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About LAPS, its members and history

The Los Angeles Printmaking Society (LAPS) is a national non-profit dedicated to the encouragement of printmaking, educating the public and promoting the interests of printmaking as an art form. We encourage students exploring printmaking media with student exhibitions and the LAPS Foundation grants. LAPS publishes a quarterly journal Interleaf as well as catalogs and posters in support of our biennial exhibition, The National. We also maintain a web site where members can exhibit their work in our web gallery and where a calendar of events can be accessed. From our website one can explore many resource links to other printmaking sites. LAPS fosters communication among artists interested in expanding the dialogue in the graphic arts.

LAPS is a member of the American Print Alliance, which also includes: Boston Printmakers, California Society of Printmakers, Conseil Quebecois de l'Estampe, Florida Printmakers Society, Honolulu Printmakers, Maryland Printmakers, Mid America Print Council, Nova Scotia Printmakers Association, Northwest Print Council, Pittsburgh Print Group, Southern Graphics Council. LAPS has had a long and illustrious history in the Los Angeles arts community. Become an active member and join the Board.

The Los Angeles Printmaking Society invites its members to join our yahoo group. This voluntary group listing will allow members to share information with each other. This forum can be used to announce personal exhibitions, upcoming workshops, presses for sale or any other projects or questions related to printmaking in Southern California. To sign up go to the following page and hit the join this group button on the right hand side of the screen. Yahoo will guide you through the process.

Born in Canton, Ohio; Lives and works in Los Angeles, CaliforniaLinda Lyke, a L.A. artist and Professor of Art at Occidental College, is known for her printmaking, multicolored abstract monotypes and mixed media work. Linda has shown in fifteen one-person exhibits and 80 national print and drawing exhibitions. Linda’s work explores two distinct artistic directions; one which investigates the intuitive process of abstraction and the other which references the destructive beauty in nature.
In creating my collagraph prints, I utilize experiences available to me with a diverse array of materials and techniques to create a visual feast. I draw inspiration from the beauty of the Pacific, the rolling vineyards of France, the patches of tulip farms in Holland, from the intensity and colors of India, and the urban and suburban landscapes of California. These impressions are combined on my inked plates with handmade papers collected from Japan, France, India, Nepal and Thailand. I cut, scratch, adhere, mold and manipulate materials onto my plates without conventional limitations. By producing prints using everyday mundane materials, I am placing my work in an entirely new context, with the goal of challenging and changing the viewer’s perceptions. In an age of extremes, wealth and poverty, peace and discord, technology and ecology, my art strives for a universal landscape of harmony, blending cultural decorative motifs, color, texture and pattern.
Kathleen Thoma has been a practicing artist since 1983, and a fine art printmaker since 2000. Working mostly with monotypes, she also uses chine colle, and relief printmaking techniques. She is a member of LAPS, Los Angeles Printmaking Society.From 2005-2013, she was a founding member of West Cove Studio and Gallery, an open, working printmaking co-operative in West Haven, CT. While at West Cove, she assisted with gallery promotion, printmaking demonstrations, gallery sitting and open studio events. She also taught expressive art classes in Montreal, New England to adults and children.Originally from Washington D.C. area, Thoma relocated a number of times until her current location in CA. Her work is in private collections in the USA and Canada.In 2013, she relocated her studio to Orange County, California, where she continues working in her printmaking studio, while exhibiting and selling work on-line.
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ImMigration Project_Venice
Jan. 11, 2020

ImMigration Project at Self Help Graphics

Saturday, January 11th to February 22nd, 2020

Opening Reception, January 11th, 7PM - 9PM

Join us February 1st, 2020 from 1PM-3PM
For or a Gallery Walk through with participating artists followed by a
Panel Discussion on "Migration and Art”  with

Pavel Acevedo, Marianne Sadowski and Phumilelele Tshabalala

Included in this exhibition is a special preview of PAPER BOATS, a small flotilla will be on view in preparation for LA Printmaking on view at SGCI 2023 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The ImMigration Project, back from an exciting installation in Venice Italy, in October 2019 currently comprises 145 artists from all over North America and Europe!

Here is a short video clip of the first installation of ImMigration at the 2019 SGCI.

This unique collaborative art project will continue to grow and travel. Help us find the next venues! And stay posted on all the news when you follow the ImMigration project on Facebook and Instagram!

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