Today's postings

  1. [Baren 39515] Exhibit announcement (Raymond Hudson)
  2. [Baren 39516] Exchanges w/ Four Oceans Press - outside Baren ("Heather P.")
  3. [Baren 39517] Re: Exhibit announcement (Michelle Turbide)
  4. [Baren 39518] Re: Exhibit announcement (Shireen Holman)
  5. [Baren 39519] congrats Lynita (Cucamongie #
  6. [Baren 39520] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Raymond Hudson
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2009 13:44:48 GMT
Subject: [Baren 39515] Exhibit announcement
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If anyone is passing through Bristol, Vermont--and who wouldn't be?--I
have 22 woodcuts at
the WalkOver Gallery on Main Street through August. They don't have a
website, but here's a link to the announcement with a map, etc.:

One of these days I'll figure out how to do a website or a blog, but
for now a few of my prints are at an online gallery:

Best to all,
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Message 2
From: "Heather P."
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2009 16:23:43 GMT
Subject: [Baren 39516] Exchanges w/ Four Oceans Press - outside Baren
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This is an exchange outside of Barenforum
Four Oceans Press has sign-ups open for 4 Exchanges - three Printmaking and one 3-D Exchange... All details below :)
Four Oceans Press is having sign-ups for their NORTH Hand-pulled Print Exchange.
This is the First exchange in our Cardinal Directions Series.
We have 17 more spots to fill - I hope you will consider joining 
this Print Exchange...
All the details are below :)

Theme: North
Color: B/W or Color. Color is encouraged, but we love a good b/w image.
Image Size: At least 6” x 8” but no larger than 8.5” x 11”.
Paper Size: Paper must be no larger than 8.5” x 11”. 
Medium: Woodblock, Linoleum, Serigraph, Lithograph or Intaglio
Paper type: Any archival paper appropriate to your printing method can be used.
Print Deadline: October 15, 2009

Complete exchange details can always be found on the Four Oceans Press website at 

We are also taking sign-ups for our Alphabet Exchange too...
The "Street Signs" Alphabet has 19 more letters available and is not due
until January 2010...
Our biggest news is that we have 2 NEW Exchanges: 
The "Prints for Peace" collaboration - where an extra set will be
sent in for you to the prints for peace show in Mexico.
The 3-D Art Exchange... Sign-ups are limited...

Take a Look, Read, Consider and then Sign up...

If you can not get involved this time, check the website regularly for the next exchange
and other projects.  As always, Thank you to all the Artists on the Baren who
have been a part of the Four Oceans Press Exchanges or other Exchanges here
on Baren that I have been a part of -  You all do such great work :)
Thanks & Smiles,
Heather & Kathe
We now have prints on ETSY :)
We participated in the SFCB RoadWorks 2008 and are excited
about the one coming up for this year!!!
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Message 3
From: Michelle Turbide
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2009 18:57:32 GMT
Subject: [Baren 39517] Re: Exhibit announcement
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I live in Grand Isle. I am off for a week in Bristol and will try to get out and see your prints.

congrats on the show!

Michelle Turbide
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Message 4
From: Shireen Holman
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2009 23:21:31 GMT
Subject: [Baren 39518] Re: Exhibit announcement
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Wonderful work, Ray!

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Message 5
From: Cucamongie #
Date: Sat, 01 Aug 2009 01:26:40 GMT
Subject: [Baren 39519] congrats Lynita
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Congrats Lynita, that will be a great show, wish I could be there!


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over the past 24 hours ...

Subject: [Forest in Summer - 13] : Printing coming along well ...
Posted by: Dave Bull

Continued from [Forest in Summer - 12] | Starting point of the thread is [Forest in Summer - 1]

Here are the next few impressions.

It's going a bit slowly - the main reason for that is the extremely high humidity here this week. The rainy season was 'officially' declared over in the Kanto region a few days ago, but somebody forgot to tell the clouds!

We've got one of those stationary fronts parked over Japan at present, and the rain has been pretty much unceasing; down in the west end of the country there have been dozens of fatalities from floods and landslides. No danger here in the urban area, but it does make it difficult to control the moisture in the paper. Especially with these wide impressions, the paper really tends to get soggy.

So after each impression, I put slips of dry paper in between the printing sheets to try and pull some of the excess moisture out. It's difficult to get it exactly right ...

Anyway, here is the third tone on the tree area:

... and the fourth:

It looks interesting, doesn't it! Makes me think I should abandon all the other colours that I have planned, and make this a 'sepia' print!

But now that I've got the tree this far, I can see that the depths on these tones are not all correct, and - because I am an experienced hiker! - I know which way to go to fix them ...


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Subject: Kathe Kollwitz (1867-1945)
Posted by: Julio

Kthe Schmidt Kollwitz (July 8, 1867 April 22, 1945) was a German painter, printmaker, and sculptor whose work offered an eloquent and often searing account of the human condition in the first half of the 20th century. Her empathy for the less fortunate, expressed most famously through the graphic means of drawing, etching, lithography, and woodcut, embraced the victims of poverty, hunger, and war.Initially her work was grounded in Naturalism, and later took on Expressionistic qualities.

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Subject: Chicago: WEN Workshop (2)
Posted by: Andy English

Tuesday morning found us driving towards downtown Chicago:

We met up at Cosi's Coffee shop where I grabbed a welcome smoothie.

We were in for a real treat at the Art Institute of Chicago. We visited the Print Study Room where a selection of prints and blocks had been selected for our enjoyment:

The first item could not have been more appropriate for me - three proofs from William Blake's wood engraved illustrations to Thornton's 1821 edition of Virgil.

The middle one is probably the most important print in terms of my own development as a printmaker. It is a tiny thing but of huge significance to me and one that I wanted to refer to when I spoke the next day:

Of the blocks on display, I was particularly taken by one engraved by Lucien Pissarro, son of the Impressionist Camille. If you click on the image to enlarge it you can see where the block is starting to split. This is not uncommon with engraved blocks, which are often made from smaller pieces of wood glued together:

Another exciting inclusion for me was one of the small number of wood engravings that the English Pop Artist Peter Blake (he of the cover to the Beatle's Sgt. Pepper album) has made.

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Subject: A social network to call our own…
Posted by: David

The Baren Social login page

Members of the beloved Baren Forum, and its council, have been debating how we should keep up (or catch up) with the times. You won’t be surprised that social networking brushed aside the other suggestions like an opera diva with a following wind.

Mike Lyons recently created the ‘Friends of the Baren Forum’ page on Facebook, which boasted over 100 members at last count. If you are a Facebook user and even slightly interested in printmaking, look it up.

A few of us have also built a dedicated Baren Forum social site, using the ever-expanding Elgg platform. You can find it at

Why roll our own? A number of Bareners don’t use, or just don’t get, Facebook. Whether or not we agree with them, it’s their choice to make. More importantly, Baren Social allows us to build a space around the interests of printmakers.

No ‘you might be interested in’ ads. No messages from sponsors. No attempts to make a buck from the user’s content. No sharing content or feeds with external sites unless the user explicitly allows it.

That’s a long list of negatives. Turn the coin over and you have: customisable discussion groups, private chat, personal blogs (public or private, to taste), an events calendar, and the ability to add any function we want from a growing list of Elgg extensions.

So far this has only cost the evenings of a few volunteers. I installed and tested the software. Julio Rodriguez took it from there and added much of what you see on the site, cleaned it all up and announced the live site last week. What happens next is up to the users. We hope that Baren Social and the Facebook page will become long-standing assets to the Baren Forum community: places to share visual content, how-tos, videos, and get to know their fellow Bareners a little better. Time will tell.

See you there?

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