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The Roxbury Arts Group is a presenting two-day intensive printmaking workshops by two of the area’s finest and most admired printmakers, Lisbeth Firmin and Gerda Van Leeuwen. They recently shared an exhibit at The Walt Meade Gallery in Roxbury, and the workshops will teach the techniques represented in this very popular exhibit.
On June 7 and 14 from noon to 5 p.m., Lisbeth Firmin will demonstrate and teach her reductive monoprinting processes. This workshop for both the professional artist and the beginner requires no drawing or painting skills. Registrants should bring a brown bag lunch, cut plexiglass in assorted sizes up to 22”x 30.” Paper will be available for sale.
On June 21 and 28 artist Gerda Van Leeuwen will demonstrate how to work with rust on paper. Students will learn how to build up colorful backgrounds in order to transform images into a bold “rust” work. Students are invited to bring flat rusty objects to experiment with. A fun, hands-on workshop is for all ages.
Both workshops will be held at The Hudson Press, Carroll Hinkley Road, Roxbury. Each two-day session is $100 plus a $10 materials fee. Pre-registration is a must. Please call 607 326-7908.
Firmin, who makes her home in Franklin and is a contemporary American realist, shows regularly in New York City, Provincetown, Seattle and Santa Fe. For over three decades her work has been in hundreds of solo and group shows across the country and internationally.
Van Leeuwen was born in the Netherlands and lived for many years in New York City. She co-established the etching and lithography facilities of Hudson Street Press and supervised production there as technical advisor and participated in various exhibits of prints published by the Press.
In 2005, she and her husband Peter Yamaoka, the founder of Hudson Street Press, moved the press facilities to Roxbury where it publishes editions under the name of Hudsonpress.