Today's postings

  1. [Baren 29095] Fwd: Spencer Art Museum Digital Database (Wanda Robertson)
  2. [Baren 29096] Re: Fwd: Spencer Art Museum Digital Database (Mary Brooks-Mueller)
  3. [Baren 29097] David Stones' woodcut (Dayadevi Heart-Catterall)
  4. [Baren 29098] exchange 26 (FurryPressII #
  5. [Baren 29099] Quick Question (Dan Dew)
  6. [Baren 29100] Re: Quick Question (Charles Morgan)
  7. [Baren 29101] Chinese woodblock prints on display in New York (baren_member #
  8. [Baren 29102] Re: Quick Question (Barbara Mason)
  9. [Baren 29103] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
  10. [Baren 29104] Re: Quick Question ("Joseph Sheridan")
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Message 1
From: Wanda Robertson
Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2005 10:12:25 -0700
Subject: [Baren 29095] Fwd: Spencer Art Museum Digital Database
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Good morning baren members! This message came into my box this
morning. Perhaps some of you do not know that our baren exchanges have
always included one extra print that goes into the archives. That
archive resides at the Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence, Kansas. If
you have participated in an exchange - your print is at the Spencer
Museum of Art! Ms Warren needs the details listed below for the
Digital Database Project. Please e-mail her directly at
with your information.

barenforum moderator

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> From: Maureen Warren
> Date: Thu Oct 27, 2005 8:58:00 AM US/Pacific
> To:
> Subject: Spencer Art Museum Digital Database
> Reply-To:
> Hello,
> I am working on the Digital Database Project at the Spencer Museum of
> Art in Lawrence Kansas. We are trying to compile artist information
> on our collection of Baren Exchange prints. We are interested in
> collecting the following information from artists:
> 1. Artistís full name
> 2. Artistís preferred name
> 3. Place of birth (city, state, country or equivalent)
> 4. Date of birth (day, month, year)
> 5. Active country/countries
> 6. Gender
> 7. Nationality
> If you could have artists email me this information at
> it would be very helpful. Thank you for your time and consideration.
> Maureen Warren
> Data Editor
> Spencer Museum of Art
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Message 2
From: Mary Brooks-Mueller
Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2005 10:26:48 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 29096] Re: Fwd: Spencer Art Museum Digital Database
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Hi Wanda,
Although I have yet to participate in an exchange, I
want to encourage people to send in their info. I
graduated from the printmaking dept at KU and the
Spencer Museum print collection is simply marvelous.
Their curator is seriously devoted to his work. He
loves to have as much documentations as he can aquire.
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Message 3
From: Dayadevi Heart-Catterall
Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2005 10:55:39 -0700
Subject: [Baren 29097] David Stones' woodcut
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Thank you so much... This was such a wonderful example of the internet
today. Learn how to do something step by step (very well done i might
add) and have soothing music while watching it. Thank you so much for

When i had difficulty finding supplies in stores this summer, while
traveling across the usa, i thought this was a dying art. Now i see
how much of a "beginner" i am and am glad that i have a community to
relate to.
Peace Love and Blessings
Carlton, Or 97111(rollin ~~ tole-in down the road in a 40' tin box,
lovin' it!)
Eureka, California

> Here's a fun on-line way to "print" Baren member David Stones' woodcut
> using your own colors
>> Japan: Memoirs of a
>> Secret Empire . Create a Woodblock Print | PBS
>> Create your own woodblock print. During the Edo period, the process of
>> woodblock
>> ... Woodblock print Let's Print! In this application, you can choose
>> the ...
> Mike
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Message 4
From: FurryPressII #
Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2005 15:55:54 EDT
Subject: [Baren 29098] exchange 26
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I received the following prints today
Charles Morgan
Frank Trueba

Those of you who get your prints in on time will be artistically rewarded by
yours truely.

John Center
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Message 5
From: Dan Dew
Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2005 16:40:37 -0400
Subject: [Baren 29099] Quick Question
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My bamboo baren has taken a nose dive and split open. I've ordered
more supplies to repair/replace: Any advice on what o do to repair
the damage in the meantime. I was thinking of wax paper?

