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January 2015 Event Pick | PrintAustin

January 15, 2015 - February 15, 2015

PrintAustin returns for its second annual month-long event celebrating the art of print making and collecting. With exhibits, artist talks, special events, and workshops, there’s a little bit of something for everyone. Founded by Cathy Savage and Elvia Perrin, PrintAustin aims to unite individual artists with venues while educating the community of the possibilities and beauty of the printmaking medium. While well-known printmaking publishers like Flatbed Press, Coronado Studio, and Slugfest Gallery have called Austin home for more than 20 years, the medium of printmaking has risen to national popularity in more recent years. Perrin, who is an expert in the field with an MFA in Printmaking from the University of North Texas, describes the allure of the form’s one-of-a-kind process, “Prints can be created by drawing/mark-making on stone, metal, or screen mesh and are traditionally printed on paper. Artists can use photographic elements in conjunction with hand drawn elements, giving this medium a unique layering appearance, that’s not seen in other art mediums.” With over 75 events across nearly 40 venues, the options to get in touch with your inner artist may seem daunting. Fortunately, Savage and Perrin have recommended a few notable events to get your itinerary started. On January 17, Big Medium Gallery will be showcasing The Contemporary Print, a juried print exhibition and opening reception. At the Blanton, Austinites can get a crash course on printmaking on January 24 with Prints 101: Primer on Printmaking Processes and Features, followed by a collaborative dialogue between panelists including the likes of Bob Schneider. For a full schedule and details of events, visit printaustin.org.