Flatbed opens its Community Press

Member Alfonso Huerta carving his woodcut at the Flatbed Community Press
Member Alfonso Huerta carving his woodcut at the Flatbed Community Press.

The new Flatbed Center for Contemporary Printmaking — previously known as Flatbed Press & Gallery — has just opened it Flatbed Community Press.

Occupying 1,500-square-feet of Flatbed’s new 6,000-square-foot facility in South Austin, the Community Press offers artists a host of printmaking equipment for memberships lasting one, three, six or 12 months.

The Community Press has four intaglio presses, a Takach litho press as well as a Vandercook Letterpress. Screen printing stations are available as is a NuArc exposure unit. Members will be able to use Flatbed’s oversized aquatint box, acid baths and clean hands areas. Members will have their own flat file drawer, mailbox cubby and access to multiple community and private work stations.

The Community Press will also offer its members a forum for critique as well as monthly meet-ups. And the Community Press members will be included in a yearly group exhibition.

There’s a Community Press open house 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 16. The Flatbed Center for Contemporary Printmaking is at 3701 Drosset Dr. just south of Ben White Blvd.


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