Assoc. Professor Kathy McGhee and her printmaking students visited our studio on April 14 to learn more about cooperatives in general and Phoenix Rising specifically. We hope to see you in the future!
What did the students think?
"I had no idea this organization or facility was available. I learned new things about printmaking today. I am glad I came because you have expanded my horizon!"
"I enjoyed the amazingly clean and beautiful shop! So much sunlight and friendly people! Hope to definitely come back for a workshop or join the co-op in the near future!"
"BEAUTIFUL workshop! The only thing that's missing is the finished set-up for screen printing, then Phoenix Rising would be a complete dream :) An exposure unit and a transparency printer would be really awesome additions."
Member Amanda VanDenberg (first photo) led this two session workshop to introduce attendees to the intaglio printmaking process (etching) on April 9 & 10. The first session covered plate preparation, multiple forms of mark making onto a copper plate, and creating etched lines on a copper plate with ferric chloride solution, a non-toxic process. The second session covered basic plate printing processes such as applying ink to the plate, wiping the plate and operating the intaglio printing press. Workshop participants created some great images and editions.
Professor Janet Ballweg, Head of Printmaking studies at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio led the BGSU Print Club on an outing to Columbus in April. They visited our studio to expand their knowledge about creative cooperatives. We welcomed them to participate in the cooperative should they reside in Columbus following graduation.
"Thank you Anne, Eliana, and Jennifer for a wonderful visit. You were very generous with their time and information. My students, colleague, and I really enjoyed the experience!"
You can learn more about accomplished printmaker, Janet Ballweg, at http://janetballweg.com
Congratulations to Associate Member, Elizabeth Swartz, for her solo retrospective exhibition at the Patricia Scott Memorial Art Gallery on the Chillicothe campus of Ohio University that was on display through March 2016. "Permanent Impressions" presented prints created from 1970 through 2015. We admire Elizabeth for her bold color sense and her enthusiasm for experimention with techniques and style. She enjoys exploring the three color monoprint technique & several of her "feather" series monoprints were on display.
"What a great time we had! It was absolutely the highlight of the weekend."
A local family recently held an extended family gathering in Columbus Ohio. As part of their festivities, they came to our studio to create accordion books together. Marilyn McPheron and Anne Cushman led the private event.
Stellar results were achieved at our Three Color Monoprint Workshop on March 5, 2016. Instructors Joan Tallan and Judith Steele led this class that yields dymanic prints. Attendees printed using transparent inks of only the three primary colors to obtain a diverse color palette. The thin acrylic plate passed through our press three times to achieve the final print.
Thank you to Columbus artist Edie Dean for presenting an artist talk about her art work entitled "Edie Dean, Old and New, An Evolution" at the Phoenix Rising Cooperative on February 21, 2016. Ms. Dean spoke about work from her days in graduate school through the latest monotypes created "just last week".
"I want to convey what I get when looking at a landscape or a figure – its atmosphere, the mood, the color, the essence. Exact truth isn't so important, but the truth of expression, what I perceived, that is very important. What were the colors, was it hot, was it exciting and energetic, was it damp, was it . . . to me it is all about the communication with the viewer along with the side game of entertaining myself with new challenges."
The founders of (with poetry), Steve, Ryan & Mike printed the booklet cover for their most recent Columbus poetry reading event using a polymer relief plate on our Vandercook letterpress. Steve and Mike positioned the polymer plates on a ruled metal press bed insert. The backside of the plate is coated in repositional adhesive. Mike and Ryan inspected the final printed piece carefully. They had great results. Visit http://www.withpoetryreadingseries.com/ for more information about (with poetry).
Graphic Novelist Eleanor Davis learns about solar plate etching during her recent residency in Columbus. Cooperative co-founder Anne Cushman instructed Eleanor on how to create etching plates from her line drawings. You can view Davis' artwork on display at the Columbus Museum of Art through February 14, 2016.
For the past four years, CMA and Thurber House have awarded the Graphic Novelist Residency to an artist who demonstrates an experimental approach to creating comics and graphic novels. Eleanor Davis was selected as the recipient of the 2015 award which included an exhibition at CMA and a three-week residency at Thurber House.
Eleanor Davis is a cartoonist and illustrator whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Time Magazine. A collection of her short comics for adults, How To Be Happy, is available from Fantagraphics Books. She has produced two graphic novels for kids: The Secret Science Alliance and The Copycat Crook which she created with her husband Drew Weing.
The artists who contributed to this limited edition are:Anne Cushman, Barbara Jurjans, Marilyn McPheron, Eliana Saari, Jennifer Slezak, Judith Steele, Joan Tallan, Amanda VanDenberg, Michelle Walker, Mary Batstone Woodworth.
All cards are hand-printed and signed by the artists.
243 N. Fifth St.
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Effective March 15, 2013, Open Studio hours are:
Phoenix Rising Printmaking Cooperative is dedicated to promoting the art of printmaking by providing a well-equipped studio, educational opportunities and an environment of mutual support, camaraderie and inspiration for artists and students, and the community.
Phoenix Rising Printmaking Cooperative was formed in 1996, and began renovating a 1904 building into a studio facility that opened its doors in September 1998. From its beginning the studio was equipped with a Takach etching press, a Vandercook relief press and materials to accommodate a variety of printmaking techniques. Later, Phoenix Rising acquired a second etching press and added additional mobile work tables so that more printmakers could work at the same time.
Phoenix Rising had always operated as a nonprofit organization, and in June of 2010 was officially granted 501(c)(3)status. The cooperative moved to its present larger venue in December 2011. The current facility is on the ground floor of a vintage factory with a full wall of north facing windows and is ADA compliant.
Phoenix Rising's artist members offer a variety of workshops and classes that highlight their particular skills and guest artists are invited to give special presentations. The artists of Phoenix Rising provide outreach programs demonstrating and teaching printmaking techniques in a variety of venues - public and private schools, art groups, colleges, artist's residencies, in-service workshops, etc.
We have received great press coverage!