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!


Watercolor Monoprint Workshop at Phoenix Rising


Welcome Spring with this easy intro to printmaking on Saturday, March 14 from 10am-3pm with instructor Cindy Davis.

Watercolors can be tricky to work with, but not when you paint on a plexiglass plate!  Use our supply of images, work form your imagination, or bring your own 8×10 photo.  (Reverse the image, if a mirror image is not desired) Bring a lunch or order from the cafe in our building.

Fee: $50 includes all materials.

For more information and to register visit http://phoenixrisingprintmaking.org/index.php/programing-2/workshop/event/56-watercolor-monprint-workshop

Found Object Monoprint at Phoenix Rising


Instructor: Marilyn McPheron 

Saturday,March 21, 2015 

Using stencils, lace, cardboard, cutouts, paper, doilies, flattened metal odds/ends, rick rack, string, vegetable netting and other interesting flat items found all over the house, we will create a series of similar but individual prints using Speedball water soluble printing ink.

The class begins with a demo and then participants may creatively play and print. Most participants will create 6 to 9 prints (two or three series of three prints each). This method is very free flowing–you will not know exactly what you will have until the paper is pulled from the plate after going through the press.

Fee: $65 includes all materials: Limited to 6 persons

Click Here for more information


Watercolor Monoprint Workshop at Phoenix Rising–Welcome Spring with Watercolors!


Instructor: Cindy Davis 

Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 10am-3pm

Welcome Spring with this easy intro to printmaking.  Watercolors can be tricky to work with, but not when you paint on a plexiglass plate! Use our supply of images, work from your imagination, or bring your own 8×10 photo.  (Reverse the image, if the mirror image is not desired) Bring a lunch or order from the cafe in our building.

Fee: $50 includes all materials Click Here for more information.


Are you ready for some bright color? Check out Monoprint Momentum at Phoenix Rising!


Instructor: Cindy Davis 

Sunday,February 15,2015

Join us for a vibrant and easy expression of chromatic excitement, just when you need it the most.  No printmaking experience or drawing skills are necessary to enjoy this creative activity.  Bring a sack lunch!

Sunday, February 15, 2015 from 10:00am-3:00pm 

Fee: $50 includes all materials. Click Here for more information


Solarplate Etching Workshop at Phoenix Rising


Instructor: Anne Cushman, co-founder of our cooperative

Two Session Course: Thursday, February 5th and Saturday, February 7th 

Explore the versatile, contemporary printmaking process of solarplate printing.  This non-toxic method of plate-making uses solar energy (UV light) and water to develop an image for an etching or photo-etching.  No acid is used! Starting with a drawing or photograph, the results can be wonderful, varied and lead to creating a limited edition.

This 2-session workshop is fine for both beginners and experienced printmakers.  The first evening session is a demo and learning the process; the second day, creating the plate and printing your image multiple times.  You bring the creative spark and an apron or smock; and we provide the materials.

Session One: Thursday, February 5, 2015; 6:30-8:00pm

Session Two: Saturday, February 7, 2015; 10:00am-2:00pm

(half hour break for lunch)

Fee: $95 includes all materials. Limited to 6 students

For more information Click Here

Call for Entries! Gallery One!


Gallery One

In Print

Deadline: December 31, 2014  

Accepted entries will be included in a month-long exhibition in May of 2015 in the beautifully restored Gallery One in downtown Ellensburg, Washington.  Open to all printmakers 18 or older working in the US.  There will be opportunities for lectures, workshops, and/or special events.  $1500 in awards will be distributed by the jurors.  A print catalog will be created.  Entry fee is $30 for up to three entries.

For more information call 509-925-2670 or email renee@gallery-one.org.

You may also visit the website

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.


Last Summer Workshop: Found Objects Monoprint


Phoenix Rising Printmaking Cooperative on 243 North Fifth St, Suite 140 is having its last workshop of the summer on August 20th and 27th and you don’t want to miss out.

Found Objects Monoprint Workshop will be instructed by Mary Woodworth from 6 – 8pm on both days.

Let landscapes inspire you and use found objects creatively

Use items you see everyday with creative shapes such as buttons, feathers, etc to make a monoprint beginners are welcomed no experience needed

Register Here

‘Nocera + Reno: A Print Show’


Come out in July to support OAL member artists Nicholas Nocera and Clinton Reno by attending their upcoming Member Curated Exhibition ‘Nocera + Clinton: A Print Show’ curated by Robert Amos at Rivet Gallery. While OAL is still searching for its permanent home, Laura Rivet of Rivet Gallery was generous enough to offer a home for Nocera and Reno’s print show. The Ohio Art League would like to thank Laura Rivet and the Rivet Gallery for hosting this exhibit and for all their support!

Opening Reception: Saturday July 5th @ 7:00 pm

Rivet Gallery (1200 N. High Street Columbus OH 43201)

A Little about the artists:

From prizefighting lions to blues-strumming blue jays, Clinton Reno’s highly textured and whimsical illustrations have come to life on thousands of hand-pulled, silk-screened pieces. The Columbus, Ohio resident has been tabbed as a go-to illustrator for bands like My Morning Jacket and the Avett Brothers.

Nicholas Nocera’s hand-drawn illustrations are a combination of nostalgia and originality. They’re a mix tape full of brand new music. His work has appeared at music venues and on t-shirts seen all around Columbus, and throughout the country. Whether it’s illustrations of over 300 musicians for the book “Rock Torch” or many forms of Ohio pride, Nicholas Nocera’s images feature a sense of the past and a look to the future.

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For more information please see the ‘Nocera + Reno: A Print Show’ website

Nicholas Nocera 

Clinton Reno