Thursday, September 25, 2014

Explore the arcane world of fine art printmaking - Graphic Arts Workshop Open Studio Oct. 25-26

Explore the arcane world of fine art printmaking
Graphic Arts Workshop Open Studio
2565 Third Street, #305, San Francisco, CA 94107
Sat. and Sun. Oct. 25-26, 2014
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

On October 25-26, 2014, one of San Francisco’s oldest and least-known
artistic organizations, the Graphic Arts Workshop, will open its doors for a show and sale of hand-pulled fine art prints as part of  ’s San Francisco Open Studios.

The Graphic Arts Workshop (GAW) has been a hotbed of fine
art printmaking in San Francisco since 1952, when it began as
part of the Art Department of the California Labor School. The
school was closed in 1957 due to political persecution during
the McCarthy era, but the workshop survived as an independent
entity. Many well known Bay Area artists have belonged to GAW over the past decades. Today, GAW continues as a working artists’ cooperative, with members sharing expenses and the work of maintaining a large studio.

In contrast to today’s world of technology, many of the techniques used at GAW are centuries-old, although most have modern (and
 less toxic) refinements. They include etching, woodcut, linocut,
letterpress, monotype and monoprint, lithograph, screenprint, and
endless combinations and variations.
                                                                           Each artist works in his or her
own style, but all produce original fine art prints, not reproductions.

A wide variety of prints of many types and price-points will be on display and available for purchase. Several of the current artists are participating in this event, and will be on hand to explain their
processes and inspirations:
Melanie Dorson, Eddie Lee, Elisabeth
Nicula, Gail Morrison, Andrey Semyonov, Barbara Stikker, Toru Sugita, Geneviève L’Heureux, Mariko Jesse

The Graphic Arts Workshop is located at 2565 Third Street
 (on the Muni T line), #305, in San Francisco’s up-and-coming
 Dogpatch neighborhood. The Workshop will be open Saturday
and Sunday, October 25 and 26, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Maps will be available of other artists hosting open studios in the neighborhood. The event is free, and all are welcome to come explore the world of fine art printmaking.

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