Today's postings

  1. [Baren 25575] RE: Carol Lyons' exhibit ("Maria Diener (aka Arango)")
  2. [Baren 25576] No content
  3. [Baren 25577] In-Reply-To: <> (Myron Turner)
  4. [Baren 25578] Loopermania ("Harry French")
  5. [Baren 25579] Re: Carol Lyons' exhibit (ArtfulCarol #
  6. [Baren 25580] Re: Carol Lyons' exhibit (bettewappner #
  7. [Baren 25581] NOTICE to Surimono Exchange #21 (caution...haiku enclosed ;) (bettewappner #
  8. [Baren 25582] Anderson Ranch Arts Center and four new prints... (Mike Lyon)
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Message 1
From: "Maria Diener (aka Arango)"
Date: Wed, 14 Jul 2004 08:35:59 -0700
Subject: [Baren 25575] RE: Carol Lyons' exhibit
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Congrats Carol! Sounds fascinating...

>I will be having an exhibit and slide/lecture in NY starting this
>Saturday July 17 and hope anyone nearby can come ...
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Message 2
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Message 3
From: Myron Turner
Date: Wed, 14 Jul 2004 12:51:43 -0500
Subject: [Baren 25577] In-Reply-To: <>
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My exchange #20 prints arrived today, and they are such a very fine group,
and an enjoyment to go through. A big thanks you goes to Darrell Madis
for organizing it.

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Message 4
From: "Harry French"
Date: Wed, 14 Jul 2004 19:20:41 +0100
Subject: [Baren 25578] Loopermania
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Dear Bareners and Matt
Loopermania is something to do with Left-handed Hanga and Western woodprinters who keep visiting the Baren website over and over again, but if you visit Carol's wonderful website you will find the answer.
Looping England and Germany for the next month or so.
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Message 5
From: ArtfulCarol #
Date: Wed, 14 Jul 2004 16:34:41 EDT
Subject: [Baren 25579] Re: Carol Lyons' exhibit
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Hi Bareners,
Loopomania is the name I gave to the way I use string prints.

The series that is included at the Donnell Library Center is not on my
My Loopomania prints are in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum,
London; the NYC Public Library 42nd St. Print Collection and Memorial Sloan

As for the subtitle "Too Advanced for Connecticut"--I will tell about that

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Message 6
From: bettewappner #
Date: Wed, 14 Jul 2004 21:10:08 +0000
Subject: [Baren 25580] Re: Carol Lyons' exhibit
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Carol - I love your Loopomania! Congrats on your print collection

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Message 7
From: bettewappner #
Date: Wed, 14 Jul 2004 21:46:39 +0000
Subject: [Baren 25581] NOTICE to Surimono Exchange #21 (caution...haiku enclosed ;)
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Dear Participants,

Just a reminder not to send me packages until after July 18th.

Also...Unfortunately, Patti Phare Camp has had to bow out.

Chris Blank has been moved up into the participants list.

Jean Womack is next in line on the waitlist. Jean - please confirm
with me.

Thanks to all who have sent me their colophon information.

Just because I'm on vacation doesn't mean not thinking about my
wonderful Surimono printers. I'm on the beach in my kimono bathing
suit cheering you on and sending you happy haiku thoughts :D

Thank you!
Bet Wappner

Here's a vacation haiku for you and all Baren members...

speedboat race
a monarch meanders
along the shore

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Message 8
From: Mike Lyon
Date: Wed, 14 Jul 2004 18:45:16 -0500
Subject: [Baren 25582] Anderson Ranch Arts Center and four new prints...
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Anderson Ranch was GREAT -- can NOT express enough how wonderful the
experience was!!! BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL setting in Snowmass really is
indescribable -- columbine and a zillion mountain wildflowers in full
bloom, fragrant mountain air, HUGE snow-capped mountains, and the Ranch,
which is, well, very picturesque!

