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West Berkeley Community Print Festival

Celebrate spring and the art of printmaking and more! Join us for a fun day of art activities! From a  community art workshop and artist demos to art sales and studio tours, stop by during the day and see what’s happening at Kala Art Institute. The festival wraps up with a book launch of Mission Gráfica: Reflecting a Community in Printmaking and a panel discussion of women printmakers featured in this recent publication. We hope to bring together our local community of artists, youth, and families for a day of sharing and experiencing art in West Berkeley.  Free and open to all ages.

While at Kala, enjoy the Art Kala 2023 Exhibition & Auction and the Arts & Humanities Academy (Berkeley High School) Spring Exhibition. We’ll also have artwork by youth in Kala’s After School Studio program.

✿ 12-4 pm      Community Art Activities (Gelli Printing/Collage, Sewing Circle with Rhinoceros Project) / Artist Vendors/ Exhibitions on View

✿ 1:00 pm      Heinz Print Studio Tour / Printmaking Demo with Thea Sizemore (letterpress) 

✿ 2:00 pm      Screen Printing Demo with Jos Sances  (Art Kala 2023 Honored Artist) & Jose Fuentes at Kala Gallery

✿ 3:00 pm      Heinz Print Studio Tour / Printmaking Demos with Mary V. Marsh (letterpress)  & Leonard Reidelbach (watercolor mono-printing)

✿ 4-5 pm        Book Launch of Mission Gráfica: Reflecting a Community in Printmaking and Panel Discussion featuring women artists of Mission Gráfica

12-4 pm @Kala Gallery & Community Classroom: During this community art workshop, we will explore and experiment with the wonders of gelli plate printing and collage with our amazing teaching artists Natalie Palms  Ellena Ruiz-Lindsey and Etty Alberto. Drop in for a fun hands-on workshop to create your own spring memories incorporating printmaking, mark-making, and layering. Fun for all ages!

In the afternoon, check out artworks by local artists including Irrelevant Press, Awkward Ladies Club, Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh, Ellena Ruiz-Lindsey, and Stephanie Jucker.  Also, view the works by Kala youth, and participate in creative activities such as a sewing circle with the Rhinoceros Project or *screen printing a tote bag or t-shirt.*Bring a t-shirt! We will also have limited free tote bags for printing! 

Also, purchase your copy of Mission Gráfica: Reflecting a Community in Print and receive a related tote bag  (limited) with a book purchase! Refreshments provided.

1 pm & 3 pm @Heinz Print Studio Tours: Sign up for a Heinz Print Studio tour and check out our amazing print studio. Interested in learning more about our Artist-In-Residence (AIR) Program or signing up for an Adult Class in printmaking or fine arts? Ask us on the tour!

During these studio tours, meet artists and watch demos in mono printing, letterpress, and screen printing, to name a few.

2 pm @Kala Gallery: Screen printing demo and print handout with Jos Sances. The Fredrick Douglass print on paper is from a  recent scratchboard from a series of prints Jos did with Cal State Fullerton. Jose Fuentes will also be printing in the afternoon.

4-5 pm @ Kala Gallery: In celebration of the publication of Mission Gráfica: Reflecting a Community in Print, Kala Art Institute will host an East Bay book launch and a panel discussion featuring women who participated in this community print workshop, a center of diversity and cultural ferment. For more than 40 years Mission Gráfica has produced challenging, aesthetically outstanding artwork of social and political relevance. Featured on the panel are artists who participated over the past decades and whose work appears in the book: Susana Aragón, Ester Hernandez, and Josefina Jacquin. Robbin Légère Henderson and Michelle Mouton, two members of the team that produced the book, will moderate the discussion. Artwork by Mildred Howard and Nancy Hom will also be discussed. The book will be sold between 12pm- 5pm. Receive a related tote bag (limited) with a book purchase! Refreshments provided.

Event Details

Date: April 15, 2023

Time: 12:00 pm–5:00 pm

Kala Gallery & Community Classroom
2990 San Pablo Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702