Welcome: Summer 2015 Curatorial Intern and Administrative Assistant

We would like to welcome our new Curatorial Intern and Administrative Assistant Natalie Gaudet. Natalie comes to Windsor Printmaker’s Forum from Georgian College where she is working towards her postgraduate certificate in Museum and Gallery studies, her program has included coursework in curatorial practices, museum and gallery management, educational programming and delivery, collections management, research methods, and exhibition design.

During her time as Curator and Administrative Assistant at WPF she will be working towards developing ‘The Walking Project’, a proposed WPF exhibition for 2015-2016, she will be coordinating WPF’s Annual Member’s Show and membership drive, as well as WPF’s summer residency with the Forum’s 2015 artist-in-residence Arturo Herrera. During her time at the Forum she will also be seeking new workshop proposals from the community for summer 2015.

IMG_6004Natalie is a graduate of the University of Windsor where she obtained her B.A (Hons.) in Visual Arts, Art History and Visual Culture. Natalie is excited to be back in Windsor and to work with the collection and printmaking community at WPF.

If you are interested in hosting a workshop at WPF, becoming a member, or getting involved through volunteering, you can contact Natalie at curator@wpfstudio.org or stop by the Forum during our extended 2015 summer hours. We are now open Monday through Friday 10am-12pm & 1-4pm. We look forward to seeing you at the Forum this summer!

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REVIEW: Windsor Printmaker’s Forum 2014 Annual Members’ Show and Sale, By Natalie Gaudet

This year Windsor Printmaker’s Forum Annual Members’ Show featured the multi-medium work of its artists who were invited to submit work created from a vast array of materials: this allowed those who visited the exhibition the chance to experience not only a wide range of traditional printmaking techniques, but also demonstrated the extent of the work of its members. Members incorporated print onto new mediums that ultimately  made for a dynamic print and multi-medium show. Hung in the open gallery space in the Printmaker’s Forum on July 4th, the show ran until August 31st.

Kacie Auffret, a past director and current studio artist at the Forum, spent this past year at University of British Columbia working towards her MFA in Visual Arts interdisciplinary, creative, and critical studies. Though she had to have her work shipped from BC, Auffret decided it was important this year to submit work to the members’ show at the Forum:

“It was important for me to submit this work (Connection) to the Windsor Printmaker’s Forum for the members’ show because I believe in supporting local non-profit, artist-run organizations. There are not many printmaking studios around, and I would love to Windsor Printmaker’s Forum to stay. Windsor Printmaker’s Forum is so pen to new ways of printing, I thought my piece Connection would fit in and allow others to see the opportunities that printmaking has to offer.”

Connection

Connection stood out as one of the pieces in the show that demonstrated the versatility of printmaking, and the new ways contemporary artists are using the medium of printmaking. Connection comprises of an intaglio print on deer hide. Imprinted on the deer hide is an abstracted spinal cord of a deer. Kacie uses the very active method of printmaking to remind the viewer that the hide that holds the imagery once belonged to a living creature.

The work of Patricia Coates, the Forum’s president, demonstrates a contemporary use of printmaking techniques by combining printmaking and installation. Her work Seed Vault utilizes the traditional methods of silkscreen and letterpress printmaking, and applies the techniques to materials such as muslin and burlap. She then incorporates these techniques into a large mixed media installation that emerges from the back corner of the gallery space, as if growing and reiterating the themes of contamination and the uncontrollable man-made spread of GMOs that surround her work.

Seed Vault

Among popular mediums in the exhibit were mixed media drawings such as the work of Eric Owen Wood, Amelia Herceg, and Arturo Herrera.

A hand drawing by Arturo Herrera presented an evolving artwork, and demonstrates how the weather and the land can transform what an artist has originally intended for a work. The work was created during a visit to Montreal on a canvas bag that Herrera carried on his person throughout his travels. The weather, along with the usual wear and tear on the bag, acted as collaborators in the realization of the work, and transformed the drawing as it moved with the artist.

Herrera

The imprint of the artist seemed to be a special component of the annual members’ show, and could be seen in other work such as Grace Manias’ mixed media prints, which incorporated pencil drawings onto mixed media prints.

Other printmaking techniques included in the show were lino-cut, letterpress, image transfer, and intaglio. Painting, drawing, and sculpture were also among the works.

Members Show 2014

The members’ show included the work of Kacie Auffret, Patricia Coates, Vanessa Cornell, Amelia Herceg, Arturo Herrera, Lauren Laplante, Grace Manias, John Montminy, Taylor Sheppard, and Eric Owen Wood. This unique members’ show allowed its members to explore alternative ways of showing in the WPF gallery space, and allowed viewers of the exhibition to experience the multifaceted work of Windsor Printmaker’s Forum’s members.

Natalie Gaudet is a recent graduate of the University of Windsor’s Visual Arts and Art History program. She is currently pursuing Museum and Gallery Studies at Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario, and serves on the board of directors at Windsor Printmaker’s Forum. 

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CALL FOR SUBMISSION: Windsor Printmaker’s Forum 2014 Original Print Exchange

Print Exchange

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS:

Windsor Printmaker’s Forum’s 2014 Original Print Exchange

Windsor Printmaker’s Forum invites artists to submit an edition of ten identical prints to be shown at the Forum’s 2014 print exchange. In return, artists will receive a set of prints from other exhibiting artists!

How It Works:

1. Create an edition of ten identical prints. Paper size must be no larger than 5 inches x 5 inches, with an image size no larger than 4 inches x 4 inches.

2. Submit your edition, your entry fee of $25.00 CAD, and a completed entry form (see below) to Windsor Printmaker’s Forum, 420 Devonshire Rd E, Windsor, ON, N8Y 4T6. Deadline for submission is November 15, 2014. Cheques and money orders can be made out to Windsor Printmaker’s Forum.

3. Each artist will have one of the prints from their edition on display and for sale for the price of $75.00 + HST. The rest of the prints will be shared among other participating artists, with each artist receiving nine unique prints from different artists (one print from each edition will be kept for the Windsor Printmaker’s Forum archives).

4. The prints will be on display from November 21, 2014 until January 9, 2015, with an opening reception to take place on Friday, November 21, 2014 at 6pm, to coincide with the Walkerville Holiday Art Walk.

5. If one of your prints is sold, you will receive one less print in return, however you will receive a cheque for the sale of your print (70%, WPF receiving 30% commission). For example, If two of your prints are sold, you will get seven prints in return.

Please Note:

-For this print exchange, Windsor Printmaker’s Forum is accepting traditional prints only (lithography, intaglio, screen print, letterpress, woodcut, linocut, collograph, etc.). No digital prints will be accepted.

- Prints must be signed, dated, and numbered, and each print in the edition must be separated with a piece of acid-free paper or tissue.

- Entry fee is non-refundable.

- Entries without both a completed entry form and a paid entry fee will not be accepted.

-Entries that exceed the paper and image size guidelines will not be accepted.

- Though we will take our utmost care while handling your prints, Windsor Printmaker’s Forum assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged prints.

Print Exchange Entry Form

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ARTspace Original International Print Exchange & Exhibit

November 15 through the month of December

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