BIG INK is returning to Pyramid for the second annual weekend of giant woodblock printing!
The public is invited to see artists print large-scale woodblocks on BIG INK's giant mobile printmaking press in the Pyramid studios. Join us for a weekend of large-scale printmaking on November 16 and 17, from 11 am to 4 pm. All are welcome! ~~ Never has the saying "Print Isn't Dead" been more poignant than in the case of our ongoing partnership with BIG INK. To mark the occasion, we're proud to be hosting a two-day event to celebrate works on paper. There will be hands-on demonstrations and the opportunity to witness the printing of monumental woodblock prints carved by artists from throughout the region. Our friends at BIG INK, New Hampshire-based woodblock printmaking advocacy and education organization, will be assembling their legendary giant portable printing press (affectionately referred to as "The Tuna") in our studios for the sole purpose of helping artists print these woodblocks, some of which can reach nearly 4 x 8 feet in dimension. “It's very unusual to have a press this size that artists can come and use,” says Lyell Castonguay, BIG INK co-director and woodblock printer and teacher. Castonguay says there's very few community accessible presses of this size in the country. “It's hard to find.” The event will feature work from artists across the region and is free and open to the public. This is the second time we're hosting BIG INK. Castonguay founded BIG INK in 2012 with his partner to facilitate large-scale woodblock printing events across the country for artists who may not be able to work on this scale with their own resources. BIG INK also partners with galleries and museums, as well as universities to help facilitate students studying printmaking. Their core mission is to spread the practice of woodblock printing to artists and the public alike.