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‘Big Ink’ at 3S Artspace

3S Artspace
319 Vaughn St.
Portsmouth, NH 03801
United States
Phone:(603) 766-3330

Large Woodcut Print Sessions
Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2
Free and open to the public.

Join us! You’re invited to the Gallery at 3S to watch as artists print large-scale woodblocks on BIG INK’s giant mobile printmaking press!

Never has the saying “Print Isn’t Dead” been more poignant than in the case of an ongoing partnership between local arts organization 3S Artspace and BIG INK. To mark the occasion 3S Artspace is hosting a two-day event in the Gallery, June 1 & 2, celebrating works on paper. There will be hands-on demonstrations and the opportunity to witness the printing of monumental woodblock prints carved by artists from throughout the region.

BIG INK is assembling a giant portable printing press at 3S for the sole purpose of helping artists print these woodblocks, some of which can reach nearly 4 x 8 feet in dimension. A massive press of this scale is rare. And it’s precisely the reason that the New Hampshire woodblock printmaking advocacy and education organization BIG INK partnered with 3S to host this 2-day event.

“It’s very unusual to have a press this size that artists can come and use,” says Lyell Castonguay, BIG INK co-director and woodblock printer and teacher. Castonguay says there’s very few community accessible presses of this size in the country. “It’s hard to find.” This is the second time 3S will host BIG INK at the Gallery. The event will feature work from artists based across New England. The event is free and open to the public.

Castonguay founded BIG INK in 2012 with his partner to facilitate large-scale woodblock printing events across the country for artists who may not be able to work on this scale with their own resources. BIG INK also partners with galleries and museums, as well as universities to help facilitate students studying printmaking. Their core mission is to spread the practice of woodblock printing to artists and the public alike.

Want to purchase a print?
Prints produced at 3S Artspace during BIG INK’s 2017 and 2019 events will be available for sale on June 1 and 2.

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