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  • The Atlanta Printmakers Studio - Print Big!

    The Atlanta Printmakers Studio, Print Big!

    at BINDERS Limelight Gallery

    Print BigPrint Big

    The Atlanta Printmakers Studio began in 2005 as a group of people passionate about printmaking, community, and collaboration who wanted to pool together to create an organization.

    APS is a non-profit community art center that offers print shop access, critical exchange, and collaborative opportunities between artists, as well as a number of educational events, workshops, and exhibitions. APS has made it their mission to nurture the practice of printmaking as an original art form among professional artists and anyone who wants to learn.

    Print Big! Their annual steamroller printmaking event started in 2010 as a way to collaborate on a common goal at a large scale. The event brings together a lot of different groups in the art community, including those unfamiliar with printmaking.

    Print Big! is held outdoors at APS and a steamroller is used as a printing press to roll over the woodcuts. The resulting prints are gigantic in size and amazing to look at. The event also serves as a lively exchange – bringing together volunteers, artists, and community members from across Georgia, as well as arts organizations like Hammonds House Museum, WonderRoot, Abernathy Arts Center, and Southwest Arts Center.

    The unusualness of the event, making 8” x 4” foot prints with a steamroller gets a lot of folk’s attention. Each organization spends two to three months planning and carving the blocks before arriving for the massive, day-long event. Each group will print three times during the event and APS supplies the fabric and ink with over fifty volunteers helping for the day.

    After the event each group keeps one of the prints and APS keeps two, one for their archives and the other for their annual art auction.

    Big Print Event April 2013 Image Courtesy of APS

    Last year APS had 10 groups participating in Print Big! including our own Atlanta Printmakers Studio members, Kennesaw State University, Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, University of West Georgia, Sunday Southern Arts Revival, North Atlanta High School, and Shiloh High School.

    The event revolves around a theme. For the past few years APS has focused on literacy and southern stories. APS tries to keep the themes somewhat broad so that each group has a lot of room for interpretation. Some of the results have been a portrait of the writer W.E.B. DuBois and Gutenberg and the revolutionary invention of movable type.

    It’s a printmaking extravaganza! APS has tours of the studio, demonstrations, guest artists, and they offer smaller portable presses for kids to use. They also print t-shirts on their etching press and have a food truck on site. In the past live music, poetry readings, and a photo booth have been incorporated.

    The Atlanta Printmakers Studio is a pillar in the Atlanta arts community and the success of Print Big! represents the interest and relevancy of the medium. Bringing different groups from high schools and Georgia colleges has exposed students to opportunities for internships, exhibitions, our artist-in-residence program, and classes and workshops. APS is committed to nurturing the next generation of printmakers.

    Big Print Event April 2013 Image Courtesy of APS

    Print Big! 2014 will be the 5th anniversary of APS’s most exciting community event and they’re doing something extra special to celebrate. To help make 2014 the biggest and best Print Big! yet, APS is inviting 20 different groups to take part in making a 4’ x 4’ block.

    APS will team up two schools/groups to work together to create a print. Each team will carve one 4’ x 4’ foot block. The theme is OPPOSITES ATTRACT so think contradiction, paradox, duality, opposition or collaboration.

    Date: Saturday April 12, 2014

    Here is the list on the Print Big! participating groups for 2014:

    1. Atlanta Printmakers Studio
    2. SCAD-Atlanta
    3. SCAD-Savannah
    4. Kennesaw State University
    5. University of West Georgia
    6. Paideia School
    7. Clark Atlanta University
    8. Grady High School
    9. Three Amigos/Art of Such & Such
    10. University of North Georgia
    11. Pinecrest Academy
    12. Southwest Art Center
    13. Georgia State University
    14. Wonderroot Arts Center
    15. Savannah State
    16. Duluth High School
    17. Valdosta State University

    Learn more at: atlantaprintmakersstudio.org

    Print Big April 2013 Image Courtesy of APS

    Throughout the month of February, BINDERS Limelight Gallery will exhibit banners from the 2013 Print Big! event.

