Spring Workshops at Phoenix Rising


Phoenix Rising Printmaking Cooperative is dedicated to the promotion of the art of printmaking by providing a well-equipped studio, educational opportunities and an environment of mutual support and inspiration for artists and students, and the community.”

No more worrying about which book to read this winter, it’s time to make your own! Spring is upon us, so clean out the cobwebs and get your creative juices flowing. Check out some of the upcoming workshops offered by Columbus’s own Phoenix Rising:

Found Object Monoprint Workshop

Instructed by Marilyn McPheron, this class begins with a demo, and then participants may creatively experiment as far as their imaginations may take them before printing their own works. Using stencils, lace, cardboard cutouts, paper doilies, flattened metal odds-and-ends, string, vegetable netting and an array of interesting flat, house-hold items, class-goes will create a series of similar but unique prints using Speedball water-soluble printing ink. Most participants will complete around 6 to 9 prints (two or three series of three prints each). The end result is essentially a mystery, as you will not know exactly what will appear until the paper is pulled from the plate after it is pressed.This workshop is limited to 6 participants, so grab a seat ASAP!

Found Object Monoprint Workshop is offered this Saturday, March 21 from 9 AM to 4 PM. Fee: $65 (includes all materials)

Register for Found Object Monoprint Workshop

Signature Bookbinding

Also instructed by Marilyn McPheron, Signature Bookbinding serves to teach participants how to sew two “signature” based books and how to attach the covers. The first book will be an open spine sketch book with a total of 48 usable pages. Each signature, a total of 4, within the “text block” will be a different type of drawing paper. This first book, which the finished size is to be about 9 x 12 inches, will be book board covered in paper and decorative tapes. The second book, more like a journal, will have a rounded, soft spine covered with book cloth. Although it will be smaller in size, the second book will contain the same amount of signatures/pages. Document your very own expressions within a sketch book or journal you created yourself!This course is also limited to 6 participants, so act fast!

Signature Bookbinding will take place on Saturday, April 11 from 9 AM to 2 PM. Fee: $65 (includes all materials).

Register for Signature Bookbinding

Happy printing!

Click here to find out more about Phoenix Rising and other great workshops offered by the organization!


Art as Contemporary Folklore at the Acock Gallery

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The exhibition “Art as Contemporary Folklore” is an exploration of art historical precedents and their relationships to the present.
Ohio Art League artist Maria DiFranco investigates these interrelationships through her etchings, paintings, and graphite drawings. Her work contains depictions of the contemporary experience as seen through the eyes of this Ohio Artist. Inspired by the work of Francisco Goya, DiFranco also cloaks her account of contemporary society in symbolism.
“At as Contemporary Folklore” is on display through August 30 at the Acock Gallery of CCAD in Downtown Columbus.


NEXT 2014; A Call for Entries


PrintMatters in Houston, Texas is seeking artists that are willing to defy the norm by presenting printmaking as a versatile, flexible medium. NEXT 2014, held during the summer-long celebration PRINTHOUSTON, offers the chance for artists to expand on traditional techniques while appealing to a contemporary audience. Thus, this call for entries is extended to not only lithographers, relief artists, or serigraphers, but those who utilize printmaking in large installations, ceramics, and sculpture. Like they say, everything’s bigger in Texas.

NEXT 2014 is a juried exhibition that exemplifies newfound imagination in an old-school genre. Selected artists are awarded in June and may have the chance to participate in a group exhibition in 2015!


Deadline for Entry: March 31, 2014 (ONLINE)

All works must be original and are not to exceed 96″ in any direction, have been completed within the past two years, and not previously exhibited in Houston. This is perfect for all you Ohio artists!

*Works completed by students for an assignment, reproductions, nor photography will be eligible.

Entry fee is $45 for up to 3 works and is to be paid upon online application process


To apply, click here or for any questions, e-mail info@printmattershouston.org