Winter Printer Carnival
Friday December 13, 6-10 pm!
Please join us for the Winter Printer Carnival!
What's On:
The In-Betweens // Alison James
Martha Street Studio is pleased to present The In-Betweens, a solo exhibition of work by Alison James (MB).
What's Next: 2019 INKubator Showcase
Opens December 13th, 2019, 6-10 pm
The 2019 sessions of the INKubator Program will exhibit their final print work from this 14 week long program.
What's Next: Trio
Opens December 13th, 2019, 6-10 pm
Trio is a print exchange between Martha Street Studio, and the University of Manitoba’s School of Art and Brandon University’s printmaking departments.
Studio Editions Raffle
Raffle tickets are on sale now – final draw is December 13th! Each ticket is a 1 in 200 chance of winning a limited edition print valued over $1,200!

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05 Dec.
Advanced Screen Printing 5/6
Dec. 05, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
07 Dec.
Introduction to Etching: Copper Plates 8/8
Dec. 07, 1:30 - 4:30 PM
12 Dec.
Advanced Screen Printing 6/6
Dec. 12, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
13 Dec.
Winter Printer Carnival
Dec. 13, 6:00 - 10:00 PM
13 Dec.
2019 INKubator showcase
Dec. 13, 6:00 - 10:00 PM
13 Dec.
Trio: A Print Exchange Showcase
Dec. 13, 7:00 - 10:00 PM
13 Dec.
Studio Editions Raffle
Dec. 13, 9:00 PM
09 Jan.
Introductory Screen Printing 1/6
Jan. 09, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
13 Jan.
Introductory Screen Printing 1/8
Jan. 13, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
15 Jan.
Letterpress Course 1/6
Jan. 15, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
16 Jan.
Introductory Screen Printing 2/6
Jan. 16, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
20 Jan.
Introductory Screen Printing 2/8
Jan. 20, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Studio Editions Raffle
Studio Editions Raffle tickets are on sale now!  To purchase a ticket in support of Martha Street Studio stop by the office, call us at 204-779-6253 or see one of our Board Members. Tickets are only $20, and there is a 1 in 200 chance of winning a limited edition print valued over $1,200! Win a prize of 1 of the following 3 Studio Editions: Limited Edition Screen Print – All Numbers Are Equal (Four Ways), edition 17/20, by Micah Lexier (valued at $2,000) Limited Edition Intaglio Print – Beaming, edition 9/10 by Mélanie Rocan (valued at $1,200) Limited Edition Digital Print – Parquet Floor Variations, Prypiat, Ukraine, edition 2/15 by David McMillan (valued at $2,000) The draw will occur Friday December 13, 2019, 9pm during our Winter Printer Carnival. The Winter Printer Carnival will also feature fun, hands-on printmaking activities open to all skill levels, as well as opening receptions for the INKubator Showcase and Trio. Save the date! License: LGCA 6164-RF-31894 valid between May 21 and December 13, 2019Final Draw Friday, December 13th, 2019 at 9:00pm
What’s On: The In-Betweens // Alison James
Exhibition Dates:Friday November 1 – Thursday December 5, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday November 1st, 5-8 pmArtist will be in attendance Artist Talk: Saturday November 16, 2pmASL interpretation available by request. Requests must be submitted by 5pm on November 13th by emailing or calling 204-779-6253. These events are free to attend and open to the public. Episodic memories lay the foundation of evolving human identities. A key aspect of long-term memory, they are a collection of personal experiences that occur in a specific time and setting and contain the emotional and contextual knowledge of each event. Their vital role in personal identity drives Alison James to ask: why are some experiences encoded, consolidated, and recalled successfully while others are not? What distinct characteristics do they share? What is derived from them? The In-Betweens addresses these questions through a series of looping, stop-motion animations of James’ episodic memories. Constructed from screen printed papercut figures and sets, the animations highlight the emotions of each memory portrayed. Unnerving movements of vivid screen printed papercuts draw viewers into quiet scenes fraught with emotion. The techniques used reflect the reconstructive nature of remembering. The process of screen printing is reconstructive; involving the construction of an image, its deconstruction to create positives and the subsequent reconstruction of layers when printing. Assembling of the papercuts reaffirms this notion. Continuous looping of the animations evokes the memories’ repeated recollection over time. Alison James is a multidisciplinary artist based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In her research-based practice, she utilizes the technical processes of printmaking and animation to investigate the reconstructive nature of autobiographical memory and personal identity. Alison holds a BFA Honours degree from the University of Manitoba and has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. Past exhibitions and screenings include I Had a Feeling, Atelier Presse Papier, Trois-Rivières, QC (2016), Gimli Film Festival, Gimli, MB (2015),
Winter Printer Carnival
