Friday, April 17, 2015

print share - curtis smith

   Curtis Smith shared his trip to Havana with the Kansas City Kansas Community College Jazz Orchestra as the court photographer. While the group stayed at Cathedral Square in Havana, the students and Curtis stopped by the Taller de Experimental del Graphica, a print shop and gallery that was started in 1962 by mural artist Orlando Suarez with the support of Che Guevara.  Double click on images to enlarge.   Video is six minutes, NEXT.

More on El Taller Experimental de Graphica HERE.
Smith ALSO shared the backstory of a scratch board print he got signed by two famous mountain climbers Dee Molenaar and Tom Hornbein. Print was 7th of 39 impressions.

More on Dee Molenaar and K2 and more about training to climb 
(scroll down on that page to the bottom)
Video of mountain climb by Eric Cutts

Video is two minutes.
"When I bought this in 1980 I was working at a gallery out of Denver called Alternative Art. I sold prints for this Denver print making company in Kansas City for a while. ---- This is the only print I bought from them that I liked, that I sold for them. I guess it meant to me at the time, that Life is sort of like, you try to hit the target, your goal is to hit the target with an arrow, but for me, throwing a rock at it is about as good as you get, and you see this missing the target. So, symbolically, that is where my mind was at in 1980. A trial and error process of growing up." Curtis Smith

[Taller Experimental de Graphica de La Habana link courtesy,  Dee Molenaar, Wikipedia,, and K2,, video link to climbing, Alpine Ascents,, accessed April 10, 2015]

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

print salon share - cynthia gibson

Cynthia Gibson brought two of her favorite fine art prints from home.
To FIND OUT more about the artist and what they were.

In the audience was Marilyn Carbonell, who introduced herself as the head librarian at the Spencer Art Reference Library.

"The Library can help you as well if you bring in digital images, not the original."

Video is four minutes.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

lifetime award - bob hudson

2015 recognition to Robert Hudson.Twelve minutes.

     Those who attended this year's annual Love of Art luncheon two weeks ago got to participate in the presentation of the above mentioned award. This is the first time in the history of the Society that this award has been made.

    There are three aspects of this award which acknowledges Bob Hudson's untiring and continued giving to the Print Society.

    First, he was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation signed by Julian Zugazagoitia (Museum Director), Beth Lurey (Print Curator), and Paul Sokolof (Society President).
    Second, folks present at the luncheon were invited to stand and personally express their appreciation to Bob. 
    Third, the Society has set a sum of money aside in order for Mr. Hudson to work with Ms. Lurey to select the print of his choice to purchase for the collection. The Society will make the purchase in honor of Hudson. We invite all who know Bob and have witnessed his efforts to shepherd the health and wellness of the Society to make a contribution to this fund. If it is within your means to do such, send a check made out to the Nelson Gallery Foundation with Bob Hudson Fund on the memo line. Mail it to Lisbeth Lurey at the Nelson-Atkins (4525 Oak St, KCMO 64111). Contributions to this fund will be accepted through June.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

creative cafe - print salon share

When 40 Nelson Atkins print society members got together to share a print that meant something to each of us, STORIES opened up, and it got exciting in the Creative Cafe of the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art.
one video overview. one minute.
more posts on each coming.

Here is Dinah:

Dinah Henderson talks about her friend Donald Hayob and the woodcut she treasures from him. Two minutes.

Longview Chapel by Donald Hayob of Lee's Summit, Missouri. Woodcut measures 20 by 12 inches.

"Karl,'s a small world.  I checked your blog and scrolled through all the interesting images and videos until I reached the one for the Curiosity Club.
     Imagine my surprise when I recognized the top of a very familiar image....the Longview Chapel woodcut by Don Hayob !!!  I just got off the phone with him to let him know what I found. He doesn't have a computer (Luddite) and was unsure of what happened after your conversation with him on the phone.  I've had a print of that image hanging on my wall since he did it way back when.  Perhaps I will bring it to the show and tell.  The fun thing is that over the past couple of years you have been at events with him.  He went to the Lawrence Litho day in 2013 with me and this most recent Christmas event (we were there way longer than we anticipated)."  (via email, 1.19.2015)

"I wasn't in his printmaking class at Longview, but did take a pottery/ ceramics class.  Turns out that's not my 'thing'!  Although there is one little bowl I made that I like and use.  Don is extremely talented and besides this print, I am quite taken by his paintings.  He was a student at UMKC of Robert MacDonald Graham and Graham sold him his land that wraps around behind what was then Graham's house.  He passed away a number of years ago.  I talked to Don yesterday after finding your mention of him.
We discussed the print and the fact that his cousin's wasn't framed and apparently was in the burgundy mat in which it's been since he gave it to her.  Mine is framed and was a gift from him back then.  At the time I had a bookshop and he did custom framing for some of my customers." (via email 1.20.2015)

Sunday, February 1, 2015

kc print crawl

"This was my first one....although I've been a member for a couple years, this was the first time I've been to the crawl.  I've been to a luncheon, the most recent Christmas open house (fantastic!), the Benton print discussion at NAMA, and a few others.  I live a couple blocks from the American Legacy gallery, but this is the first time I've been inside.  It's been a self-protection ploy as I knew that once I was inside I would be in trouble!  I enjoyed seeing all the prints available, but found those at the final gallery to be of no interest at all....and too expensive to boot.  Different tastes I guess....." Dinah Henderson
Dr. William Eickhorst "Bill" has collected prints over the last 50 years and shared some of his collection with us this morning. To reach him and view his Manet, Bonnard, Cezanne and others you can reach him at (816) 587-1986 or email him

"I was remembering the Print Crawls of the early years of the Print Society.  A handful of people... It's just great to see all the new faces and enjoy the lively discussions, with the common thread of love of prints tying all these diverse people together."  Catherine Vesce, Kansas City

There was talk about the works of Gene Kloss, her figurative drypoints and more obscure landscapes.  Elizabeth Carroll asked how one determines which work to purchase. Melissa Behravesh gave this summation. If you are buying for financial reasons look for signature work. What you would recognize as a well known Gene Kloss. Say, her figurative work. If you are buying for personal reasons, go with work that resonates with you. Maybe the landscape.

