Saturday, November 15, 2014

Pressing Matters V: Printmaker's Group Show

The 5th Annual Pressing Matters: Printmaker's Group Show is underway.

This year’s show highlights the woodcuts, etchings, monotypes,
serigraphs, linocuts, lithographs and stencil art of 20 local printmakers.

Featured artists include Bea Benjamin, Fred L. Berensmeier, Geoff Bernstein, Martha Cederstrom, Diane Cokely, Danielle Fogel, Dave Getz, Dave Hunter, Elan Kamesar, Jack Kamesar, Katya McCulloch, Nancy Montoya, Barbara Morris, Elaine Nehm, Sirima Sataman, Gabriele Schwibach, Xander Weaver-Scull, Melissa West, Zoltron and me.

Here’s a sampling from the show:

"Creation" lino block print by Melissa West

"Permeable Form" a woodcut reduction print by Katya McCulloch

A linocut bt Elan Kamesar

Stone lithograph by Elan

The very talented Elan Kamesar in studio

"Strolling Ostrich Echoing Ancestors" an aquatint etching by Fred Lee Berensmeier

Here master printmaker Fred Berensmeier is showing the original plate for his collograph
"Ancient Raven Spirits Untangle Modern String Theory"

This beautiful hand painted Sumi in stencil print by Xander Weaver-Scull is huge.

Xander's "Gray Wolf (Endangered)"

Xander discussing his printing-stencil techniques. (For the print he is holding up he made his own ink from blueberries).

"Hide & Seek" a color etching by Gabriele Schwibach

Here is the original printing block by Nancy Monyoya (I like that the wood still has it's bark).

"Virgen de Guadelupe" lino cut also by Nancy Montoya

"Our Lady of the Redwoods" lino block print by Melissa West. 

And yet another fine piece by Melissa West,

This year we had quite a few silkscreen prints.

Here's a nice one by Dave Getz

And a silkscreen poster by Dave Hunter

Zoltron's "Willy Wonka" silkscreen poster

I really like this Primus poster by Zoltron

The enigmatic Zoltron himself

The Valley Room

Danille Fogel's "Study Spring and Summer: Animals, Alchemy & John Keats" and "Study Fall and Winter: Animals, Alchemy & John Keats"

Elaine Nehm's print table at the opening

Elaine Nehm's monoprint "On Newsprint 12"

Gabrielle's Schwibach's color etching "Let's dance"

There's much more and perhaps I'll get some more photos up later. The show runs until the end of November in the Maurice Del Mue Galleries of the San Geronimo Valley Community Center.

Artwork copyright the respective artists

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Pressing Matters V: Printmaker's Group Show

Today's the reception for the 5th Annual Pressing Matters Printmaker's Group Show. Artist Zoltron just sent me this variation on the flyer.

Artists include Bea Benjamin, Fred L. Berensmeier, Goeff Bernstein, Martha Cederstrom, Diane Cokely, Danielle Fogel, Dave Getz, Dave Hunter, Elan Kamesar, Jack Kamesar, Katya McCulloch, Nancy Montoya, Barbara Morris, Elaine Nehm, Larry Rippee, Sirima Sataman, Gabriele Schwibach, Xander Weaver-Scull and Zoltron.

"Creation" image is  copyright by Melissa West

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Richard Shaw Exhibit

Richard Shaw has a new exhibit of his ceramic sculptures.  Here the annoucement postcard.

A great card and an all-Shaw production (featuring Richard and Martha Shaw) with photo by Alice Shaw

The show is at the B.Sakata Garo gallery in Sacramento.
It runs from November 4 to November 29. The reception is this Saturday.

B.Sakata Garo
923 20th Street

Postscript: for a cool video about Richard Shaw see our archives for Feb. 16.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Preview: Pressing Matters Printmaker's Show

My office is filling up with great artwork as I prepare for the 5th annual Pressing Matters Printmaker's Group Show. Here's a quick peek:

Coming in November

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Larry's Cartoon Vault: William Auerbach-Levy

This time around, from the Vault, a grand master of caricature: William Auerbach-Levy (from the January 1948 edition of American Artist magazine).


William Auerbach-Levy published a fine book on the subject of caricature, Is That Me?
The book is long out of print but can be found fairly easily in a used edition.

Don't forget to click on images to enlarge

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Art of Sign Painting: Dan Giddings

From time to time I like to pay tribute on out blog to the now nearly extinct craft of sign painting (for instance: see our post dated April 5 2013).

This month in the San Geronimo Valley Community Center's Del Mue Gallery we're hosting an exhibit by a master sign painter--Dan Giddings.

Dan made this signage especially for the show
Dan Giddings, now retired, is a native of Marin County. Dan and his wife, Joanne, have lived in Forest Knolls since 1957. Dan grew up in Corte Madera and Larkspur and majored in advertising art at the College of Marin in 1952. Later he joined a leading Marin sign firm and spent five years in a union apprenticeship.

Dan has worked on signs on windows, boats, trucks and exterior walls of buildings. He was required to be proficient working in a vast array of mediums including with wood, metal, gold leaf along with carved, sand-blasted and routed signage.  He ran his Marin based sign painting shop for 40 years.

Dan painted this Lucas Valley Milk ad on the side of the Lagunitas Deli in the village of Lagunitas many decades ago.

Lagunitas, Marin county
Dan refers to such faded remnants as ‘wall ghosts’. Almost no one hand-paints signs anymore. The profession has given way to computer generated sign making ‘systems’ that cut letters out of sheets of vinyl.

Dan Giddings work has been “exhibited” on public surfaces all over northern California for decades. He has also exhibited in the Senior Lunch Group Art Show and at the Bohemian Club.

Here’s his work for show and a couple of shots from the reception.

Lisa and Dan Giddings chatting athe reception
Joanne Giddings and friend
Classic old school hand painted lettering

Reverse lettering painted on glass
Hand painted boat lettering

Joanne is wearing a T-shirt drawn by Dan
Close-up: Drawn for an abalone group

You can see an interview with Dan about his career on the Marin TV program “Seriously Now” at:

(His interview starts about 19 minutes into the program)

More on the art and craft of sign painting. There's a great new documentary on the subject at: