Monday, April 22, 2019

Printmaking Demonstrations at St. Johns River Festival for the Arts

Seminole Printmakers will be very busy during the first week of May. We will be moving into our new Studio in Hopper Academy at the end of April and the first of May. We will also be making our debut as an Arts Organization in celebration of our new home. We will be at the St Johns Festival for the Arts  in downtown Sanford on May 4th and 5th. We are showing the public how to carve Lino plates and how to print both relief and etching plates.  The booth will been staffed by our members. 

Please come out to learn about printmaking and show your support for the arts!

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Seminole County Printmaker's New Home

After two year as nomads, the Seminole County Printmakers finally have a new home! We have been without a studio since 2017.  Since December 2017 we have been in conversations with Historic Hopper Academy about a studio space in the building.
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Historic Hopper Academy

The Hopper Academy was the first African-American school in the Georgetown district of Sanford. Established in 1886, the school was originally named Colored School No. 11. In 1906, Joseph Nathaniel Crooms became the first principal of the Hopper Academy and began construction of the current building at 1101 Pine Avenue. The building originally housed grades one through ten and also served as a community high school until the construction of the Crooms Academy in Goldsboro. In 1968, the Hopper Academy ceased to operate as a school.
After Hopper Academy closed, the building was used as a library, a church and a place for community meetings.

In the early 1990s, the Seminole school district and Sanford donated the building to the Community Improvement Association, which was set up to renovate and manage the property. The restoration is a long process, the work is being done by passionate and dedicated volunteers. The restoration is still on-going. 

open house December 2017


assorted views of Hopper Academy Studio.

We will be the second tenants, we join St. Johns River Festival of the Arts.  They have been tremendously important in helping us get this space. We are partnering with them for several projects.  We expect to start moving in during May 2019. 
Seminole County Printmakers -Megan, Monica, Glenda, Larry, and Virginia

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The "Bad Art Show"

Downtown Sanford is becoming a very active art scene. I have never attended art events above the Imperial since we open our studio there. The event are "happenings" and are somewhat spontaneous. The September 17th show was billed as "Bad Art" but it was not bad, it was fun art, from body painting, to robots, to a live band. The turn out was fantastic, drawing people from all over Central Florida. 
Seminole County Printmakers open its doors to the crowds and people responded very positively. Many were interested in our future workshops. Members Monica Webb, Larry Vienneau, Megan Carroll, Priscilla Billingsley, and Megan's friend Kasandra Christine attended. 
This was a great evening, we shall plan on doing this again.
Kasandra and Megan hand coloring collagraphs
Megan's collagraph "Jupiter" received lots of attention
Priscilla organizing her prints


Thursday, September 8, 2016

Our First Sale

September 7th 2016

We finally had our first group sale. We had for members participate, Chelsea Smith, Sharon Huang, Glenda Velez and me, Larry Vienneau. The event was Wine Art Wednesdays at Downtown Lake Mary. The weather was excellent and we did sell some prints. This is the first time I have sold my prints at a tent style show. Chelsea was incredible, she is s pro! She lent the club a lot of equipment and had lots of advise. Hopefully we will be doing many more shows.
Chelsea explaining the print process

Sharon getting set up

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Stepping Out- Seminole County Printmakers

Seminole County Printmakers is an infant organization. It started less than a year ago as a Facebook group but it grew into a unique artists group.We have about forty member with a dozen active in the studio. 
We are looking forward to our first public appearance. Since we are a fledgling group we are financially underdeveloped. We plan to exhibit and participate in many local venues over the next year. Our first event is the Sanford Avenue Art Market –27th August from 8pm to 12am on the corner of Sanford Ave and 4th in front of Little Fish Huge Pond. This is the perfect opportunity to make sales, do live printing, cutting, offer mini workshops and let the community know we are around. Members have been busy working.