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Three-Ton Art Machine Street Printing Festival, June 21


 Three-Ton Art Machine

Street Printing Festival, June 21

By Catherine Devriese

Sebastopol Center for the Arts announces a free festival day of “Printmaking by a Road Roller” on June 21. A three-ton machine generally used to even pavements or roads, will make prints from hand-cut linoleum blocks on the parking lot pavement. This celebration of Printing and Book Arts will be held at the Arts Center at the Veterans Building, 282 S. High Street in Sebastopol, from 11 am to 5 pm.

Ten ‘featured artists’ have chiseled and cut designs from linoleum blocks. The blocks will be covered with ink, then covered with paper and padding, then run over, forwards and backwards by a bright yellow street roller. As standard printmaking usually happens in the privacy of an art studio, this festival offers a unique look at a unique print process and turns it up a notch.

 Featured artists are: Sally Briggs, Caren Catterell, Iva Hladis, Cheryl Itamura, Sue Labouvie, Rik Olson, Charlie Pendergast, Eric Rewitzer, Sirama Sataman, and Lindsey Vargas. Visitors are invited to watch the print process, and may purchase a print, which they have just seen created. Proceeds from sales of these limited editions will benefit the Sebastopol Center for the Arts. There will also be opportunity to participate in a collaborative piece; a very large block, which will be printed by the pavement roller at the end of the day. An example of each print will be exhibited in the Sebastopol library during the month of July. 

 In a dedicated children’s area, children can create ‘veggie block print art’ from potatoes and other vegetables, paper and inks while parents can connect with local writers and publishers, poets, artists in a festival abundant with booths—-featuring beautiful art work, books, art supplies. Or why not have something to eat at the Thai food booth or have a refreshing smoothie or Lagunitas beer. Batacha, the Afro-Carribean band will be highlighted on stage, food stands, booths with beverages, will all contribute to a perfect family day and a special way to celebrate Father’s day. If you are interested in carving a 12” x 12” block to be printed by the pavement roller, purchase your block at the Center. You will keep a print and further prints will be sold for fundraising.

 “The event was so popular last year, we feel this will be another wildly successful and fun day for the entire family,” stated Catherine Devriese, Visual Arts Program Manager for the Sebastopol Center for the Arts. “It’s a wonderful way to connect with printing and art.”


Photo by Todd Lappin at the San Francisco's Center for the Book Roadworks.