Thursday, August 28, 2008

and yet another commercial break

In 2005, another friend formed a partnership with an associate to begin Saltgrass Printmakers, here in Salt Lake City.

As per their website, Saltgrass Printmakers is a non-profit organization dedicated to the art of printmaking. Its goals are to provide educational programs, open community access to professional printmaking facilities, collaborative and individual opportunities for fine art printmakers. and to engage the community to increase the appreciation and understanding of printmakers' art.

I became familiar with the printmakers' art through a business collaboration with the University of Utah's Red Butte Press and Book Arts Program. Although it is in the context of letterpress printing, the University puts on an excellent workshop every year dedicated to this dying art form. It was in one of these workshops, where I met Sandy Brunvand and her husband, Erik. Sandy (pictured above on the right) is an art professor at the U. and is an accomplished artist in this medium. She started up Saltgrass with Stefanie Dykes (pictured on left) shortly after our class and together they have built an impressive facility to promote and encourage printmaking.

Visit their website at:

They also display prints for sale in their charming facility, which are a relative bargain in today's escalating prices of overrated art. Along similar lines, if you are not reticent to invest in artwork, there are many beautiful handmade artist's books available, which combine artwork, letterpress, and bookbinding. I will provide some URLs which highlight some of these gems shortly.

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