The people behind the printmaking studio have a vision to integrate and coordinate the talents of many artists and printmakers. A key goal underlying the vision is to promote the practice of printmaking by providing a studio equipped with the tools to create etchings, collagraphs, monotypes, woodcuts, and other forms of printmaking. Our vision also includes integrating the educational needs and desires of local organizations, from all walks of life, and all ages. We wish to provide a creative outlet for community members through workshops and memberships.
Barbara Mason, education director, is an artist/printmaker working in her private printmaking studio in Aloha, Oregon. She is a member of the board of Directors for Print Arts Northwest (PAN), the gallery of the Northwest Print Council. She heads the Education Committee for PAN, and is past board president for PAN. Barbara has been making monotypes since the early 80s and 5 years ago included block prints and solar plate intaglio prints in her portfolio. Barbara is an arts advocate and active in the community. She has been a resource person for the Beaverton School District since 1976. Serving 8 years on the board of the Vivian and Gordon Gilkey Center for Graphic Arts at the Portland Art Museum, she was also a founding board member of Art in the Pearl, an outdoor community arts fair taking place on Labor Day Weekend. She has been on the board of Crow’s Shadow Institute of Art on the Umatilla Indian Reservation, She is currently an artist at Waterstone Gallery, an artist owned gallery, in The Pearl District in Portland, Oregon. Barbara has shown her work nationally and internationally for the last 25 years. Her works are in the collections of the Portland Art Museum, Intel Corporation, Crow’s Shadow Art Institute, the Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence, Kansas, the New York Public Library Collection, the National Museum of Kampala, Uganda, and numerous private individuals and corporations. Barbara’s formal education is from the University of Washington, Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, Portland State University, Pacific Northwest College of Art, and Marylhurst University.
Jenn Lawrence is excited to be joining the staff and members of Atelier Meridian, teaching workshops and private lessons in letterpress and the book arts. She has worked in various capacities with the form of the book and the printed word for nearly ten years, and recently received her Masters from Portland State University's publishing program. At PSU, she managed the marketing group and was a designer for the writing program's trade book publisher, Ooligan Press, and also led workshops and demonstrations at the letterpress facilities within the printmaking department. Some of Jenn's previous jobs have included working for Wessel & Lieberman Booksellers in Seattle, cataloguing and organization of private book collections, and with the the Multnomah County Library's special collections at the John Wilson Room. Her clients for book design and marketing include Future Tense Books and Moonshadow House Publications, as well as numerous individual projects involving graphic design and letterpress for business cards, wedding invites, and broadsides. Ms. Lawrence is a member of The Guild of Bookworkers, and has participated in numerous gallery and nationally juried shows with several of her pieces held in private collections. Jenn currently works for Ampersand, a small bookstore in NE Portland (ampersandvintage.com), and accepts design and letterpress commissions through her business, the Undressed Press.
Peter Blood is an active member of the west coast business and arts community as an entrepreneur, energy portfolio manager, collector and amateur photographer and art practitioner. Peter has been the Secretary for the Print Arts Northwest board for the past two and a half years. In 2004, Peter completed the Northwest Business for Culture and the Arts’ program The Art of Leadership (http://www.nwbca.org/) which is led by well known art development consultant George Thorn. Peter is actively pursuing entrepreneurial and leadership development opportunities in the arts and culture arena in the Portland area and Northwest region. Peter understands the challenges facing arts and cultural organizations as they deal with the economic, political, and artistic realities of today and is actively integrating businesses and arts organizations together to grow and integrate both sectors. Peter’s formal education is a BBA-Finance from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the University of Houston.
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