Perfect for your home or as seasonal gifts for art lovers and collectors, this 2016 limited edition calendar contains 13 original hand-pulled screen prints created by members of the Kamloops Printmakers. Printed on archival, 250 weight cotton paper, the 7.5″x 11″ pages are clipped together for hanging and can be easily separated for framing. The price of the calendars is $100 and includes an annual Friends KPMS membership. To buy a calendar, contact Linda Jules on Facebook or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Three classical elements, seven artists and a variety of print-based media come together in a newly opened show and sale at the Old Courthouse.
Earth, Wind and Fire is a collective exhibition by members of the Kamloops Printmakers Society, a studio-based group of TRU alumni and instructors. The show runs until Aug. 29 in the Kamloops Arts Council’s main gallery.
Inspired by print-based methods learned in the university’s fine arts program, the printmakers formed a society in 2007 and established a studio on McMaster Way not far from the campus. Printmaking requires a lot of space to accommodate an array of equipment, making a co-operative approach more practical and the art practice more accessible.
A medium with ancient roots, printmaking has undergone something of a renaissance and the studio reinforces that dynamic of Old World artistic collaboration, offering mutual enrichment through workshops. The society remains the only printmaking co-operative in the Interior.
“Our membership goes up and down, year by year,” said Linda Jules, who includes part of her printed paper basket series in the show. “This show is probably larger than any show we’ve had together.”
“Co-operatives exist in bigger cities, so it’s important that we have one here in Kamloops,” said Melaina Todd, gallery co-ordinator with KAC. “We want to do more workshops to keep print culture alive in the Interior.”
Earth, Wind and Fire encompasses printmaking techniques including etching, screen printing and collagraphs.
Hailing from Nelson, Todd exhibits a relief linocut of an abandoned sawmill on Kootenay Lake. The linocut is printed from a carved piece of old flooring linoleum.
“The nice thing about relief is that you get these natural impressions that make it look like an old woodcut,” she said
Jules’ three baskets are part of an ongoing dimensional printmaking series she was invited to exhibit in Dundee, Scotland, two years ago.
“I do sculpture as well as printmaking,” she said. “My series of baskets is a way to combine the two art media.”
Striking in their appearance, the black-and-white baskets are inspired by traditional birch-bark baskets produced by indigenous North American women going back thousands of years. A lot of experimentation went into the design and creation of these fine-art baskets, each one exhibiting different approach.
One woven paper basket features archeological profiles — Jules used to be an archeologist —called stratographs.
Another called Heaven Meets Earth has an interior design taken from a book written in 1885 by a Frenchman named Camile Flammarion, an astronomer inspired by science and the 19th-century movement known as spiritism. No wonder it has a mystical feel to it.
Six other Kamloops artists have works in the show, including Kelly Perry, Maureen Light, Darlene Kalynka, June Emery, Elizabeth Sigalet and Ila Crawford.
Ila Crawford and Linda Jules try out the large format screen printer at the TRU print studio.
Please join us for
The Kamloops Printmakers
Open Studio Show
Friday, June 20, 2014
6:00 – 9:00pm
Wine and Appies
Original Print Door Prize
Kamloops Printmakers Studio
102B – 925 McMaster Way, Kamloops
Every year, the Kamloops Printmakers artists each produce a limited edition of 15 prints especially for our Friends to enjoy. Each original print is created on an 8” x 10” sheet of archival paper, ready for matting and framing. For your $100 friends Membership, you will receive 4 randomly selected prints, an outstanding value for original artworks.
Attend our Open Studio Show on June 20 and pick up a Friends membership and your prints while you are here. Friends who buy their memberships at the Open Studio will also receive a bonus print and a set of 8 screen-printed studio-themed coasters.
The 2014 contributing artists are:
Ila Crawford Darlene Kalynka
June Emery Maureen Light
Emily Hope Kelly Perry
Linda Jules Tania Willard
If you would like to become a 2014 Friends member, and receive your four prints by mail, just fill out the bottom of this form, and attach a cheque for $100.
Please mail me a Friends Membership and 4 original prints to:
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Include a cheque for $100 made out to Kamloops Printmakers Society and mail to:
Kamloops Printmakers Society
Unit 102B – 925 McMaster Way
Kamloops, BC, V2C 6K2
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Today, the Kamloops Printmakers Studio was visited by Ila’s screen printing class from Thompson Rivers University. That’s Ila on the right. The students have spent the term printing pages for a class book. Today, they are here doing a book binding workshop to sew up their pages. Each student will receive a book showcasing the class work.