March 2019 newsletter

Highlights from the Winter

What's Happening Now

What's Coming Up


Member and Faculty News


Highlights from the Winter

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workshop participants from studios all over Johannesburg

Printmaking in South Africa

In January, studio director Liz Chalfin went to Artist Proof Studio in Johannesburg to teach a workshop in safer etching processes and work with their master printers. Little did she know she would end up making etching plates for William Kentridge. You can read the blog she kept of all of her amazing experiences. This project was made possible with help from the Augusta Savage Gallery, UMASS, Massachusetts Cultural Council, The Northampton Arts Council and The Amherst Cultural Council.

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The Green Dream? Symposium

Liz Chalfin just returned from Kanazawa, Japan where she participated in the Green Dream? Symposium. This symposium brought together artists from Japan, China, Australia, UK, Canada, US, Taiwan, Singapore all interested in safer etching. It included lectures by pioneers and advocates in the field, a panel discussion and demonstrations.

This symposium was organized by Shichio Minato (University of Fukui) and Marnix Everaert (Academy of Visual Arts, Ghent, Belgium) and sought to address important questions such as "Is ‘non-toxic’ printmaking opposing traditional ways of working? Is this ‘green way’ as ‘green’ as it claims to be? Should ‘non-toxic’ be the way printmaking is taught in schools, studios, and residencies?"

After lively discussions, participants left with the intention of forming an international community engaged in the aspirational goal of non-toxic printmaking. We expect more symposiums and gatherings, both real and virtual to emerge from this wonderful event.

The symposium also featured an exhibition of prints by international artists and included ZMP artists Louise Kohrman Martindell, Katelyn St. John, Anita S. Hunt, Dan Chiaccio, Kevin Pomerleau, Jennifer Gover, Larinda Meade, Liz Chalfin and Lynn Peterfreund

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work by Roberta Feoli

Roberta Feoli at Zea Mays Printmaking

In November, Roberta Feoli, Printshop and Studio Manager of the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice Italy spent a week at Zea Mays Printmaking as part of a big visit sponsored by the Boston Printmakers and Mixit Studio. It was such a delight to get to know Roberta and to introduce her to some safer etching practices.

From her journal "For years I lived side by side with the myth of this place. I read about it on the internet, asked all the artists I met in my path and dreamed of visiting. What a joy see that letterpress colored like sugar paper. Finally awakened to discover that what you read online is all true. Students and artists, machines in operation, bicarbonate and time. Oh, this place gave me the time I had lost for years in the bottom of my work-apron pocket." Read more about her experience here.


What's Happening Now

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Zoe and Megan at work in the studio

Research Project

Our Fall/Winter interns Zoe Dong and Megan Ogden just concluded their research projects and presented demonstrations to our members. They began their research with an investigation into creating a new etching ground from bio-plastics. Not all research projects are successful and this one proved challenging. Although we think there is a future in bio-based products for intaglio we need more scientific support to come up with a new invention. So the interns switched tracks and elaborated on a technique ZMP learned from Belgian printmaker, Marnix Everaert, Acrylic Manière Noire. This process uses a heavily etched copper plate and acrylic mediums to work in a reductive manner (light into dark). Once editioned, the plate can be stripped and re-used over and over again, making this a sustainable practice.

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works by Marjorie Morgan and Edda Sigurdardottir

The Sanford Gallery

"Viewpoint" works by Marjorie Morgan and Edda Sigurdardóttir will be on view in the Sanford gallery throughout the month of March. The work includes both abstracted monotype and photopolymer landscapes.

Join the artists for a closing reception on Friday, March 29, 4-6 PM.

