september 2017 e*newsletter


Letter from the Director

Dear Friends,

Fall is definitely in the air here in New England. While storms and wild fires ravage other parts of our country, we are fortunate to be spared at this time. We continue to make prints and community and wish those in the midst of crisis swift recovery and healing.

Indulge me for a moment as I recall a bit of summer at Zea Mays Printmaking. The Green Printmaking Certificate: Intaglio is the highlight of my summer. I don't teach very often anymore, except for this program and an occasional workshop in other studios. But each year I am reminded of how much I love teaching and especially in this nearly month-long, intensive workshop. The prolonged engagement with a group of dedicated, inquisitive artists is energizing and inspirational. This year we had a wonderful group of artists from all over the world including China, Canada, the Netherlands and the US (Michigan, Maryland, Vermont, Maine, Florida). We spent three+ weeks learning, experimenting, playing, and laughing (lots of laughing!). Each student made at least 15 plates and dozens of prints as they learned every facet of safer etching that we know. My co-teachers Louise Kohrman and Nancy Diessner are a joy to work with and our interns Claire and Sam provided indispensable support. I can hardly wait until next year! Here's our group on graduation day, tossing their "printers' hats" in celebration.

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In addition to GPC, we also had many other wonderful workshops over the summer - from monotype to engraving, book making to woodcut, photopolymer to intaglio, the studio was at its most active. We also had a wonderful papermaking day for our members with Sheryl Jaffe. We made paper from recycled prints, flax and kozo!

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Barry Moser, Engraving

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Sheryl Jaffe, Papermaking

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Louise Kohrman, Etching

Our residency artists in the summer included Elizabeth Jabar (Maine College of Art), Alan Pocaro (Eastern Illinois University. Charleston, IL ), Madison May (Grand Rapids MI), Ana Fernandez (University of Michigan, Anastasia Keck (Northampton, MA) and Robin Gibson (Penn State). Each artist made the Annex into their own creative hotbed. It was great to see our relatively new screen printing area used so much. We are currently booking 2018 residencies. If you're interested, please apply!

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Alan Pocaro

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Ana Fernandez

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Madison May

Looking ahead, we've got a great line-up of workshops for the Fall and a new batch of artists in the Artist Mentorship Program. We're welcoming seven new members into our community, bringing our membership to 109! I'm pleased to announce that Zea Mays Printmaking will be back at the Editions/Artists' Book Fair in NYC this October. Our new interns just started and will embark on a research project exploring photographic silk aquatint. A busy Fall awaits.

Wishing you a good season,



Zea Mays Printmaking Residency Fellowship - 2018

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Zea Mays Printmaking is offering a subsidized fellowship for a 2-week residency in our printmaking studio to one printmaker who demonstrates artistic excellence, a love of printmaking and the intention of future achievement in the field of safer and non-toxic printmaking.

Our residency offers the artist a private studio within the larger Zea Mays Printmaking facility. The residency studio has a beautiful 40″ x 72″ Takach etching press, large worktables and 24/7 access. Residency artists are housed in our on-site apartment which includes a full kitchen, bath, sitting room and private bedroom. Access to the studios’ etching, screen printing, photopolymer and letterpress facilities is available during open studio hours.

Open to all printmakers who are working without solvents or committed to converting from traditional methods to sustainable practices.

Applications deadline December 15, 2017
Notification: January 15, 2018

Click here to get more information on the Zea Mays Printmaking Residency Program.


Editions/Artists' Book Fair

October 26-29, 2017, The Tunnel, New York

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Sally Clegg and Kayla Biggs

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Nanette Vonnegut

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Anne Beresford

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Esther S. White

We are excited to return to the Editions/Artists' Book Fair this year with a wonderful selection of portfolios and artists' books. Zea Mays Printmaking will feature our three published portfolios and original artists’ books and print portfolios by selected members of our printmaking community, including: Anne Beresford, Annie Bissett, Lyell Castonguay, Liz Chalfin, Sally Clegg and Kayla Biggs, Jennifer Gover, Anita S. Hunt, Tekla McInerney, Kevin Pomerleau, Erika Radich, Richard Turnbull, Nanette Vonnegut, Esther S. White, Angela Zammarelli.

The E/AB Fair takes place at The Tunnel in NYC, 269 11th Avenue. It runs October 26-29 with a ticketed VIP reception on Thursday, October 26, 3-9 PM. If you are interested in getting a ticket to the reception, please email Zea Mays Printmaking and we'll hook you up. It's free and open to the public Friday/Saturday 11-7 and Sunday 11-5.


Featured Workshop

Introduction to Etching with BIG ground
Saturday & Sunday, September 16-17, 2017, 10-5

Etching is a fabulous printmaking technique where you use chemistry to incise a hand drawn image into a metal plate for printing. This workshop will focus on technical mastery and image making in etching. We will spend the weekend experimenting together through demonstrations and printing exercises.

All of our Fall workshops are open for registration. There are old favorites and new offerings, check it out!



