Printmaking mania
March 26, 2012

Raluca Inacu's Corroded Mammoth is one of the original prints which will be on view for the March of Prints, March 28 to April 15 at Seeds Gallery. See prints by Laura Taylor and April Dean below.

NSCAD University’s printmaking department takes centre stage with three, count ‘em three, special events for people who love original prints.

The primary event is a Halifax tradition: The March of Prints, an exhibition and sale of original prints by second, third and fourth-year printmaking students. There will be lithographs, etchings, relief prints, screen prints, mixed media prints, book works, even three-dimensional prints.

The March of Prints opens Wednesday, March 28 at 5:30 p.m. at Seeds Gallery, 1099 Marginal Road, directly across the road from NSCAD’s Port Campus. It runs through to April 15. Seeds Gallery is open Tuesdays to Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“This is a chance to buy incredible original artworks by students,” says Ericka Walker, who teaches in the printmaking department at NSCAD. “A lot of people look forward to this each year.”

While The March of Prints opens, another print show is opening across the road at NSCAD’s Port Loggia Gallery. The ACAD/NSCAD Printmaking Exchange Portfolio Exhibition is a collaborative print exchange exhibition and includes a selection of original fine art prints by students and faculty from institutions at opposite ends of the country: the Alberta College of Art + Design in Calgary and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax. Showcased together, this collected portfolio represents two of Canada’s finest print programs dedicated to the multi-faceted process of contemporary print.

That’s one and two … on to three.

The third event is called Hali-Graphika, a one-day show and sale celebrating printmaking in its many forms. Hali-Graphika takes place Saturday, March 31, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Port Campus’s Port Loggia Gallery.

Besides design and printmaking students, participating artists in the community have been invited to take part—many of whom are NSCAD alumni and faculty. They include Yo Rodeo, All Caps Design, the Quarrelsome Yeti, Chris Foster, the Letterpress Gang, Ink Storm, Kyla Francis and more.

“This is an inaugural event. If it takes off, it could turn into an annual event,” says Prof. Walker.

Anna-print-300  Laura Taylor, Anna, transfer collage lithograph , 2012 16" x13.5"
 AprilDean-300 April Dean (MFA 2012), Remains to be Seen, photo-lithography and wax, 30" x 40".