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  • 9th Artist Spotlight Solo Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art is now accepting entries for the 9th Artist Spotlight Solo Art..
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  • Call for Art - 11th Annual

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for the..
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  • Call For Artists: The Other Art Fair Toronto

    Location: Toronto, ON

    The Other Art Fair are thrilled to present the newest edition of The..
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  • Poetic Notions

    Location: Montreal, QC

    Bringing together 30 artists and poets, curators & participants Holly Friesen and Carolyn..
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  • Sometimes Always Never Film Screening

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    North Van Arts International Film Series is back! Our first film in the..
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  • Call for Art - 4th Annual Colors Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 4th Annual Colors online art competition. For this..
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  • Open Studio with Cassie Suche

    Location: Calgary, AB

    On January 30 from 6-8pm, join our current resident, Cassie Suche, at..
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  • RGD Designathon

    Location: Toronto, Vancouver, Moncton, Sudbury, ON

    The RGD Designathon is a 12-hour design challenge where design students and recent..
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  • Call for Makers - Calgary Stampede Maker Market - Deadline 02/15/2020

    Location: Calgary , AB

    Calling all Makers! This year's Calgary Stampede Maker Market July 2 - 12..
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  • Cut/Paste/Resist

    Location: Fredericton, NB

    Call for Submissions Cut/Paste/Resist: A Pop-Up Exhibition In times of protest and social upheaval..
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  • Art Rental Show

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    Come and visit CityScape Community ArtSpace to view 200 new works of original..
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  • Art Exhibit at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    Vancouver Civic Theatres is proud to present a visual arts gallery open house..
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  • Marlene Kawalez and Corynn Kokolakis

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Presented by: Cedar Ridge Gallery. Part of the Cedar Ridge Gallery Contemporary Exhibition series. March..
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  • Jane Selbie and Joseph Farrugia

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Presented by: Cedar Ridge Gallery. Part of the Cedar Ridge Gallery Contemporary Exhibition series. February..
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  • Dianne Davis and the WAP Collective

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Presented by: Cedar Ridge Gallery. Part of the Cedar Ridge Gallery Contemporary Exhibition series. February..
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  • Robyn Rennie & Mary Louise White

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Presented by: Cedar Ridge Gallery. February 1 – February 13, reception: Feb 2 from..
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  • Lorène Bourgeois

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Presented by: Cedar Ridge Gallery. January 18 – January 30.Reception: Jan 19, 2020 1..
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  • “Grey” International Call - Art & Literature Journal - Deadline February 28, 2020

    Location: Toronto, ON

    | Theme: Grey surrounds us, sometimes in surprising ways. In beach pebbles, a..
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  • on thin ice Polar Bear Art Exhibit

    Location: Toronto, ON

    On thin ice is a solo exhibit of polar bear portrait paintings by..
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  • Self Portrait

    Location: Ajax , ON

    I am looking for an Artist that would be willing to do a..
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  • Call for Art - 10th Annual

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for the..
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  • Support the Worldwide Art Community | Participate in 6x6x2020

    Location: Rochester, ON

    Hello Artists in Canada, We want YOU to participate in 6x6x2020! Let your creative..
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  • 5th Annual Artist's Choice Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 5th Annual Artist’s Choice online art competition. For..
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  • Olivier Du Tre: New Works

    Location: CALGARY, AB

    January 7 to February 29, 2020 At HUB@302 302-1235 26 Ave SE, Calgary, AB..
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  • Call for Artists + Photographers - $550.00 Innovate Grants

    Location: , DE

    Innovate Grant is now accepting submissions for the Winter Cycle. Innovate Grant awards..
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  • Mix Artist Collective Winter Show 2020 January 7-February 11

    Location: Saskatoon, SK

    Mix Artist Collective Winter Show 2020, January 7 - February 11, Reception January..
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  • WAAH 124th Juried Exhibition at the Art Gallery of Hamilton

    Location: Hamilton, ON

    Who:  The Women’s Art Association of Hamilton (WAAH) at the Art Gallery of..
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  • HELD OVER TO JAN31/20 LOOK AGAIN!

