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LA Printmaking (LAPS) is a national non-profit artist run organization based in Los Angeles, California. We are dedicated to the encouragement of printmaking, the interests of artists who make prints, and the general advancement of printmaking in public awareness and education.

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Folded Paper Boat by Florence Alfano McEwin

Paper Boats Portfolio at the Museum of Art, Fort Collins

July 9, 2021

"Paper Boats Portfolio"

Museum of Art Fort Collins
Colorado 201 S. College Ave. Fort Collins, CO 80524

July 9 - August 15, 2021
Opening Thursday, July 8th, 2021

Artists in the Paper Boats Portfolio:

Florence Alfano McEwin, Mary Sherwood Brock, Lise R Drost, Aunna Escobedo, Beth Fein, April Flanders, Sherry Jankiewicz, Gesine Janzen, ...

Exquisite Corpse

Exquisite Corpse: A Special Summer Membership "Call for Art"

July 6, 2021

Exquisite Corpse is a collaborative approach to making Art first used by the Surrealists to create bizarre and intuitive writing and drawing. The LA Printmaking membership, both Student and Artist members, are invited to get creative and collaborate in this project this summer!

International Printing Museum
August 4th ...

ImMigration Project_Venice
Jan. 11, 2020
ImMigration Project at Self Help GraphicsSaturday, January 11th to February 22nd, 2020Opening Reception, January 11th, 7PM - 9PMJoin us February 1st, 2020 from 1PM-3PMFor or a Gallery Walk through with participating artists followed by a Panel Discussion on "Migration and Art”  withPavel Acevedo, Marianne Sadowski and Phumilelele TshabalalaIncluded in this exhibition is a special preview of PAPER BOATS, a small flotilla will be on view in preparation for LA Printmaking on view at SGCI 2023 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.The ImMigration Project, back from an exciting installation in Venice Italy, in October 2019 currently comprises 145 artists from all over North America and Europe!Here is a short video clip of the first installation of ImMigration at the 2019 SGCI. This unique collaborative art project will continue to grow and travel. Help us find the next venues! And stay posted on all the news when you follow the ImMigration project on Facebook and Instagram!
Growing up in Chicago, Illinois, creativity was part of everyday life.  I have vivid  memories of asking my father to draw Mickey Mouse, or another Disney character--or anything else at all.  He was a natural artist albeit a colorblind one.  I like to think that I inherited my artistic talent from him.  Throughout childhood I was always drawing pictures, coloring, or making paper dolls.  In elementary school, my favorite assignments were the ones that included creating illustrations.  High school art introduced me to a wide array of processes: silk screen, linoleum printmaking, soap carving and copper enameling in addition to the usual drawing and painting.   In college I took classes in etching and ceramics but it was woodblock printing that captured my attention and the media to which I have devoted my talents.I am fortunate to have been able to combine my printmaking skills with an interest in costumes and textiles.  A graduate degree in European costume history combined with museum experience in non-western clothing provided me a worldwide view of the history of dress.  Recent travel to Japan has influenced my most recent prints.
I was born and raised in Southern California. After twenty plus years of living, working and playing in other parts of the country I moved back and met my husband. We live on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in Los Angeles County. My working years were spent in the apparel industry. Skiwear in Vermont and surfwear in Hawaii. I was an apparel and surface designer often using relief prints to achieve a desired effect or application.

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