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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).

Flatbed Press

Coming soon! Flatbed Contemporary Print Fair, February 14 and 15, 2014 at Flatbed Press in Austin, Texas.

The all-day event features 21 booths representing professional printmakers, publishers, and university print programs. Great work to see and buy! A new printmaking demo will be happening every hour. Free to all on Saturday - bring the family!

A Valentine’s party and benefit will occur on Friday night (see Eventbrite link below to register).

Eventbrite: follow this link to register for the Valentine Benefit Gala, which is modestly priced. It occurs on Friday night. Proceeds benefit the Serie Project. Included is the chance to create your own artful “print” Valentine. I promised to help Katherine take tickets at the door, so I hope to see you then.

I understand The Peached Tortilla food truck will be stationed in the parking lot on Saturday during the fair.

I have watched and visited Flatbed Press since it began back in the 1980s, when it was in an old warehouse on the railroad tracks in the heart of downtown Austin. Flatbed is a wonderful place to visit any time, although many think by looking at it from the outside that it is just a “shop.” The photos I chose to post on Tumblr illustrate both the creative work going on there, and the fun and sheer joy of printmaking.

P.S. - A delightful new addition to the Flatbed building is the Gallery at Shoal Creek. Follow the link for more information.

Photographs:

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!