Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Workshop spotlight

photo: Jake Muirhead
Chine Collé Workshop
Saturday, September 18 from 10am-4pm
Melanie Lower, instructor
Add texture, color and nuance to your intaglio prints using the little known technique of chine collé. With chine collé part or all of an image is printed on a delicate paper, which pulls finer detail off the plate, and is bonded to a heavier paper. We will see examples, discuss ways to incorporate the technique into your own works, learn to trace and cut to size Japanese paper, print and bond papers, and experiment with various papers and configurations. Workshop for those with some etching experience wishing to enrich and further develop their etchings. Please bring already etched plates.
Tuition: $120 (plus $25 materials fee, payable to the instructor)

Saturday, August 28, 2010

A Special Thanks

The gold star for volunteering this summer is a tie, awarded to Aureline Kwengang and Linda Gueyong. They have had a hand in almost everything this summer-from papermaking, printing annoucements, running errands, cleaning and organizing, and working at ArtSpring-they've done it all with a smile and a sense of humor. Thanks so much ladies!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The perfect tote

Elizabeth Graeber, illustrator and screenprinter extraordinaire at Pyramid Atlantic, designed and printed these cute little totes.

As a special offer, you too can have one for only $10!
To purchase, contact Elizabeth.
Alternatively, you can come on in to our studio just about any Tuesday or Thursday afternoon, and catch her in person printing away!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Friday-Free-Fun-Night for Members

This month we have a very exciting activity planned for members!

Bookbinding Bonanza with Patty Lee
Friday August 27, 2010 from 6:00 - 8:00PM

Come and learn how to make a hardcover accordion book with our bookbinding associate, Patty Lee!
You will get to experiment with paper-cutting, xylene transfer, and pop-ups. You can bring your own decorative paper or images, or you can use the materials provided. No tools or experience necessary, just bring your crafty-self, and have fun!
Again, this is a Pyramid Atlantic Member's only event. Become a member!

Email Patty with your RSVP and questions at

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Studio Space Available

Pyramid Atlantic is currently offering a private studio space for an artist (or artists) to share.
The 10' X 12' studio space has large windows and is WiFi accessible. Artist(s) will have 24 hour studio access, free parking and utilities.
Monthly rent is $300.
Artists working in the mediums of papermaking, printmaking, book making and digital media are encouraged to apply. Unlimited use of printmaking facilities and equipment is available for an additional $100 a month.
Artist interested in applying for the private space should submit:
*A resume of artistic experience
*A one-page Artist Statement
*Up to 10 images saved in jpeg format
*A slide list identifying the name of each image, medium, dimension
and date created
All materials may be emailed to jdominguez@pyramid-atlantic.org or mailed to Jose Dominguez, Executive Director, 8230 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910.
All applications must be received by Sept 12, 2010

Saturday, August 14, 2010

We love our members!

Pyramid Atlantic would like to thank all of our new members:

Tia Blassingame

Cindy Chang

Susan Cohn

Fran Durako

Zoya Gleizer

Dorothy Haldeman

Kimberly Horner

Megan Kelley

Maria Marable-Bunch

Christine Picone

Kaj Rozga

Join the growing number of Pyramid members who enjoy exploring the exciting realm of unique art!
You will also receive invitations for fun events like Lynette's papermaking activity (pictured above)
To become a member, visit our
membership page on our website

Friday, August 13, 2010

Pyramid Atlantic Book Arts Fair, November 5-7

The exhibitors for the Book Arts Fair have been confirmed!

Abecedarian Gallery , www.abecedariangallery.com

Katie Baldwin

Sarah Bryant, bigjumppress.com

Thomas Bucci, www.thomasbucci.com

Brian Cohen, www.bridge-press.com

Aaron Cohick, newlightspress.blogspot.com

Ceci Cole Mcinturff, www.87florida.com

Melinda Cross, bostonpapercollective.wordpress.com

Maureen Cummins, www.maureencummins.com

Steven Daiber, redtrilliumpress.com

Dean Dass

Frances Durako, www.crookedletterpress.com

Leilei Guo, leiart.turnpiece.net

Kate Hanson

Lisa Hasegawa, www.ilfant.com

Joyce Hesselberth

Paul Johnson, www.bookart.co.uk

Ellen Knudson, www.crookedletterpress.com

Val Lucas, bowerbox.com

Kerry McAleer-Keeler, www.corcoran.edu

Robert McCamant, www.sherwinbeach.com

Jake Muirhead

Center for Book Arts, www.centerforbookarts.org

Elissa O'Loughlin

Jessica Peterson, www.papersouvenir.com

Robin Price, www.robinpricepublisher.com

Debra Riffe, www.debrariffe.com

Ellen Sheffield

Diane Stemper, www.cbas.org

Washington Printmakers Gallery, washingtonprintmakers.com

Vincente Vertiz Pani, www.vicentevertizpani.com

Robert Walp, www.chestercreekpress.com

Wayland House, www.waylandhouseart.com

Crissy Welzen, www.21steditions.com

Jody Williams, www.flyingpaperpress.com

Thomas Williams, www.thomasparkerwilliams.com

Women's Studio Workshop, www.wsworkshop.org

Caroline Ziegler, www.candycoated.etsy.com

For more information regarding the fair, visit the Book Arts Fair Website

We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


Stop by pyramid this Thursday at 3 pm and enjoy cupcakes while checking out a copy of the summer yearbook.

The Interns

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Talk and hands-on activity with Laura Kinneberg

You are invited:
Wednesday, August 11, 7pm-
Current Keyholder Artist-in-Residence, Laura Kinneberg, will talk about her work and present a free hands-on activity:

"Rock, Paper, Scissors"
Participants will screenprint templates onto paper and then cut and fold the geologically-inspired forms. Laura will provide the silkscreen burned with 2-3 templates, ink, and a limited supply of paper. These forms can be turned into mobiles, chandelier-like decorations or even lanterns.

Laura Kinneberg has been fascinated and inspired by geology since her first childhood rock collection. In the past, gravel has been a material central to her work. Recently at Pyramid Atlantic she has developed a series of prints and objects about local fossils and minerals. Laura has exhibited in Texas and the DC area and currently teaches at the University of the District of Columbia.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Yay for us!

(From the Maryland State Arts Council website)

Silver Spring arts center gets NEA Big Read award!
Pyramid Atlantic , a nonprofit arts center in Silver Spring's arts and entertainment district, is one of 75 nonprofits across the U.S. that is receiving a total of $1 million in grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in connection with the NEA's fifth annual Big Read project, a yearly effort that spotlights reading as a vital element of American culture.

Each grantee receives an award ranging from $2,500 to $20,000. Pyramid, the only Maryland organization to receive a Big Read award, was awarded $17,050. Founded in 1981, Pyramid is “dedicated to the creation and appreciation of hand papermaking, printmaking, digital arts and the art of the book.”

The Big Read, which runs from September to June, can include a spectrum of events and activities – panel discussions, lectures, public readings, film screenings, theatrical readings and exhibits – tied to one of 31 pieces of U.S. and world literature provided by NEA. Pyramid will focus on Edgar Allan Poe.

NEA partners with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest to present The Big Read, with support from W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the Boeing Company, the Poetry Foundation and the Ford Motor Company.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Goodbye to our Summer Interns

Saying goodbye to our summer studio interns is a happy/sad occasion. Happy because we know that their time at Pyramid was just the beginning of making their mark in the art world, and we were proud to be a part of it. Sad because they have all been so fun getting to know, and we hate to see them leave. What's next for them?
Ethan will plans to return to Rutgers University in the fall. In the spring he will go to France to study at the Pont-Aven school of contemporary art.
Sarah plans to travel to Europe for a month.
Catherine will be returning to William & Mary for her Senior year, where she will be finishing her degree in Studio Art, with a printmaking concentration, and minor in marketing. She also plans to get more time in swing dancing. After that, she may take a year to travel, get a job, and art-residency hop before going to grad school.
Maxine will be heading back to St. John's college in Santa Fe for her Senior year of studies.

We couldn't have done it without you guys! Thanks so much!
Please join us Thursday, August 12th, at 3pm for a thanks and goodbye party.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Artist Opportunity

Montgomery College is now offering an artist residency through the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Arts Center. The residency is designed to enrich the arts program at the college and selected applicants will receive a working studio space at no cost.

More information, including application procedures, can be found at: http://www.montgomerycollege.edu/Departments/artstp/gallery/air.html