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FRESH: Eco & Produce Printing Workshop and Seed Starting Workshop

March 2, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Eco & Produce Printing Workshop, 6PM and Seed Starting Workshop, 7PM

Thursday, March 2, 6pm

Cultural Center at Rocky Neck

Please follow this link to register. Space is limted, $15 for one workshop or $25 for both.

All ticket sales from this event will support both organizations.

FRESH presents an evening of seed starting and eco printing!

Eco and Produce Printing Workshop: Join us at 6 pm as a local artist Jane Keddy shares tips for using natural materials to make prints.

Jane Keddy will give a presentation on eco-printing, a natural printing method where plant material is positioned on fabric or paper that has been treated with a mordant, and then steamed to extract the pigments from the leaves and flowers.  This method was developed by India Flint of Australia. I learned this technique this summer from Amelia Poole of Brooksville, Maine who is passionate about the art and chemistry of the process, and states: “It offers a connection to our local, natural world and an increased awareness of the cycles of life around us.” As a printmaker and textile artist, I was immediately fascinated by this technique, and hope to continue exploring it with the native plants of Cape Ann this spring and summer.

The hands-on portion of the workshop will involve printing with fruits and vegetables to create interesting designs on paper and fabric. We will use a variety of fruits and vegetables that when cut in half will reveal intricate patterns, and will also use potatoes to carve our own unique designs. Paper and ink will be supplied. Bring your own fabric or T-shirt if you like.

Jane Keddy is a printmaker and fabric artist. She studied graphic design at MassArt. She is a member of the Rocky Neck Art Colony and sells her work at Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck. She has taught classes in: batik, fabric printing and design, shibori and silkscreen printing.

Seed Starting Workshop: Then stick around for a seed starting workshop at 7 pm with local gardening expert Suzanne Gosselin to learn the ins-and-outs of starting seeds indoors. You’ll leave this workshop with new inspiration and knowledge for gardening and designing into the spring and summer!

FRESH is a six-week exhibition, with accompanying workshops and presentations, hosted by the Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) and Backyard Growers

This is an exciting collaboration by two inspiring non-profits—Backyard Growers, which encourages an active relationship with food and the earth, and Rocky Neck Art Colony, which encourages and promotes excellence in the arts.

In this exhibition, artists from all over New England will present works that reflect on the theme FRESH, exploring the ways in which food connects us to the earth, nourishes us, and ties us to warmth, family, friends, and memories. Join us in celebrating the new life that emerges as we leave the dark of winter for the optimism of spring! Contemporary, experimental and traditional art in all media will be on view.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Artscope MagazineDuckworth’s Bistrot, and Short & Main 

Also sponsored by:

Patty Knaggs Real EstatePeter Dorsey North Shore Abodes, and Neptune’s Harvest.



March 2, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck
6 Wonson Street
Gloucester, MA 01930 United States
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