PaperWorkers Local

PaperWorkers Local
PaperWorkers Local is open to the public every Wednesday Night for Studio Night from 5:30 to 7:30. We present a new exhibition of artwork by local and national artists every Third Friday in Forest Park with a reception from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. 3815 Clairmont Avenue, 35222.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Afterward: Works by Richard Stockham

Mr. Stockham works primarily as a woodblock printmaker and occasionally works in other print mediums. His prints are personal visual narratives, windows into floating worlds, framed to lead the viewer to consider not only what is happening at the moment presented but also what follows. Mr. Stockham has long been attracted to Japanese prints, especially those of the "floating world" (ukiyo-e) for the way they engage the exotic with the familiar and engage the sophisticated with the naive.

​In 2000 he began studying Japanese style color woodblock printmaking at a school on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Though they offer a moment in time, Japanese prints are time consuming to make. The image is broken down into its component colors and shapes, then a separate woodblock is carved for each color, while allowing overlapping colors. Each block is inked and pressed onto the paper to make the final image. The complete image is perceived by the eye and then a recognition of the color layers unfold. Mr Stockham has practiced trial law in Birmingham for 30 years and has now established a second career as a printmaker. PaperWorkers Local welcomes the public to this exhibition.

Opening Reception:
January 20, 5:30 - 7:30 PM

PaperWorkers Local has an exhibition opening to coincide with every Third Friday in Forest Park.

Additional open hours:
Every Tuesday & Thursday, 4:00 - 8:00 PM
Every Wednesdays 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Monday, December 19, 2016

Relief Print with Jane Marshall

This workshop introduces relief printing from image to carving to printing.

The class will meet:

1/25 from 5:30 - 7:30 for an introduction.
1/28 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
1/29 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

The fee is $100. You may pay via the button below or make payment arrangements with Mimi via email to

Students will also need to purchase their own tools and paper to print on.

Jane Marshall earned her MFA from the University of Wisconsin. She has taught at the university level and various workshops and artist residencies and it is her own art investigations that are most rewarding and continue to challenge, stimulate, and drive her. Her training is in printmaking but she explores drawing, prints, painting, ceramics and low-relief carved painting. Her prints have ranged from etchings to woodcuts, the more recent work has focused on woodblock prints and from this she has expanded to carved low relief painted panels. These "paintings" are narrative from autobiographical recollections to images drawn from her immediate environment to a series focusing on animals and nature.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Basic Monoprint with Mimi Boston

PaperWorkers Local is offering a beginning monoprint class taught by printmaker and glass artist Mimi Boston. This class is open to learners of any level from absolute beginner and up.

Making monoprints is a fun and easy way to try your hand at printmaking and familiarize yourself with the basics. No specific tools or complicated techniques are required. A huge variety of one-of-a-kind images can be made in a short time with an equally huge variety of possibilities for personal expression.

Students will learn to use a press and work with ink. They will make images using a range of methods, from making marks by hand to inking found objects, and will be able to experiment toward developing methods of their own.

Students only need to bring paper to print on. All other materials will be provided. However, students will want to collect materials with interesting textures that can be inked and run through the press. These need to be flat materials such as cloth, textured papers, and so-on.

The workshop is on Thursday, November 15th from 5:30 until 8:30.

There are only 6 seats available. Tuition is $40. Click on the following link to reserve your place.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Fourth Annual Fall Salon @ PaperWorkers Local

PaperWorkers Local is hosting it's 4th Annual Fall Salon on Friday, October 21 from 5:30-8:00PM.

All PWL members invite two guest artists to participate, with each artist showing two to three works. Each year a very broad range of artists exhibit a wide variety of in the Fall Salon, from students to nationally recognised artists.

Gallery hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays 4 to 8pmWednesdays 5:30-7:30pmBy appointment via

Exhibiting artists this year include:

Zack BarnesCatalina Bonet-LopezMimi BostonMerrilee ChallissBrian CrousonJohn DeMotteZach EdisonJill EnglandAlyssa Hope FagalyJohan GricePhillip E. GriffithJamey HudnallRoger JonesAndy JordanEve LaxerDevin LunsfordLinda MerryMichael Merry
Miriam OmuraMichael SwanJohn SimsBryce SpeedRichard StockhamDebra RiffeWilliam RurhtonHaylee WalkerCathy WrightLibby Wright

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Drypoint on Copper Workshop with Michael Merry

This is beginner's workshop introduces basic principles and methods for working with hand tools on copper plates, inking and pulling prints. 

The workshop will happen over two successive Wednesdays covering first plate work on Oct. 19 and then printing on Oct. 26. There will be an optional extra printing session on Nov 2. 

No prior printmaking experience is necessary.

The workshop is $75. Three copper plates will be provided. Students will need to purchase tools and paper separately. 

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Please email Michael at with any questions.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Patronage Survey

Please take a moment to complete our survey, just ten questions. This will help us determine the potential for patronage and financial support of future projects. 

This link will take you to the survey:

Thank you so much!

PaperWorkers Local

Monday, August 1, 2016

Linocut Printmaking with Debra Riffe

We are excited to offer this opportunity to learn this printmaking method from an excellent local artist. This workshop is suitable for beginners. 

You can see Debra's work and read more about her at 

Aug 8, 15 & 16 from 6:00-8:30 each day. 

The first day we will learn to carve the linoleum and then we will have a week to work on our projects. We will come back on the 15th and 16th to print. The class will be limited to 8 people so respond quickly to reserve your spot. 

This workshop is $100 and the student will also purchase materials.

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Please email Mimi at with any questions or to make alternative payment arrangements.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

John Demotte: A NEW REAL

A NEW REAL - recent work by John DeMotte

Opening Reception - Friday August 17th 5:30 - 7:30pm
Exhibition runs August 19th - October 7th

This exhibit consists of pieces selected from different series on which I am working. At first they may not seem to all relate, but all the work is about creating different possibilities and realities by the selections and relationships of what is seen and the processes used to see and convey them.

Photography is my primary tool for capturing the source or what is seen. The very act of capturing an image in a camera is the first step in abstracting the source and creating that new reality or the new object to be seen. Processes such as cyanotype and Solar Plate photo etching open up more avenues to use the photo image in creating a new real.

Recently I have started to explore direct relief printing of found natural objects. Recording the surface of an object directly on paper creates an abstracted image with different visual possibilities and realities than seeing or even photographing the object.

A Birmingham artist, John’s studio is at PaperWorkers Local where he is a founding board member and leads workshops in Solar Plate photo etching and Cyanotypes. His work makes use of photography and processes in print and drawing that extend the possibilities of the photographic image.

John is also VP/master framer at The Atchison Gallery/Village Framers as well as a freelance preparator and installation specialist.

John’s work will be included this fall in the following upcoming exhibitions: Organized Labor-work by members of PWL @ University of Montevallo Bloch Hall, Together Again: University of Montevallo Studio Faculty and Alumni Show @ Birmingham Public Library, and Solarplate 2016 @ Alex Ferrone Gallery in Cutchogue, NY.
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Monday, June 13, 2016

Upcoming Workshops

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Linoleum Block Printing with Debra Riffe
Aug 8, 15 & 16 from 5-8. $100

Cyanotype Prints with J. DeMotte and P Griffith
August 27, 10-4pm $100

Drypoint on Copper with Michael Merry
3 plates provided. Workshoppers will need to purchase tools and paper.
October 19 & 26 with an extra printing day on Nov 2.  5:30-7:30pm $75