2014 Brooklyn Botanic Garden Sakura Matsuri


Delirious Birds and Bees, 2007, mokuhanga woodcut on washi, 26 x 26 inches
Delirious Birds and Bees, 2007, mokuhanga woodcut on washi, 26 x 26 inches

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Sakura Matsuri, Cherry Blossom Festival

Sunday, April 27 from 1:30 to 2:15  Main Auditorium

Welcome spring at the Botanic Garden, enjoy the spring flowers, the Japanese arts and crafts, and listen to a lecture about Japanese woodblock.

Since 1998 these yearly demonstrations have been an opportunity for the public to gain an understanding of the technical skill that goes into traditional Japanese printing, mokuhanga. It is a water-based woodblock method printed by hand, moku means wood, and hanga can be roughly translated as printmaking. It is the technique that was used to make the famous ukiy0-e “prints of the floating world.” Developed during the Edo period (1603-1868), this woodblock technique was used to print everything from books to advertisements, including the prints of Hokusai, Hiroshige and Utamaro. The artists supplied the drawings and a group of expert craftsmen, organized by a publisher, cut the blocks and printed the color blocks one at a time to create these wonderful Japanese prints.

For more information visit the Garden’s website Brooklyn Botanic Garden website

2013 GLIMPSE at Western Wyoming Community College

Inhale (with orange chandelier)
Inhale, 2011, digital and silkscreen on Gozen washi, 26 x 38 inches

GLIMPSE Printmaking Exhibition, with Debra Pearlman
ROCK SPRINGS — The Western Wyoming Community College Art Gallery will present Glimpse, the varied work of two printmakers, April Vollmer and Debra Pearlman, March 8 through April 25.

Friday, March 8, 2013 through Thursday, April 25, 2013
Western Wyoming Community College Art Gallery
2500 College Drive
Rock Springs, Wyoming

2013 Material Muse: Japanese Paper Inspiring Print

VesselSouthern Graphics Council International Conference, March 20-23, 2013 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Hosted by: Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) and Peck School of the Arts (PSOA)

Portfolio Exhibition: Material Muse: Japanese Paper Inspiring Print

organized by Sigrid Blohm, the Japanese Paper Place

The twelve artists included in this portfolio each work differently, but all have decided to use Japanese paper because its unique characteristics enhance their own prints in some way. In choosing to print on washi – paper made by many caring hands – each artist’s work becomes a merging of creative processes, those of printmaker and papermaker, and the results are richer for it.

Elizabeth D’Agostino, Brian Curling, Catherine Farish, Karen Kunc, Kristen Martincic, Emma Nishimura, Deb Oden, Loree Ovens, Liz Parkinson, Julia Prime, April Vollmer, Erik Waterkotte



2012 Kentler International Drawing Space: Prints Uncovered

Breathing In, 2004, mokuhanga and silkscreen on washi, 21.5 x 21.5 inches
Breathing In, 2004, mokuhanga and silkscreen on washi, 21.5 x 21.5 inches

Selections from the Kentler Flatfiles

CURATOR: Sallie Mize

June 8 – July 22, 2012

Tomie Arai, Barbara Bondy, Hedwig Brouckaert, Ken Buhler, Andrea Callard, Beth Caspar, Philip Chen, Aaron Drew, Georg Ettl, Jessie Nebraska Gifford, Charles Hancock, John Himmelfarb, Leslie Kerby, Jiri Kornatovsky, Karen Kunc, Simon Lewandowski, Luce, Stephen Maine, Karen Helga Maurstig, Florence Neal, Debra Pearlman, Andra Samelson, Susan Schwalb, Robert Sestok, Kiki Smith, Christine Staehelin, Mary Ting, April Vollmer, Ruth Wetzel

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, June 8, 6-8pm

2012 Southern Graphics Council New Orleans

March 14 to 17, 2012
New Orleans Conference

Delta, 2012, mokuhanga woodcut, 18 x 18 inches
Delta, 2012, mokuhanga woodcut, 18 x 18 inches

The theme of the conference is “Navigating Currents” and Johntimothy Pizzuto and John Driesbach organized this portfolio interpreting the theme as navigating life.

“The Print Booked” exhibition at the conference included an amazing variety of artist books curated by artist Maddy Rosenberg from gallery artists from her gallery Central Booking in New York City.

SGCI Website: sginternational.org

2012-April Vollmer SGC New Orleans Photos






2012 Gallery Onetwentyeight: February Group Exhibition

Torso #5, 2011, 24 x 16, digital mounted on wood panel

Gallery Onetwentyeight
February 1 – 26, 2012
Opening Reception Thursday, February 2, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
128 Rivington Street, on New York’s lower east side, between Essex and Norfolk Streets
Gallery Onetwentyeight is one of the oldest galleries in the neighborhood, managed by artist Kazuko Miyamoto. The gallery shows a mix of international and local artists, and has provided space for many lower east side artists since the 1980’s when the neighborhood was much different.

Website: galleryonetwentyeight.org