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Flatbed Press ~ Summer Selections 2014

I enjoyed stopping by Flatbed Press in Austin for the opening of its summer exhibition. Some think Flatbed is just a printmaking shop, but it is also a series of marvelous art gallery spaces.

Summer is an ideal time to escape the heat and enjoy a delightful variety of art by masters in printmaking - not only Texas artists but many nationally recognized artists. In the current exhibition I saw work by several of my favorites and discovered a few new ones! Even with my limited budget, there are some affordable prints available for purchase (Katherine does consider layaway - just ask).

In the Instagram above left is Burton Pritzker (standing at right with a friend), discussing his work. At right is Tina Weitz, who is opening a new gallery in the Flatbed complex that will include work by Burt long past his recent exhibition. The new space is called the Photo Methode Gallery.

Check out the classes at Flatbed. They also have space for rent on occasion (ask Katherine).

Phillip Wade at St. Stephen’s

I enjoyed hearing Austin artist Phillip Wade speak about his life and work at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School on October 6, 2013.

I’ve known Phillip for about 30 years. Time has flown! We met during graduate school at The University of Texas at Austin - Phillip securing his Master of Fine Arts, and me, a Master of Arts in Art History.

An earlier Tumblr of mine shares some of our early experiences, and illustrates one of Phillip’s paintings that I own.

Beautiful show! And what a gorgeous school campus in the Texas hill country. Shown above is Phillip laughing, standing in front of a whimsical self-portrait. The other Instagrams show Phillip giving his gallery talk (left); “Portrait of the Artist Shawn Camp” (center, and a favorite); and another view of the lovely gallery space at St. Stephen’s.

Flatbed Press in Austin, Texas is a marvelous place; it is co-owned by longtime friends Mark Smith and Katherine Brimberry. 
Here is one print I’ve acquired over the years from Flatbed, a scissor-tailed flycatcher woodcut by David Everett.  Flatbed is a fine art press that can also produce extraordinarily large prints and is a full-service shop (I own one print that is six feet long, in fact).  There is also space set aside for exhibitions, which are ongoing throughout each year.  I urge everyone to stop by and have a look when next in Austin. 
As an aside, I hope once the economy improves to embark upon the Texas Butterfly Print Project, and overview of which can be studied here: 
http://www.slideshare.net/CAppleton/tbpp-overview-update-82910
Proceeds from the fine art print set will support the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas (naba.org), which is one of the most intense areas for butterflies in the world.  Mark and I developed the concept originally (it has been very well planned), and once we secure funding, we are ready to go!

Flatbed Press in Austin, Texas is a marvelous place; it is co-owned by longtime friends Mark Smith and Katherine Brimberry

Here is one print I’ve acquired over the years from Flatbed, a scissor-tailed flycatcher woodcut by David Everett.  Flatbed is a fine art press that can also produce extraordinarily large prints and is a full-service shop (I own one print that is six feet long, in fact).  There is also space set aside for exhibitions, which are ongoing throughout each year.  I urge everyone to stop by and have a look when next in Austin. 

As an aside, I hope once the economy improves to embark upon the Texas Butterfly Print Project, and overview of which can be studied here: 

http://www.slideshare.net/CAppleton/tbpp-overview-update-82910

Proceeds from the fine art print set will support the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas (naba.org), which is one of the most intense areas for butterflies in the world.  Mark and I developed the concept originally (it has been very well planned), and once we secure funding, we are ready to go!