Open Studio Treasures

Works by Karen Kunc

Extended Viewing Opportunity, February 5 First Friday, 6 – 8pm

Kunc_OscillationShift

Prints, monoprints, drawings, artist books by Karen Kunc.  View specialty works of shaped and elongated formats, and the complete Urban/Rural Divide Series.   The exhibition includes the new Oscillation Shift, awarded the Art in Print “Prix de Print”, selected by juror David Storey who states:   “Kunc understands the territory that is the surface of a print.   She can take a sheet of paper and make it live.”

Exhibition December 4, 2015 – February 5, 2016


Shibori Tie-Dye for Paper Workshop

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Sunday, October 25  1:00 – 4:00pm

$40 for workshop and materials

In this workshop participants will make unique papers with colorful tie-dye patterns.   Soft Japanese washi papers and cotton fabric will be used with this traditional technique for contemporary exploration. We will produce beautiful papers that can be used for bookbinding, gift-wrapping, collage, or stationary.   Artist-in-Residence Midori Iizuka, from Tokyo, will lead this workshop for a cultural exchange and opportunity.  All ages welcome.

 

To register:  call Karen 402-429-8239 cell or studio 402-438-0049 or online.

 

 


Artist in Residence Shubho Saha

Shubho Saha, from Dhaka, Bangladesh, spent a week residency at Constellation Studios, where he printed a color woodcut, made handmade paper, assisted printing with Karen, and visited the UNL campus, museums, and Art Department.   He is a graduate of the Faculty of Fine Arts Dhaka University, and is the studio manager of the community print studio of the Bengal Foundation.   He is continuing on with a two month residency at the Salina Art Center, Kansas…….and now we have this great connection with Salina through Shubho and director Bill North.    It was great to share the studio and conversations about so many things……and reminiscing of our many friends in Dhaka!

 

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Closeup: STELLAR small prints

This beautiful show needs to be seen up close!   So here is a selection of images to give some perspective on these STELLAR prints and the installation.  Living with them in the studio is inspiring.    It is an honor to have these works here, and to connect with these artists, their concepts and talents.  Thank you all!

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Art at Cedar Point video

Here is the link to a beautiful video of Art at Cedar Point, my summer course taught at UNL Cedar Point Biological Station, near Ogallala, Nebraska.   Created by Kat Shiffler, who has captured the intent of this art and science collaboration.   Watch and enjoy!


Treasures from the Flatfiles

A fun evening was shared with 40 – 50 guests for the Happy Hour House Concert, featuring artist/songwriter Wendy Jane Bantam and musician Marty Steinhausen.

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Then everyone joined in the Constellation Studio Tour and viewing of “Treasures from the Flatfile”.   The drawers were opened one by one for a dazzling display!  My works ranged from grad school etchings, to the latest “just finished” print, to some collectible antique Japanese books, and the scroll print by Tuula Molinen.  Here are the views:

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Artist in Residence John-Mark Schlink

A productive residency for John-Mark as he created large scale woodcut prints, both as unique experimental impressions, and as a “reductive” edition.  He worked fluidly on the large press, and tested papers, registrations, color layers, stencils and details.   Beautiful prints were made – suggestive of architectural blueprints, schematic perspective of imaginary cities, map-like graphics.   Thanks for the dialogue and support!

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STELLAR Small Print – International Invitational

September 4 – November 7, 2015

First Friday Opening Reception September 4, 6:00 – 8:00pm

Manuel Alba, France

Maija Albrecht, Finland

Sean Caulfield, Canada

Sheila Goloborotko , Brazil/USA

Hayk Grigoryan, Armenia

Naomi Hashimoto, Japan

Jill Ho-You, Canada

Silvana Martignoni, Italy

Antti Ratalahti, Finland

Tara Sabharwal, India/USA

Miida Seiichiro, Japan

Mariko Ando Spencer, Canada/Japan

Josef Werner, Germany

A global network is drawn between diverse artists and their printworks on an intimate scale. These artists operate on multiple levels in the print community, through exhibiting at international biennales, working in collaborative studios or independently, as mentors and teachers that elucidate and interpret print culture through their craft and concept.     The quality of their vision is expressed through an attentive nature and handwork, while understanding the impact of ink and impression.

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Happy Hour House Concert & Studio Tour

Join us Friday, August 28!

6 – 7:30 music featuring artist/songwriter Wendy Jane Bantam and friends for acoustic “storytelling Americana”
7:30 – 8:00 artist Karen Kunc studio tour and “treasures from the flat files”
Special VIP seating for Lincoln Arts Council CSA patrons! Arrive early. This collaborative event is for building community and art patrons. Free

Wendy and Karen are contributing their art for the LAC Community Supported Art project!

http://artscene.org/what_we_do/csart/

 

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Hand Papermaking Workshop Action Shots!

Thanks everyone for a great workshop!   We first made paper from cotton linters and Half-stuff, and t-shirts.   And then we processed kozo fibers, which we cooked, washed and beat by hand and in the beater.    Great experiments and experiences were enjoyed, and good discussions of the process and history.  Here are some action shots!

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Mass Migrations Print Action Shots!

Printing Mass Migrations was lively, with many hands helping Rachel Simmons create her installation.  Her album is at this link:

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And here are some great photos of artists, friends, family, some new to printmaking!

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We will enjoy the installation through the end of August.  Thanks Rachel for a great residency and engagement with everyone at Constellation Studios!


STELLAR Small Prints: International Invitational Exhibition

September 4 – November 7, 2015

First Friday Opening Reception, September 4, 6:00 – 8:00

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A global network is drawn between diverse artists and their printworks on an intimate scale. The exhibition includes: Maija Albrecht, Finland; Hayk Grigoryan, Armenia; Tara Sabharwal, India/USA; Mariko Ando Spencer, Canada/Japan; Sheila Goloborotko, Brazil/USA; Antti Ratalahti, Finland; Jill Ho-You, Canada; Josef Werner, Germany; Manuel Alba, France; Naomi Hashimoto, Japan; Silvana Martignoni, Italy; Sean Caulfield, Canada; Miida Seiichiro, Japan.  These artists operate on multiple levels in the print community, through exhibiting at international biennales, working in collaborative studios and independently, as artist mentors that elucidate and interpret print culture through their craft and concept.    The quality of their vision is expressed through an attentive nature and handwork, while understanding the impact of ink and impression.

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Images by:  (top left) Tara Sabharwal, (top right) Jill Ho-You, (bottom) Sean Caulfield