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Call for Art: Make Bike Art

Make Bike Art

It’s time for the annual Spokes & Ink Festival – celebrating bikes and bike art!

If your poster is chosen, it will be sold for $20 and you get $13 of that while the rest is used to support The Genesee Center for the Arts & Education. The deadline is May 1 and the rest of the details are here.

Need a little inspiration? Take a peek at previous entries by some of our Rochester Artisan friends!

Chris Charles, Fly Rabbit Press

Chris Charles, Fly Rabbit Press

Don Olney, Louise's Daughter and Karin Choi, Intertwingle.

Don Olney, Louise’s Daughter and Karin Choi, Intertwingle.

2014 Letterpress Calendar is Ready!

2014 Letterpress Calendar

(Click image to go to the Genesee Center for the Arts & Education’s Etsy page to purchase.)

This calendar is a collaboration of over a dozen “friends of the Printing & Book Arts Center” (based out of the Genesee Center for the Arts & Education) in Rochester, New York. The Printing & Book Arts Center program began in 2005 and is dedicated to preserving and promoting the tradition of letterpress printing, paper making, and bookbinding.

Each and every page of this calendar (with exception to May, which is hand screen-printed) was printed on a Vandercook No.3/No.4 Proof Press or a Heidelberg printing press.

Each month is an original piece of artwork from a featured local artist.

A variety of methods were used to print the images including lead type, wood type, hand cut linoleum block, photopolymer plates, and more! It’s nearly impossible to find a letterpress calendar of this size with such diverse images and processes.

January: Geri McCormick
February: Mariah Pfeiffer/Adriane Smith
March: Steven Lee-Davis
April: Shana Krisiloff
May: Matt Saxon
June: Karin Marlett-Choi
July: Bill Dexter
August: Christina Bartonicek
September: Elaine Cohen
October: Amy Rau
November: Roy Sowers
December: Chris Charles

Front Cover: Steven Lee-Davis
Back Cover: Mitchel Cohen
Calendar Grids: Bill Dexter

Two of our Rochester Artisans contributed to the creation of this calendar – Karin Marlett-Choi and Chris Charles!

Rochester Artisan Chris Charles of Fly Rabbit Press created the December page.

Rochester Artisan Chris Charles of Fly Rabbit Press created the December page.

Rochester Artisan Karin Marlett-Choi of Intertwingle created the June page.

Rochester Artisan Karin Marlett-Choi of Intertwingle created the June page.

University of Rochester Holiday Shops – Dec 6

Flyer 2013

December 6
10:00 – 4:00
University of Rochester Holiday Shops

Hirst Lounge Wilson Commons Student Union
252 Elmwood Avenue
Rochester, NY

Get to Know . . . Chris Charles


Hello! I’m Chris Charles, and I own Fly Rabbit Press. My business Facebook page is here.

How long have you been an artist and how did you get started?

I’ve been an artist my whole life – in high school I used to waive lunch so I could take an extra art class! After high school I attended Montserrat College of Art (Beverly, MA) and received a BFA in painting. Then, while living in Southern California, I went back to school for graphic design, which I still do today. About 4 years ago I stumbled on letterpress printing. After taking a couple of classes I became a renter at the Genesee Center for Arts Education. This is still where I do most of my printing.


Explain a little bit about your process.

I use a combination of hand-set type, linoleum carving and photopolymer (custom plates made from computer files). Setting type involves putting together letters made of metal or wood, one letter at a time. Everything needs to be properly spaced and blocked out, then locked up in the press. I would say about 80% of each project is sketching/design and set-up, the other 20% actual printing on the press.


What’s the comment heard most often about your art?

Many people say they like how it has a vintage look. I also get laughs from a few of my cards.


What is one thing people find surprising in how your art is created?

I don’t think letterpress is a printing technique many people are familiar with, so often my prints are confused for silk-screens or even digital prints! Once I explain the process, people are surprised by the technique, and how time-consuming it is.


What’s the one tool you couldn’t live without, in creating your art?



How has your art changed over time?

I feel like I have more tricks up my sleeve these days – different techniques I’ve learned or experimented with over the past several years–which creates more possibilities. My carving skills have improved as well, so overall I’ve become more adventurous with my art.


What’s your favorite part of making your pieces? Least favorite?

My favorite part– the first time I pull a print, and get to see ink on paper.

Least favorite– when things go wrong on the press and I can’t figure out why. Usually many tears are involved.

What’s your dream project?

A poster series for a musician or festival (listen up Jazz Fest!), of course with no limit on materials/colors I can use, and an endless budget 🙂

Where is your art available for purchase?

Dunham Enfield Gallery
Pistachio Press, 250 Goodman Street, Rochester, NY 14607
Western NY Book Arts Center in Buffalo, N Y (in the gift shop)


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