Daniel L. Dew
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Message 6
From: Charles Morgan
Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2005 13:48:33 -0700
Subject: [Baren 29100] Re: Quick Question
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Try Tyvec ... that white building wrap ... sort of paper, but very tough
and slippery ... get it at a building supply store ... or better, just go
to a construction site and beg a cut-off ... as an alternative, since
Halloween is near, you might try using corn husk.

Good luck ... let us know what works.

Cheers ... Charles
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Message 7
From: baren_member #
Date: 27 Oct 2005 22:29:30 -0000
Subject: [Baren 29101] Chinese woodblock prints on display in New York

Message posted from: Google News Update

Chinese New Year prints are on display in the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, at SUNY, New Paltz, New York.


A Smiley Cult of Happiness

Artists throughout history have looked to an outside world for an inspiration that would compel them to create something that rivets eyes and coalesce an earth-shattering drama. They climb the ladder of an Art World, luring patrons under pretenses and intentions in order to swoon enough capital to execute a given piece. Though bureaucracy in the art world persists at an exponential rate, refuge from the schemes and shenanigans exist in exclusive areas.

One of these areas is the Chinese New Year prints, currently on display in the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art. Here you will find a genre of work which demonstrates a culture of prosperity and above all, well wishing.

The exhibit named ''The Cult of Happiness'' is aptly titled, since these prints (called nianhua) were originally bought and sold during the Chinese New Year to bestow good fortune to those who hung them up. These were ominously popular because they related to themes like increased wealth, vitality in life, longevity of the family name, and overall happiness. Through participation in giving and receiving, nianhua families would be granted these blessings as reward for realizing the importance of interfamily activity during the New Year.

Most of the prints date to around the late 19th century and are made by using woodblocks. A flat piece of wood is carved, and then covered in ink and pressed against paper. The recessed cuts on the block donýt adhere to the ink, and so they are reflected on the paper.

It's an industrious way of using a rubber stamp, but by no means can this downplay the intricacies of creating a woodblock print, especially in ''The Cult of Happiness.'' Here there is a style where the layers of woodblocks are built up and up, each layer a different colour and section. Inks pile onto the paper creating a scrutinous mess of attenuated detail and polychromy.

The final result is a print that has evidence of the human hand as well as a mathematic precision to minute components. Representations of griffons, peacock feathers, and flowers are alongside figures in extravagant clothes, making a visual menagerie. Nianhua was a thing of the marketplace; the prints in this show were all made for and by common people.

They are playful and airy, and in their smiling faces is a consciousness that is lighthearted and filled with joy. It's refreshing to see something with such optimism within a picture frame that is able to maintain a respected distinction. By looking into these prints, you're able to see a world through a lens of emotional buoyancy.

''The Cult of Happiness,'' curated by Elizabeth Brotherton, Ph.D., is open until November 6th. The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art is open from Wednesday to Saturday 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.
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Message 8
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2005 20:50:58 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 29102] Re: Quick Question
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I made a pretty good baren out of tyvek paper, you can get it at any art supply store. They use it for international mailers and also for the vapor barrier on houses under the outer layer. If you use a slip sheet it won't get too wet and will work great...for awhile. Just cut it the same shape you would the bamboo and tie it the does work. Not as well as bamboo, but still, it works. Desperate people will try anything.
Best to all,
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Message 9
From: Blog Manager
Date: 28 Oct 2005 03:55:03 -0000
Subject: [Baren 29103] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification
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This is an automatic update message being sent to [Baren] by the forum blog software.

The following new entries were found on the listed printmaker's websites during the past 24 hours. (8 sites checked, just before midnight Eastern time)


Site Name: Woodblock Dreams

Author: Annie B
Item: Ralph Kiggell


[Baren] members: if you have a printmaking blog (or a website with a published ATOM feed), and wish it to be included in this daily checklist, please write to the Baren Blog Manager at:
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Message 10
From: "Joseph Sheridan"
Date: Fri, 28 Oct 2005 08:41:33 -0400
Subject: [Baren 29104] Re: Quick Question
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In your local art supply, they often sell Student Grade barens. If your baren is a similar diameter, you might want to try carefully remove the bamboo for the student grade and cover yours until your supplies arrive.