BPP is gone but Sibyl is at the Print Studio in downtown SD

Bay Park Press has closed; Jim has retired but continues work on his own prints at his home studio; Sibyl is at a new location downtown. The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, where Sibyl has been Artist-in-Residence for many years, has opened a downtown branch, the Athenaeum Art Center (AAC), in the Bread & Salt building in Barrio Logan in 2016. The AAC houses both a large Art Studio space where Athenaeum Art School classes are held, and the fabulous Print Studio with its Rotunda Press that Sibyl now manages.

The Rotunda Athenaeum Music & Arts Library Press, or Rotunda Press for short, was made possible by a generous donation of equipment by Dr. Edwin Petko of Los Angeles. Dr. Petko wanted to move his extensive collection of presses that had been on loan to UC Riverside to an institution that would continue using them to teach printmaking and letterpress to future generations. 

His timing was perfect as the Athenaeum had just secured space in the Bread & Salt building for the new downtown branch of the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library School of the Arts, with space specifically designated for a Print Studio. His marvelous donation includes two Asbern relief presses, manufactured in Germany in the 1970s, and a Columbian Seggi hand iron press, made in Edinburgh in the 1860s, and an Imperial hand iron press, from the late 1800s. Over 20 cabinets of type were also donated. 

In addition, Bay Park Press donated more type and equipment after its closing in May 2017. To complete the studio’s array of equipment, a Griffin etching press was acquired. 

Please come visit us at the Print Studio and take classes with Sibyl, Morgan Miller III, and other fine teachers, many of whom are former BPP members, exhibiting artists and interns.

We also have Open Studio hours at the Print Studio on Thursdays & Sundays from 1:00 to 4:00  p.m.  Those familiar with printmaking and letterpress are welcome to continue working on their own projects using the wonderful array of equipment and resources now available there.

The Athenaeum Art Center is in the Bread & Salt building at 1955 Julian Avenue, San Diego, CA 92113.

Ms. Daniela Kelly, Bilingual Manager Athenaeum Art Center, is on site there on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10:00 a.m.to 4:00 p.m. & by appointment.

Please visit ljathenaeum.org for more information on art school classes offered at the AAC.

New Show: Receptacles for Memories that can't possibly be true

Join us Feb. 11 for Judith Christensen's fabulous new work!

                    Don't forget to come to the opening reception on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 5:30 p.m. !

                    Don't forget to come to the opening reception on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 5:30 p.m. !

We cordially invite you to San Diego’s newest "housing development”.
Artist Judith Christensen uses the house as a metaphor and asks us to take a tour,
perhaps stirring up memories of our own houses and other past memories. 

She writes ”a house has a presence and a significance that goes beyond the studs, copper pipes, and roofing. It provides the framework in which we eat, sleep, converse, procreate, and, for some, die.  It also serves as the container for the objects we collect, store and arrange.
More significantly, it is the repository of our memories and the life we spend there.  Our memories change over time, and as we collect them, they change our other memories.
These pieces reflect the layering that time imparts to how we recall our experience.”

The interaction of memory, experience, place and language has been central to Judith’s work. These latest artworks are a must-see…and who knows...perhaps you will find your perfect dream house!

PLUS! A Special Bonus Exhibit --> Kathi McCord

We have long wanted to show the extraordinary print work of longtime San Diego artist Kathi McCord.
Our impending closing has limited our show dates, so we magically squeezed out some space to showcase her work. Kathi’s exquisite drawing talents and delightful subject matter make her intaglio prints some of the best around…a must have!

If you haven’t been to Bay Park Press for a while, do come say hello. This is our second-to-last exhibition.
Stay tuned for the date of our farewell show and party in March /April. 

"Souvenirs", New Works on Paper by Anthony Lukens

November 7, 2014 - January 10, 2015 

Opening Reception: November 14, 2014 from 5:30-8:30 PM

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We had a quiet summer and fall but our 2014/15 exhibition season opens with a bang on Friday, November 14th with a wonderful show of new work: SOUVENIRS by ANTHONY LUKENS.  His delightful mixed media drawings are based on sketches and memories of his road trips touring around the country with his band, The Donkeys.  Some artists always seems to have a “good hand”…and Lukens lyrical line quality, splashes of surprising colors, and seemingly spontaneous compositions put him in that elite company. Multi color relief prints printed on a letterpress will accompany his drawings.

Please join us in celebrating Anthony’s return to Bay Park Press.  OPENING RECEPTION is Friday, November 14th from 5:30 to 8:30. Stop by and see if there is a SOUVENIR just for you!  More information below on your personal invitation.  Have a peak at our website: bayparkpress.com

Always the best to you,

Jim and Sibyl

REDUX: Opening

Friends, family, students, & then some! Great night! Here are some pics from the opening.

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