Steamroller Printmaking Festival Set for Oct. 5

Garrison Art Center hosts “Rolllin’ on the River”

Printmaker Jeff White creates a woodblock print.

Printmaker Jeff White creates a woodblock print.

Another celebration of Garrison Art Center’s 50th anniversary, Rollin’ on the River, a steamroller printmaking festival, takes place Sunday, Oct. 5, from noon to 4 p.m., on Garrison’s Landing followed by a pop-up exhibition of the work and a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Riverside Galleries. The event is open to everyone at no charge and the art center will provide materials.

Teaching artists offer visitors the opportunity to create their own block print and watch as it is pressed by a giant steamroller on the pavement. “I know my 4-year-old grandson is super excited to see the steamroller in action,” said Carinda Swann, director of the art center, “but no more excited than all the participating grown-ups I’ve talked to, including me!”

Everyone is invited — tots to seniors, beginners to experienced artists — and all will have the opportunity to create a print block for the steamroller press. With over 130 local students, art classes will bring work to be printed as giant collaborative prints, along with a number of artists who will be printing 4 x 8-foot block prints.

In addition to the steamroller donation by Polhemus Construction, N. Dain’s Sons Co. and Monadnock Paper Mills have donated materials to help offer this community event free of charge.

Garrison Art Center is located next to the MTA stop in Garrison. Visit or call 845-424-3960 Tuesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Photos courtesy GAC

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