Coming up in April

Recent Prints by Helen Schmidt and Joan Dix Blair
Schmidt prints with found objects in her series "Breached Walls" and Blair introduces a woodcut scroll "Penelope's Girdle". A converation with the artists will be held on Sunday April 14th at 1 pm

Gallery Hours
Tues, Wed, Thurs.: 11- 6
Friday - 11- 4
2nd and 4th weekends of the month - 11- 4
Mondays - closed

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Thanks to a fit-out grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Zea Mays Printmaking has begun extensive work to upgrade our HVAC system, upgrade our screenprinting and letterpress facilities and spruce up our gallery. The work is underway now and we expect to be finished by April. We are excited for consistent warm and cool air, fantastic new screen prints and the introduction of letterpress to our offerings.


What's to come

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Ubuntu: Printmaking at Artist Proof Studio

Augusta Savage Gallery
University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Liz Chalfin recently visited Artist Proof Studio to share non-toxic etching techniques and to work with their studio artists. She returned with an exhibition of prints by teachers, students, and master printers from APS, showcasing their incredible talents and their compelling stories. APS offers a 3 year, subsidized course of study to talented young artists from the townships around Johannesburg. They are trained in drawing, printmaking, visual literacy, and critical studies. They go on to internships and workplace training in and out of the studio. This educational program equips students with skills and knowledge to pursue careers in the arts. All of the work in this exhibition will be for sale to benefit the artists of APS.

Join Liz Chalfin for a presentation about Artist Proof Studio, their artists and the impromptu opportunity Liz to work with William Kentridge.

Exhibition Dates: April 30 – May 9, 2019
Presentation: Thursday, May 2, 7 PM

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Hannah and Dan working in the studio

Welcome our new Interns

We are pleased to welcome Dan Dawson and Hannah Hurricane Sanchez as the 2019 Zea Mays Spring/Summer interns.

Their research will explore the use of ImageOn HD film as a safer alternative to the water developing photopolymer plates that are currently in use. Zea Mays Printmaking used this film many years ago, but abandoned it when pre-coated polymer plates came on the scene. But based on new information about health and safety, we are exploring returning to the use of ImagOn.

Their project will entail trying to develop a standardized process for achieving a good range of tone and fine detail, comparable to what we get from the pre-coated plates. They are excited to learn what this material has to offer.


Yasmina holding one of her prints

Residency Fellowship Artist

Zea Mays Printmaking is pleased to announce the 2019 Artist Residency Fellowship has been awarded to Yasmina Karli Malmsten.

Yasmina comes from Sweden and will be working in screen printing, exploring the theme of humans in relation to the city: soft bodies versus buildings, soft minds amongst so many others. She'll be at the studio July 16th - 28th.

We had an incredible pool of applicants and we hope to welcome many of them to the studio for traditional residencies in 2019.


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Featured Workshop

Artist Books Across Time and Space

This special exploration of artists books will take place in the Rare Book Room at Smith College and give participants the unique experience of exploring rare and wonderful books in their amazing collection with artist Meredith Broberg as our guide.

We'll page through Matisse’s Jazz, and peruse the Nuremberg Chronicles. We'll engage with Kara Walker's pop-ups and view Japanese woodcut books. Our exploration will be geared to the general viewer, with special attention to questions relevant to book artists, including: How can form and content interact? How can the book engage the viewer’s senses? How can materials influence meaning?
More info and registration here

other upcoming workshops - filling fast

▪ Big Monotype! with Lynn Peterfreund - only 1 space left!
▪ Laser Engraved Woodcuts with Sarah Pike
▪ 2-in-1 Photo Collagraph with Esther White
▪ One-Day Intro to Photo Screen Printing with Daniel Chiaccio
▪ Pronto Plate Lithography with Carolyn Muskat
▪ Color Woodcut Reduction and More with Julie Lapping Rivera
▪ Mezzotintiness: Rock the Boat, Not the Plate with Carol Wax
▪ Green Printmaking Certificate: Intaglio with Liz Chalfin and Louise Kohrman- discounted rate on the Green Printmaking Certificate: Intaglio up until May 1st
Big Monotype! with Lynn Peterfreund - only 1 space left!
Laser Engraved Woodcuts with Sarah Pike
2-in-1 Photo Collagraph with Esther White
One-Day Intro to Photo Screen Printing with Daniel Chiaccio
Pronto Plate Lithography with Carolyn Muskat
Color Woodcut Reduction and More with Julie Lapping Rivera
Mezzotintiness: Rock the Boat, Not the Plate with Carol Wax
Green Printmaking Certificate: Intaglio with Liz Chalfin and Louise Kohrman- discounted rate on the Green Printmaking Certificate: Intaglio up until May 1st