Please join us for the Winter Printer Carnival on Friday December 13, from 6-10 pm. Save the date! (*Please note the time change*) The Winter Printer Carnival is free to attend, and will have carnival themed snacks to enjoy while playing printmaking themed Parlour Games (for a small fee). The 2019 INKubator Showcase and Trio: Print Exchange Showcase (featuring work by students from the University of Manitoba, Brandon University and graduates of the INKubator program) will be on view in the gallery. Additionally, toward the end of the night we will draw the winners for our Studio Editions Raffle and Winter Printer Prize Basket. Please note, the winner for the Winter Printer Prize Basket must be present to claim their prize. We will also accept donations of materials on behalf of the North Point Douglas Women’s Centre. Please note we will be closed to the public during our office hours on Friday December 13, 10am – 5pm. Thank you to the Exchange District BIZ for sponsoring the Winter Printer Carnival! Schedule: Gallery opens: 6 pmParlour Games: 7-10 pmStudio Editions Raffle draw: 9:00 pmWinter Printer Prize Basket draw: 9:45 pm Printmaking Parlour Games: Buy tickets for a small fee and play any of the following: “Squeegenius” a screen printing bingo game, “Ace the Case Race” a race using letterpress type, and “Print n’ Putt” a minigolf print experience. Get your own “Monoportrait” done by Kelly Campbell, make a card with Ann Rallison, or BYOT-shirt (bring your own t-shirt) and print a one-of-a-kind design by Michael Dumontier and Neil Farber (Cost for BYOT-shirt printing is $20. A limited supply of t-shirts will be available at Martha Street Studio for an additional $10). All funds raised will go to Martha Street Studio’s programming and operating costs. Studio Editions Raffle: To purchase a raffle ticket in support of Martha Street Studio stop by the office, call us
Obscura // Angela Snieder
Exhibition Dates: Friday September 6th – Friday October 18th, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday September 6th, 5-8 pm Artist Talk: Saturday September 7th, 2pm Martha Street Studio is pleased to present Obscura, a solo exhibition of work by Angela Snieder (ON). Obscura will be on display at Martha Street Studio from Friday September 6th to Friday October 18th. An opening reception will be held on September 6th from 5-8 pm with the artist in attendance. Snieder will present an artist talk on Saturday September 6th at 2pm. Obscura engages with questions of truth and artifice related to experience, perception, and lens-based processes. Through various photographic forms, including photopolymer prints, large-scale pasted prints and moving analog projections, the works in the exhibition aim to prompt a negotiation of reality and its representations that calls into question the truthfulness of photography. The role of illusion is central to the printed and projected scenes. Photographic textures and surfaces offer a sense of familiarity, recalling physical spaces such as mineshafts, caves, undergrowth or mountains, but incongruities in scale and subject matter unsettle the scenes and allude to their artifice. What is happening in the shifting moment when the eye catches on to the trick; and how does the knowledge of this conspiracy alter the experience of the image? The feeling of certainty comes in and out of focus as tall grass undulates or an illuminated fog floats in a snow-filled room.  The newest work, Field (2019), is a moving analog projection created with two camera obscura devices. Whereas historically the camera obscura projected an image of the external world (reversed and inverted), the devices in the exhibition reveal fabricated physical spaces, projected through apertures onto the walls of a darkened room. Artist Statement How can we think about the relationship between physical and psychological spaces? My creative practice explores the possibility
Written Response: Not yet Earth: The work of Madeline MacKay
Not Yet Earth: The work of Madeline MacKay By Kelly Campbell, 2018 While I live, my body is flesh. When I die, it will be meat. My consciousness will cease to exist, but my corpse will persist. It will be buried in a box in the ground. The chemical bonds that hold the organic materials of my meat together will be broken down, their energy released and repurposed to suit the needs of whatever living thing consumes my remains. Just as I digested the meat of countless plants and animals to fuel my earthly vessel while I was alive, my carcass will pass through and become part of thousands of bugs, bacteria, and plants, until it is unrecognizable as what it once was. It will become part of the environment; traces of me will be spread throughout the soil, the air, the grass. I will no longer be a single entity, but a small piece of everything. I will be the earth, and the earth will be me. While poetically compelling, the process of rot and decomposition is often viscerally disgusting in practice. A dead body is sad. A decomposing body is repulsive. Why? Troubling the line between what is self and what is not in the context of the body creates disgust. For example: on your head, your hair is beautiful, luscious, and thick. You toss it from side to side as though you are in a shampoo commercial. Enjoy this moment, puny human, for several weeks later, balled up in the drain, removed from and perversed of its original context, it is revolting. That you used to find it so appealing makes its present state all the more vile. Look at what it has become! Look at what you have become. I am watching a video. A thin person with long
Spring Youth Outreach Program Showcase!
