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.

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. 

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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

Collograph (Textural) Print Workshop

You are invited to learn to make collographic prints printmaker and glass artist Mimi Boston.

This 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.

The collographic method can be used to create complete images or can be incorporated into other kinds of prints and mixed media work. 

Collographs are created by printing textures from found objects and from nature. Plates can be made to print from but the objects can be printed without a plate. This class is open to learners of any level from absolute beginner and up.

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 printed. These need to be flat materials such as cloth, textured papers, etc.

 Tuition is $40.00 and is limited to six participants.

The workshop is on Wednesday June 20th from 5:30 PM until 9:00 PM.

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

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Julia Elsas

Julia Elsas was born in Birmingham, Alabama and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.  She received a BA from Carleton College and an MFA from UC Davis. 

As a mixed-media artist, I am continually exploring a range of materials and processes. My current work encompasses printmaking, photography, collage, textiles, sculpture, ceramics, papermaking, installation, and performance. 
I have always been interested in body language and in the awkward, charged tension that can be evoked by isolating the small gestures we make when we interact with each other. I initially began exploring this tension by repurposing clothing and fabrics used in and associated with women’s intimate apparel, which I see as suggestive of courtship, sensuality, and violence. After stretching, tearing, and otherwise altering these fabrics, I ink them for use as the substrate for my monoprint series. 

My “BLACKOUT” series of gouache on found photographs and illustrations developed out of my interest in the subtle gestures, sounds, and other physical cues that are so telling of desire and an individual’s predilections and personality. In my “BLACKOUT” series, I use black gouache to block out portions of images of idealized families, domestic scenes, and architectural spaces. Through this techniques, I aim to shift the meaning of the original images by exposing details that might otherwise go unnoticed.

Over the past few years, conversations with friends and fellow artists have inspired me to work collaboratively and to explore new materials. When I make work with others, I consider the physicality and gestures of my own body and the bodies of my collaborators and how this feeds into the finished pieces. Among these projects is a series of latticed paper pieces I am working on with a master papermaker. I create the design for these pieces, while she helps me to make and assemble the different paper pulps. I am drawn to the oscillation between two- and three-dimensions in this process, as we move from lattice cut stencils (2-D) to layered paper pulp (3-D) to the final dried and compressed layers of pigmented paper (2-D).

In another recent project, I have been investigating the sonic possibilities that lie within dormant objects in a series of hand-built ceramic instruments influenced by Nigerian udu drums. At rest, the instruments’ sculptural forms evoke body parts. When played, they emit low-pitched tones resembling the pulsing beat of blood through the heart, or various mammalian mating calls. I have played these instruments with musicians and artists in live performances, noting how our bodies must move in order to produce sounds with them. In these performances, I turn the tables, becoming the one who is observed, rather than the one who is observing.

While studying at Davis, she received the Robert Arneson Award, the Fay Nelson Award, and two Freedmond Gadberry Awards. Past exhibitions include: The Drawing Center, New York, NY; International Print Center, New York, NY; CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY; Bronx Art Space, New York, NY; Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY; Art Merge Lab, Los Angeles, CA; One Mile Gallery, Kingston, NY; Barbara Archer Gallery, Atlanta, GA; North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC; Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC; Branch Gallery, Durham, NC; Lump Gallery, Raleigh, NC; Cinders, Brooklyn, NY; Pigman Gallery, San Francisco, CA; JAYJAY, Sacramento, CA; Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA. She was an Artist Fellow at Virginia Center for Creative Arts in Amherst, VA in 2009 and 2010 as well as an Artist-in-Residence at the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, CA in 2010.  She was a 2014 Resident Artist at Gowanus Studio Space in Brooklyn, NY. Julia currently teaches printmaking and bookbinding at SUNY Purchase and Montclair State University.

Julia Elsas' work will be on display at PaperWorkers Local during June and July with an opening on Friday, June 17 and a closing on Friday, July 15.

Gallery hours: Wednesdays 5:30-7:30pm and by appointment at

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

In addition restaurants will have specials, wine tastings etc. Shops and galleries will be open late, catch the shows you may miss during the day, shop for gifts while enjoying a refreshment. Enjoy the social scene of Forest Park after hours. Find out what else is going on for Third Friday here:

Friday, April 29, 2016

Tintype Workshop with Frank Hamrick

Tintype Workshop with Frank Hamrick 

Saturday 4 June 2016 

9:00am to 5:00pm, with a 1 hour lunch recess 

3815 Clairmont Ave. Birmingham, AL 35205 

Workshop limited to 8 spots 

$125 per person 

*Workshop fee must be paid in advance to confirm a reservation to participate

*All supplies for the workshop will be included and lunch will be provided

To register for this workshop you may use PayPal or make arrangements with Jill England. If you use PayPal you still need to contact Jill.  

Jill England

Frank Hamrick is an associate professor at Louisiana Tech University. His work mixes photography, storytelling, handmade books and found objects. Frank received his BFA from The University of Georgia and his MFA from New Mexico State University. NPR has written about Frank’s handmade books and Oxford American Magazine listed Frank as one of the 100 Superstars of Southern Art. His work is housed in collections including the Amon Carter Museum of American Art and The Ogden Museum of Southern Art. For more information about Frank, check out his website 

This one-day workshop will offer a unique opportunity to learn about the historical tintype photographic process as well as create a one-of-a-kind portrait. We will have a backdrop with lighting set up and each participant will be able to create a 4"x5" tintype image of themselves. 

Participants should bring an apron to protect clothing during the dark room segment of the workshop. 

Jane Marshall and Her Woodblocks

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.

This show opens on Saturday April 30 from 12:00 to 3:00
Other open times include:
Wednesday Nights from 5:30 to 7:30
Third Friday, May 20 from 5:00 to 8:30
The show closes on June 1.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Fractals In Nature: New Works by Artes Hicks

PaperWorkers Local is pleased to present Fractals In Nature, an exhibition of new works by Artes Hicks. Fractals In Nature is Artes' first solo exhibition with PaperWorkers Local. Artes is a founding member of PaperWorkers Local and Birmingham resident.

About the work in this exhibition, Artes says, "My new series, Fractals in Nature, is a small series celebrating nature and all its wonders. Using plexi-glass plates, I carve close up fractal (complex never-ending pattern) fragments of naturally occurring patterns: fractals, spirals, lines and chaos."

Fractals In Nature will be on display at PaperWorkers Local during March-April with receptions from 5:30 to 8:30 on Friday, March 18 and Friday, April 15. Gallery hours: Wednesdays 5:30-7:30pm and by appointment at

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