Left, Jane and Eric Piper from Hyde Park said they were long time collectors. They said this was their first print crawl. Karl Marxhausen

Tim Reimer from Wichita, Kansas said he's been a member for two years. He has wanted to come in for the print crawl, but other things were going on. He decided to check it out. Karl Marxhausen

Two chine colle color lithographs by Hung Liu. Three minutes.

"Where else do you have the power to select a print that will go into the collection of an internationally recognized institution." John Mallery, Program Director 

Members create a buzz over the optical activity
of the Strandell work. Six minutes.
"I enjoyed the day.  We saw quite a range of prints. Seems like we are pushing the boundaries of the definition of 'print'. Welcome to the 21st Century. Remember when photography was on the cutting edge? Now it is is digital and lenticular! It is all very interesting and exciting.  The Print Society continues to get better and better." Susan Lawrence, Susan Lawrence Fine Art, Kansas City, MO

"I think the Print Crawl was a huge success!  Lots of new members attended who had not been to any of the planned events!  It was wonderful to see such a large turnout."  Brucie Hopkins, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Kansas City Homes
More discussion and interest generated at Todd Weiner Gallery. Seven minutes. Works of Heinrich Toh.
"Karl it is always a pleasure to talk to members of the Society.  I always get to know different members just a little better at each event.  I hope this experience continues.  Just like you - I would have voted for the Mary Strandell without any further ado." Richard Hamilton
"big change from just a few years ago - so many people it was hard to move around & get a good view of all the prints! always enjoy this program & the resulting purchase for the museum." greg schieszer

thanks for all who contributed their comments.
video and photos from karl marxhausen, print society member.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

terri wheeler - kc printmaker

It's a challenge. It takes you outside of what you are normally going to do.    Terri Wheeler
Photo from previous print exchange.
There was this print exchange. And I was, I CAN DO that, I can do THAT!. And they had this theme, it was like "Just A Second." And so I was like, well, you can do JUST ABOUT ANYTHING with that!! I mean, that is, what is that? I mean, it took me longer to figure out the concept  (laughs) than what I am going to DO. So I did a LEAF that is FALLING. And it turned out really good.  Terri Wheeler
The submission deadline for "Print Exchange -
Just a Second" was December 15, 2014.
Double click images to enlarge.
Terri's print exchange entry, next.

falling by terri wheeler

After I started dating my boyfriend Oscar, he brought me on our first date, these really pretty yellow lillies. And I just loved them. It inspired me to do some drawings and then some prints.          Terri Wheeler
Above, hand-made folio
Next, a suite is a group of prints that go together.
Below, yellow lillies, three-color linocut, artist's proof.

Whether she does a linocut, a painting, or sculpture,
her image is found through drawing. Two minutes.

Ms. Wheeler walks me through her studio. 
She uses her sun porch for drawing overlays.
A block from 2010 reveals her layout execution. Many patient cuts.
Two blocks are used to produce one image.
Video runs two minutes. Click on

Ms. Wheeler and her expensive table top press. The advantage of a mechanical press over hand-burnishing is having impressions that are even and consistent. She knows what it is like to have burnished areas of the block with a doorknob. It can be difficult to get the right pressure over the whole plate. She uses felt blankets for her linoleum blocks. She likes the embossing that it produces.
She dries her prints on a clothesline she pins up within her space.
To bring the press up to their second story apartment, Wheeler and her boyfriend took the press apart, carried the pieces upstairs and re-assembled the press without instructions. Setting the pressure is different for each block, depending on the humidity, according to Wheeler. Video runs five minutes. Click on

Artists Terri Wheeler and Karl Marxhausen talk about the importance of setting a routine in the studio. Three minutes. Click on

"You HAVE TO SET that LITTLE ROUTINE. I'll come in, I'll sit down, either something will come to me or it won't, I'll think about something and sketch in my book, I'll paint on this or that, until something starts to click, and then by the time something has clicked it's already dark and I'll have been up here for several hours." Terri Wheeler

"It's also WITH EXPECTATION, you don't go up and say fatalistic: "I'm never going to get anything done. It's a waste of time, why am I even bothering?" Some days CAN be like that. But sometimes it's like I'm just HOPEFUL. I just think: "I'm just going to TRY."  Karl Marxhausen

"And I find, you know, it's just THE TRYING. Art is three letters, T - R - Y. Try. Try something." Karl Marxhausen

"Yep. Yep. EXPERIMENT. CREATE. Just DO IT. If it fails, you have learned know, it could be a happy accident. Like all of a sudden, it could be "WOW, OK, that really WORKS!!" Terri Wheeler
A suite of work. Video runs six minutes.
Her process, linked video runs ten minutes, click on

Wheeler is excited about the Sketchbook Project and Print Exchange. Video runs two minutes.
For more on this, click

A final word to fellow printmakers. One minute.
Don't give up. There is room for everybody. Terri Wheeler

Terri Wheeler is a member of the Kansas City Artists Coalition. Her print studio is in Kansas City, Missouri. Her website is
This interview took place Sunday, December 14, 2014.

(Sketchbook Project images, courtesy of Flickr,, accessed Jan. 4, 2015)