The Ranch personnel could NOT have been any more wonderful or helpful or
just terrific -- this has GOT to be one of the most fantastic places in the
country to take or present an art-related workshop! The ranch put us up in
a beautiful condo with two other teachers, Barry Haynes (wrote 'the book'
on PhotoShop) and Mark Sfiri who is a wood turner of relative fame (turns
multi-center spindles -- baseball bats, bowling pins, weird walking tables,
etc)... So that was VERY fun. Met a bunch of others working there while I
was: Josh Davis and Mark Tribe (New York City Flash designer and curator
respectively, Art Werger (Ohio University intaglio prof -- talk about
realizing the FULL color print!), Eva Kwong (Kent State ceramics faculty),
and many others!!! It was so stimulating!

The whole thing began with my slide show Sunday before classes began on
Monday. Great to see my work so BIG !!! Talked about 15 minutes (maybe
20) and showed about 40 slides, mostly of prints to about 150 in audience,
mostly Ranch students and interested residents. WELL received! That was a
surprise -- asked my wife, Linda, how she thought it had gone and she said
she couldn't speak for anyone else, but said SHE was "absolutely riveted"
-- isn't it wonderful to have a supportive spouse? :-)

My class was limited to a dozen students and was over-subscribed just a few
days after registration opened last January. So maybe half-a-dozen people
introduced themselves to me while I was teaching to say that they'd tried
and tried to get into my class but it was full and they wanted to know when
I'd be teaching again...

Of my students, six men and six women, NONE had made woodcuts, I don't
think, and only a few had ever printed -- several had NEVER made any visual
art since grade school! But ALL produced a decent small edition of
polychrome (multi-block) prints during the five day class. I brought
pre-carved Yoshida-style color blocks with me, so we opened by cutting and
dampening one of the three sheets of Yamaguchi hosho the Ranch provided
each student. Then did introductions, looked at some old Japanese prints,
and then I did a color printing demo on the pre-carved blocks before lunch
showing 1) pronounced goma-zuri (no paste), bokashi, then smooth printing
and bokashi with addition of paste, and opaque over-printing using Chinese
White in a color. After lunch they each grabbed one or two of the
pre-carved blocks and went to work printing and experimenting with goma,
gradations, etc, so everyone had made several dozen impressions by the end
of the first day and I asked them to come back in the morning with one or
two designs for color printing.

The next morning I demonstrated typical color printing using the blocks for
"Fisherman and Wife" (and I printed up a dozen of them before the end of
the workshop and traded those for a print from each student). Then, in
group, went over each student's design, discussed ways to realize the
design within the constraints of the four blocks each received (couple of
'special' cases didn't want to work within those constraints, so we figured
out some clever work-arounds and one person printed double-size paper and
blocks with non-traditional registration method to enhance wood grain and
another used shellac to make areas less-absorbent and therefore
lighter-printing ala Frankenthaller method) and the other 10 managed to do
it the traditional way. Used carbon paper to xfer the designs, and carved
carved carved.

I demonstrated traditional water stone sharpening for gouges, tohs,
v-gouges, then demonstrated (for practicality in a five-day workshop --
there IS a limit to how many new skills one can 'master' after all) use of
two electric tools, a wet wheel for gross shaping and a buffing wheel and
compound for honing. Most students used honing compound at their tables to
hone by hand, and then the buffing wheel for faster honing when that no
longer maintained a good edge. They were pretty good about keeping sharp
tools, and I put a razor edge on each of their own tools to begin (as they
were all DULL on arrival)! Anyway, most started around 8am and worked 'til
midnight (official hours were 9-5).

You can see some pix of my students and class here if you like:

In the evenings I printed my own stuff (brought my fancy table with the
sliding drawer humidor). I taught for a week, then printed, printed,
printed the second week, as they gave me a corner in the studio. I
completed four new editions -- a 7" x 21" 16 block edition of 24, two oban
editions of 24 blocks and 24 sheets, and an oban edition of 16 blocks and
16 sheets. Several of the editions are pretty interesting -- if you'd like
to see them, they're up on the web here:
-- I'd love to hear what you think...

Matt Christie, printmaking chairperson, was just GREAT to me... Seemed
like everyone's job was just to make me feel so GOOD! Traded prints with a
couple of other teachers. Was particularly impressed with Art Werger's
work and teaching of color intaglio technique -- not too much transferable
to woodcut, but very cool!

Anyway, I was happy with the workshop, my students, the condo the GREAT and
HEALTHY food (included free for teachers), camaraderie, etc. Great, great,
GREAT time!


-- Mike

Mike Lyon