“One Day” Painterly Prints Workshop

In this exciting workshop we’ll make textures and washes onto cardboard collagraph plates, for printing with waterbase inks. Drypoint and cut details add to the vocabulary of marks and patterns onto this inexpensive plate matrix. We use the etching press to print onto interesting papers. This process offers spontaneity and experimentation, with repeatable possibilities.

Call to register 402-438-0049

or online here!


Poetry at Constellation

On February 27th, Constellation Studios teams up with writers Katie Schmid Henson and Katie Pryor to host an evening of poetry and visual art. Doors open at 6:00pm, reading begins at 7:00pm, and an art raffle featuring donated work from local and UNL graduate artists will take place at 8:00pm. All proceeds will benefit The Family Literacy Program, supported by the Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools. Karen will also have the letterpress rolling out a few poems from the evening for guests to take home. Featured readers include Belinda Acosta, Katie Pryor, and Kim Tedrow. The event is free to the public and we’d love to see you there! For more information please visit the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/878870602226630/


Open Studio Treasures

First Friday February 5, 6 – 8pm

Extended viewing opportunity of 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.”


Rainbow: A Print Invitational

Constellation Studios presents Rainbow, an exhibition of vibrant color and the study of its printed effects.   Printmakers effectively use the blending of colors with “split fountains” and “rainbow rolls” for continuous gradations that belie the flatness of plate or block – that imply printed kitsch and bravura, creating dynamic spatial illusions. The printing of luminous layers create complex patterns, or individuated swatches of color steps – suggesting the multiplicity of individual parts adding to the whole, as a social metaphor or visual phenomenon. This exhibition is a glowing symphony of color at play and work in contemporary form. Nationally recognized artists include: Mildred Beltre, Vermont; Laura Berman, Missouri; Jeffrey Dell, Texas; Tim Dooley and Aaron Wilson as Midwest Pressed, Iowa;   Juergen Strunck, Texas.

 

Join us at Constellation Studios for an opening reception on Friday, February 19, 7 – 9pm.

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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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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


Happy Hour Printing Action with Rachel Simmons

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Printing with Artist in Residence Rachel Simmons

Participate in creating a paper flock of birds made by carving into easy flexi-cut and printing on the letterpress, in response to Simmons’ inquiry into the cycle and impact of birds in our lives. All hands and energies needed for this skylight installation!

 

Happy Hour Printing Action: Friday, July 24, 4:00 – 7:00
Drop in to contribute and share your story of bird sightings! Cool refreshments and materials provided.

 

Artist Bio
Rachel Simmons teaches foundations, printmaking and book arts at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. She creates socially engaged art projects which help students become responsible leaders and active citizens. In 2009, she was awarded the Service-Learning Faculty Award for the State of Florida.


Letterpress Workshop with Bonnie O’Connell

Join for the lore of the letterpress, and to print cards from old cuts and type with printer extraordinaire Bonnie O, professor of art from UNO.

This is a workshop useful to get the basics for creating handmade cards, wedding invitations, handbill poster, and programs.

Bonnie O’Connell is professor from UNO who earned her masters from the University of Iowa. She has a thirty year background in literary fine printing and mixed media letterpress works on social and art issues.

 

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Incidents & Accidents: A Print Invitational Exhibition

Constellation Studios presents an eclectic and beautiful collection of prints by nationally recognized artists who imply narrative incidents, a history and accident of printed marks, and play with illusion into and onto the printed stage or surface. This exhibition is curated by Karen Kunc and gives evidence of the vitality and reach of the print world today. Artists included are: John Ford, Debora Oden, Nick Ruth, Ellen Wiener.  This new exhibition opens with a reception on Wednesday, March 11 from 7 – 9pm.   The exhibition will extend through April 20.

 

John Ford creates ethereal etchings of layered memory and immaterial sensibilities set into vague game board structures.   Open spaces and inky atmospheres surround the sequences and repetitions of a forgotten memory and abandoned spaces.   Ford is a professor at McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada.

