Events & Workshops

BIG INK Woodblock Printing Event

BIG INK Woodblock Printing Event

Saturday, October 16
Sunday, October 17
11am-4pm each day
Free and open to the public

Join us! You’re invited to Color | Ink Studio & Gallery to watch as 14 artists print large-scale woodblocks on the “Big Tuna”, BIG INK’s giant mobile printmaking press! BIG INK, a New England-based arts business, is teaming up with Color | Ink Studio to present this event for the first time in the metro-Detroit area.

Each of the artists started work on their giant woodblocks in August using traditional Japanese chisels. BIG INK Director Lyell Castonguay has been guiding them through online instruction over the last two months. All the work leads up to a two-day public demonstration this weekend as the press produces paper prints from the woodblocks — essentially giant wooden stamps up to 4 feet by 8 feet.

“Seeing woodblocks printed at this scale is impressive,” Castonguay says. “(It’s) like magic. The woodblock is inked, sent through the press, and an image appears on the paper. It’s like watching a rabbit pulled out of a hat.”

Color | Ink Studio will be open to visitors from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. There will be a hands-on community art-making activity featuring small woodblock prints. Admission is free.

Saturday’s participating artists are Theresa Ann Moore, Candace Law, Kelly Vander Kley, Lavinia Hanachiuc, Leanne Su, and Don Kilpatrick.

Sunday’s participating artists are Martine MacDonald, Pat Duff, Katrina Maria Dienno, Madeleine Barkey, Emily J Legleitner, Robin Jourdan, Beverly Booth, and Frank Dulin.

No Workshops Are Scheduled

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Recent Events & Workshops

“Welcome Back to Encaustic” Workshop

“Welcome Back to Encaustic” Workshop


Join visual artist Candace Law on Thursday, August 12 from 10 am to 4 pm as she welcomes artists back to the studio for the first “back to normal” encaustic workshop. The cost is just $145.

The day will begin with a review of the process and materials to get you warmed up, followed by demonstrations of several techniques that might have become “rusty” for you like creating texture, collage, and stencils. As always, there will be ample time for you to work individually.

Want more time to delve deeper as well as enjoy the company of other artists? Then register for Thursday and Friday, and have a second day for additional work as well as trying mark-making media and creating monotypes. The cost for both days is only $250.

Or are you curious about encaustic and want to give it a try? First-timers are always welcome, and you’ll receive plenty of instruction as you learn about this wonderfully expressive medium.

The equipment, supplies, and many materials needed for the workshop are provided. Candace will be present on both days to provide guidance and answer your questions one-on-one as you work.

How to Enroll

Use the “Register” button above to enroll in the workshop. Space is limited and will fill fast, so don’t wait!


One-Day Workshop: $145
Two-Day Workshop: $250

Date and Time

Thursday, August 12, 10 am – 4 pm
Optional 2nd Day:
Friday, August 13, 10 am – 4 pm


Color | Ink Studio & Gallery
20919 John R Rd.
Hazel Park, MI 48030

BIG INK Woodblock Printing Event

BIG INK Woodblock Printing Event


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 !

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.

Have Questions?

Are you considering applying? Do you have questions and want to know more? In this live chat with Lyell Castonguay of BIG INK and past participants Leslie Bartlebaugh and Don Kilpatrick we discuss the event, how to apply, and what it’s like to take part.


Free to apply
Accepted applicants pay $300

Date and Time

October 16 & 17, 2021
One day attendance required


Color | Ink Studio & Gallery
20919 John R Rd.
Hazel Park, MI 48030
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Art : Clinic “Instagram Unwrapped Challenge”

Art : Clinic “Instagram Unwrapped Challenge”


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.

Cost: $40


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. 

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Artist Talk: Joe Davis “Rewired”

Artist Talk: Joe Davis “Rewired”

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 . All works shown are for sale.

Artist Talk: Joe Davis “Rewired”

Opening Reception: Joe Davis “Rewired”

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


Color | Ink Studio & Gallery
20919 John R Rd.
Hazel Park, MI 48030
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