Tuesday, February 12, 2013


A majority of my composition and photography time has gone into a new blog called Spotlight KC Print, http://spotlightkcprint.blogspot.com  It is a photo journal for the Kansas City Print Society under the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO.

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.

two ribbons

My painter friend Pat Hollowell went to the opening reception at St. Joseph, Missouri. The 39th annual membership exhibition at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art. She wrote that both of my entries had ribbons. When they announced to winners during the slide show, she stood up and cheered when my name was mentioned. The 12 by 9 inch, six color linocut reduction (ABOVE), "Tull Island II," edition 4 of 10, received 2nd place in the Printmaking category. The 12 by 12 inch woodcut, "Among The Mullberries," edition 2 of 10, received 3rd place in the same category. All together six persons entered the Printmaking category this year.

Category IV:  Printmaking
1st Place – Cynthia Pederson, “Summer Meadow I”
2nd Place – Cynthia Pederson, “Whirlygigs I”
2nd Place – Karl Marxhausen, “Tull Island”
3rd Place – Karl Marxhausen, “Among the Mullberries”
Honorable Mention – Jakob Ehlert, “Trio Trianos”
Honorable Mention – Sherrill Brooke, “Cirque”

(courtesy of AKMA, http://albrecht-kemper.org/event/39th-annual-akma-membership-exhibition-2/, accessed Feb 12, 2013)