Two Rivers Printmaking Studio: 20 Years August 20-September 19, 2021

Sheri Hancock-Tomek


AVA Gallery and Art Center is pleased to present work in print by current and former members and faculty of Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in celebration of their 20 year  anniversary. Two Rivers Printmaking Studio (TRPS) was founded by long-time AVA member Ian Baldwin after he returned from a year in Mexico where he had discovered the Taller de Rufino Tamayo, a cooperative printmaking studio with exhibition space on its walls. His friend Matt Bucy had just begun resurrecting the old Tip Top Bread building in White River Junction as an artist-centered building, and Ian was excited about recreating his experience at the Mexican studio in the Upper Valley. He contacted Bucy and secured a large, light-filled space for the studio that he then equipped with a Charles Brand lithography press, a William Crull etching press, and the contents of a Connecticut print studio that was closing.  Master printmaker Brian Cohen was asked to be the first Artistic Director of TRPS, and when the studio opened in the spring of 2001, artists and printmakers from around Vermont and New Hampshire were eager to join.

Many of TRPS’ founding members were also AVA members, including AVA founder Elizabeth Mayor. AVA also served as the fiscal agent for Two Rivers Printmaking Studio as it achieved its non-profit status. Former Studio Manager Sheri Hancock-Tomek has guided TRPS for the past 15 years. TRPS continues its mission of supporting “working artists in their exploration of both traditional and experimental printmaking” through offering classes and workshops at every level taught by member artists as well as by regionally and nationally-known printmakers such as Sarah Amos, Bert Yarborough, Catherine Farish, Joel Janowitz, Dan Welden, and Jim Stroud—to name a few. The studio has produced four portfolios of member artists’ prints that have been collected by the Hood Museum of Art, the Boston Public Library, the Currier Museum of Art, and Smith College, among other public and private collectors. The work in this exhibition runs the gamut of printmaking from woodcut to etching to collagraph to linocut to solar plate.  There will be a closing reception with many of the artists present on Friday, September 17, 2021, 5 – 7pm.