Archive for January, 2011

Wood Block/Cut Workshop Using the Scroll Saw

Posted on: January 31st, 2011 by midcoast_author

Wood Block/Cut Workshop Using the Scroll Saw in Conjunction with Traditional Carving and Other Techniques


An introduction workshop will be given at the Midcoast Printmakers studio/print shop at the Round Top Farm on Business Route 1, Darmiscotta, Maine on February 12, 2011 from 9:30 AM to 4 PM.

Instruction covers preparing the block, transferring the design, how to safely use the scroll saw to cut shapes, inking, and printing. The beauty of this technique lies in its simple self registration using one block for color, cut into shapes similar to a jig saw puzzle and printing without a press using a barren and/or wooden spoon. In addition, basic traditional carving and other techniques will be covered as an adjunct to the scroll saw technique.

The workshop will be run by William Barriss Martin a sculptor / printmaker. He will be assisted by Ms. Holly Berry, a nationally known printmaker. Mr. Martin has shown his wood block prints at the Library of Congress, the Cleveland Museum as well as the Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland, Maine, The Maine Art Gallery and other national venues. His work, can be found in the collection of the US Department of State, The Cleveland Museum, The Fuller Museum and private collectors in Maine, the US. and Canada

Blocks, ink and paper will be supplied. The fee is $75. for the day. There is a $40. preregistration deposit fee payable to Midcoast Printmakers, Inc., and mailed to: P.O. Box 832, Damariscotta, ME 04543. Call Martin at 354-2290 to reserve your spot.

First Ever Midcoast Monotype Marathon

Posted on: January 3rd, 2011 by midcoast_printmakers

The Midcoast Printmakers are pleased to announce that from 10 AM until 4 PM on January 8 and 9 beginners and experienced artists alike are encouraged to come and have a grand time creating monoprints and monotypes at the Midcoast Printmakers studio at Roundtop Farm. Work made during the workshop can be new or incorporate bits of unresolved work in watercolor, acrylic, collage or graphite brought by participants. An attitude of sharing and cooperation at the large and small press will ensure that everyone has a body of work to take home at the end of the day. At this time of year who couldn’t benefit from a day in a sunny studio mixing color and enjoying company of others while creating artwork.

Healthy snacks as well as tea and coffee will be abundance.

Instructor/advisors on hand will be Delphine Sherin and Debra Arter who both have advanced degrees in printmaking and years of experience in the medium. Midcoast Printmakers is a non-profit organization dedicated to the art of innovative and traditional printmaking.

Participants can sign up for one day or two by calling Debra at 563-7100. Cost is $60 per day with nominal materials fee assessed depending on materials used. Space is limited so call early!