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A new print, fresh from the press

It’s always inspiring to see kids get excited about art. So I was on the receiving end of a lot of inspiration this week, as I hauled my etching press to two inner city schools to make collograph prints with students in the third through fifth grades. I’m one of three studio artists participating in Inner Space/Outer Space, a new arts outreach program sponsored by Centre for the Living Arts and partially funded by sales of Alabama’s “Support the Arts” automobile tag. And collograph printmaking is particularly cool, since they are largely created from things that might otherwise end up in the landfill: scraps of fabric and wallpaper, leftover ribbon and paper, cardboard and collected feathers. So is it conservation or art? You decide.

You never know exactly how your image will turn out

CLA volunteer Dick Whiting demonstrates the inking process

The students' collograph prints were bold and innovative -- and fun