Miscellany: prints from EGPS

August 7 to September 18, 2021

Miscellany is defined as “a group or collection of different items: a mixture”. Miscellany is also a useful description for the assorted talents of members of Elephant Grass Printmakers Society. As individuals, we each approach printmaking with personal thematic visions. We each favour different technical applications. And, though we teach and encourage each other, we do not imitate. Elephant Grass Printmakers is a collection of differences: a hodgepodge of a variety.

We are pleased to present a selection of prints from the members of Elephant Grass Printmakers Society, who though are a small group, we are mighty persistent. The exhibit may be viewed online here .

August 1 to Sept. 18, 2021

ARTSPLACE, 396 St. George Street,

Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia

Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Friday 10am-noon, 1pm-5pm, Saturday 11am-2pm 902 532-7069

Doors Open Saturdays

Doors Open Saturdays

Starting on Saturday July 17, 2021 (but not every Saturday), EGPS studio will open our front door to the public for the occasional POP UP Doors Open event, 10am to 2pm. Hosted by member Katie Prescott of Woodshed Press there will be the opportunity to check out our printmaking/ letterpress facilities and ask questions, see the odd demonstrations and stock up on small prints and cards for sale. Katie may be joined at times by other printmakers, so watch for the signboard outside of 240 St. George Street, Annapolis Royal, announcing dates, hours and special events. Since this is the first time we have been able to open for visits by the public, we ask visitors to observe safe distance protocols and wear masks during their visit.

Wear Your Pride One Saturday we will be here for sure is Saturday August 7, 10am to 2pm. We will be outside (or inside if it rains) on Annapolis Royal Pride Day offering DIY buttons in the colours of the rainbow flag. Make a button to wear in the parade at 12:30pm or come upstairs to print a postcard celebrating your Pride.

1st Annual General Members Meeting!

Annual General Meeting on March 22, 7pm via zoom.

EGPS is holding it 1st AGM on Monday March 22, 2021 at 7pm online. Our AGM is open to members and the general public (as non voting observer). For zoom link contact elephantgrassprint at gmail.com

2020 was a rough year to expand our mandate, grow our membership and move facilities during the pandemic but we managed to reopen to members in June and even hold an outdoor demonstration with a visiting printmaker. 2021 is not without its own set of challenges which we are looking to meet with a fresh approach. Join us and be part of that conversation.

Elephant Grass Printmakers Society began in 2013 as a community minded group of artists committed in expanding the tradition of printmaking and letterpress, with the goal to provide mentorship and equipment access to anyone interested regardless of experience or skill level to fine art printmaking and letterpress.

In 2020 Elephant Grass Printmakers Society became a not-for-profit Society registered in NS and moved to a central location in Annapolis Royal to be accessible on foot, by public transport. EGPS continues to offer space for members, visiting printmakers and the general public to exchange skills and experiences, work on personal projects or take workshops. During this time of uncertainty, EGPS was able to resume use of the studio for Studio Member by observing safety protocols and guidelines but has temporarily postponed in person public workshops until later in 2021.

EGPS offers two levels of membership: – Studio Membership with full access to the facilities and as a supporting Associate. EGPS continues to support itself through annual membership fees, rentals, workshops and fundraising. Membership in EGPS is open to individuals interested in printmaking regardless of experience or skill level.

2020 Online Sale Begins Now!

Who doesn’t like getting art in the mail. We do so! Instead of our annual exhibit and sale we are having an online sale of original small prints, cards and artworks from $15 to $60 that we will ship anywhere in Canada for an additional flat fee of $5. (We’ll mail to outside of Canada at the going rate. Just ask.)

The sale runs from Oct. 26 until Nov. 16. Click on images for info and prices, send us a message to purchase or for inquiries. Works are being snapped up quickly.

Cash, cheques, e-transfers or Paypal accepted.

Also Check our facebook or instagram page, Elephant Grass Printmakers Society to see new works being added or to DM us. Click on images for price and info.

