On July 31, 2014, we will kick off a New Members Show, featuring prints from artists who have recently joined the workshop.
These hand-pulled prints will reflect historic printmaking methods as well as modern and generally less toxic adaptations of traditional techniques. Each artist works in his or her own style, but all produce original fine art prints, not reproductions.
Participating artists: Melanie June Dorson; Mariko Jesse; Eddie Lee; Geneviève L’Heureux; Gail Morrison; Elisabeth Nicula; and Andrey Semyonov.
The show will kick off with a reception on Thursday, July 31, 2014 starts from 5pm, with refreshments and music. The show continues Friday and Saturday open to public August 1 and 2, 2014, from 1pm-6pm. In addition, the prints will be up through the end of August, by appointment; call 415-632-6960 to schedule a showing.
The event is free, and all are welcome.
The Graphic Arts Workshop, or GAW, was founded by faculty from the California Labor College in 1952. Their societal concerns were reflected in each artist’s style of work and in the co-operative form of the Workshop. In the early years, members printed posters, leaflets and pamphlets in support of peace and civil rights issues. During the Sixties, the GAW lent space for anti-Vietnam War activities.
Over the years, the GAW membership has included many distinguished artists, undertaken national and international art exchanges, and hosted traveling exhibits. A pamphlet from a 1989 history exhibit offers this sentiment: “In all this, there were no imposed styles or themes. Artist-members as individuals worked freely with a diversity whose common element was the love of printmakimg.”
Today, the cooperative has approximately 40 members working in traditional fine art printmaking techniques. The Workshop is a non-profit, mutual benefit corporation. There is no paid staff; the maintenance of the fully-equipped printmaking studio is shared equally by all members. Administrative management of the Workshop is conducted by a board of directors elected from and by the membership.