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Sep 7 - Aug 14
6:30pm - 8:00pm

Come to meet and be inspired by printmakers who live and work across Alberta as they speak about their artistic practice. This is the first portion of the three-part programming series: Prairie Impressions, hosted collaboratively by A/P and SNAP in conjunction with Alberta Culture Days.

On September 7 & 14 join us to enjoy live presentations by two different artists, Edmonton- based printmaker Myken McDowell & Lethbridge-based printmaker Kellen Spencer. You will get a sneak peek into their studio spaces, learn about their creative processes, discover new techniques and artistic possibilities, and learn more about their work. Both artists will also be giving a demonstration of their preferred printmaking technique as they print their edition of Prairie Impressions postcards.

Watch the two presentations live on Zoom on Tuesday, September 7 & Tuesday, September 14 from 6:30 pm to 8 pm MDT. Or, enjoy the recorded content afterwards which will be available on SNAP Gallery’s YouTube Channel for the duration of the Alberta Culture Days celebrations until September 30.

Be sure not to miss out on any Prairie Impressions printmaking programming and check out the full event!

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Meet the Artist: Myken McDowell
Tuesday, September 7 – 6:30 – 8 pm MDT
Online Live Presentation and Printmaking Demonstration

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Enjoy an interactive presentation of Edmonton based print-artist Myken McDowell and view her artistic practice and process. She will be sharing images of her work that she has developed at SNAP over the past year and speak about her research during and after her MFA. She will be discussing some of her favourite printmaking techniques (etching, photopolymer gravure, and chine- collé) as well as speaking about themes that fuel her art practice such as the blurry margin between memory/identity and domestic space, and her drive to uncover what spaces remember that humans might forget.

She will share a photo of her as a kid, someone else’s love letter, and a found copy of a Frank W. Anderson book that led her down her current rabbit hole – and why photo-etching is particularly suited for this line of creative inquiry.

Afterwards Myken will be giving a demonstration of her preferred printmaking technique as she prints her edition of the Prairie Impressions postcards live at SNAP Printshop. She will guide us through the chine- collé process step-by-step. She will show a freshly developed photopolymer plate, an “un- chine-collé-ed” photopolymer print, and the same photopolymer print chine-collé-ed to showcase the process’ transformative potential. Myken will then talk about the materials involved and chine-collé a couple postcards—with and without a press.

Myken McDowell – Prairie Impression Printmaking Resource Guide: View here to see the materials needed to follow along with Myken’s Demonstration

Myken McDowell is a visual artist and educator based in Edmonton (Treaty 6). She received her BFA from Concordia University in 2016 and her MFA in Printmaking from the University of Alberta in 2019. Full of questions about memory, place, and their influence on one another, her interdisciplinary artwork has earned scholarships and awards and has been exhibited nationally and internationally. She takes pictures of unoccupied domestic spaces and collects other people’s love letters. www.mykenmcdowell.com


Meet the Artist: Kellen Spencer 

Tuesday, September 14 – 6:30 – 8 pm MDT
Online Live Presentation and Printmaking Demonstration

Registration here

Enjoy an interactive presentation to view and learn more about Lethbridge based print-artist Kellen Spencer. He will be discussing the types of print media and the themes that he uses in his practice (etching, relief and digitally-based works, and; themes of domesticity, home, memory, and construction). He describes his interest in printmaking as a hybrid (yet unassumingly unique) art form, and will be sharing some of the directions and aspirations he has for future projects.

He will also be providing insight into the current body of prints that he is working on, which is a series of 12 copperplate etchings for an upcoming exhibition titled, Between The Sidewalk and The Horizon. He will be showing his studio space, favourite inks, tools and papers, as well as some images of the printmaking facilities at Casa in Lethbridge.

Kellen will be printing an edition of Prairie Impressions postcards and sharing more about his preferred techniques and processes. He will demonstrate a number of  etching/intaglio mark-making techniques that he uses to create his  copperplate etchings. He will show “dry-brush aquatint stop-out,” hardground line etching, drypoint, and use of non-traditional resists like oil-based paint marker, and sharpie. He will also be sharing a book recommendation by Frederick Franck that shaped how he draws and thinks about making marks.

Kellen Spencer – Prairie Impression Printmaking Resource Guide – View here to see the materials needed to follow along with Kellen’s Demonstration

Kellen Spencer is a Lethbridge-based visual artist and printmaker whose practice examines the connection between residential redevelopment, memory and the notion of home. By documenting changes in the residential landscape through photography and etching, Kellen sees the home as a place to unearth past memories while questioning future cycles of construction and gentrification. In 2018, he completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Print Media at the Alberta College of Art + Design (presently AUArts), and was the recipient of the Board of Governor’s Graduating Student Award. His printed works have been included in group exhibitions at The New Gallery, VivianeArt and The Orillia Museum of Art & History (OMAH). Kellen currently works full-time in construction as a Survey Crew Lead & CAD Technician, while maintaining his art practice out of his garage studio and the printmaking facilities at Casa in Lethbridge.

Presented by SNAP & A/P
In conjunction with Alberta Culture Days
Supported by the Government of Alberta


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