Today's postings

  1. [Baren 33771] RE: New Baren Digest (HTML) V40 #3975 (Jul 17, 2007) ("Lee Churchill")
  2. [Baren 33772] jurying shows (cucamongie #
  3. [Baren 33773] Re: Juried Print Shows (MarianaBartolomeoBrooksmueller)
  4. [Baren 33774] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: "Lee Churchill"
Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2007 08:05:18 -0600
Subject: [Baren 33771] RE: New Baren Digest (HTML) V40 #3975 (Jul 17, 2007)
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Hi All,

Where do you guys buy that "husband" thingy?? ... Sounds like a
useful device ... {;-}}}}}

Sadly, I'm far more handy than my "husband-thingy" so for things other
than Japanese woodblock I use a system that I learned many years ago in

I take a piece of newsprint/cheap paper, outline my block onto it then
an outline the size of my paper, using a square and ruler to make sure
everything lines up right and the margins are spaced as I want them.
Then I lay this out on the press bed or table and place a sheet of
Mylar(tm) over it (this keeps the sheet clean for as long as I need it
and is easy to clean if it gets inky). Then it's easy enough to lay out
the block and lay the printing paper over it, lining up the edges with
the drawn lines. It's simple, cheap and I've found it really accurate.
I had thought when the teacher showed it to us that things would slide
around but the static in the Mylar (tm) seems to keep everything in
place easily.



P.S. I just got back from a residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts
it was an amazing experience! As I wasn't doing any woodblock printing I
won't go into more details but you could do block if you wanted, so
anyone who is interested can contact me for more info.! Or check out
the website -
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Message 2
From: cucamongie #
Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2007 18:06:51 -0400
Subject: [Baren 33772] jurying shows
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Hi all-
Thank you Andy for posting about your experience on a selection panel.

I have also been on selection panels and I agree with Andy on most points.

Andy [you] said that you thought it was better if each work was "distinctive" rather than being "nearly identical".

I agree with this to a certain degree, but on the other side of the coin I found in my experience that if works are TOO different from one another, that is not favorable either - I think if one is submitting many works it can be ok to submit works that are different from one another (within one series) and even from a couple of different series, but the presentation should not feel too disjointed. Most jurors do not react well to work that feels as though it's all over the map.

Plus, on the other side, it can be a very powerful to see works in the same series where you will see variations on a singular theme.

It is a tricky balance. I remember one artist who submitted work and the panel really liked one work out of the five submitted, but thought the rest, which looked as though they were done by a different artist,were awful.
There can be a long distance between "distinctive" and "disparate", but just thought I should bring this up. I think this point of not spreading the spectrum too far in one submission seems to particularly hold true in NYC.

just my two cents!
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Message 3
From: MarianaBartolomeoBrooksmueller
Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2007 19:56:15 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 33773] Re: Juried Print Shows
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Dear Annie,
Juried shows are a good way to help build your Vitae. Especially as you begin to get acceptances you can then use those show to build on and to progress for more competitive exhibits, international venues and gallery representation or solo shows in other placements.
The fees are typical.

I am a muliti-method artists. I don't think that prints are more or less likely to be accepted or rejected in mixed-media shows, but the way I look at it is I study carefully the jurors history, the show theme, and debate with myself the likelihood of acceptance based on juror, site, theme, and if my work is a good fit. Many may not caref or this approach , as it is a political approach in a sense, but then one has to think about how to do business.

Also, if posible look at previous archives of shows where you are trying to submit and see what feel you get for the kind of work that gets accepted. Don't overlook many non-USA opportunities.
I have judged several shows over the years and prints, like photography, if as good as any other medium in the competition, are only a plus to expose the audience to variety in artmaking.

Bood Luck,
Mexico, Texas
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Message 4
From: Blog Manager
Date: 19 Jul 2007 03:55:30 -0000
Subject: [Baren 33774] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification
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This is an automatic update message being sent to [Baren] by the forum blog software.

The following new entries were found on the listed printmaker's websites during the past 24 hours. (35 sites checked, five minutes before midnight Eastern time)


Site Name: Woodblock Dreams

Author: Annie B
Item: Smell the Roses


Site Name: Wood Engraver

Author: Andy English
Item: Off To Art In Action


Site Name: m.Lee Fine Art

Author: m.Lee
Item: My final block?


Site Name: VIZArt

Author: Viza Arlington
Item: Iraq print exchange trail proof


Site Name: Phare-Camp Art Journal

Author: Phare-Camp
Item: A Day of the Dead Tarot


Site Name: AzureGrackle

Author: admin
Item: Notecards


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