Today's postings

  1. [Baren 44761] Baren 44755 (jennifermartindale #
  2. [Baren 44762] Re: Exchange #50 (Gretchen Greene)
  3. [Baren 44763] Re: Exchange #50 (key sevn)
  4. [Baren 44764] exchanges , being in and receiving ("bobcatpath #")
  5. [Baren 44765] Exchanges update and a reminder (Kristine Alder)
  6. [Baren 44766] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: jennifermartindale #
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2011 15:15:40 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44761] Baren 44755
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The question about sharpening a vee tool carries a clue in the message, I no longer use handtools with plywood and I have stopped using MDF altogether, the tools became blunted after a few strokes, and I had to use a sharpening wheel to recover them. It becomes too destructive on tools so is a false economy in my view.
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Message 2
From: Gretchen Greene
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2011 16:34:10 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44762] Re: Exchange #50
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Thanks for the beautiful presentation and all your work.

Thanks for the prints. It's my first Baren exchange and it's a really nice collection, even better than I expected from looking at previous exchanges on the website.


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Message 3
From: key sevn
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2011 18:03:00 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44763] Re: Exchange #50
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The website presentations doesn't look as good as the real prints. Even in
half :)
14-12-2011 17:34 uytkownik "Gretchen Greene"
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Message 4
From: "bobcatpath #"
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2011 19:08:36 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44764] exchanges , being in and receiving
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hello Bareners

received my set of TINY PRINTS
and they are a vast array of our shared talents
just great

i have taken part in exchanges since '99

they are immense fountains of information on papers, inks ,
methods of printing and carving

my friends now look forward to them as much as i do

because i bring them to dinner or parties

and lay them out on the floor and we spend an hour
looking at, and talking about them

when i had a show of my own work
i also hung two of my favorite baren exchanges-
Music and Endangered Species
i clothes- pinned them to strings along the wall
and they looked like a huge quilt

you cannot go wrong participating in BAREN exchanges

the size of these little prints will lend well to a table top viewings
and i have already framed one of my own
it is in an 8 x 10" frame with a small window for the print
i always center just high of middle

lots of possibilities

thanks to everyone who did a print

i love them

Gayle (and her husband) deserve alot of credit
a monumental job well done

Gillyin in MAINE

or simply one by one on a tabletop
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Message 5
From: Kristine Alder
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2011 22:49:11 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44765] Exchanges update and a reminder
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Hello, Baren Members! We have just wrapped up a successful Exchange #50. The print collection is spectacular! Everyone seemed to love the small format, and even printing such a large edition wasn't nearly as bad as most had feared it might be. Collating 10,000 prints is no small task either-- then add to that the creation of a little archival box for each participant and you have one hardworking coordinator! Thank you Gayle for all of the hours and hours spent pulling the final portfolio together. (Be sure to thank that sweet husband of yours for all of his efforts, too!) Gayle also made us a "map" to follow, which is helpful in seeing who belongs to each print. There will soon be a full collophon available on the gallery page for this exchange, which will include things such as print details and comments by the various artists. It's just taking a little more time to get it all formatted and put together. The plan is for it to be a downloadable pdf file that participants can print out or peruse online. Exchange 51 is well underway. Bronwyn Merritt has graciously volunteered to coordinate for us. I'm not sure if it's the larger format that has discouraged participation or just what, but we have had a very disappointing registration for this exchange, with only 17 participants signing up. That's barely over half of the full exchange. If there are any of you out there sitting on the fence who would like to step up and fill one of the remaining spots, now would be a good time. Prints are due to the coordinator ON or BEFORE February 1, 2011. Speaking of deadlines... as we head into a new year, I feel it's time for a reminder regarding the rules and expectations for participation in a Baren exchange. I hope that you have noticed over the past five or so exchanges that the coordinators and I are working closely make sure deadlines are met and that completed exchange portfolios are returned in a timely manner. After all of the hard work to produce an edition, everyone is anxious to receive their completed set. Unfortunately, we have had issues with participants not following the rules set forth for exchanges, which makes it really tough for the coordinators to complete their job as outlined. Please remember that when you sign up to participate in an exchange, you have given your word and committed your time and energy to the completion of the edition. Before you sign up, look ahead at your schedule to be sure that you can make it work with your other life obligations. Sign up only if you are ready and able to follow through with the requirements of the exchange. There is a drop-out deadline set a month before the final delivery date, just in case something has interferred with your ability to complete the exchange. We try to have several members waiting in the wings to pick up your spot if you need to drop on or before the drop deadline. If you drop out after that deadline, there is not sufficient time for someone to take your place and you will face a penalty. If you do not deliver the prints for the exchange, you will face a penalty. (Not to belabor the point, but the chief reason that Exchange 50 ended up with 96 prints instead of 100 is because of people dropping out AFTER the delivery deadline, so there was no chance of anyone filling their place. These members now face the consequences of that choice.) If you are late delivering your prints, it is up to the coordinator's discretion as to whether your prints will make the final portfolio or not. Again, you may face a penalty for late delivery. As we are all adults here, it is not unrealistic to expect that we will all be able to the follow rules that are set forward. The rules for exchanges, including benefits and possible penalties, are outlined completely on the Exchange guidelines page of the Baren Forum site. Please follow this link and take a few minutes to read and understand the rules and expectations for all members participating in exchanges: As always, keep in mind that the exchange program is open to all members, whether a novice or one of the most experienced professionals, working in woodcuts or linoleum, or even other relief matrices. It is an awesome opportunity for creating art, for building your own skills and learning from each other, and for exchanging art with other artists around the world. We all reap the benefits of this exchange of skills and ideas, regardless of skill level or background. Thank you for your continued support of our exchanges worldwide. As always, should you have specific questions about the exchanges, please feel free to contact me offlist. Happy Holidays!Kristine
Kristine Alder
Baren Exchange Manager
St. George, UT
Art Educator/Printmaker/Book ArtistCo-President UAEA

"The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it,
but that it is too low and we reach it." --Michelangelo

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Subject: Leftovers III Exchange @WingtipPress
Posted by: Amie Roman

Time for this year's edition of Leftovers at Wingtip Press in Boise, ID.

Prints: 14 (you'll get 12 in return, we keep one for exhibitions and one to raise funds for those who need our leftovers)
Size: Up to 5" x 7" - can be smaller, but NO larger please!
Cost: $12.00
Due Date: March 15, 2012
Ship to: Wingtip Press 6940 Butte Court Boise, ID 83704 USA

Contact Wingtip Press if you want to participate.

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Subject: "Usurper" in the house...
Posted by: Sherrie Y

I considered breaking this up into three posts... both to create a prolonged dramatic ending and, honestly, to have a few posts in the queue to carry me through the distracting end-of-year chaos ahead. But the Problem Child print is STILL a problem... STILL not dry enough for the last ink layer... so there are enough delays around here already. Let's finish this little piece, shall we?

I shouldn't have worried that the previous pass was too dark, as this dark green went down on top of it and still left room for more.

Which I obligingly added. I could have stopped at this point, but you know me. "Just one more color" is the usual mantra around here. I finished this linocut with a dark brown... although I think it looks black in the photo.

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This item is taken from the blog Brush and Baren.
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