I once wondered why Alfred Fowler ran the Kansas City Woodcut Society during the 1930s (http://carrollton-wood-engraver.blogspot.com/2010/12/contemporary-woodcuts-1932-traveling.html). It was because he could. The reason why John H. Bender published the little booklet Fine Prints (http://privatelibraryholdings.com/id84.html) for FREE, probably was because HE COULD. And he did. See http://carrollton-wood-engraver.blogspot.com/2010/12/noble-quest-john-bender.html. This is my philanthropy and I do it gladly, because I can.
As always, I seek to reveal the interest that the members hold, their fascination for ink on paper. Fowler and Bender were fire brands in their day, spotlights of the print scene in Kansas City. Lovers of ink and paper. As I follow and get to know members within the Print Society I find contemporary lovers of ink and paper. Call it part of my research. First of Fred Geary, then Gertrude Woolf Leighton, then Alfred Fowler, then John Bender, and so on. Here are two recent posts: Mike Lyon http://spotlightkcprint.blogspot.com/2012/12/mike-lyon-kc-printmaker.html and the Topeka Road Trip Two Museums http://spotlightkcprint.blogspot.com/2013/01/topeka-road-trip-two-museums.html
For the time being, I am the editor. Below, guest juror Yuji Hiratsuka.