Date: Sunday, September 25th, 2022
Time: 10:00 – 5:00
Bring bag lunch
Cost:   $185, supplies included

Cancellation Policy:

30 days or more:  Full refund, minus $25 service fee
29 days – 21 days: 75% minus $25 service fee
20 days – 14 days: 50% minus $25 service fee
13 day or less: nonrefundable
Participants must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19

If you are unable to register, the workshop may be full. Please email Karen to be placed on a waiting list. Karen@lightartspace.com

Instructor: Karen Hymer
Location: Light Art Space
Phone: 520-240-7075
Address:  209 West Broadway, Silver City, NM 88061

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Transform you land/waterscape photograph into stunning photo etchings. Learn the art of photopolymer gravure printing in this one-day intensive workshop with Karen Hymer, visual artist and Director of Light Art Space. Using light-sensitive steel-backed Solarplates, participants will create 4 x 5 gravure etching prints from their photograph. This environmentally friendly process translates photographic detail into ink on paper with unparalleled beauty.

No prior experience with printmaking is required. All necessary aspects of printmaking will be discussed including choosing inks, papers, and wiping material. Wiping and inking techniques will be covered. Be prepared to marvel at the way your photograph is transformed through ink on paper! You will take home 4 – 5  photogravure prints of your image.

The making of digital positives will be discussed, but for the workshop itself, you will send digital image files to be made into a digital positive prior to the workshop. An email with details will be provided once you are registered.

All materials for this workshop are included in the registration fee.

Instructor Bio:

Karen Hymer was born in Tucson, Arizona, and has spent most of her life in the Sonoran desert. She earned her BFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University, Medford, and her MA and MFA in Fine Art Photography from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Karen actively exhibits her work both nationally and internationally. Her work is in several public collections, including the Center for Creative Photography and the Polaroid International Collection.  Dark Spring Press released the first book of her work in April 2018.

Karen’s experience and technical interests are wide-ranging.  Although “trained” as a photographer and educator, her approach to image-making explores the blending of photosensitive materials, digital media, and printmaking.  She is fascinated with how the passage of time affects the human body and other natural elements in the world. In addition to working as a fine art photographer, Karen taught photography for over 25 years at Pima Community College, Tucson.

Karen relocated to Silver City, NM in the summer of 2018 to open and operate Light Art Space at 209 West Broadway. The space features galleries, wet darkrooms, a sculpture garden, a printmaking studio, and teaching space.  Karen offers workshops and private sessions in Photopolymer Gravure and alternative photographic processes.