Save the National Endowment for the Arts

The Trump Administration proposed--for the third year in a row--to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Hopefully, Congress will once again reject the proposal, as it has twice before.

We all know the value of the arts in our own lives and communities. Did you know that half of all events funded by the NEA take place in communities where the median household income is less than $50,000 and 40 percent take place in neighborhoods with high rates of poverty. Over 35 percent of NEA grants go to organizations that serve veterans, people with disabilities, and people who are confined to institutions.

But we can’t just hope that Congress will do what it’s done before and vote to not eliminate. MASSCreative has created a petition to join arts advocacy across the nation and make sure our federal representatives hear from us.

click here to sign the petition to prevent the defunding of the NEA and NEH




This exhibition will bring artists from all over the world to celebrate solarplate printmaking starting at the stunning Southampton Arts Center in Southampton, NY and then traveling in the months to come.
Submissions due before June 30, 2019

All professional artists are invited to participate in Galleri Heike’s annual Open Call Mini Prints Berlin. The artists featuring in this exhibition present a broad range of different graphics techniques and styles, covering traditional techniques such as woodcut, etching, and mezzotint, as well as exploring modern methods enabled by the digital development.
Application Deadline: August 1, 2019

12th Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition 2019
The Center for Contemporary Printmaking is delighted to announce the 12th Biennial International Miniature Print Competition and Exhibition. This juried competition and exhibition, limited to works that are no more than four square inches (25.8 square cm), encourages artists to explore the miniature print format and provides them with an opportunity for exhibition.
Application deadline: 3/9/2019


Attention artists in Ohio, Tennessee, Florida and North Carolina! BIG INK will be facilitating large-scale woodblock printing events at Cultural Art Center (deadline 6/24), Hatch Show Print (deadline 7/8), Morean Arts Center (deadline 7/22) and Artspace Raleigh (deadline 8/26). It is free to submit your image proposal for consideration; accepted artists pay $300 to participate. Please visit to learn more.

Attention New England change-makers! Looking to take your arts and culture project to the next level? Applications for National Arts Strategies' Creative Community Fellows program are open through April 22! The five-month program, from summer to fall 2019, is a combination of online learning and in-person experiences, jump-started at an incubator-like environment in Vermont, where Fellows spend eight days living and learning alongside one another, building their skills in strategy, leadership and design thinking. Monthly online courses cover topics such as community development, finding capital and support, budgeting and more.


Member News

Doris Madsen will be showing Breathing In: Recent Monotypes at Springfield City Library until April 15. This show is supported in part by a grant from the Springfield Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Madsen will also be doing an artist's residency in the Art House at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton from April 23 through May 10. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Easthampton Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Elisa Lanzi's show Silk Roads / Paper Trails is on view at Elusie Gallery at Big Red Frame, Easthampton, MA through April 6th. The show features Lanzi’s original hand-pulled monotype prints, handmade paper works and an illustrated haiku portfolio. In this body of work she explores the geography of ancient silk routes- – the crossroads, oases, and waterways – – as avenues for conveying the invention of papermaking across the globe. She has fused her own family history, real and imagined, onto these same routes ending up in the Mediterranean. Gallery Talk on Thursday, March 28th at 7:00 pm

Frank Ozereko will have his work in Fertile Ground: Hilltown 6 and the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail. April 13, 2019 – June 30, 2019 Reception Saturday, April 13, 2019, 4:00 – 7:00 pm

Angela Earley’s “Shed Again” is exhibited with select large scale woodblock prints from the archived BIG INK collection at Maryland Hall, Martino Gallery from March 7 through April 26.

