have had such a visionary artist and entrepreneur as a backer. We will strive to keep his memory alive through the work we do and the art we make.


Highlights from the Summer


Students watching demo during the 2018 GPC Program

Green Printmaking Certificate Program

In July we ran the fourth annual Green Printmaking Certificate Program: Intaglio. with artists from all over the country and abroad including Australia, North Carolina, Vermont, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts. The three week intensive taught by Liz Chalfin and Louise Kohrman covered everything from basic etching to lift grounds, aquatints and complex multi color plate printing with chine colle. We're excited to see how these 8 graduates put their learning into practice. Photos here!


Students watching demo during the 2018 EPP workshop

Experimental Photo-based Printmaking Intensive

Following this year's GPC, Zea Mays Printmaking offered it’s first ever Experimental Photo-based Printmaking Intensive. Taught by Nancy Diessner and Esther White, participants explored the range of possibilities within photopolymer, photo collograph, and photo silk aquatint printmaking. Fantastic prints were made and folks left with multiple new skill sets for making photo-based prints. Photos here!


participants assisting with the printing during the BIG INK event

BIG INK at Zea Mays Printmaking

BIG INK was here on a rainy weekend in August. Not to be deterred, we moved "Big Tuna" press into the gallery where we squeezed together and pulled some beautiful prints. Kudos to Lyell and Carand for a great weekend of large scale woodcut printing!

For more images of the day check out the BIG INK website.

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aluminum plate etching in copper sulfate saline solution

Recent Research Project

The Spring/Summer interns Nick Osetek and Tessa Chambers did some great research refining the copper sulfate – saline etch for aluminum. We now know how to rejuvinate the bath to keep it active for years! All of their research is available to study on our website. It includes all of the experiments with photo documentation.


What's Happening Now

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Dr. Annie Rogers


The Art of Dreaming, Dreams as Art
Thursday September 6th - 6:30 to 8:30pm
at Historic Northampton - In conjunction with the current exhibit on Landscapes and Dreamscapes, Dr. Annie Rogers, poet, printmaker, psychoanalyst and professor of Psychoanalysis and Clinical Psychology at Hampshire College, will explore how visual artists imagine and make dreamscapes and how their work conveys the unconscious as a realm of human experience.

Arts Night Out Reception with Print Fair
Friday September 14th 5 to 8pm at Historic Northampton - During September’s Art’s Night out. Come see the show and shop for prints by 8 ZMP artists who will have work out on tables on the patio (weather permitting).


a few of the artists featured in the "Voices" on opening night

Voices: A selection of Zea Mays Printmakers at Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts

Voices: A selection of Zea Mays Printmakers is on show at Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts through September 30th. The show, having opened this past August, is a beautiful representation of the work being produced by artists from Zea Mays Printmaking. The techniques showcased range from large scale woodcuts, photo and ground etchings, and monoprints.

Curated by Petria Mitchell with work by ZMP artists Anita S. Hunt, Lyell Castonguay, Judith Bowerman, Joyce Silverstone, Liz Chalfin, Lynn Peterfreund, Sarah Creighton and Erika Radich.

What's to come


Editions/Artist Book Fair

Oct 26th - Oct 28th
11am - 7pm

This will be the fourth year that Zea Mays Printmaking will participate in the Editions/Artists Book Fair in NYC. The studio is excited to bring work by talented member artists. The work ranges from boxed portfolios to artists' books. We'll be exhibiting new work by Anita S. Hunt, Anne Beresford, Kevin Pomerleau, Amanda Macuiba, Lynn Peterfreund and Margo Temple, Liz Chalfin, Joyce Silverstone, Esther S. White, Tekla McInerney, Vaune Trachtman, Maya Malachowski Bajak, Jennifer Gover, Judith Bowerman and Edda Sigurdardottir.

Editions/Artists’ Books Fair has been New York’s premier showcase for the discovery of new and contemporary prints, multiples, and artists’ books for 20 years. Founded in 1998 by Susan Inglett of I.C. Editions, in partnership with Brooke Alexander Editions and Printed Matter, the Fair is now presented by the Lower East Side Printshop, a non-profit organization.

