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Interactive printmaking event returns to Sawtooth School for Visual Arts

The next “Good Impressions: Readings from the Press Bed” will celebrate works recently added to the public domain.

splitscreen with people working on letterpress.

Sawtooth’s Vandercook No. 3 letterpress is nicknamed “The Empress.”

Photo courtesy of Sawtooth School for Visual Arts

Experience the joy of poetry, letterpress printmaking, and community at a popular event that is back after a winter respite. “Good Impressions: Readings from the Press Bed” at Sawtooth School for Visual Art is interactive and informational.

The next workshop on Saturday, Jan. 27 will celebrate Public Domain Day. Megan Mulder, Special Collections Librarian at Wake Forest University, will discuss the public domain. Mary Beth Boone, a book artist, instructor, and letterpress printer from Greensboro, will be on hand to answer letterpress questions.

You can use Sawtooth’s Vandercook No. 3 hand letterpress and leave with your own handprinted broadside of Felix Salten’s “Bambi, a Life in the Woods” — the English translation of which entered the public domain on Jan. 1, 2024.

“Good Impressions” will be held from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Printmaking Studio near Sawtooth’s entrance at 226 N. Marshall St. The event is free and open to everyone but registration is required for materials.