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  1. [Baren 35298] Re: juried shows and resumes (ArtfulCarol #
  2. [Baren 35299] juried shows and starting to exhibit your work (Barbara Mason)
  3. [Baren 35300] Re: wringer for printing? (Tiberiu Chelcea)
  4. [Baren 35301] Re: wringer for printing? (Jürgen Stieler)
  5. [Baren 35302] Re: wringer for printing? (Charles Morgan)
  6. [Baren 35303] Re: wringer for printing? ("cjpiers")
  7. [Baren 35304] Re: wringer for printing? (Charles Morgan)
  8. [Baren 35305] Re: juried shows and starting to exhibit your work (Marissa)
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Message 1
From: ArtfulCarol #
Date: Sun, 16 Mar 2008 09:46:39 EDT
Subject: [Baren 35298] Re: juried shows and resumes
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Tibi, thanks for sharing this issue.
I would suggest that you find a juried show where your work would be a more
appropriate fit. There are many juried art shows.

"Open to all professional artists"!? That is very unusual. Or maybe I
have missed something. Who is a "professional" artist? Has anyone ever said
they are going to a professional dentist, doctor or baker?
As far as asking for a resume-- that seems very unusual, too. Who knows
how these people consider resumes.
Did you mention how much you have to pay for the privilege of submitting
work ?

After all is said and done, they may choose your work !

Good luck with any decision.

Carol Lyons
Irvington, New York
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Message 2
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Sun, 16 Mar 2008 09:09:07 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 35299] juried shows and starting to exhibit your work
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When I first showed my work I entered every show out
there... until I realized that prints have a hard time
competing with paintings. Now I only enter shows
specifically for printmaking and usually shows that
are not too far away geographically.

If you go out in your own area and find places to hang
your work, these can build your resume. Even a
restaurant or a book store or a bank lobby.

You can make them sound a little more upscale than
they are by saying a one person exhibit at "so and so
restaurant or bookstore". My very first showing was in
a back alley used book store in a small suburb near my
home. I was so excited I gave the woman a piece she
admired. This was about 30 years ago but I still
remember how pleased I was to actually hang my work in
a real business where people would see it. We all
start out like this and it grows. My resume no longer
has the bookstore on it and is now three pages long,
something I never thought would happen.

Selling and exhibiting art is a real full time
marketing job and it is not easy to figure it out or
find your own niche. If we really knew how to do it we
would all quit our day jobs.

I recommend just starting and things will build.
Sometimes you can find artist owned galleries that are
inexpensive to join in your area and this is also a
good place to start. Opportunities happen when lots of
artists get together, look at what has happened
through the baren over the years. We have had the
exchanges exhibited all over the world. I would say
"Baren Invitational Portfolio" if you want to make
being in the exchange sound a little loftier. I have
pieces in the National Museum of Uganda because of
Baren, and the New York Public Library. This is
nothing to be sneezed at.

City buildings will exhibit work as will the park them up and see what they need or
want. You have to make it happen. Pretend that you are
selling widgets instead of art so you can distance
yourself a little, this helps you with
disappointment. I was prepared to be rejected when I
started out but I was not prepared to be angry about
it when someone told me no.

Art is a product like any other and you need to find
some way for the customer to see it. I will hang my
work absolutely anywhere if someone wants to show it.
I actually have about a dozen pieces in my dentist's
office right now. So go out and find your hanging
space, you do not have to enter expensive juried shows
to build a resume, just enter the ones with little or
no fees.
My best to all
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Message 3
From: Tiberiu Chelcea
Date: Sun, 16 Mar 2008 11:05:56 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 35300] Re: wringer for printing?
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These wringers might be used for printing, but I'm wondering whether their rollers could not be used as large rollers for colors -- i.e. buy a wringer, detach the roller, and use it as a big brayer/roller. Some seem covered in rubber, they'd definitely be cheaper than commercially available rollers, but they don't seem as large in diameter.

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Message 4
From: Jürgen Stieler
Date: Sun, 16 Mar 2008 19:35:08 +0100
Subject: [Baren 35301] Re: wringer for printing?
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Hello to all,
reading the forum's messages now for more than a week, let me give my
opinion for the subject and may I introduce myself afterwards.
The kind of wringer you mention I tried in my youth when I was at
school. I made a nice linocut (a portrait of actress Ursula Andress) and
tried to print it at home. But the results were dissapointing, because
there were no results at all. It was impossible to get ink from the
linoblock to the Paper (the rollers were rubber-coated) so I printed it
at school with their press. But the idea of Tiberiu Chelcea sounds very
interesting - I think I will try that one day (also for two-layer
intaglio and collagraph).

About me:
I visited [baren] about two years ago for the first time when I was
looking for information about printmaking. I think I learned a lot from
the encyclopedia and artist's comments during the exchanges. I was born
1955 in Hamelin, Lower Saxony, Germany (the town of the pied piper) and
moved to the north of Germany when I was 21. No I live in Flensburg, the
most northern German city with my family, my wife and three children
(16, 15 and 9 of age). I am a "Diplom-Padagoge" (university degree in
My work in arts is a hobby, interrupted from time to time, but I will
concentrate on it and after experience with some intaglio I will try
myself on linocut again and woodblock. At the moment there isn't an own
homepage, but I am a member of a German art forum where some examples
(old and new) can be seen:

I am glad to found this forum (and please, if there are too much
mistakes in my English - do not hesitate to tell me)!

Best to you all - Johnny
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Message 5
From: Charles Morgan
Date: Sun, 16 Mar 2008 14:29:53 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 35302] Re: wringer for printing?
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They would be very hard. You can obtain small diameter rollers from Xerox repair persons, usually for nothing. The fusing rollers wear out. They generally are coated with teflon, or something similar, which must be carefully peeled off. I have used these to make brayers, but they are too hard for most purposes.

A better bet is to use large diameter plastic sewer pipe. Cut circular plywood for end plugs, run a length of ready rod through, with jam nuts against the end plugs; then drill and screw some large diameter wooden dowel on for handles. Glue a layer of closed cell camping foam on with contact cement. Then glue on a layer of rubber sheet, such as pond liner. It will give a better brayer if you want something really large diameter. There will be a line in it where the ends of the rubber sheet butt together, but even so ... if you start with 4 inch diameter pipe, it will be a bout 4.5 inches with all the foam and rubber sheet in place ... that means you will have more than 13.5 inches of inking without the line.

Cheers ...... Charles
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Message 6
From: "cjpiers"
Date: Sun, 16 Mar 2008 14:49:41 -0700
Subject: [Baren 35303] Re: wringer for printing?
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What about rollers meant for offset presses which come in various diameters and are I think like a foot long?

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Message 7
From: Charles Morgan
Date: Sun, 16 Mar 2008 16:04:12 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 35304] Re: wringer for printing?
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I have never used them, primarily because I have not found a free source!!! Since they are made for offset press work, they may be hard, but I do not know. If you can get them very cheaply, it would be worth experimenting.

Cheers ...... Charles
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Message 8
From: Marissa
Date: Sun, 16 Mar 2008 19:26:49 -0400
Subject: [Baren 35305] Re: juried shows and starting to exhibit your work
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Hi Barbara,

I live in a bit of an arty area with businesses that love to show off local
talent but I have always neglected even trying to get my work hung. In
person marketing is not my forte. I've popped in sans portfolio and asked
but the owners never seem to be there on days that I come in. They say that
the owners would be very interested in checking out my work. What is the
best way to approach them? Find out what days they are in and come armed
with my portfolio?


~marissa lee