Friday, October 26, 2012

This year's Rachel Allen Memorial Fellowship Recipient!

We want to congratulate and welcome Nance Mc Manus as the annual fellowship recipient, to New Grounds! The fellow receives a month long membership and a workshop of their choice. It is a wonderful way to meet artists and introduce them to non-toxic printmaking.

Nance is a dedicated pastel artist who enjoys the rich colors and immediacy of the process. At New Grounds, she is wanting to learn more about the monotype process using Akua water-based inks.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Karl Koenig, a Memorial Exhibition

The passing of Karl Koenig this January left a huge gap in the world of photography. He wrote the definite book on gumoil photography and was primarily known for his work in this medium although he practiced a variety of photographic and printmaking techniques. However, it was his imagery that he was most well known for: Striking shots of concentration camps, majestic trees, lonely grain elevators, remote places in New Mexico, and haunting French cemeteries. 

Karl's wife, Frances Koenig chose the images for this show that gave an overview of the gumoil process and a variety of images.

Each gumoil image is hand-crafted after coating a sheet of 100% rag paper with sensitized liquid gum arabic and contact-exposing it to a transparent or translucent positive under intense ultraviolet radiation. The coated sheet is then developed in water, thoroughly dried, and later rubbed with a dark pigment such as lamp black oil paint.
Excess pigment is wiped off and the paper is briefly dipped in a bleach bath to oxidize away (etch) some of the light-hardened residual gum arabic. This leaves the next tonal region of the picture open to a second pigment application.
The sequence is repeated until the print is finished over the course of several days or weeks. It is the successive etchings and applications of oil colors which lead to the richness and dimensionality of the finished print.   (From Karl Koenig's website www.
Tanya, Gallery Assistant and former member, Deb Weaver

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Ken Frink’s “Jewels” Opening and Demonstration

Ken Frink‘s solo show, featuring his multiple plate etchings, attracted a large crowd.

Ken Frink and his family

His work celebrates color and the visual quality of gesture, brushstroke, lines, and drips.
People crowd around Ken as he demonstrates at the press his multi-step process.
Frink begins with a copper plate which he alters using acid and resist to etch lines and tones, as well as aggressively manipulating the surface of the plate by scraping, burnishing, sanding, and scratching.

He applies intaglio ink to the plate and wipes the plate with tarlatan to remove excess ink. Old phone book pages are used to even further remove ink from the plate. This allows ink to settle into any incisions he has made in the plate. Once Frink has placed his inked plate on the press he places a damp piece of paper on top of the plate, so that when going through the press the damp paper will be able to be squeezed into the plate's ink-filled grooves. 

He continues to work back into the same plate, creating prints that evolve as his plate evolves. Viewers got to experience his evolving methods as he printed in workshop. The slightly transparent ink layered images showcases his evolving method.
Each time Frink runs a plate through the press the crowd craned their necks, eager to see him peel the print off the plate and reveal the evolving print. Several youngsters wiggled with anticipation and clapped their hands, excited to see the outcome. 

Thank you to all the volunteers and to Jeff Simpson, photographer. See you next time!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Artists - How to use your down time

Is your studio too hot to work or don't feel too inspired? Or did you just have an exhibition and you need a break? Or you are working away, but the art market is getting you down?

This is a good opportunity to take stock of your inventory, add it to your database (or create one if you don't have one), make sure all your work is signed and dated and document your work. Remember to use a good camera and crop and title your digital files. If you do not know how to do this, get professional help; we recommend Pat Berrett, (505)881-0935.

In addition, down-time can be used to organize your inventory, destroy works not up to par, and make sure everything is properly stored and protected.

Maybe it is time to learn a new technique. There are lots of great summer classes out there.

Last but not least, update your bio and take a good and hard look at your artist statement. Is it still relevant to your work or should it be rewritten? New Grounds offers professional help with these tasks.

Once you are ready to go back to work, start with an unfinished piece, or rework something that you were not happy with. It is less intimidating than a blank piece of paper or canvas.

Have a great summer!

Regina Held
Director, New Grounds Print Workshop & Gallery

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Kathe Noe's first solo show at New Grounds was a hit

Being Kathe's first solo show, she had the honor of giving us a demonstration of the monotype process! Kathe has a great sense of humor and being a former art teacher she has a wealth of knowledge to share. Regina is introducing her to the crowd here.

