Today's postings

  1. [Baren 31428] Re: Opening tonight ("Ellen Shipley")
  2. [Baren 31429] Print Exchange (Wanda Robertson)
  3. [Baren 31430] RE: Dirty Fingernails Say A Lot ("Maria Arango")
  4. [Baren 31431] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: "Ellen Shipley"
Date: Sat, 5 Aug 2006 10:48:55 -0700
Subject: [Baren 31428] Re: Opening tonight
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I can't wait to see it! Can't wait for the Summit either! 8-]


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Message 2
From: Wanda Robertson
Date: Sat, 5 Aug 2006 11:59:42 -0700
Subject: [Baren 31429] Print Exchange
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This came in from Annie Ross:


The SFU Print Exchange is located at Simon Fraser University, in
Burnaby, British Columbia, based in First Nations Studies and the
School for Contemporary Arts

Theme: Earth and Her Beings: Endangered Species, Endangered Printmaking

Printmaking is an old, democratic, and imperiled form of expression.
As it enables people to make multiple images of visuals and text, it is
among the most powerful methods of speech. Some say that printmaking,
like many of Earth's species, is in danger of extinction, to be
taken-over by modern technologies.

SFU Print Exchange does not cost much money to do. The prints may be
made on a kitchen table, without the need for electricity, or any other
depletive technology. The Exchange exists to celebrate hand-made prints
that everyone can produce, as a sustainable technology of artistic
expression, and to create a dialogue about Earth among diverse
communities through the sharing of prints.

This exchange is open to all printmakers. There is no entry fee.
Fifteen (#15) identical prints will be donated to the Exchange by each
artist. Two prints will remain at SFU. Each artist then receives a
portfolio of 13 randomly selected prints as an exchange. SFU will
organize and mail prints out, and create a brochure, a webpage, and an

Print Exchange theme: Earth and Her Beings: Endangered Species
As is true for humans and all other living beings, Indigenous
Expressive Arts (such as basket making, wood carving) are dependent
upon a healthy ecosystem in order to thrive. First Nations peoples
have always understood their/our homeland ecosystems by knowing names
for plants, animals, insects, and their personal traits, behaviors, and
characteristics. Knowing is part of a relationship. If we all learned
to know the names and faces of the living beings of our place, what
would change in this modern time, to ensure a healthy and sustainable

SFU Print Exchange is a community of artists concerned about Earth, her
beings, Homeland, and art practice by making low-tech, multiple,
hand-made prints. SFU Print Exchange is a grass-roots action where our
visual work (the prints) are made (sharing in the process of creation),
sent out to others (the act of giving of the self), exposed (telling
our stories), in order to speak of our connections to One Mother Earth

Some questions to consider are:

* what is your relationship to Earth (locally, regionally, globally)
in philosophy or in practice?

* what practices do you engage in to maintain a relationship with

* what is sustainable?

* what is a relationship with the Planet look like,
metaphorically/allegorically speaking?

* is Earth a place, a feeling, a being?

Please avoid any literal representations of Earth (round ball with
outlines). This exchange is to explore ideas about Being in
Relationship with Earth.

deadline date: #15 prints, submission form, SASE, and $5.00 for postage
must be received by October 21, 2006. Because of exhibition deadlines,
no late submissions can be accepted.

Process: ONLY relief prints that are printed by hand (i.e.: woodcut,
linoleum) as many colors as you'd like. please keep your methods as
low-tech as possible, as this exchange is looking at art that can be
done at home, without a press, with a technique available to all --

* paper size: 6" x 8" (paper must be archival or interesting)

* edition size: an edition of #15 identical, hand-made, original

* please place sheets of interleaving (glassine/wax paper) between
each sheet cut to 6" x 8"

* each print must be signed and numbered 1 -- 15

What to send:

* one typewritten page with your name, title of art, your mailing
address, email, and a brief statement of the meaning of your work
(maximum 250 words)

* This sentence with your signature:

"I give SFU Print Exchange permission to post my info and art on their

___________________________________________________ (signature)

___________________________________________________ (date)

___________________________________________________ (printed name)

* 8 x 10 SASE (self-addressed envelope) with sufficient postage, or
five dollars U.S. ($5.00US) to send # 13 prints to yourself (mandatory
if you wish to receive prints in exchange)

please RSVP by email to let us know you are sending art:

Mail submission to:

SFU Print Exchange
c/o annie ross, First Nations Studies/SCA
c/o Archaeology Department
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, British Columbia
V5A 1S6

write ****DO NOT BEND**** on your envelope

exhibition dates:
Simon Fraser University Gallery December 12 to 21, 2006

Grateful thanks to Joe Feddersen, Evergreen State College, Olympia;
Elizabeth Woody, Ecotrust, Portland; Brian Lane, Print Zero Studios,
Seattle; Bill Jeffries, Director SFU Gallery; Dean Lastoria, Colin
Browne, Martin Gotfrit, SFU School for the Contemporary Arts; David
Burley, Chair, SFU First Nations Studies.

This project is supported in part by the Social Studies and Humanities
Research Council of Canada. We are most grateful.
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Message 3
From: "Maria Arango"
Date: Sat, 5 Aug 2006 18:30:01 -0700
Subject: [Baren 31430] RE: Dirty Fingernails Say A Lot
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Thanks for this refreshing link, Viza!

In the very complicated world of local art and shunned world of festivals I
get a lot of questions, comments, advice and general conversation about why
I do what I do.
Usually, and while smiling, the academic folk have this "what a shame you're
out here" look on their faces, the gallery managers have this "you're
wasting your time selling public direct" look on their faces, the cliquish
locals sport an "I would never stoop this low" expression, and my fans and
collectors...well, they thank me and collect and make it all worthwhile.
When the questioners question, I usually just respond with: I love to make
prints and sell prints, it's all really very simple.

Well, we printmakers know nothing is THAT simple, not the making or
defending and certainly not the selling. But it does bring it down to its
essence when you read about others that enjoy the dirty fingernails and love
printmaking for everything that it is.

Anyhow, that and $5.75 will buy you an over-flavored cup of...something they
call 'coffee' at Starbucks (even the cliches have to evolve).

Stay in the studio,

Maria Arango
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Message 4
From: Blog Manager
Date: 6 Aug 2006 03:55:07 -0000
Subject: [Baren 31431] 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. (22 sites checked, five minutes before midnight Eastern time)


Site Name: The Itinerant Artist

Author: Diane Cutter


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