During the month of September, all of the portfolios and books will be on view in the Sanford Gallery at Zea Mays Printmaking.

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The Space Between 2

The Zea Mays Printmaking Biennial at APE

October 5-November 4, 2018

There is a quality of interest in “two” of anything. Cells duplicate, twins are born, mirror images reflect back, people marry each other, birds mate, lovers meet, we have two hands, two feet, binary code, etc. As artists we are fascinated by what lies in the space between – what connects, integrates, repels. Both the fusion and tension that occur in those spaces is fertile ground for artistic interpretation. This exhibition explores this theme through the medium of printmaking and all of its potential off-shoots: books, sculpture, textiles, video, etc.

Opening Reception:
Friday, October 12, 2018

A.P.E. Gallery
126 Main Street
Northampton MA


Fall and winter Workshops are open for registration!

We've posted our Fall/Winter Workshops on the website. If this summer is any indication, they will fill quickly - so take a look and sign up soon!


Vaune Trachtman, "The Roaming Process #1"

September in The Sanford Gallery @ ZMP

All of the books and portfolios that were submitted for consideration for the E/AB Fair will be on view in The Sanford Gallery @ ZMP Sept 11th - 28th.

Works by:
Anita Hunt, Anne Beresford, Kevin Pomerleau, Amanda Macuiba, Lynn Peterfreund, Margo Temple, Liz Chalfin, Joyce Silverstone, Esther S. White, Tekla McInerney, Vaune Trachtman, Maya Malachowski Bajak, Jenny Gover, Judith Bowerman, Meredith Bromberg, Edda V. Sigurdardottir, Erika Radich, Larinda Meade




The Biennale internationale d’estampe contemporaine de Trois-Rivières,
Deadline: September 9th, 2018
The largest show in Canada dedicated to printmaking, is currently organizing its 11th edition that will be presented in Trois- Rivières from June 16 to September 8, 2019. The call for entries is open to professional artists who use printmaking in a contemporary approach. Online and mail registration will take place from June 1 to September 9, 2018. Entry form and rules are available in English, French and Spanish on our web site The registration form can be completed online or printed and returned by mail. Don't forget, online registration is a positive gesture for the environment. The selection of works will be made by an international jury of five experts and artists of printmaking or contemporary art.

Deadline: December 31, 2018.
Haugesund International Relief Print Festival will be Norway's first international festival of relief printing. The HIT festival will be a juried exhibition, open to all international print artists. Each artist may submit one artwork, up to four items in the same series will be regarded as one work of art. Artist may apply with works within relief print. Relief prints combined with other techniques are also welcome.

Among the prints selected by the jury to proceed from the first stage, three works will be announced as prize winners, NOK 100,000, 50,000 & 30,000 respectively. The first prize winner will be invited to a separate exhibition in Haugesund Museum of Fine Art in 2021.

Deadline: December 30, 2018
The China Printmaking Museum is pleased to announce the 7th China Guanlan International Print Biennial. This international open call excepts all print techniques. Each international applicant is required to upload images of their submitted works in JPG (no larger than 4M), and fill in the information in accordance with the works.

The Biennial will issue 15 ‘Guanlan International Print Prize’. The awarded works will be collected by the organizers. Awarded winners will receive a Collection Certificate, an Award Certificate and collection fee of 30,000 RMB. Artists with works selected for exhibition will receive a Participation Certificate, and a catalogue of works of the Biennial. The Organizing Committee will invite the award winners to participate in the opening ceremony and academic forum, and cover their costs of traveling and accommodation

Deadline: 10/10/2018
The 3rd Jogja International Miniprint Biennale(JIMB) 2018 jury has chosen “Message from the Matrix” as the theme of the Biennale. The theme reflects the jury’s perspective and indicates the importance of the question of character and quality in the practice of reproduction in the graphic arts, where each edition of a work is of the same quality as the original, because each edition of a print is itself an original, not a duplicate. In the vocabulary of graphic arts, matrix is another name for a physical surface where a picture which is drawn, like a woodblock, plate, stone, or screen can be reproduced in multiple quantities. It is from this point of view of that JIMB 2018 invites participants to respond to the issue of matrix, both ‘matrix’ as a term characteristic of graphic arts as well as to the philosophy of matrix itself.


