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Nova Artworks

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A big thanks to the Oxford Regional Education Centre Visual Arts in Nova Scotia, Canada for highlighting my woodcuts on their website.  You can check out all of the great things that they do by clicking the link below:

http://www.novaartworks.com/

I’ve been printing a lot recently, but not taking many pictures.  Gotta get on that.

Have a great day,

Drew

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Printmaking Residency

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Great News!  I’ve been accepted into the winter printmaking residency at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina.  I’m really excited to spend two weeks in January working on a larger scale woodblock print, have access to state of the art facilities and meet other printmakers.  I’ll make sure to post pictures of my trip and my work as they both unfold.
Here is one of my newer prints
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“Smoke”
Have a great day!
Drew

What I’ve Been Up To+Craft Shows+New Prints Coming

Just an update on some things I’ve been up to since I returned from Pittsburgh.  

I participated in the Crafty Underdog event held at the Bob White Theater on June 3rd.  A Fantastic history to the theater including a gentleman named Dale Haskin who purchased it in the 1990’s to house his Wurlitzer organ pieces.  The Bob White is in the process of being renovated to be a functional space again, and I was excited to be a part of this first weekend reopening.  Thanks Crafty Underdog.  There are two more days of events in the Bob White Theater this June 23rd and 24th.  I will not be participating, because that is my 6th wedding anniversary weekend.  But do check them out if you are in Portland.  You can find out more info on their website:

http://thecraftyunderdog.com/

I wanted to show my setup for the event, because it really is a simple thing that anyone can do when needing to display their work.  I used a 3 panel cardboard display board, which I got at SCRAP, painted it with gesso to make it white and hung samples of my work with thumb tacks.  The only real “construction” was screwing an empty cardboard box to the back of the board as a support so the display didn’t topple over.  Not really exciting so I didn’t take a picture.  Alyssa set up my table and I think it looked great.  She’s good at that kind of stuff.

An old wine box that I acquired from a previous job held all of the inventory and propped up a few collages.  I cut out and hand typed 100 business cards for this event.  I love how much people enjoy sifting through the stacks to get just the right one.  It’s free art.  What’s better than that?

Alyssa purchased this brand new battery operated camping lantern that worked wonderfully during the event as a little beckon of light… A little light house directing people to my space.

The last thing I want to show is my banner.  I cut the letters for Drew Kail out of black and white woodcuts.  The drewkail.wordpress.com is cut out of reused black mat board.  Everything was then glued to a piece of bristol board.  Pretty easy and I’ve used it for a few shows now, so it’s held up extremely well.

Events like Crafty Underdog are great to get exposure for your work, and I wanted to show that you can make a really nice display for almost no money.  I plan on building a wooden version of the cardboard display board with a hinge, but that’s another day.

Other than hanging out at craft shows I’ve been working on some new woodcuts.  I was carving on our back deck last weekend when the weather was beautiful and Alyssa took some pictures.

I carved two separate blocks that day.  This one is a piece of found MDF Board.  Originally the image was carved into reused linoleum, however, the lino had some sort of ink resist on it which made printing a quality image out of the question.  To remedy the situation, I printed the lino on the found MDF, which I will then print on the paper.

Here’s a better shot of the image.

I love working outside, because you can just sweep all of the wood shavings into the backyard.  I began printing the second block I cut that day and should have pictures up soon.

Have a great day!

Copyright©2012 by Drew Kail

Printmaking and Photography Show at Splendorporium

“Sometimes It Gets Away”

Yesterday I dropped off six prints to be included in the Splendorporium’s printmaking and photography show.  The show opens this Friday, January 6th from 7-9 pm.  Splendorporium is a great local nonprofit focusing on arts and culture education.  They currently serve six public schools in the Portland area through their after school programs and have a large gallery space in which to host art openings every First Friday.  I am very proud to be included in this exhibition.  Glancing around the space yesterday, I saw a lot of fantastic work.  Stop by if you’re in the Portland area this Friday.

The address is:

3421 Se 21st Ave.

Portland, OR 97202

For more information on the Splendorporium or the Printmaking and Photography Show click the link:

http://www.splendorporium.net/index.html

I hope to see you this Friday!

Copyright © 2012 by Drew Kail