Events & Workshops
BIG INK and Color | Ink Studio are hosting a weekend of monumental woodblock printing on October 16th & 17th. We invite artists interested in carving a woodblock of at least 24 by 36 inches to apply to participate at BIGINK.org!
No prior printmaking experience is necessary, and emerging, mid-career and established artists are encouraged to submit a design for consideration. Either a previously created image or a new concept is acceptable.
If selected, you’ll have two months to carve a woodblock (max size: 40″ by 96″) based on your submission. We encourage all skill levels to apply. You’ll learn the process through a combination of online and in-person instruction.
Participation highlights include:
✔️ Access to BIG INK’s Woodblock Printmaking Online Master Class
✔️ Speedball Sponsorship Kit including wood, ink, and paper samples
✔️ Hands-on instruction during the event
✔️ Three impressions from your woodblock
Then on the weekend of October 16th & 17th, BIG INK will transform Color | Ink Studio into a print studio featuring The Big Tuna: a custom-designed giant mobile press. And we’ll invite the general public to watch as you and the other participants print together (one day in attendance is required).
The BIG INK program blends elements of a formal class and a maker fair. It’s a fun way to expand your skill set, meet other artists, and engage with the public. Don’t miss this opportunity to bring your next big idea to life while participating in a one-of-a-kind art making bonanza!
How to Apply
Use the “Apply” button above for more information and to apply. There’s no cost to apply; accepted applicants pay $300. The application deadline is August 9; notification is August 11.
Do you have questions and want to learn more? Join us live on Facebook Thursday, June 17 at 4 pm (EDT). We’ll be discussing the BIG INK program with Lyell Castonguay of BIG INK and past participants Leslie Bartlebaugh and Don Kilpatrick. Just visit Color | Ink Studio on Facebook to watch and submit your questions. A recording will be posted here shortly after the end of the broadcast.
Free to apply
Accepted applicants pay $300
Date and Time
October 16 & 17, 2021
One day attendance required
Recent Events & Workshops
Did you know that Instagram is the fastest growing social media platform for artists? Are you wondering about using it to share your art with others? Do you wish you knew more about how to post on Instagram? Join fine art photographer Eric Law as he unwraps Instagram in a series of online video lessons and weekly live Q&A sessions. This 4-week program will guide and challenge you to grow your presence on social media.
In the program, you will learn to master Instagram by:
- Setting up your Instagram account and navigating the app
- Uploading photos, applying filters, and editing the photos
- Adding engaging captions with your photos to tell your story
- Creating a bio in your voice that introduces you and your art
- Researching hashtags and using them to build a following for your art
- Identifying the types of photos to post and setting up a schedule
- Searching for and following other artists, galleries, and collectors
- Using the video tools to extend the engagement with your audience
There will be ample opportunity for discussion with other artists in the private Facebook group and to get your questions answered in the weekly live Q&A sessions. And you will be challenged to apply what you’re learning by posting on Instagram daily. By the end of the Challenge, you’ll be using Instagram to share your artwork and engage with your followers like a pro.
February 1 – Week 1: Get Started
February 4 – Live Q&A Session, 1:00pm
February 8 – Week 2: Engage More
February 11 – Live Q&A Session, 1:00pm
February 15 – Week 3: Add Videos
February 18 – Live Q&A Session, 1:00pm
February 22 – Week 4: Post Like a Pro
February 25 – Live Q&A Session, 1:00pm
All times are EST. All Q&A sessions will be recorded.
Private Facebook Group
You will receive an email with a link to join the group about a week before the challenge starts.
How to Register
Complete the registration form below. You may pay by credit card, PayPal, or mail a check. When completed, click the “Register” button at the bottom of the form to enroll in the Challenge. You will receive a confirmation if your enrollment is successful. If you pay by check, your registration is not final until payment is received.
Registration for this program is closed.
On Wednesday, April 29 we had a live online chat with Chicago artist Joe Davis about his engaging work and took questions. Click here to watch the video.
The original purpose of the wire was connected to the ranching business in West Texas. Joe started saving it a couple of years ago, and eventually some of it ended up displayed on the walls of his home. More recently, he has been manipulating it to make other shapes such as cubes and rectangles. He’s re-bent it to make representational wall figures, and he has been working on a continuing series of graphite drawings.
The exhibition of Joe’s work in our gallery has been held over to May 15. Although the Gallery is currently closed to visitors, selected pieces from the exhibition are available to view online. All works shown are for sale.
Join us for the opening reception of “Rewired”, an intriguing solo exhibition of objects and drawings from wire that is found all over the streets and alleys of Marfa, Texas. Chicago artist Joe Davis picks it up and gives it new life as wall installations, dimensional objects, and graphite drawings.
The original purpose of this wire was connected to the ranching business in West Texas. Joe started saving it a couple of years ago, and eventually put some of it on the walls of his home. Davis says about his work, “The accidental shaping of it by being crushed under truck tires, the rusty colored surfaces, and even the texture of it has become thoroughly engaging to me.” More recently, he has been using it to make other shapes such as cubes or rectangles, and re-bending some of it to make representational wall figures. Davis has also been working on a continuing series of graphite drawings of pieces of this wire.
Come and meet the artist, see his visually engaging work, and enjoy conversation and refreshments. The event is free and open to the public. The exhibition runs through April 25.
The Gallery is open most weekdays from 10 am to 4 pm and by appointment. There is free parking in the lot and on the side streets.
Date and Time
Fri, March 6, 5:00 – 9:00 pm
This workshop, hosted by the Grosse Point Artists Association, is for artists at every level who want to explore ways to incorporate encaustic into their artwork, or have worked with encaustic before and want to have a deeper exposure to a specific technique.
The technique for this session will be encaustic monotype printmaking, or creating a one-of-a-kind print. This involves using encaustic paint directly on a heated surface, laying paper over the paint and burnishing the back, thereby making a print. Demonstrations will be combined with ample time for independent work, with an instructor available for assistance, giving you a chance to explore the materials and tools for this technique.
The equipment, supplies, and materials, including different papers (a packet of several sheets, approx. 10” x 12”), will be provided. However, you may consider also bringing in some additional papers with which to work. If you are new to this kind of printing, I suggest trying thinner printing papers (like Rives BFK), or rice papers, in light or neutral colors.
How to Enroll
Use the “Register” button above to enroll in the workshop. Space is limited and will fill fast, so don’t wait!
Join us for a reception with photographer Myles Gallagher to view the engaging selection of fine art photographs being shown in this superb solo exhibition. Myles says of his photographs, “It’s all about the light! Light and shadow have been the foundation of photography since the beginning.” Myles is an award-winning photographer who has been featured in Black & White Magazine and Still Point Arts Quarterly and has exhibited in prestigious galleries such as The Scarab Club (Detroit), Jules Maeght (San Francisco), and Attleboro Arts Museum (MA).
The exhibition runs until February 29. The Gallery is open most weekdays from 10 am to 4 pm and by appointment. There is free parking in the lot and on the side streets.
Date and Time
Sat, February 15, 1:00 – 4:00 pm