Member News

Tekla McInerney and computational artist Paul Lindale will exhibit new work in "Convergence" at the Northfield Mount Hermon Rhodes Arts Center Gallery. The 2-person show will run November 2 through December 2, with an opening reception on Friday, November 2. The Gallery at the RAC is open Mon–Fri, 10 am–7 pm; weekends, 1–5 pm.

Elizabeth J. Saccà has had a monoprint accepted by The California Society of Printmakers for their exhibit “ClimArt 2018 Climate Action.” The show is open September 8th through September 24th at Academy of Art University Cannery Galleries in San Francisco.

Gretchen Jacobs was one of the American artists chosen to attend a 5 week artist residency in Dresden Germany. An opportunity offered by the Ohio Arts Council. For the past 23 years the Ohio Arts Council (OAC) has partnered with the City of Dresden, Germany to facilitate an exchange of artists who are experienced in printmaking. Supported through a grant from the OAC, each year two Ohio artists are in residence at the historic printshop, the Grafikwerkstatt, which is located in Dresden, Germany. As part of the program, Ohio hosts two German artists at Zygote Press located in Cleveland.

Olwen O'Herlihy Dowling will have a show at Forbes Library. "Patterns and Light" runs from September 4th - 28th with an opening reception on September 22, 2018 fom 2pm to 4pm

Marjorie Morgan has monotypes in the following exhibits this fall:

Stand Out Prints 2018, Highpoint’s International Juried Exhibition
(juried by Crawford Alexander III)
September 7 - October 6, 2018
Highpoint Center for Printmaking
912 West Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Going Within: Self Portraiture as Medicine
October 4 - October 31, 2018
MAP Gallery, Eastworks
116 Pleasant St, Easthampton, MA 01027

Anita Hunt has two etchings included in The Print Effect: Small Prints/Big Impact at Manhattan Graphics Center. The exhibit was selected by artist and master printer, Lothar Osterburg. On display November 1 - 30 with an opening reception Saturday, November 3

Anita's drypoint print, The Gloaming, is showing in Work of a New Century: the 84th Members' Exhibition of the Society of American Graphic Artists at Syracuse University Art Galleries through November 18.

Anita's prints will travel with BIMPE X, an international show of mini prints touring venues in western Canada through early 2019. The exhibit opens at the Federation Gallery in Vancouver, BC, on September 25, then moves to Granville Island, Kelowna and Edmonton.

Liz Bannish has a new website! Check out her printed and photographic work at


Faculty News

Lynn Peterfreund’s solo show, “Daily Drawings 2012-2018” opens with a reception on Wed, Sept 5, 5-7 at the Augusta Savage Gallery, New Africa House, 180 Infirmary Way, at U Mass in Amherst and continues through Sept 26. Hours: Mon., Tues. 1-7, Wed., Thurs., Fri. 1-5

Lynn has been doing a drawing every day since 2012: tea cups in 2012, trees in 2013, and since 2014, people. She’s showing 512 of these drawings along with a slide show of the all of tea cup drawings. All are welcome to come to the reception! For more information about the show check out the Umass Fine Arts Center Website

At A.P.E. In the Zea Mays Printmaking exhibition, “The Space Between Two,” Lynn will be showing a collaborative piece, “River Walks,” made with Margo Temple. They are presenting individual series of prints made by each in response to walks along the Connecticut river in Hadley they took together.

Arts and Industries Open Studios: Sat. And Sun. Nov 10 and 11
Studio #416-Lynn will be selling prints and paintings and will again have the very popular “Free Art” table: prints for the taking with a request for donations to the Food Bank of Western Mass in exchange.

Liz Chalfin's print "Ball Park (Helena, MT) was selected to be included in the 4th Annual Hand Pulled Prints Exhibition at SITE:Brooklyn. The show runs September 21 - October 21, 2018 with a reception on September 21st.

Liz's panoramic print "Woman in Ruins" and collages from the "Accidental Stories" series are on view as part of Voices at Mitchell Giddings Fine Art through September 30th.

Liz will be participating in the Northampton Print and Book Fairon September 30th at APE, Northampton. She will be showing her artists' books and selling print seconds.

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