    Location: SASKATOON, SK

    LOOK AGAIN! HELD OVER TO JAN 31 2020 Exhibition at University..
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  • The Indian Contemporary Art Competition

    Location: New York, NY, ON

    The Indian Contemporary Art Competition (ICAC) aims to discover and promote talented artists..
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  • The Loft On King Street

    Location: Toronto, ON

    The Loft On King Street is one of the most unique private event..
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  • Cut/Paste/Resist

    Location: Fredericton , NB

    Call for Submissions Cut/Paste/Resist: A Pop-Up Exhibition In times of protest and social upheaval..
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  • 2021 Multifaith Calendar – Call for Submissions

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    Each year, the Multifaith Action Society invites artists to submit works of art..
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  • Overzealous Fine Art Exhibition 2020 Call for Entry

    Location: Toronto (GTA), ON

    Submission Deadline: Sunday, March 1st, 2020 -- Exhibition Dates: March 30 – April 18,..
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  • VOYZX Exhibition of Contemporary Surrealism

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    VOYZX Exhibition of Contemporary Surrealism 2020 is an annual international art exhibition, dedicated..
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  • Call for Artists - 59th Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

    Location: Toronto, ON

    CALL FOR ARTISTS The #CallForArtists for @TorontoOutdoorArtFair, Canada’s leading outdoor art fair, opens November..
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  • Call for Artists | Spring 2020

    Location: Calgary, AB

    Beacon Original Art is thrilled to announce our Call for Artists to apply..
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Printmaking Series (5 of 21) - Hand pulled prints

By Nik Semenoff July 5, 2004

} Hand pulled prints Printmaking Series - Part 5 of 21 By Nik Semenoff In today's mass produced society, handmade objects have become a much appreciated commodity Motoji Kato for some people. To separate oneself from the "maddening crowd", collectors seek out rare objects that are prized for their creativity. Knowledgeable collectors know the difference between a hand pulled print and a reproduction done on an offset press at a commercial printing plant. Unfortunately lithographic and intaglio presses are not cheap and are beyond the reach of most dedicated printmakers, but there are cooperative workshop setup in many of the major cities in Canada. The artist can buy a membership to print their own editions or even for others who do not have the time or inclination. Most devoted printmakers are forever looking for an inexpensive used press, but these are always in great demand and hard to acquire. Lucky is the artist who has their own press and studio; they can create at their leisure without the hassle of putting up with other who want the space. Considering the cost, I am surprised how many printmakers do have some sort of press; some even the most expensive models. Michiko Hoshino In the print community and amongst collectors, the classification of a hand pulled print is a clearly defined article. One of the most important is that the artist produces all the plates and supervises the selection of paper, colors, print method and most other aspect of the image. The artist can print the edition themselves, or with the assistance of others. One can even get the lithographic plates processed at a lab from Mylars or negatives in which the artist had a major input. Most would expect intaglio plates to be done by the artists as these are more of a hands-on article. Well known artists such as Picasso used the services of professional art printers who did much of the processing and printing, but the artist always had complete control of the final look of the print. What is rejected by collectors is the reproduction of a painting or drawing by a commercial offset printshop by the 4-color photo process. One can easily see the pattern of the color dots in the process. These prints are usually done on sulfite paper that are not archival like the rag papers used by serious printmakers. Rag paper and high-quality lightfast ink is a basic requirement for fine art printmakers. The techniques used by the printer should not introduce any chemicals that will shorten the life of paper or ink; beyond that, any creative adaptation is allowed. The size of the print is not a consideration if it becomes a work of art. In the past, engraving usually were small as the time to finish a plate was to be considered. Today, etchings, lithographs, screen prints and woodcuts are only limited by the size of available paper and presses. Editions can vary from just a few to several hundred, but even the more successful artists limit their editions to under 200. Prints are signed in pencil with the year of production, the number of the total edition and a name, if there is one specified. The printer should keep a record of the creation with all the pertinent details on the print. A copy should be made available to the collector through an agent selling the work. Like most hand make objects, prints usually increase in value if they have any creative merit. Producing them with high quality materials assures their survival for hundreds of years. It is the artists responsibility to see that they meet this strict standard. ________________________________________________ Copyright © 2004 Nik Semenoff Nik Semenoff Artist-in-residence University of Saskatchewan Visit Nik Semenoff's website at duke.usask.ca/~semenoff/ for more information.