This past month has seen a flurry of activity at Impress, with people using the studio, workshops, studio open days and exhibitions in our gallery space. These events and activities are all due to the work of our members and management team and I would like to thank these people for their commitment and effort. From the feedback of members, we have started trialing open studio days, where members can meet. These days are for members to bring into the studio projects they are working on, get feedback, share ideas or simply create art in a collaborative atmosphere. We have organized more experienced printmakers to help members trouble shoot with techniques and the equipment in the studio areas. The first of these days was successful with a number of members coming into the studio despite the cyclonic weather. We are planning to offer these days once a month and on a weekend. Future dates and times can be found on the website. Hope to see you there at the next open studio access day. The Gallery has been busy this month show casing the print collection of John Doyle. John has collected a number of works of more prominent printmakers in our community. Some of these works are of members who have been creating prints for a number of years, participated in and received awards for their work. We were privledged to have John allow these works to be showcased at the Gallery. The next exhibition is Three Bats Waiting by International visiting Canadian Artist Julianna Joos. See Gallery pages Another upcoming exhibition will be Bimblebox an exhibition of birds in print from a threatened region in outback Queensland from mining companies. This exhibition has come about through the work of Jill Sampson, with the help of Glenda Orr in setting up the exhibition. Through these works Jill hopes to make people aware of the threat to the people and wildlife Bimblebox region from mining. Dates for the exhibition will be on the website. Information will be sent out. Several workshops have been scheduled this month. There are workshops in relief printmaking and lithography, which have been enjoyed by many members and non-members in the past. Nancy Browns screen-printing workshops have also been quite popular. Keep printmaking and keep your eye on the website for dates on up and coming events and exhibitions. Kristina Hall President Impress Printmakers Studio and Gallery
President's Report - Kristina Hall - January 2015
We are now entering a new year and I hope the Christmas season
has brought you all much joy and happiness as well as an enthusiasm to create exciting
new artworks. This year we continue to provide a comprehensive workshop and exhibition
program, which hopefully will see many members in the studio. The previous year saw some teething problems with the website
and the settling in of a new management committee but with the closing of the
year many of these issues had been resolved. We have settled into our new premises, overcoming many of the
issues of having a new studio and gallery space, as well as creating a new
functional website. The previous year also saw the offering of exciting workshops
and master classes. There were also exhibitions showcasing new and established
printmakers. We are hoping to continue with exciting innovative workshops and
exhibitions. The Gallery space is available for members to exhibit in,
individually or as a group. Peter Penwarn, our Exhibition & Gallery Coordinator is only
too ready to help provid support and advice for members wishing to exhibit. There are plans for two
major member exhibitions this year, one based on works reflecting the Kedron area and our annual members exhibition,
information will be provided closer to time and emailed out to members. The members’
exhibition will be happening in September.
We are planning to hold
an auction around June to raise much-needed funds to maintain our facilities.
Also in the first half of this year we are hoping to have a visiting guest
artist from India to talk about contemporary printmaking in India and their own
One thing that we will be organizing for members this year are
open days. We have received feedback from members requesting times when members
can get together in the studio and trouble shoot ideas, techniques and
reacquaint themselves with the equipment under the guidance of experienced printmakers.
On each of these days an area of the studio or equipment will be
a focus so members can choose which days to attend depending on what their
A schedule of these days
and areas of the studio that will be focused on will be sent out to members. Members can also attend to meet and
get to know others in our organization on these days as well.
Hopefully we will see many of you in the studio or in the
gallery space for a new year of printmaking at the Impress Studio and Gallery.
President Impress Printmakers Studio & Gallery
President Report from Kristina Hall - 13 June 2014
Pictured above in blue top is Kristina demonstrating Solar Plate etching during Impress Month Of Print in March 2014
Dear Members I would like to take the opportunity to introduce the new team and myself in this newsletter as well as update you on the progress of our new premises. We are now entering a new chapter in the life of Impress in our own premises. This of course brings new challenges and issues. We are now in our tenth year and hope to continue on for many more with the support of our membership.
The new Management Committee consists of Ellie Neilsen as Vice president, Stephen Cronin as Secretary, Astrid Moss as Education and Workshop Coordinator, Karen Kaese as Membership Communications Coordinator and Paula Quintela as Studio Coordinator. There are three extra Committee positions, these are held by Jude Roberts, Tim Mosely and Margaret Wilson. We regret that family issues have meant that our Treasurer, Angela Gardner will be spending some time away in the UK and as a result has resigned from the position. Our thoughts are with her at this time. Sue Pickford, who was elected for the position of Exhibition Coordinator, has taken up the position of acting Treasure until we are able to find a replacement. There will be a callout for the positions of Treasurer and /or Exhibition Coordinator.
We began the month with a few glitches that are now hopefully rectified. Our website wasn’t functioning effectively, particularly the membership page for renewals. I am happy to say this page is now functioning and members can renew their membership. The Blog and Facebook page are also other places where members can stay in touch with what is happening.
The Studio is coming along with the near completion of the Screen-printing area and repair of three presses. I would like to thank Paula Quintela, Jenny Sanzaro-Nishimura, John Doyle, Gwenn Tasker and Carolyn Craig for their work in the studio. The Lithographic presses have been repaired and are ready for use. Members can gain knowledge and skills in Lithography in the workshop run by Claudia Husband. The middle size etching press is also on the way to being functional. With many of the teething problems of moving into a new facility becoming resolved we can look forward to having many members involved in the studio and workshops creating prints. Impress Printmakers Studio and Gallery is a community based arts organisation run by its members for its members, we are all Impress. I would also like to announce that around September and October we will be having a members exhibition and you will soon be receiving an expression of interest for Impressions Eight.
Kristina Hall President Pictured above in blue top is Kristina demonstrating Solar Plate etching during Impress Month Of Print in March 2014
Impress Printmakers Studio and Gallery Brisbane Australia is a not-for-profit open access community print making Studio and Gallery managed and supported by fine artist volunteers through a program of membership contributions, donations and fundraising