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, February 10, 2017

Screen Print Workshop with Tenisha Hicks

This is a beginner level workshop open to all learners. Students will learn to make screen prints and will have the necessary equipment to make prints on their own.

Sunday February 26 from 10am-4pm.

And participants will need to purchase the screen-suggested: A 20"x24" 230 DYED approximately $28.
Can be purchased from Screen Process of Alabama 4250 Praytor Way Trussville AL 205-655-4418.
If you call and order and pay we will pick up your screen for you.

Non-members: $50 material fee plus $50 tuition.

Members: $50 material fee plus $30 tuition

You can pay via the PayPal button below or make alternative arrangements via email to

Friday, January 27, 2017

Small Books Workshop with Tamara Moan


Small books are easy to make and customize. Fill them with lists, wished, drawings and stories or give them as gifts.

We'll complete four different types of accordion-fold books with and without covers, a small wrap-bound book with folding cover, a stitched pamphlet, and a stab bound side opening book with stiff cover. 

Tamara Moan is a visiting teaching artist from Hawaii. She has taught at the Honolulu Museum of Art School since 2001 and conducts classes occasionally on the mainland U.S. She works as a painter and printmaker, showing her work regularly in juried exhibitions. Find out more about her work at

The workshop meets March 11th from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The cost is $75. You may pay via the PayPal button below or make alternative arrangements via email to Mimi at

Students will need the following supplies: 
4 sheets heavy colored paper at least 26" in length - Canson Mi-Tients is good, old prints are great. 
4 sheets 18"x24" drawing paper.
20 sheets printer paper - 8.5"x11"
Linen book binder's thread or similar
Raffia or cord
Awl or hole punch
Large darning or book binding needle
Metal ruler
X-acto knife
Bone folder or butter knife
Glue stick or PVA glue

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Lane Cooper: Snow Days

"Snow Days" presents a sampler of works by Lane Cooper an Alabama native now based in Cleveland, Ohio. Included in the exhibition will be a number of drawings, paintings and a few experimental pieces made in anticipation of this exhibition. 

An alum of three Alabama schools: The University of North Alabama, The University of Alabama and the Universtiy of Alabama Birmingham, Ms. Cooper has a long history as an artist working in Alabama particularly in Birmingham. This exhbition marks a homecoming of sorts for the artist as it is her first exhibition in the state in many years. 

"Snow Days" opens on Friday February 17 from 5:30 to 8:30. 

PaperWorkers Local is at 3815 Clairmont Avenue, 35222 in Birmingham's Forest Park neighborhood. 

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:

Monday, January 23, 2017

Basic Etching Workshop

This basic workshop introduces plate preparation, coating plates with a ground, working into a ground to create line and value, etching as well as printing. Students will learn to prepare their plates, coat them with a ground, etch and print them.

Etching has been an important technique since the 16th century and was made famous by artists like Goya, Rembrandt and Turner. This workshop is open to those who are just beginning or those who want to learn less toxic methods of etching.

Michael Merry will be leading this workshop. He earned his MFA from the University of Delaware and teaches at both the University of Alabama and Snead State Community College. He is a founding member of PaperWorkers Local.

The workshop will meet on February 8 & 15 from 5:00 to 8:30.

The workshop is $75 for non-members and $25 for co-op members. You may prepay at the following link or make alternative arrangements by sending an email to

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.