Today's postings

  1. [Baren 44142] Update on Ex. 50 (Kristine Alder)
  2. [Baren 44143] International exhibition for printmaking (Barbara Mason)
  3. [Baren 44144] Relief for relief benefit: Good news for your resume (Barbara Mason)
  4. [Baren 44145] Re: Relief for relief benefit: Good news for your resume (Barbara Mason)
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Message 1
From: Kristine Alder
Date: Sat, 10 Sep 2011 17:03:34 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44142] Update on Ex. 50
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Hi Everyone!
I just wanted to take a minute to update you on the happenings behind the scenes for Exchange 50. First, Gayle Wohlken has generously agreed to be our coordinator for this exchange. I know there had been some chatter earlier about possibly having multiple coordinators because of the number of participants, but after tossing around various scenarios to that end, the decision was made to simplify and send to only one coordinator. She plans to enlist the help of her sweet husband in organizing and repackaging your precious artwork. She's an experienced coordinator and will have all well in hand. Thank you, Gayle. --Participants, be watching for an email from Gayle, and further updates will come from her.

Second, Gayle's information is on the website's Ex. 50 page, so when you are ready to ship your prints, you have a location to send them to. Any questions may be addressed to her at .

Third, although we have officially closed sign-ups for this exchange, and we did cap it at 100 participants, we still have a need for a few of you who are interested in the possibility of being a part of this exchange to sign up as standby participants. We have a couple of people in reserve right now, but would like to pad that with a few more. (Sometimes life gets the best of us, things happen,unforseen obstacles pop up, and people drop out.) We really want to keep this a complete folio of 100 prints.

And finally, a reminder to all who have signed up to participate: We are quickly approaching the drop-out deadline of Oct. 1st (can you believe that???) If you must drop out, you may do so without penalty by that date. If you drop out or do not deliver prints, penalties will be imposed barring you from participating in exchanges for a probationary period of time.
Whew! I think that just about everything.
Oh! Except-- signup for Exchange 51 is right around the corner! Beginning Oct. 1st, you may signup to participate in Ex. 51. The theme is open, the size is oban (15 x 10 inches--going from tiny to large!) Oh Happy Day!

Now get cutting and printing! The Ex. 50 delivery deadline of November 1st is only 7 weeks away!

Kristine Alder
Baren Exchange Manager

St. George, UT

Art Educator/Printmaker/Book Artist/Graphic Design


"The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it,
but that it is too low and we reach it." --Michelangelo
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Message 2
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Sat, 10 Sep 2011 23:09:10 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44143] International exhibition for printmaking
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here is an email I am passing along to the group...I don't know these folks but supporting printmaking is always good
My best

Name: Anna Franks
Message: Hi Barbara,

I came across your website and thought that yourself, your colleagues and contacts might be interested to hear about the International Print Biennale which is currently taking place in the North East of England. We\'d love you to have a look through the gallery of entries: This has been filtered down from 650 international submissions to a shortlist of 44, including artists from the USA

I'm leading on the marketing for the Festival and we\'re trying to engage the international printmaking community to spread the word about the importance of printmaking in contemporary art, so any support you could provide to raise awareness of the festival would be greatly appreciated.

If you\'d like any further information, please do contact me, Anna Franks We\'ve also got a twitter hashtag: #printbiennale, images can be posted to our flickr account: IPB11 and people can \'like\' us on Facebook at Northern Print.

Many thanks in advance and best wishes,

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Message 3
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Sat, 10 Sep 2011 23:27:29 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44144] Relief for relief benefit: Good news for your resume
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I am happy to tell you that the Deputy Council General of Japan came to our opening this afternoon in Beaverton and accepted a portfolio of prints from the Relief for Relief Benefit for Tsunami Victims of Japan. We had a lovely visit with his wife and daughter as well...
and a good opening, not too many in attendance but 6 prints sold and the exhibit will be up until Oct 7th. The hosts mailed 5000 invitations. It was 90 degrees here today...very unusual for Oregon and I think people just stayed home in air conditioning. A volunteer from Mercy Corps came and even though we had a small turn out, we had a wonderful time and lots of photos were taken that I will post as soon as I get them. Aurora, Hiro's wife said they have had 7 posts so far of 3 years each, she wants to stay in Portland as she loves it here. They are scheduled to cycle out of here in less than a year and she said every other post is a less desirable spot. I hope they do not end up somewhere unsafe.
My best to you all

For your records:

Hirofumi Murabayashi
Deputy Council General of Japan
2700 Wells Fargo Center
1300 SW 5th Ave
Portland OR 97201

The letter I included in the portfolio is here.....

The Baren Forum
September 2012

The Baren Forum is proud to present this portfolio of
woodblock prints to the people of Japan in the care and collection of the
Japanese Consulate. We are honored to do so.

The Baren Forum artists and printmakers have joined together
to learn about printing woodblocks and take inspiration from the traditional
woodblocks of Japan.We owe much to Japan for information and for the tools we
carve with, the baren we print with and the wonderful washi paper we print on.

It is in friendship we give back to Japan at a time when a
horrible Tsunami has devastated part of the Islands we admire so much and has
changed the lives of so many in irreparable ways. The ongoing effects of the
Tsunami and the Nuclear disaster will be felt world wide for many years.
Individual artists can do little except give their work and thus we have
mounted this fundraiser for Peace Winds and Mercy Corps to help the survivors.

Exhibitions and sale of the woodblock prints are being held
world wide in 8 cities to date. We are selling the work online until there is
none left. The online site for the work

Thank you for the opportunity to present this portfolio to
the Consulate.

The Baren Forum of Woodblock Printmakers
Barbara Mason, Board Member
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Message 4
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Sat, 10 Sep 2011 23:30:13 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44145] Re: Relief for relief benefit: Good news for your resume
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One thing I forgot to mention is that this is the 6 month anniversary of the Tsunami in Japan since they are a day ahead of us in Oregon so the exhibition opening was very timely for the consulate.