Engraving and Print Workshop Celebrates Asheville Heritage
Wood Engraving and Label Making Workshop Celebrates Asheville Craft Industries
Neenah Paper is proud to be the featured paper of Beer City Prints, a collaborative portfolio project of the Wood Engravers Network and Asheville BookWorks. The project benefits BookWorks Artist-in-Residence Program in Asheville, NC. The week-long workshop will feature fanciful wood cut engravings for micro-brewers — a cottage industry that has made Asheville as famous as its sudsy rival Portland, OR for local craft brewing.
This year the annual Wood Engravers Workshop kicks off the first week of June at Asheville BookWorks. And, on Wednesday, June 6 at 6 pm, BookWorks and the Wood Engravers Network will host a reception for 60 + wood engravings by national and international artists.
Exhibiting artists include: Grigory Babich (Russia), Shirley Bernstein (US), John Cameron (US), Evan Charney (US), Andy English (UK), Paul Gentry (US), Allan Greenier (US), Theresa Haberkorn (US), John Haney (Canada), Eric Hoffman(US), Mirka Hokkanen (Finland), James Horton (US), Carol Inderieden (MN), Rosemary Kilbourn (Canada), Cindy Koopman (US), Vladimir Kortovich (Russia), Channing Lefebvre (US), Michael McGarvey (US), John McWilliams (US), Carl Montford (US), Jameson Moore (US), Earl R. Nitschke (US), Sylvia Pixley (US), Scott Ponemone (US), Michelle Post (US), Joanne Price (US), Abigail Rorer (US), Anders Sandstrom (US), Richard Wagener (US), Jim Westergard (Canada), Donna Westerman (US), Deborah Wood (Canada), Sue Woollatt (UK)
Twenty-six WEN members will design, cut and print beer labels. The labels will be fixed to original bottle designs by members of the BookWorks Co-op printmakers. The workshop beings June 4 and concludes June 8. Costs are reasonable and the workshop includes some side trips to the gorgeous Carl Sandberg National Monument, and a picnic on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Laurie Corral of BookWorks says the effort is to focus on the craft of wood engraving and craft print processes, “We will be using a variety of print processes including letterpress, screen printing, linocuts and woodcuts. It brings together some the best of Asheville craftsmanship and craft beers with the help of some masters in wood engraving from all over the world.”
Each participant will receive a complete edition of 26 prints, including 26 original wood engravings. In addition, Neenah will add a complete edition to their collection and at least one copy will be awarded to the winning raffle ticket – to benefit the BookWorks Artist-In-Residence Programs. BookWorks will note the type of Neenah paper used in each print, the titles, artists’ names and print process in the colophon page. In addition BookWorks will print a title page for the portfolio and build presentation portfolios for each of the 44 editions.
Completion date of the portfolio will coincide with BookOpolis, the annual, signature print and book art exhibition at Asheville BookWorks, September 21, 2012. Visitors and guests, go to the WEN website for late registration information or visit the Asheville BookWorks for more information.
Craft art and printmaking and ample locally made sipping brews. Throw in the cool Asheville air and you have a weekend getaway made in heaven. Contact: Laurie Corral, Director, Asheville BookWorks, 828.255.8444. Exhibition On View: May 10 to June 30, 2012. Opening Reception: Wednesday, June 6 at 6 pm. Exhibition is Free and Open to the Public. Prints of the artwork on display are for sale.