Examples of monotypes Kathe has already started.

Kathe begins by applying ink to a stencil she has created of circles.
Brayers are small rollers printmakers use to apply even coats of ink to the plate. At New Grounds we use water based Akua Kolor inks.

This is a drawing that Kathe uses as a guide to make a monotype from.

She places the stencil on top of the print she had already stared. The young girls are going to help run the press for her!

Then, going back to ink up a second plate, Kathe uses a brush and ink to create a bamboo image.

And through the press one more time!

The girls are showing off Kathe's work!
Left to Right: Tanya, Gallery Assistant, Kathe Noe, Artist and Regina Held, Director

Thanks to all the volunteers and Mike Rudahl for taking the photographs!!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Jacob Tarazon Mattesons opening and demonstration!

For the month of April we had a second reception for Jacob Tarazon Matteson’s solo show. His abstract landscapes brighten up the room with lively reds, oranges, and hints of blue. 

Many people headed out to see Jacob’s monotype demonstration that evening. It’s a great opportunity to see a master of his trade at work! 

Jacob begins by applying Akua Kolor inks to a thin polycarbonate plate. He uses a variety of brushes, small strips of matboard and other tools to apply the ink to create a variety of textures.
Once all the ink is applied and the artist thinks it’s ready to print, he takes it to the press and places it face up on the press bed.
The paper is then placed on top of the inked plate and run through the press, impressing the image from the plate onto the paper. 
Jacob then answers questions that people had. He is a retired high school art teacher and has a wealth of knowledge of art making!
Thanks to the volunteers that helped out and to Jeff Simpson for taking the photographs.
Tanya and Meredith

Friday, March 2, 2012

All About Texture in Monotype Workshop

One Day Workshop
Using Akua Kolor water-based inks, this workshop will be a day of exploration using stencils, textures, chine colle and more to create layered and richly textured monotypes! Chine colle is a beautiful process whereby a print is made onto a thin piece of Asian paper while simultaneously adhering it to a thicker sheet of Western paper. This class is open to all, but it is recommended that students take the “Introduction to Monotype” class first.
Class date: Sunday, March 4th
Class times: 10 AM - 5 PM, includes lunch break
Class fee: $ 95 + tax, includes most printing materials
Instructor: Mary Sundstrom, MFA

Please call 505-268-8952 to register

Friday, February 10, 2012

Ray Maseman's solo show!

Ray Maseman's solo show "Charismatic Megafauna" was a  huge success!  Friends, family, and more came out to see his newest body of work. 

 To begin with, the blank copper plate is coated with an acid resistant material called hard ground. At New Grounds, we use Z-Acryl hard ground which does not require any harmful solvents to be removed from the plate. Instead, it is water-soluble when wet, and comes off with a mild soda ash solution when dry. A design is now drawn on the coated plate (not shown here) which exposes the copper underneath. It is made permanent by immersing the plate in ferric chloride – it literally etches the drawn lines into the plate. Ray passed around the coated plate and let people in the crowd draw on the plate.

The plate is now ready to be printed. To do so, ink (at New Grounds we use water soluble Akua intaglio inks) is carded over the entire plate with strips of mat board.


Once the plate is covered completely in ink, the excess is removed first by using strips of mat board and then a very stiff cheese cloth called “tarlatan.” To remove any excess plate tone, newsprint is used to wipe it off the surface.

The inked plate is now placed on the press bed, and it is covered with a sheet of printing paper. At New Grounds, we prefer Hahnemuhle paper because it is extremely absorbent.

Plate and paper are then covered with printing blankets which cushion the impact of the roller as the plate and paper are moved through the etching press. Note that the only purpose of the press is to apply very high pressure to the plate. We use Takach presses at New Grounds. 
The second inked plate is then placed in the same spot as the first one, and printed onto the first colored image.

The finished print!
Thanks to our interns for all the help!

 Thanks to everyone who made it out tonight and especially to the volunteers who helped make this show a success! Thanks, Jeff Simpson for taking the pictures!

If you missed the reception, Ray Maseman’s show “Charismatic Megafauna” runs through March 11th