Category Archives: Fine Art

New releases, Artwork by members and apprentices of Painted Tongue Studios, Reviews of shows, Fine art commentary

Roadworks: Printing With a Steamroller

Come and visit us this Saturday,  September 19th from 12-5pm at the Roadworks: Steamroller Printing Street Fair. (Located on Rhode Island Street between 16th and 17th Streets)

This event is just terrific! It’s physical. It’s noisy. It’s a fun celebration where new prints are born! Bring your four year old who loves watching machines. Bring your crafty seven year old to make art of her own at the kids tables. Shop for unique, artistic gifts (some made by yours truly!) at the vendor tables. Meet the artists. Hang with the printers. Enjoy a day outside! Continue reading


Job Description of an Artist

Tonight I asked myself, what is my job description as an Artist? How do I tell if I’m doing a good job? This is what I wrote in response. I’m interested to see what others think too. 

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New Workshops in May

Come to the studio and print with us! Letterpress beginners can take our Letterpress on the Vandercook class. We have an extended Heidelberg workshop – a unique offering in this area. We also have an open print workshop that includes both letterpresses and both etching presses. Here are the details:

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From the Printer Poet

Spoken Word Poetry and Paper Sculptures

Mary Oliver says,
Someone I loved once gave me
a box full of darkness.
It took me years to understand,
this, too, was a gift.
from The Uses of Sorrow by Mary Oliver

I know exactly what she means. Darkness, the kind she’s talking about, is there, along with the light, as surely as night follows day. Wendell Berry says the same thing, in his way,

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Special Guest Dan Welden to Teach Solar Etching at PTS in September

Master printer and creator of the Solarplate, Dan Welden, will be  teaching a three-day intensive solar etching workshop from September 11th-13th at the Painted Tongue Studios.

Solarplate is a UV sensitive polymer plate designed to allow artists to create etchings or relief images without the use of dangerous acids, solvents and grounds. The plates yield rich, intense ink, reminiscent of mezzotints, aquatints and Rembrandt quality etchings.

The plates can be created very simply, using a variety of techniques, including photography, drawing, digital imagery, painting, scraping, stamping, pen & ink, and collage.

Dan Welden developed the Solarplate in 1971 and is the co-author of “Printmaking in the Sun,” a well-written, beautifully illustrated, comprehensive guide to the solar etching process. As a master printer, he has collaborated with or printed for artists including
Willem and Elaine de Kooning, Dan Flavin, Eric Fischl, David Salle, and Lynda Benglis. He is a well-established artist in his own right, having exhibited internationally in over 65 solo and 350 group exhibitions. Dan has taught around the world, including Belgium, Peru, Australia, New Zealand and Germany, and at over 100 universities, schools, galleries, and museums.

Solar etching is a common technique used and taught at Painted Tongue Studios, and we’re terribly excited to have this opportunity to bring such a  skilled and renown instructor to share with our community. Dan’s  class is being offered from September 11th – 13th in our West Oakland studio. The fee is $395 (+ materials). To join this workshop, please call us at 510-593-4221, or email to sign up.

Please Join Our First “Art in the Hopper” Salon

Who is invited? Artists, collectors, and art enthusiasts.
What is it? A forum of vibrant discussion and time to share our goals, joys, treasures, questions, and puzzles, as they relate to the art scene today.
When is it? Every other month on a weekday evening with a cup of tea or a glass of wine, and thou.
Where is it? At the Anna W. Edwards Gallery, 237 East 14th Street, San Leandro. (Just a 15 minute drive from downtown Oakland. Write us for easy directions.)
What is it like? An open, friendly atmosphere, with all experience levels welcome.We begin the evening with each attendee sharing either a piece of one’s own artwork, or a latest or favorite art acquisition, or one’s response to a recent museum or gallery show or arts article you have seen. After this exchange, we will lead a discussion about a facet of contemporary art.

Our May 22nd topic is: How to preserve installation and performance art so that it may be experienced by future generations.
Many paintings demand only a patch of wall.  Many prints and drawings need only a drawer. A book may be stored on a shelf. What happens when the artwork needs an entire room? Or is not even bounded by a room? Or when the art is highly perishable? Is today’s installation art display doomed to the same fate as the latest gadget -to be enjoyed for a time and then discarded when the next gadget replaces it? Often installation and performance artists sell prints, photographs, or other digital documentation of their work. Is this adequate? With paintings, prints, and books, we can experience the artwork in the same way our parents did and their parents did, provided the work is well preserved. How can the original experience of installation and performance art be preserved? What role can/should the museums play? The artists? The collectors? The dealers?
Coming up at the July “Art in the Hopper:” Making contemporary art from traditional subjects.  – Reflections on show at Jewish Contemporary Museum (see Gallery Hop below). Plus Gerhard Richter, Neo Rauch, Markus Lüpertz creating contemporary church windows. Plus more to come.

Mutanabbi Street Starts Here – Exhibition at Florida Atlantic University

Painted Tongue Studios is participating in the Mutanabbi Street Project. The project and exhibition at Florida Atlantic University are described below. Proceeds from the project go to Doctors Without Borders. To see more broadsides in the Mutanabbi Street Project, scroll to the bottom of this posting and follow the link there.

Our broadside is called “Diameter of the Bomb.” It is an interactive, letterpress printed paper sculpture illustrating Yehuda Amichai’s poem by the same name. The poem is translated by Chana Bloch. Directly below are pictures of the broadside closed, open, and a close up of the drawing of the bombing that was printed behind the poem in transparent ink.

Now through July 28, 2008
at Florida Atlantic University’s Wimberly Library

On March 5, 2007, a car bomb was detonated on Mutanabbi Street, the centuries-old center of bookselling in Baghdad. Soon afterwards, an international group of poets, writers, artists, letterpress printers, booksellers, and readers gathered to create the Mutanabbi Street Coalition–in response not only to the tragedy of the 30 deaths and 100 injuries, but also to the idea of a targeted attack on a street that has always been a place for the exchange of ideas.

The coalition’s goal was to respond to the tragedy with positive creativity: by printing broadsides featuring the work of Iraqi poets and supporting Doctors Without Borders––a non-profit agency working to relieve suffering in Iraq and in other troubled areas of the world––through the sales of these broadsides.

San Francisco poet and bookseller Beau Beausoleil is the coalition’s founder and organizer. This exhibition at Florida Atlantic University marks the first time these broadsides have been shown collectively outside of California. FAU Libraries has also undertaken the task of creating a digital library of the project, and one complete set of the broadsides will remain here permanently at the Jaffe Center for Book Art.

This library-wide exhibition runs through Monday, July 28, 2008. This includes the main lobby of the Wimberly Library, the Wimberly Administrative Offices (2nd floor west), and the lobby of the Jaffe Center for Book Arts (3rd floor east). The exhibition may be viewed anytime during regular library hours, which may be found at or by calling 561-297-3770. A few of the broadsides are being exhibited inside the Jaffe Center; these may be viewed during regular JCBA hours: Monday through Friday, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Find more details on Mutanabbi Street Starts Here at the “Exhibitions” link at our website: