It seems like Pittsburgh has go to be the first stop of my roadtrip bonanza to visit awesome art spaces around the country. Chris just pointed me towards Tugboat Printshop, a Mom & Pop (can you call it that if there are no kids involved?) printshop run by husband & wife team Paul Roden and Valerie Lueth who have devoted their careers to reviving the fine art of woodblock printing for a new generation. Their carefully hand crafted blocks are printed on archival paper with oil based inks and are amazingly affordable. I love the process pictures on their website, each plate painstakingly carved coming together to make a glorious print.
When I head down to Pittsburgh I am going to make sure to stop by for a cup of coffee before I head over to Artist Image Resource Studio. Maybe I will even bring them a pie.
Paul & Valerie frequently take their show on the road, so keep your eyes peeled for their way cool booth-on-wheels. I sincerely hope that they make it up to our neck of the woods someday, printmaking is alive and well here at WSW and they would feel right at home.
Where to next?