    The Atlanta Printmakers Studio, 2013 Print Big Banners

    Show Dates: Monday, February 3rd – Friday, February 28th
    Reception: Friday, February 7th (6 – 8pm)

    For questions or more information please contact the BINDERS Education Office at 404237-6331 ext. 203 or email jacob@bindersart.com.

    Written by Jacob Gunter

  • BINDERS Annual Employee Show 2014

    Visions, Vistas, & Voices: BINDERS Annual Employee Show 2014

    25 Year BINDERS Veteran Reflects on the Annual Employee Show

     

    Binders Annual Employee ShowI started with Binders many a moon ago. So long ago that the earth was still forming… Okay, maybe not quite that long ago.  But it was before barcodes! No banging on rocks.  We did have computers.  In all, it’s been 25 years for me. It has been an irresistible lifestyle that I refer to as “my addiction”.

    Along with that swath of time, many employees have come & gone through our turnstile.  They have had a vast & varied array of talents that have often surprised & amazed me.

    Every year we show off those talents with our Employee Art Exhibit. It is a wonderful opportunity to show off that we are not just clerks. We can actually work with those supplies! And, very adeptly.

    In any given show you can see everything from painstaking, refined photorealism to multidimensional installation pieces. Some may have an underlying comment. Some may make you chortle. Some are just plain delightful. It has always been fascinating to see the evolution of artistic styles-like that of the comic arts. We have definitely seen an upsurge of representation in this area. And, wow, what quality.

    I’m not quite sure how many Employee Exhibits we have had over the years, maybe nine?  Well, I certainly have participated in all of them. My current medium is acrylic, just a single piece for me this year. I am doing my usual bent-with a twist.

    Plan to see another great meandering of acrylics, oils, inks, markers & who knows what-all transformed into unpredictable smorgasbord of expressions. The talent level is high this year.

    Prepare to be surprised & amazed.

    Written by Marion Hood

     Visions, Vistas, & Voices: BINDERS Annual Employee Show 2014

    Sunday, January 5th – Friday, January 31st
    Reception: Friday, January 10th

     The annual Binders Employee Exhibit is always as diverse and eclectic as the folks who make up the Binders family. View their work for yourself, attend the opening reception, and experience our BINDERS Annual Employee Show: Visions, Vistas, & Voices.

     BINDERS annual Employee Show 2014

    View images from last year’s opening reception:

    All Images Courtesy of Digital Outcast Photography

     

     

    Binders Annual Employee ShowAbout the Limelight

    BINDERS Limelight Gallery highlights local Atlanta artists through group exhibitions, special events, and community involvement.

    The Limelight Gallery is a 750 square foot contemporary art gallery uniquely located within BINDERS Art Supplies and Frames. Located in the heart of Buckhead, the Limelight Gallery offers an atmosphere of simple elegance with diverse energies and community support.

    History

    The Limelight Gallery at BINDERS is located in what was once the famed Limelight Discotheque of the early 1980’s, pioneered by enigmatic club king Peter Gatien. The Limelight lived up to its billing as the Studio 54 of the south with an infamous glass dance floor where two sand sharks could be seen swimming underneath in a massive fish tank. The club's reputation of decadence attracted visiting celebrities such as Andy Warhol, Rod Stewart, Tina Turner, Burt Reynolds, and Grace Jones.

    More recently, the Limelight serves as BINDERS Art Supplies in store art gallery representing numerous works from local groups such as the Atlanta Collage Society, Atlanta Printmaker’s Studio, Atlanta Fine Arts League, Atlanta Artist’s Center, Georgia State University, Savannah College of Art & Design- Atlanta, and Fulton County Public Schools.

    In addition the Limelight functions as a satellite space for local Atlanta galleries and curators.

    BINDERS Limelight Gallery

    Piedmont Peachtree Crossing

    3330 Piedmont Road, Suite 18

    Atlanta, GA 30305

     

    Gallery Coordinator

    Jacob Gunter

    Jacob@Bindersart.com

    404.237.6331 ext 203

    For more information, special events booking, and upcoming schedule, please contact the Gallery Coordinator at 404.237.6331 ext 203 or email at jacob@bindersart.com

     

     

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