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To date, ZMP has published three exquisite portfolios of prints: The Nature of Things, Ten and Traces. They are already in many fine collections including the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Yale Art Gallery, the Portland Museum of Art, Smith College Museum of Art and more.

Each portfolio is unique and an excellent example of prints made using non-toxic and safer practices while demonstrating the high quality of prints made in this way. These portfolios are a wonderful teaching tool to illustrate the range and quality of prints made with health and sustainability in mind.

If you are a college teacher and would like to have one of our portfolios in your institution's collection so you can use it as a teaching tool, please get in touch. We would be happy to work with you on placing one of these fine portfolios in your school's library or museum's collection.




Janet Walerstein Winston, "Opus 1 No. 2"

Abstract Extraction: prints from Zea Mays Printmaking

Bruce Ployer, campus curator at Northeastern University, Boston selected ten artists from our Flat File to exhibit at Gallery 360 at NEU. The show, which features abstract work, will run from June 29 - October 10, 2017 with a reception on October 19th, 5-7 PM. Artists selected include: Joyce Silverstone, Erika Knerr, Rachel Gugler, Hannah Richards, Judith Bowerman, Jenny Gover, Marsha Humphrey, Lynn Peterfreund, Janet Walerstein Winston and Joan Dix Blair.
Gallery hours:
Monday through Friday, 11am - 7pm
Saturday 12pm - 5pm

The Loo Gallery at Zea Mays Printmaking

Dan Chiaccio is featured in the Loo Gallery showing etchings during September.

Stop in during our normal operating hours to check out the work.


Interesting Print Things

The Library of Congress is involved in a massive digitizing project and they recently put over 2500 Japanese Woodblock Prints online for downloading.


Meet the New Interns


Mady Lacaprucia

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McKenzie Stuetzel

We welcome two new interns to the studio for the Fall/Winter internship: McKenzie Stuetzel and Mady Lacaprucia.

Mady Lacaprucia is a recent graduate from the School of Art and Design at Alfred University, with concentrations in both video art and printmaking. Her artwork usually focuses on technology, both old and new. Printmaking is very inspirational towards her video work, and she enjoys making prints inspired by video stills and VHS. She loves etchings and woodcuts! In her free time, Mady enjoys bicycling, petting her cat, and playing theremin!

McKenzie Stuetzel is a recent graduate from UMass Amherst, majoring in Studio Arts with a discipline in Printmaking. She became interested in Printmaking after taking a silk screening class her first semester of junior year. Since then she has taken classes in Intaglio, Lithography, Relief, and Monotype. For McKenzie printmaking is filled with endless possibilities and techniques that continues to make her interested and devoted to the art. When she's not creating something new she's usually outside with friends either hiking or throwing a frisbee around. This summer she visited friends in England and Ireland, and took a road trip across the country trying to see as many National Parks as she could. Now that she's back in the East, when not involved with Zea Mays, she's working at a T-shirt screen printing company in Palmer.

Mady and McKenzie will be doing research into Photographic Silk Aquatint during their internship.


Member News

PAST, PRESENT PERFECT monoprints from 2014-2017
Hall Gallery, Jewish Community of Amherst, 742 Main Street, Amherst, MA
August 3 to October 27, 2017
Tues.–Friday 10:00–4:00pm. or by appointment: 413-253-9483

Marjorie Morgan's solo exhibition Ascent, Paintings and Prints by Marjorie Morgan features paintings and prints that follow the artistic trajectory of the artist as she transitioned from dancer to visual artist. In 2011, Morgan sustained a career-ending injury while performing. After 27 years in the field of dance and theater, she was forced to channel her love of the human figure, movement and composition into painting and printmaking. Ascent follows this unique journey of recovery and creativity.
Front Gallery at The Oxbow Gallery
275 Pleasant St, Northampton MA 01060
September 7 - October 1, 2017
Opening Reception Friday, September 8, 5-8pm
Gallery Hours: Thursday - Sunday 12 - 5pm

Anita Hunt is exhibiting two new drypoints in the Awagami International Miniature Print Exhibition in Tokushima, Japan, October 7 - 29
She has an etching included in the traveling exhibition, Global Matrix IV, on display through October 8 at the Robert and Elaine Stein Galleries, Wright State University, Dayton, OH. This international exhibit was organized by the Purdue University Galleries and will tour through 2018.
Anita is also participating in the Moth Migration Project
She also has a new etching included in the 3rd New York International Mini Print Exhibition, October 22 - November 28 at the Manhattan Graphics Center.

Tekla McInerney has three prints from her Maelstrom series in the Northampton Arts Council Biennial, October 3–30, Hosmer Gallery, Forbes Library, Northampton, MA.

Linda Bills is having an exhibition entitled Still Digging at Project 1628 in Bolton Hill, Baltimore, MD. The work includes monotypes and a folio of etchings. There is a reception on Sunday, September 10th, 2-5 pm. Viewings by appointment through October 29th. Contact artist at

Esther S White is pleased to announce that the 2017 Northampton Print and Book Fair will include the work of ZMP members Daniel Chiaccio, Claire Hawley Crews, Maya Malachowski Bajak, and Sally Clegg alongside both local and regional artists and small publishers. The Northampton Print and Book Fair is a one-day celebration of contemporary prints, artists' books and zines. Sunday October 1, 2017 at APE Gallery, 123 Main Street, Northampton, MA.

Kate Jenkins invites the public to The 25th annual Arts & Industry Open Studios & Holiday Sale, Saturday and Sunday, November 11 & 12. Over 50 artists and craftspeople invite you to visit their studios and see their creative work. Whether your interest is fine art printmaking and painting or you’re looking for hand crafted gifts for the holidays, this is a wonderful event. Arts & Industry, 221 Pine Street, Florence, MA 01062. Call (413) 348-7503 for more information.

Louise Wallendorf has a lithograph selected for the Breaking Boundaries Exhibit at the Whaling Museum, Cold Spring Harbor NY, September 14th 2017 thru September 7th 2018 and a woodcut created with BIG INK (@Maryland Hall for Creative Arts) entitled “Big Surf, Cape Cod” displayed in the 2016 Dune Shack Arts and Sciences Residency Exhibit in the Hudson Walker Gallery, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA, September 15th thru September 27th


Faculty News

Liz Chalfin has work in these exhibitions
* Northampton Arts Council Biennial, October 3–30, Hosmer Gallery, Forbes Library, Northampton, MA.
* Just Under 100: New Prints 2017/Summer at the International Print Center of New York. The exhibition was juried by Katherine Bradford.
Exhibition dates: June 17–September 16, IPCNY, 508 West 26th St., 5A, NYC, NY
* Marking Time: Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of The Boston Printmakers
EXHIBITION DATES: August 5 – September 16, 2017
RECEPTION: Saturday, September 9, 5:00 – 7:00pm
Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Falmouth Rd, Cotuit MA 02635
* 3rd Annual Hand Pulled Prints: The Current Practice in Printmaking exhibition at Site:Brooklyn
165 7th Street, Brooklyn, New York
Gallery Exhibition Dates: September 22- October 22, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday September 22, 2017 from 6-9 PM

Nancy Diessner is showing in Objectified at Bromfield Gallery in Boston in September. She also showed in Below the Surface at the Morgan Conservatory in Cleveland, Ohio.

During the month of September Annie Bissett series of woodblock prints called “Loaded” will be displayed at Provisions, 30 Crafts Avenue, Northampton MA.
Her print “Paint By Number Yellow Lab” was selected for the exhibition “Beauty of Mokuhanga” at University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, August 21 - October 1, in conjunction with the 3rd International Mokuhanga Conference.

Lynn Peterfreund will be showing four of her monotype animations at the
University of Michigan Residential College Alumni showfrom October 1 through early November.


Exhibition Opportunities

Call for Entries: A New Century of War at the Printmaking Center of New Jersey. Artists are invited to submit existing or new work that represents their insights, views, feelings, or thoughts on the last one hundred years of war and the impact it has had on any aspect of life. As an option for this exhibition, artists can contact PCNJ to explore the possible creation of new original work on paper handmade from U.S. military uniforms by Combat Paper NJ. Artists interested in discussing this paper option use should contact Walt Nygard at or PCNJ at 908-725-2110. Entry deadline September 18, 2017.

Art at Wharepuke, New Zealand
Entry deadline: Entries via email by November 5th
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New Prints 2018/Winter
Submit your prints and print-based work to International Print Center New York's 57th New Prints exhibition, on view January 11 – March 31, 2018.
Deadline for submissions is Thursday, November 9, 2017, 11:59 pm.


Member’s Reflection on a New Montreal Studio

Digital Studio by Guilhem Molinier

By Elizabeth J. Saccà

Bright light surrounded me when I entered the new studio: large windows on two sides, clean white counters, and a perfectly crafted open staircase to the digital space, white room and lounge upstairs.

This facility, the new iteration of Montreal’s historic print studio Atelier Graff, is dedicated to non-toxic printmaking. Fresh and innovative, its roots run deep back into the 1960s and Quebec’s Quiet Revolution.

During The Quiet Revolution, Quebecers turned away from the voices of authority, broke away from Church control, and created spaces for expressive and critical forms of literature and art. In 1966, Montreal artist Pierre Ayot founded Atelier Graff, one of the first artist-run centers in Canada.

Throughout the decades, Atelier Graff has produced art and artist’s books (for example, Pilulorum, Graffofones, Corridart 1976, pour la liberté d’expression) that have been important landmarks of contemporary Quebec culture. In recent years, the atelier has been fostering use of less-toxic printmaking processes.

For its 50th anniversary, Atelier Graff joined forces with le Cabinet (photography) to form L’imprimerie centre d’artistes, a non-toxic and environmentally sound digital and analog printmaking studio.

Members have benefited from the research, workshops and residencies at Zea Mays and look forward to future collaboration.

Call for funded residencies will be issued in autumn, and any visitors to Montreal are welcome to stop by.


Featured Website

This quarter
we are featuring T. Klacsmann's website. Klacsmann uses printmaking in elaborate collages and installations.

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