A two-person exhibition of Angela Earley and Barbara Scavotto-Earley’s works will open on April 20 from 6-9pm and close on Sunday, May 19 from 1-4pm at Gallery on the Green in Canton, CT.

In the Sanford Gallery at Zea Mays Printmaking- April 3 - April 28, 2019
Recent Prints by Helen Schmidt and Joan Dix Blair
"Meet the Artists" - a conversation at 1 pm on Sunday, April 14th 320 Riverside Dr., Florence, MA 01062. tel 413-584-1783 For general gallery hours see

Janet Walerstein Winston will exhibit monoprints at Gallery A3 (28 Amity Street 1D) Amherst, MA the month of May. The two person show with Sue Katz showing multimedia work is titled “Shifts in Forms” and will open May 2 from 5 to 8 pm in conjunction with Amherst Arts Night Plus. A Forum/Artists in Community will be held at the gallery on the Third Thursday of the month at 7:30 pm. The exhibit ends June 1

Marjorie Morgan and Edda V. Sigurðardóttir are currently exhibiting Viewpoint, Monoprints and polymergravure prints at the Sanford Gallery at Zea Mays Printmaking until March 29, 2019. Viewpoint features Monoprints and polymergravure prints that are inspired by the natural world and the perspective it offers. Gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 11-6; Friday: 11-4 and 2nd and 4th weekends of the month: 11-4.
There will be a closing reception on Friday, March 29 from 4-6pm. Please come enjoy the work, ask questions, eats some snacks and celebrate our wonderful community!

Marjorie Morgan will be exhibiting new paintings at The Oxbow Gallery in Northampton in April. Motivo features paintings that explore a landscape motif that artist Marjorie Morgan has been obsessed with for over a year. The repeated form evokes a sense of place and time with each iteration.
April 4 - April 28, 2019
Opening Reception Friday, April 12, 5-8pm
Gallery hours are Thursday - Sunday 12 - 5pm
Back Gallery at The Oxbow Gallery
273 Pleasant St, Northampton MA 01060

Vaune Trachtman was accepted into the first-ever residency program offered by Remarque/New Grounds Print Workshop in Albuquerque, New Mexico. During her weeklong residency, Vaune worked on a new series of photogravures alongside four other artists-in-residence from around the U.S. and Canada.

Hannah Richards will have work up at Greenfield Gallery from March 20 until May 10. There will an opening reception on Friday April 5, 5-8pm at at 231 Main St in Greenfield, MA 01301.

Louise Wallendorf's woodcut "Tsunami", printed during BIG INK will be on view at Maryland Hall, Martino Gallery from March 7 through April 26.

Lyell Castonguay's work will be included in the group exhibit Tangible Gestures at Terrain Gallery, Spokane, WA. The exhibit, which features 35 local and national printmakers, will be on view April 5th - 27th.


Faculty News

Daily Practice/Daily Drawings, at A.P.E.
In this solo show, Lynn Peterfreund will be exhibiting about 600 of her daily drawings, done from 2012 through the present as well as being an artist in residence at the gallery from 10-5 each day. Workshops in developing a daily practice will be offered daily by her at 2 and in addition, guest practitioners will be discussing, demonstrating, and/or doing what they do in the areas of music, textiles, movement, writing, etc. at other times of the day. The gallery will be set up with tables full of materials for use by the public, who will be invited in all day. Preregistration for workshops is suggested. If anyone has a specific daily practice that they are interested in sharing, please contact me at asap.
May 28-June 2

4th Annual International Elbow Conference
Athens, Greece, Sept 27-30
Lynn will be presenting a talk, illustrated with her daily drawings done during and after her July 2018 elbow break and surgery in Athens. Yes, it was her left elbow so drawing could go on! She is presenting with one of her two surgeons, Dr. Nikos Darlis. The theme is the patient’s experience of the surgery and recovery.

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