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Summer of Printmaking at Palo Alto Art Center to Engage Community in Free Artmaking Projects, Exhibitions, Artist Residencies
Contact : Ken Heiman, Marketing Coordinator, Palo Alto Art Center    4082302304
Kathy Aoki, (She) Twerkin’, 2014, Stone lithography with watercolor, 18x24. Image courtesy of the artist

PALO ALTO, CA– The Palo Alto Art Center will celebrate printmaking with a Summer of Printmaking program featuring a series of exhibitions, artist residencies, public programs, hands-on opportunities, and community partnerships from June 8 through August 26.

“This initiative promises to introduce new audiences to the power of printmaking and inspire our visitors to try their hand at this dynamic medium,” says Palo Alto Art Center Director Karen Kienzle. “This series will engage the community in exploring the creative potential of this always-evolving form of expression.”

Over the course of the summer, the Art Center’s Glass Gallery will become a primitive printmaking studio and five local artists will get a chance to make and exhibit work during short, nine-day residencies. The public is encouraged to visit these artists while they work. Artists working in the studio are: Angela Smith, June 8-16; Amy Hibbs, June 22-30; Michael Oechsli, July 6-14; Nanette Wylde, July 20-28; and Aileen Lum, August 3-11.

Following is a list of scheduled events at the Palo Alto Art Center for the Summer of Printmaking:

June 15-August 25
Main Gallery

Local Editions: A Celebration of Bay Area Printmaking
The San Francisco Bay Area is home to some of the most creative and innovative print studios in the country. Locally and internationally renowned artists have created new work with master printers at presses which include Arion Press, Crown Point Press, Electric Works, Gallery 16, KALA, Magnolia Editions, Mullowney Press, Paulson Fontaine Press, Trillium Graphics, and Smith Andersen Editions. For this exhibition in our Main Gallery, the Art Center has collected pieces produced at all of these presses in order to celebrate the rich tradition of fine art printmaking, showcasing its many processes and results.

June 15-August 25
Studio Gallery Exhibition
PKP Prints
Works by a selection of artists printing at Paula Kirkeby Press (PKP) will be on view in the Studio Gallery. Artists include Rozanne Hermelyn, Gloria Huet, Anne McGrath Hochberg, and Susanne Smith.

June 21
7-10 p.m., Free      
Member’s only preview 6-7 p.m.
Friday Night at the Art Center 
The Art Center’s free celebration will provide a chance to experience our new exhibition, Local Editions: Celebrating Printmaking in the Bay Area, in a fun and festive atmosphere. The event will feature artmaking activities, printmaking demonstrations by PKP artists, specialty cocktails, music, and Sanctuary City Project’s Mobile Print Studio ( 

July 16-August 18
Adult Studios Printmaking Classes

Take a class! Learn etching, large format monotype (session one and session two), and collagraph with chine collé at Paula Kirkeby Press. Sign up for classes:

August 22
6-7:30 p.m., Free
Printmaking Artists-In-Residence: Closing Celebration
Over the course of the summer our Glass Gallery will be a primitive printmaking studio and five local artists will make and exhibit work there. Join us to celebrate their work and see the final exhibition.

August 25
2-4:30 p.m., Free
Summer Family Day

Join us for a creative afternoon celebrating the art of printmaking, at the Palo Alto Art Center! A family-oriented, free event with hands-on artmaking projects, performances, and a scavenger hunt. Activities are suitable for all ages. 

About the Palo Alto Art Center:
The Palo Alto Art Center is your place to discover art. See, make, and be inspired because everyone is anartist. Created by the community, for the community in 1971, the Palo Alto Art Center provides anaccessible and welcoming place to engage with art. We serve approximately 140,000 people every yearthrough a diverse range of programs.

The Palo Alto Art Center, Division of Arts and Sciences, City of Palo Alto is funded in part by grants from Silicon Valley Creates and the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation. The Palo Alto Art Center Foundation gratefully acknowledges support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Yellow Chair Foundation, private donations, and members.

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