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Japanese Woodblock Printing: History and Contemporary Relevance
Sunday, April 13th 4:40pm

April Vollmer will speak about the history and process of Japanese woodblock printing, mokuhanga. This technique was used by the 17th -19th century Japanese masters who made the famous “ukiyo-e” prints of the floating world. Vollmer also will talk about Lee-Georgescu’s prints in context of Japanese printmaking.

April Vollmer is a New York artist and printmaker working primarily in Japanese woodblock printing. She is interested in new approaches to this traditional technique and has incorporated it with handmade books and digital printing in her work, which has been exhibited internationally. Vollmer lectures annually on Japanese woodblock printmaking for the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival), where she had a retrospective in 2007. She has been teaching the technique since 2000 at the Lower East Side Printshop. Her writing has been published in journals including Art in Print, Printmaking Today and Contemporary Impressions. In 2013, she began researching and writing her first book, Japanese Woodblock Workshop, which will cover contemporary printmakers’ uses of the traditional technique. Visit her website at

Young Artists @440: Multiply Your Art!
Sunday, April 27th, 4:40pm

Led by Vicki Behm and Susan Greenstein

This hands-on art workshop is open to children from ages 4 to 12, with supervision by a parent or guardian. An easy way to make many copies of your art is to print it with plates, ink and paper. Not dinner plates, but plates that you draw on! We’ll learn the steps to this printmaking process that feels a little like making your own fancy rubber stamp. Artist Laurie Lee-Georgescu carves wood and linoleum to make her large prints on display at 440 Gallery. See her work, learn about printmaking, and make your own plates and prints with Susan and Vicki.

Closing Reception
Sunday, May 4, 4:00-7:00 pm

Join us for Laurie Lee-Georgescu's closing reception. You'll be able to meet the artist, and have a last chance to see her show as well as the Project Space exhibition, True Colors. Come celebrate!

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