 

Ellen Wiener composes poetic narratives, panoramic in scale and dense with “thickets of hypnotic pen work”.   She draws on the passage of time and references to sixteenth century engravings, navigational tools, literary percussive meter, all to describe transformative tales.   Wiener lives and works in Southold, New York, and most recently was a visiting artist at SUNY Stony Brook.

 

Nick Ruth’s monoprints are radiant landscapes, full of pipes, holes and structures that are present in our complicated world.   These anxious and funny depictions give evidence of our desires, and the absurd ways we humans try to control the worlds around us and within us. Ruth is a professor of art at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, New York.

 

Debora Oden has cultivated the chaos and risk of everyday life into a metaphoric voice.   Her beautiful and raw etchings of marks and scratches are a dialogue between the process of living and that of making prints as a record of movement through place and over time.   Oden is a professor of art at Savannah College of Art and Design, Georgia.

 


Monoprint Workshop – Patchwork Layers

Join Karen Kunc for a Monoprint Workshop – Patchwork Layers, Saturday, March 7, 10:00am – 5:00pm.   Held in collaboration with the Sheldon Museum of Art to celebrate and be inspired by the exhibition Gee’s Bend:  From Quilts to Prints.   $85 workshop fee includes all materials.

Make one-of-a-kind prints from ink that is transferred from plates to paper with an inevitable surprise.   Using a wide array of colors the water-base inks enable multiple layers and unusual mixing.  Guidance and demos of techniques will spark ideas and sharing.  All for experimentation and fun!   For all levels and spaces are limited.

To register contact Lisa Maurer 402-472-4524  lisa.maurer@unl.edu

For further information call Karen at 402-438-0049 or karen@constellation-studios.net

 

 


Incidents & Accidents: A Print Invitational Exhibition

Constellation Studios presents an eclectic and beautiful collection of prints by nationally recognized artists who imply narrative incidents, a history and accident of printed marks, and play with illusion into and onto the printed stage or surface. This exhibition is curated by Karen Kunc and gives evidence of the vitality and reach of the print world today. Artists included are:  John Ford, Debora Oden, Nick Ruth, Ellen Wiener.  This new exhibition opens with a reception on Wednesday, March 11 from 7 – 9pm.   The exhibition will extend through April 20.

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John Ford creates ethereal etchings of layered memory and immaterial sensibilities set into vague game board structures.   Open spaces and inky atmospheres surround the sequences and repetitions of a forgotten memory and abandoned spaces.   Ford is a professor at McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada.

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Ellen Wiener composes poetic narratives, panoramic in scale and dense with “thickets of hypnotic pen work”.   She draws on the passage of time and references to sixteenth century engravings, navigational tools, literary percussive meter, all to describe transformative tales.   Wiener lives and works in Southold, New York, and most recently was a visiting artist at SUNY Stony Brook.

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Nick Ruth’s monoprints are radiant landscapes, full of pipes, holes and structures that are present in our complicated world.   These anxious and funny depictions give evidence of our desires, and the absurd ways we humans try to control the worlds around us and within us. Ruth is a professor of art at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, New York.

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Debora Oden has cultivated the chaos and risk of everyday life into a metaphoric voice.   Her beautiful and raw etchings of marks and scratches are a dialogue between the process of living and that of making prints as a record of movement through place and over time.   Oden is a professor of art at Savannah College of Art and Design, Georgia.

 


Below the Surface – Etching & Collograph Printmaking

Join Karen Kunc for Below the Surface – Etching & Collograph Printmaking, Saturday & Sunday, February 21 & 22, 9:00am – 4:00pm.    For all levels, and spaces are limited.   $150 workshop fee ( + materials fee of $30 paid on site)

These intaglio techniques explore marks and textures created “below the surface”.  Etching creates line drawings into copper plates with beautiful details and line qualities.  The collograph is made from low tech “collage” plates for unusual effects of textures.   Simultaneous plate-making will complement the process and stages of making.

For information call 402-438-0049 or contact karen@constellation-studios.net

To register call or register online below.

 

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