A fine arts press celebrating printmaking and artists' books
Work by Sibyl Rubottom
My bio by the water
I was born a few blocks from the Hudson River in Manhattan and raised next to Otter Creek, an estuary of Long Island Sound in Mamaroneck, New York. I journeyed north to Narragansett Bay for my B.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island. I spent a year next to the Tiber River in Rome in the R.I.S.D. European Honors Program. I returned to the edge of Long Island Sound in New Haven for my M.F.A. at Yale. I was married on a silver barge on a pond in Newtown, Connecticut, and then spent four months on the banks of the Ganges in Rishikesh, India, studying with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The Pacific Ocean then became my new shore and the constant presence in my life as I raised a family in San Diego, nurtured a custom fabric design business, ventured into artist’s books, and co-founded Bay Park Press. The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, my littoral home above La Jolla Cove, is where I work as Artist-in-Residence and teach at the Athenaeum’s School of the Arts.
Proprietors Sibyl Rubottom and Jim Machacek founded Bay Park Press in 2000 to foster the production of artists’ books and printmaking, and to promote interest in the letterpress printing process in San Diego. Located in the revitalized Morena District Bay Park neighborhood along Mission Bay, Bay Park Press is a fine-arts press and studio cooperative where San Diego artists can create their own projects. Yearly memberships fund our operation; we average about 15 members each year. Visiting artists can rent space and time for monthly or daily fees.
Studio facilities include a Vandercook I and two Kelsey letterpresses, a Chandler Price guillotine cutter, an ever-growing selection of lead type, and tools and supplies to create almost any book art project. A Charles Brand etching press, a large aquatint box, various sizes of brayers, plus supplies and chemistry enable artists to create and print intaglio, relief, and monoprint plates.
Several months each year we turn the studio into the Bay Park Press Gallery and present solo and group shows of prints, artists’ books and collage. We have mounted over 40 exhibitions since 2000 for national, regional and local artists. Even if we have no featured artist, we are open to the public and our walls and cases are always filled with work of our own member artists.
Whenever possible, we have provided internships for young artists (nine so far) to learn the craft of the various print media by helping to produce BPP collaborative projects and creating their own work. They learn to hand set type, operate the presses, prepare ink and plates for printing, and make boxes and book structures. In short, we are trying to pass on this “art of the handmade” to the next generation.
Community outreach has been a part of Bay Park Press from the beginning. Periodic classes on various aspects of book arts and printmaking are scheduled at BPP all year long. We encourage and host numerous visits by college classes, art organizations and community groups interested in what we do and how we do it. BPP is an active participant in local book art events sponsored by UCSD and San Diego Book Arts. In 2012, we were invited to create an exhibit explaining printmaking and book arts by the San Diego International Airport Art Program, seen by thousands in Terminal 2.
Friday and Saturday 11-3pm
Open by appointment only from July 2 through September 17
Work by Jim Machacek
Jim Machacek has been creating artworks in printmaking, artist books, drawing and mixed media for three decades. His artwork has been exhibited extensively in museums and galleries nationwide and in international exhibitions in Japan, Mexico, Canada and Hungary. His artist books are in special collections at the Library of Congress, the Tate Library in London, UCLA, USC, UC Santa Cruz, UC San Diego, the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library La Jolla, SDSU, Brown University, Stanford University, Yale University, the University of Iowa and many other public and private collections around the country. He holds a MFA in printmaking from C.W. Post/Long Island University, a BFA from Boston Museum School of Fine Arts and a BA in journalism from Creighton University. He has lived in San Diego since 1984 and is currently teaching in the art department at San Diego Mesa College where he co-founded Mesa Arts Press to promote the art of fine printing in the production of artists’ books, prints, and ephemera. Other teaching appointments include UC San Diego Extension, Athenaeum School of the Arts, Southwestern College and Boston Museum School. Jim is also co–founder and master printer at Bay Park Press, a San Diego fine art press and collaborative print studio. He is a member of the Los Angeles Printmaking Society, the Center for Book Arts in New York and San Diego Book Arts. Jim's resume is also available for perusal.
False Bay Editions is the imprint for the collaborative artist books created by Jim Machacek and Sibyl Rubottom at Bay Park Press. False Bay is the original name of San Diego's Mission Bay and forms the west boundary of the neighborhood where the press is located. To date, nine letterpress editioned books have been created under the False Bay imprint. They are in numerous public and private special collections around the country including the Library of Congress. Click here to read an interview with Robert Pincus.
The New Rule, a poem by Rumi 2000 edition of 45 $150.00 The Abecedarium of the Universe 2001 edition of 26 sold out The Alphabet of Time 2002 edition of 26 sold out Portraits, for Nancy Morgenstern 2003 edition of 150 $100.00 Spice Market 2004 edition of 40 $500.00 O is for Opera 2006 edition of 45 $2500.00 The ABC of Yiddish (letterpress) 2006 edition of 40 sold out The ABC of Yiddish (digital) 2007 edition of 100$50.00