Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Portland, OR Papermaking Studio Takes to the Streets, Bringing Pulp to the People

Papermaking studio Pulp & Deckle is raising funds to purchase this coffee truck and turn it into a mobile studio.
Pulp & Deckle is a community studio and small business that is dedicated to sharing the art, science, history and craft of handmade paper with others. Since launching in the fall of 2012 they’ve grown exponentially, teaching workshops, making custom orders, starting an artist residency program, and filling a need for those who want to connect with the ancient and fascinating artform of papermaking.

Pulp & Deckle have taught guest classes and workshops at the Bamboo Garden, Portland Community College, Pacific University, the ADX maker space, The Museum of the Oregon Territory, Project Grow at Albertina Kerr, The Northwest Library, and the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. They’ve taught hundreds of students at their North Portland studio, both inside their production space and outside under a pop-up tent. Co-founder and Lead Instructor, Jenn Woodward says, “In our classes and workshops we explore the potentiality of paper, empowering students from diverse backgrounds and experience levels to be makers. When you learn how to make something from scratch you have a different kind understanding of, and appreciation for, what goes into its creation.”

Pulp & Deckle’s Kickstarter fundraising goal for the mobile studio is $10,500. You can find it and get involved at Some of the contributor rewards include a coloring book for adults made with handmade paper, cheeky greeting cards and art prints featuring iconic Oregon scenery, wildflower seed bombs, private instruction, and a “Pulp to the People” t-shirt.

Art Exhibition: Paper Transformed II at the Vashon Center for the Arts

Jean-Marie Tarascio, Hidden Places 
August 5 - August 25, 2016--Paper Transformed II is the subject and the art of eight Northwest artists to be presented at the Vashon Center for the Arts on Vashon Island,WA. This is the second exhibition of the work of “Paper Eight”, Western Washington artists who transform machine and handmade paper into paper sculpture, artist books, joomchi, paper weaving, paper in space, and any other paper imaginings. The papers used in the works include watercolor, Japanese, handmade Asian and Western, and dressmaking pattern paper. To paraphrase philosopher and communication theorist Marshall McLuhan “the paper is the medium and the message” for our art. Participating artists are: Mary Ashton, Dona Anderson, Danielle Bodine, Zia Gipson, Lois James, Dorothy McGuinness, Jean-Marie Tarascio, and Sande Wascher-James.

Opening Reception and Art Talk: August 5, 6-9 p.m.
Koch Gallery, Vashon Center for the Arts, corner of Vashon Hwy SW and SW Cemetery Road, Vashon Island

Hours: M - F 10-5, Sat 12 - 5

For information call 206-463-5131

Lois James, Ascending/Descending

Sande Wascher-James, Wit and Wisdom

Mary Ashton, Japanese Rain

Art Exhibition: Paper Translations at Kirkland Art Center

Paper Eight will present their third group exhibition:

Paper Translations, September 16 - November 19, 2016 at the Kirkland Art Center. Participating artists are: Mary Ashton, Dona Anderson, Danielle Bodine, Zia Gipson, Lois James, Dorothy McGuinness, Jean-Marie Tarascio, and Sande Wascher-James.

Opening Reception: Friday, September 16, 6 - 8:30
620 Market Street, Kirkland, WA
Hours: T - F 11 - 6, Sat 11 - 5

Workshops and demonstrations will be offered during this exhibition.
For information call 425-822-7161

Danielle Bodine, Sea Anemone

Dona Anderson, Letters Totem

Dorothy McGuinness, Split Decision

Zia Gipson, Silky

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Dennis Morris, 1943 - 2016

Dennis Morris died on Sunday, May 21st at the age of 73. He was an art teacher for the Springfield, Illinois school district for over thirty years. He taught every age group with passion and attention to the students. He was named teacher of excellence in 1991. He retired from the district in 2000; but didn't stop teaching. He worked with a variety of local groups and organizations as a visiting artist and workshop teacher. He was a painter, papermaker, printmaker and puppet maker. He was a member of the Friends of Dard Hunter and attended many of the Midwestern conferences. He was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather, volunteer, friend, and supporter of the arts. He was there to help whenever he could, even over the last year as he struggled with health issues. He was a quiet man, didn't stand out in a crowd, but he had a great sense of humor, always had something positive to say, and a smile. The Springfield art community will miss him.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Call for Work: Decatur Arts Alliance Artists' Book Exhibition

The Book as Art v. 4: Boundless, the annual juried artists’ book exhibition sponsored by the Decatur Arts Alliance, is currently open for entries! Full information on the exhibition can be found at