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Local organizations collaborate to bring new printmaking space to Iowa City


IC Press Co-op will offer printmaking classes in its new space, which organizers hope to open this summer. -- photo by John Englebrecht
IC Press Co-op will offer printmaking classes in its new space, which organizers plan to open this summer. — photo by John Englebrecht

Three community organizations are collaborating to open a new facility dedicated to printmaking and the book arts. A fundraising party will be held this Friday, Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. at Beadology and the Paper Nest (220 E. Washington St.) for the new Iowa City Press Co-op, a collaboration between three community organizations — the Paper Nest, Public Space One and the Drift Plain Collective — that will act as a resource for the print, book and paper arts in Iowa City.

Through a range of classes, opportunities for professional development and access to printmaking equipment, the IC Press Co-op will foster the Iowa City tradition of printmaking and book arts.

“The IC Press Co-op will have different levels that people can be involved, which includes being open to the public for workshops and use of the facilities and equipment at an affordable rate,” said Kalmia Strong, the program director at Public Space One.

The event will celebrate the new endeavor, and provide an opportunity for those interested in getting involved to discuss future plans for what will eventually becoming a printmaking work and exhibition space.

“The Co-op will provide opportunities for a broad spectrum of people of all ages,” said Strong. “From total beginners wanting to learn printmaking and book arts techniques, to professional artists who need access to presses and other equipment in order to make their artwork.”

The IC Press Co-op will also serve as a workplace and gallery to those dedicated to the print, book and paper arts.

“We will also host exhibitions, events and informal opportunities for people to share work and work together,” Strong said.

A permanent location for the Co-op will be announced soon, and they hope to open the space sometime this summer.

“This is a community-based effort, and we really need the support of the community to make it a reality,” said Strong. “As with all things PS1, it is open to anyone who wants to be a part of planning, working and, of course, celebrating!”

As part of this Friday’s celebrations, attendees will have the opportunity to hand-print Valentines, enter a raffle and enjoy food and drink as they plan for the book arts and paper-making center.

The event is free and open to anyone who wants to learn more about the IC Press Co-op. Those who wish to get involved are encouraged to email ICPressCoop@gmail.com.


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