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Getting Ready

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This week has been dedicated to getting supplies ready for my residency next month. Above is an image of drying paper that I just stained. I’m bringing nine of these 4 ft x 10 ft Masa sheets along with carving tools, ink, and a roll of Stonehenge paper. The paper roll was donated by Takach Press, a fine art printmaking supply company.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Takach, they have been manufacturing presses and print supplies for 31 years and remain the premier source of fine art presses in the US and around the world. If you’ve printed works at any major university, chances are it was on a Takach press. I was surprised and very grateful to hear of David Takach’s interest in my work. He was at the most recent Southern Graphics Council International Portfolio Review promoting his presses and caught a the preview of my MFA show lying on the floor of the Sheraton ballroom. It wasn’t the most professional way of displaying prints, however David has shown a great deal of appreciation for them. I’m glad to say that with his recent support of Ink, Paper, and Brayers I am a few steps closer to realizing this project. It’s an honor to have reinforcement from the nation’s top Printmaking Press Company.

But Takach isn’t the only supporter of this project. My Kickstarter fund has been growing and growing over the past month, and it’s because of some of my very close friends, supportive professors, fellow artists, and new fans. Without you guys, this project would have never left the ground. This week’s Shout-Outs start … NOW:

Sarah Noreen – Fellow UW – Madison Printmaking graduate, Sarah currently teaches at Corcoran College of Art and Design. She prints and constructs amazing sculptures highlighting her distinct cultural background. Click the link above for a sample of her work.

Sarah Horowitz – My previous neighbor and current close friend, Sarah is a student at the UW – School of Medicine and has just finished her 2nd year. She is a super-smart student, actress, and small animal-lover. A very special Thank You goes to Sarah for she even got her family to donate to the Kickstarter goal! Thank you brother Jason, and super-mom Mary Harrowitz.

Leo Johnson – Leo is a fellow comic book lover, a Biology graduate,  and currently lives in Jacksonville, AL. He runs his radio show called Panel Pals Comics Podcast. Every week, he and co-host Michael record a podcast bringing listeners the best in comics, video games, web-comics, and more. Check it out!

John Hitchcock – UW – Madison Professor and artist John Hitchcock has always been a source for inspiration, and a supportive force in my work. In this project specifically, John has provided advice and professional reference. Many thanks go to him and his uplifting character!

Richard Martinez – My uncle Richard lives in Hemet, CA with wife Donna and family. He is a Merchandising Execution Team Supervisor at Home Depot and can destroy you at a game of darts. I here they call him ‘Shooter’ back home …

Anna Gratovich – I’ve never met Anna, but she has also supported fellow printmaker and extremely talented artist Matt Rebholz Kickstarter project. This leads me to believe she is a printmaker herself. Hmm …

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Sabrina Krueger – Sabrina and I have been friends since High School, and she currently teaches Astronomy at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. She is resident bad-ass in Corpus Christi, TX shares my passion for all that is GWAR! Rock on, Sabrina.

Judith Curiel – I had my first photography class with Judy as my professor, and she just so happens to be the sweetest woman on Earth. Check out her beautiful photographs by clicking her name above. Do it!

Mark Sammaritani, Karsten Osterby, Lisa K,  Mike Walsh, and Edward Hayes – I don’t personally know any of you, but thanks for your support and I hope you like your future prints!

We’re not done, yet! We still have 9 days to reach our $1,600 goal. And that’s why I have added a new Kickstarter Reward. For a $30 dollar donation, donors will receive the $5 prize, $10 prize, and 20 custom made ‘Thank You’ postcards. The bi-fold design will go up sometime this week. But, hurry because this reward is limited to 13 donors!

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Reaching Our New Goal (+ Donor Shoutouts!)

Okay, folks. With it being only 11 days into this Kickstarter Project, we have nearly reached $1,000 in funds! People from all over the country have been pitching in to support this exciting opportunity. I am forever grateful.

I officially leave for Venice in June and that’s our deadline to pull in funds for hostels, and art supplies. If we hit the 250% mark, all my bases will be covered. Come on guys, we can make it to this new goal! Let your friends know, if you haven’t already, about this project. Let them know how much it would help out, and how they get a print from me in return!

I wanted to thank everyone by giving blog shout-outs to people who donate. So, today I’d like to highlight some of the people who have contributed to my cause so far:

Chinn Wang – Previous studio-neighbor to yours truly, and all around artistic Bad-Ass, Chinn recently taught at Tyler University and now resides in Colorado. Her brightly colored super-fabulous, screen-printed wooden icons can be seen in shows around the nation … or by clicking her name above.

Lisa Staplemann – My next door neighbor Lisa gets is an acupuncture therapist. She is currently working through Isthmus Acupuncture.  Sign up for a session!

Ericka & Chris Olivarez – My sister and her husband Chris reside in San Antonio, TX, with their 4 year old son, Christopher-Michael. My sister, a graduate from Notre Dame University, manages the Social Studies department of a San Antonio school district. Chris, owns and runs a courier business.

Ben Emmel – I have never met Ben. But, so far, he had funded 40 Kickstarter projects. Way to go, Ben!

H.L. Birdsong – Also a previous stranger, Ms. Birdsong is a Portland area printmaker and artist. She runs Smidgeon Press, and if you click her link above, you can check out some of the prints she has for sale. Ms. Birdsong must have found out about my Kickstarter through a mutual friend. Exciting stuff!

Keep on the lookout these next couple of days for a new set of donors. The next session will highlight my San Antonio friend and Master Chef, Selina Arredondo and New York based printmaker Kirsten Flaherty! Also, some news on future sponsorships …

I now leave you with an installation shot of my recent solo show “Venerations”.

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New show cards on their way!

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Sorry for the late post. Been busy applying for jobs and setting up a piece for the Student Show at the Porter Butts Gallery. It was juried by Warrington Colescott! This is the Back of my Show Card for my MFA Thesis. Posting an image of the progress on the new piece later tonight.

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