2010 Boston Printmakers in Guanajuato

IMG_1694August 7-14, 2010
Boston Printmakers: Forum on Creativity, Guanajuato, Mexico
Karen Kunc lead the group making a book of woodblocks inspired by the trip.
Carol Summers demonstrated his technique and contributed to the portfolio.
Guanajuato Woodblock Forum Photos

The Boston Printmakers hosted an educational tour and studio workshop exploring the passion and creativity that has grown from this celebrated region of central Mexico. Emeritus member of the Boston Printmakers and resident of Guanajuato, Carol Summers was host. As a world traveler and avid collector of regional Mexican Folk Art, Carol will provided personal insight on Guanajuato and demonstrated his unique method of printing colorful woodcuts. His award-winning bed-and-breakfast inn, La Casa despiritus Alegres, houses a vast collection of folk art from every state in Mexico.

At the nearby Piramidal Grafica print studio, Boston Printmaker member Karen Kunc will provide an intensive, exciting mentored workshop inducing a response to the culture and beauty of Mexican Folk Art and to our surroundings. Her 3-day, self-directed concentration on printmaking will awaken the possibilities of the woodcut with contemporary, creative methods that can be spontaneous, simple and direct, leading to editionable and monoprint approaches.

Mexican Printmaker Hugo Anaya, manager of La Casa de Espiritus Alegres and co-owner the Piramidal Grafica studio has planned a full itinerary of visits to local arts neighborhoods,meals, studio time, and a gala reception for the final evening. Highlights include: el Centro Guanajuato, an excursion through the Pottery Trail to San Miguel de Allende, and a visit to the print studio in Salamanca.

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April Vollmer is a New York artist who studied mokuhanga after receiving her Master of Fine Arts in printmaking at Hunter College. Her work has been shown widely and she teaches Japanese woodblock regularly at the Lower East Side Printshop. She has participated in many residencies including the Nagasawa Art Park in Japan, and was on the board of the first and second International Mokuhanga Conferences. Her book "Japanese Woodblock Print Workshop" was released in 2015 by Watson-Guptill.