Please join us in celebrating the hard work of the Spring Youth Outreach Program participants at a Showcase Reception Thursday June 27 from 5-7pm.   Most of the young artists will be in attendance and refreshments will be served.  This event is free and open to the public!
Want to be a Studio Intern at Martha Street Studio? Apply before May 28th!
Organization Description Martha Street Studio (Manitoba Printmakers Association Inc.) is Manitoba’s only printmaking artist-run centre, studio and gallery. It has 2,000 square feet of open studio space and a custom printing area. Another 2,000 square feet houses additional studio space, gallery, project space, archives and sales area, a small gift shop, digital suite and administrative offices. Martha Street Studio (MSS) supports artists by providing professional skills, tools, equipment and environment, which result in a diversity of programs that focus on individual goals at every stage of artistic and creative growth. MSS programs classes, short courses and workshops in response to community and professional needs. The Youth Outreach programs have been run at MSS with success since 2006. Enthusiastic and committed participants from all over the city develop skills in etching, linocut, screen print and monoprint, and further these and additional critical and printmaking skills during the self-directed INKubator program. MSS shows 5 CARFAC fee paid exhibitions per year based on an open call for submissions. MSS finds opportunities for additional programs through special project funds when appropriate, working with diverse communities and partnering with other organizations. MSS Studio Editions showcase printmaking through their ingenuity, innovation and technical excellence. MSS also offers residency exchange and other self-directed programs. MSS embraces inclusivity and open access to printmaking as an art-form and as a form of visual communication. Job Description The summer Studio Intern will work in a dynamic team environment assisting Studio Technicians and the Digital Suite Manager in daily tasks that will include: assisting with digital print production, preparing materials for workshops and classes, assisting Studio Technicians and Volunteers with screen printing brochures, designing MSS promotional materials, distributing MSS specific posters and mailings, cleaning and organizing, and monitoring and maintaining equipment and supplies under the guidance of the Studio Manager. The
Call for submissions: Annual Members’ Show + Sale
    Drop off dates: June 14 – 22, 2019 Pickup dates: August 6 – 10, 2019 All work drop off and pickup during our regular hours only: Tuesday – Friday 10-5, Saturdays noon-5. Please note we are closed on Saturdays of long weekends. Exhibition dates: July 5 – 26, 2019 Opening reception: Friday July 5, 5-8 pm Current members are invited to submit one piece of print-based work to our Annual Members’ Show + Sale. Artwork must be no larger than 24 x 24 x 36”. Examples of “print-based” work may includ bookbinding, digital prints, and cyanotypes, as well as more traditional print media such as etchings, letterpress, and screen prints. Please note that the artwork does not need to have been made at Martha Street Studio. Contact us at or 204-779-6253 with any inquiries. All artwork must be dropped off during regular office hours and must be accompanied by an application form (available below – please contact us if you are not able to download the form from the website). If the work is framed it must have a wire across the back. If the work comes unframed we will hang it with magnets. 3D objects will be placed free-standing on plinths as available. Anything that requires other hanging/install must come with the special equipment required to display it, and instructions on how to set it up.
Book launch and Studio Edition viewing with David McMillan
Friday May 17, 7pm McNally Robinson Booksellers, 1120 Grant Ave., Winnipeg, MB ASL interpretation will be provided.   Join us for an evening at McNally Robinson Booksellers with acclaimed photographer David McMillan to celebrate the launch of his new photobook from Steidl, Growth and Decay: Prypiat and the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and to view his Martha Street Studio Edition Parquet Floor Variations, Prypiat, Ukraine. This event is presented by Martha Street Studio and features the artist in conversation with Border Crossings. This event is free to attend and open to the public. The presentation will be followed by a book signing.   David McMillan began his career as a painter, receiving an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1973, but gradually became more involved with photography. A concern for the vulnerability of the environment led him to photograph in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, the site of what is considered to be the world's worst nuclear accident. Having returned to the site over 20 times since 1994, Growth and Decay serves as a record of McMillan’s lifetime commitment to this monumental project. As McMillan has explained: "When I first ventured to Chernobyl in 1994, the experience was thrilling and totally absorbing. I felt I had found a subject both inexhaustible and consequential. I wanted to make photographs describing something I hadn’t seen before, which had the potential to be simultaneously beautiful and unsettling."  McMillan taught photography at the University of Manitoba for 39 years and has had over thirty solo exhibitions since 1980 and some sixty selected publications, including catalogs for such major surveys as Photography in Canada 1960–2000 (National Gallery of Canada, 2017) and Camera Atomica (Art Gallery of Ontario, 2015). His work has been featured internationally with showings in Hong Kong, Serbia (former Yugoslavia), Iceland, Finland, Israel, Australia, China, Germany, and the USA.   Martha Street Studio
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