Join me on Sunday, December 11 from 1 to 3pm for the final installation of my public printmaking workshops.
I will be at 99 Plymouth Street, corner of Washington in DUMBO, with my press and 5 different blocks for you to print and add to the Salt Marsh wall.
It is free, just stop in between 1 and 3, chose your block, ink it, print it, stamp it and take it with you. You can also add precut animals to the salt marsh.
More details click here
Kids of all ages came on Saturday to BBP to make prints. I was so luck to have Candy, Emmanuel, Lois and Lucia helping me, we were swamped! I prepared 450 sheet of printing paper with the plan to use it this Saturday and on December 11th and I went through almost all of it. One boy was so excited to make his own undersea world installation at home, he probably made about 25 prints. The kids were awesome, from 2 year olds through probably 75 year olds, plus a large group of international students. Well over 200 people came in 2 hours. I never get tired of that look people get on their faces the first time they make a print. It is magic.
Finally, I have updated my portfolio website. This site, the one you are reading now, has been great to use as a blog and I will continue to do so. But for my artwork I am happy to share my newly up to date site at hilarylorenz.com
Also, Saturday, November 19th, I will be offering the second of three free drop in printmaking demonstrations at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Come on down to 99 Plymouth Street between 1 and 3pm and make a print to take home. We are especially fortunate because Christina Pumo from Speedballart donated the new and wonderful Speedball Professional Relief Ink for our workshop. Thank you Christina and Speedball!
For more information go the the BBP website by clicking here.
I was excited to get the email asking if I wanted to be on TV. I would meet NY1’s Roger Clark at 6a.m. to do two live new spots at my exhibition in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The news team would then “package” together a segment that would replay all day.
The interview was great advertising for my second free workshop at the park. It will happen on November 19 from 1 to 3pm. You can click here for the details. Don’t let the “kid” workshop fool you, it is for everyone, 99 Plymouth Street, corner of Washington. It is just south of the Manhattan Bridge in DUMBO. It is walking in and out any time.
To see my short interview you can click here.
It was loads of fun to be interviewed by Roger, he was amazing and make it easy. I didn’t tell him that I don’t own a TV. I never have.
“Join artist Hilary Lorenz for a demonstration of her printmaking process and an opportunity to add to Birding, her new installation at 99 Plymouth!”
That is the heading for the press release from Brooklyn Bridge Park where my installation, “Birding” is now in full swing. Three separate murals made entirely of printed, cut and watercolor painted paper are spread out over three wall in a total of fifty-six feet.
I have been working on this project since March, first at my LMCC Artist residency, then in my studio in NM and finally at a the C-Scape Artist Residency on the National Seashore of Cape Cod. It has definitely grown!
The first of three 2 hours drop in demonstrations will be Sunday October 23rd from 1 to 3 pm. And for an added bonus it is my birthday weekend, so come and see me. Click here for the details . Visitors have the opportunity of printing, cutting and posting fish, sea creatures, and birds to the community room’s “Salt Marsh” mural piece.
I hope to see you Sunday at 99 Plymouth Street at Washington, DUMBO neighborhood, just south of the Manhattan Bridge.
Linocut wood ducks on hand drawn rocks and water.
Tomorrow morning I begin installing my new piece at 99 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11201. It is in DUMBO, just south of the Manhattan Bridge.
Here is a link to the opening night event. Please come and join me!
The work will be up all through the year.
If you find yourself in BBP on Saturday or Sunday between 10am and 6pm stop by, I will be in the community room as I install the show.
Hand drawn rocks by Hilary Lorenz
On October 1 I begin installing a new artwork at 99 Plymouth Street in Brooklyn Bridge Park across the street from Smack Mellon. Commissioned by the park in early spring I have been drawing, carving and printing birds that inhabit the park. This past month I began work on their habitat, first with the rocks that surround the marsh then I will make the grass. The piece will be big, there is a 12 and 24 foot wall in one area, and a second 20 foot and 12 foot wall in anther. I always get nervous that I do not have enough printed and cut paper, but I should also know that by now I always do.
I planned my schedule carefully for this piece. I spent March through July carving the linoleum block birds. In August I made multiple drawings. And the plan for September was to spend 30 days printing my heart out on my big, 33″ x 72″ press at LIU Brooklyn where I am a tenured professor. All went well until September 1. Dr. Kimberly Kline, president of LIU locked out faculty during contract negotiations. I had 48 hours to get my blocks, paper, ink and completed artworks out of my LIU studio. I managed to do that along with a small press. My bike, flat files and 20 years of artwork are still there and I cannot access them. Yes, the lockout is horrible and I technically went from a full tenured professor to unemployed and uninsured in about 48 hours. But as they say, “opportunity comes from adversity” and it is true. A friend offered me space in his studio, another friend use of his press. And while his press is smaller than some of my blocks I can do a great deal of work. Instead of printing some of the large piece I will hand draw them them onsite. This is certainly offering me the opportunity of new ways of creating my artwork. It is also showing me that no matter what happens with these negotiations, I will be just fine, but I worry deeply about my students. I have to pass through a whole lot of anxiety, fear and anger to get to the other side and it is not pretty. But working from home and at least making drawings, and txting with my students, everything feels right.
Linoleum block hand colored Seagulls by Hilary Lorenz for BBP.
I just returned from my C-Scape Beach shack artist residency on the National Seashore of Cape Cod in Provincetown. It was a fantastic three weeks of beach walking, seal and whale scouting, sunset viewing, art making, and relaxing. Here are 12, 11″ x 14″ watercolor collage pieces I finished.
It was incredibly beautiful on the the Cape. I took these photos on my last night while on a 9 mile beach walk to visit two lighthouses. It was a great way to finish out my time.
Thank you to John who graciously transported me and my stuff through the soft sand to the shack, and Jay Critchley and Tom Boland of The Compact. for this incredible opportunity.
This past weekend I had the great pleasure of having Lisa B. a friend and hiking buddy from Santa Fe, NM come visiting. She had been volunteering at a kids camp on the Cape and stayed with me for two nights at C-Scape.
On her second day we walked from the shack to the visitors center, down the bike trail past Race Beach, past Herring Cover to the jetty at Pilgrim’s First Landing Park . It is just over 5 miles from the beach shack, not terribly far, but the heat index was 101 and two of those miles are in soft sand. The sand was blazing hot and we were pretty cranky by the time we got to the jetty, but as planned we got there at low tide. After walking out the jetty, we climbed down the rocks and looked for critters, specifically starfish.
There were loads of starfish almost immediately. I was really happy. At first I thought our trip was a bust and hated the idea of walking the 5 miles back in that terrible heat. We found starfish, crabs, loads of neat stuff I really did not know what it was. Wading through the low tidal pools, while very stinky was a nice feeling on my beaten up feet.
We walked back via Commercial Street and stopped to get iced lattes. That was a nice invigorator for the walk back. By the time we got home, we were only gone 5 hours, but walked almost 12 miles and we were hot, sunburn, blistered and exhausted. I barely remember going to bed.
I finished eight drawings. I made two drawings of this seaweed. I forgot the name of it and could not find it on-line so if you know it, please post it in the comments. Otherwise I will find out the name the next time I meet up with the ranger. I could draw this stuff all day as it is really interesting and fun to do.