Art Hop at Art House

Hey everybody!  This Thursday, Art House Gallery in downtown Fresno will be hosting the opening reception for their third annual Women’s Show.  I’ve participated in this show every year so far, and I’m very excited to be participating again this year.  It’s always a great event featuring amazing work from local female artists, great live music, and just tons of really lovely people having a lovely time. If you’re curious to see a little preview of what will be on display, here are some photos I’ve taken around my studio the past few weeks as I’ve been prepping for the show.  LeeAnnDiCicco_ArtHouse5 LeeAnnDiCicco_ArtHouse4 LeeAnnDiCicco_ArtHouse3

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Sometime Tali likes to stick her butt on my artwork as a kind of stamp of approval.  She also uses her butt as a stamp of disapproval.  Basicall she just likes to stick her butt everywhere.

Sometimes Tali likes to stick her butt on my artwork as a kind of stamp of approval. She also uses her butt as a stamp of disapproval. Basically she just likes to stick her butt everywhere.

 

The Art House Gallery is at 1612 H St. in Fresno.  Doors open at 5pm on Thursday, May 7th.  I hope I will see you there!

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Fresno Mini Maker Faire 2015

The Second Annual Fresno Mini Maker Faire is on Saturday, and this year I once again had the pleasure of designing, carving, and printing a custom woodblock for the event.  Commissioned by the Fresno Art Museum, the block was printed onto canvas tote bags that will be given as gifts to anyone who signs up for a Museum membership at the Maker Faire.

The block in the middle of carving.

The block when I was about half way through the carving process.

A few proofs on newsprint before fellow Print and Glory printer Christine Rea and I moved on to the bags.

A few proofs on newsprint before fellow Print and Glory printer Christine Rea and I moved on to printing the bags.

Just look at those beauties chillin' on the drying rack!

Just look at those beauties chillin’ on the drying rack!

 

Here are a few close-ups of the final product.  If you are in the Fresno area I hope that you will come by, and maybe pick up one of these awesome bags.  LeeAnnDiCicco_fmmf2015_3

Tired of trying to carry around loose produce and priceless family heirlooms with your bare hands? Well there's finally a solution, and it's these tote bags! At last  you'll be able to go out without accidentally dropping Grandpa's Purple Heart or a bunch of raw potatoes wherever you go, AND you'll look great doing it.

Tired of trying to carry around loose produce and priceless family heirlooms with your bare hands? Well there’s finally a solution, and it’s these tote bags! At last you’ll be able to go out without accidentally dropping Grandpa’s Purple Heart or a bunch of raw potatoes wherever you go, AND you’ll look great doing it.

 

I’ll be at the Maker Faire on Saturday along with Print and Glory printing this block (and a bunch of other amazing student designed, hand-carved blocks) onto t-shirts.  Want a preview of the printmakerly goodness!  Try this on for size!

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Get it? Try it on for size…’cause it’s a shirt. I’m hilarious.

 

The Fresno Mini Maker Faire will be this Saturday, April 11 from 10am to 6pm at the Fresno Art Museum and Radio Park. I hope you’ll swing by the Print and Glory booth and say “Hi!”

Linocut Stamp Making Workshop

Hey everybody!  Here a few shots from my recent linocut stamp making workshop at the Fresno Art Museum.

We dubbed this guy "Christmas Crow." It's hard to see in the photo but the paper is full of ~*sparkles*~.

We dubbed this guy “Christmas Crow.” It’s hard to see in the photo but the paper is full of ~*sparkles*~.

Foxy!

Foxy!

Making some super weird wrapping paper.

Making some super weird wrapping paper.

A few demo stamps I made.

A few demo stamps I made.

Summer Woodcut Workshop

Hello everybody!  I just wanted to share a few images from the woodcut printmaking workshop I lead last week at the Fresno Art Museum. It was only a day long workshop and most of the group was totally new to printmaking, but almost everyone managed to complete two pieces.  I was very impressed!

Carving away!

Carving away!

Experimenting with color.

Experimenting with color.

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My demo print for the class.

My demo print for the class.

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I’m so excited about my next workshop, printing without a press!  Woot!  P.S. There are also more photos and other printmakerly stuff over at my facebook page.

Print and Glory on Valley PBS

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Hey everybody! I just wanted to share this short piece from Valley PBS on Fresno Art Hop.  It features several local artists including me and fellow printmaker Zachery Bland.  They kept asking us about the gallery and Art Hop in general…but all we wanted to do was talk printing.  I’m glad we made it into the final edit anyway.

This was filmed at a gallery called Corridor 2122.  Zach and I were there representing Print and Glory, doing a live t-shirt printing.  Print and Glory is the Fresno State printmaking club made up of students (like Zach), instructors, and community members like myself.  Print and Glory does live printing events around the Valley in order to raise money for the printmaking club, pay for visiting artists, and host free workshops for students and the public.  These live printings are also a way for us to engage with the community, and familiarize and educate people about what printmaking is and why it is awesome.

No diggity, I’ve got to (tote) bag it up…

IMG_3157 IMG_3172 -1 -2 BlockFace IMG_3182Hey everybody!  I have been doing a lot of carving and a lot of printing in preparation for tomorrow’s Fresno Mini Maker Faire!  We printed the woodblock onto somewhere around 75 canvas tote bags.  At the event me and some other members of the Fresno/ CSU Fresno print community will be printing them onto shirts as well!  I’m so delighted that I had the chance to design and print this block for the event, and can’t wait to see what all of the other makers have in store!

Workshoppin’ it!

Hey everybody!  For the past few weeks I’ve been leading an intro level printmaking workshop at the Fresno Art Museum, and I just wanted to share a few shots from last week’s session. workshop1 workshop2 workshop3Pretty sweet, huh?  There are a few sessions left, and I will definitely be posting more images of student work as it gets printed. So stay tuned!

Print in Progress – Tiny Gold!

Hey everybody!  Today I just wanted to share some shots of the new piece I’m working on. It’s a tiny little 2in x 2in print that might be small in size, but it’s big on awesome!gold1

It’s a tiny little gold bar.  And just look at those majesty lines!  SO MAJESTIC!

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When it’s complete, in all of it’s majestic, multi-block glory, this cute little guy will be one of  the rewards for contributors to my crowdfunding campaign who kick in $3 to $5 per month.  So if your home could use a little art, you’re a fan of people who make bad ass stuff by hand, or you just like the word “ingot,”  I strongly recommend that you check it out.

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I love this picture because to me it looks like the little pieces of linoleum are cheering. I think they are cheering for you, for reading my blog.  Thank you for reading my blog.  And don’t forget to stay tuned for shots of the completed print!

Print in Progress: Litho on Stone

Crayon + Stone = Love

Litho crayon and tusche on stone.  I’m working on this lithograph as part of the PRINTOCALYPSE workshop at CSU Fresno.  The workshop has been  positively fantastic.  I learned a lot of new techniques, and thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to bust out some old ones.   It’s been such a long time since I’ve had the opportunity to print a lithograph; I’m absolutely ecstatic.

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