Unpacked and in our new home

Boxes are unpacked, presses assembled, and the letterpress cases back in their cabinets. We  settled in and made ready to print.  Unfortunately, 3 days after moving, we made the responsible decision to close the studio temporarily to members and public in response to the COVID 19 emergency.

Nova Scotia was one of the last Canadian provinces to see confirmed cases in mid March.  Nova Scotia with a small but aging population has taken strong measures to contain the spread as to not overwhelm our already strained health care system.  EGPs members are social distancing, and in some cases self isolating.

But, we are also creative folks and looking at ways to continue making prints and stay connected.  Later this month we will be launching a newsletter.  Stay in touch and check back for information on how to subscribe.  Have patience, the newsletter team is working remotely from their homes.

Stay well,  wash your hands and stay 2 metres (6 ft apart).




We are on the move in 2020!

661c657b084aa35269aad4102a4bba73Elephant Grass Print Collective is a diverse group of experienced and novice printmakers that have been sharing skills and equipment for over 6 years in our current space in Parker’s Cove. In early 2020 we will be moving the studio to a central location in historic Annapolis Royal and are looking for new members.

We will miss our neighbours, Coco the dog and Buster the window cat but not driving winding and sometimes icy rural roads. Our new location will be accessible by foot, public transit or vehicle.

Interested in starting or continuing printmaking? Come to our first meeting of the decade at the Annapolis Royal Town Hall Boardroom (285 St. George Street, Annapolis Royal – 2n floor) on Sunday January the 26th 2pm-4pm and find out how you can become a part of this exciting opportunity.
If you are interested but unable to attend please contact us at elephantgrassprint@gmail.com.

Be: Art Cards for Gender Safety

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Letterpress prints know Words without action are not worth the paper they are printed on. December 6, Friday commemorates the 30th anniversary of l’École Polytechnique shooting of 14 women because they were women. EGPC joined with 3 other Canadian letterpress printers in turning their words into a positive response against the rise of Gender based violence in Canada.

EGPC member Bonnie Baker took action with 3 other Canadian letterpress printers, from Nova Scotia, Alberta, and British Columbia. We created 5×7 postcards with their responses to the 30th National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, and the horrible event that inspired it.

We then swapped cards, and the resulting sets of five postcards each are for sale, with all proceeds going to local groups raising awareness of gender safety.

The exchange is the printers way of calling out everyday violence against women, girls and LGBTQ2 individuals.

On Instagram Bonnie Baker, one of the four participating letterpress printers, writes about hearing of the shooting at the Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal on December 6, 1989,

“As a confident young woman in rural Canada listening to the brutal news, I felt kicked in the gut, a reminder every step we made towards equality, fair treatment and respect was still fragile and potentially dangerous,” she writes.

Here is what they printed: “Gender is a journey… from @EGPCPrintmakers, Souls are all equal… from @arquoisedesign , Health, dignity, autonomy … from @dogwoodetterpress , Got your back.” from @whiskyjackpress.

You can get a set by sending an email to elephantgrassprint@gmail.com

Suggested donation $20, or pay what you can. Monies collected by EGPC will be donated to the Elizabeth Fry Society Mainland Nova Scotia, or directed to a group of your choice.

4 Ateliers

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4 Ateliers:  Graveurs Ambulants/Printmakers on the Move
October 21 to November 17, 2018
Chapel Gallery, ARTsPLACE, Annapolis Royal, NS

4 Ateliers is collaborative travelling print exhibition featuring original prints by more than 40 artists from the four artist-run printmaking workshops in Western Nova Scotia.  This will be the second stop for 4 Ateliers, a travelling exhibit – one in each communities of contributing printshops. As well as hosting the show, Elephant Grass Printmakers, the local participating printmaking collective, invite the public to try their hand at printmaking during open studio days on November 3rd and 4th , EGPC print studio, 30 School Street, Parker’s Cove.

The exhibition brings original contemporary art to the Western Nova Scotian communities where each of the workshops is located – Yarmouth, Annapolis Royal, Mahone Bay and Church Point – reinforcing the fact that printmaking is alive and well in this region.

Presenting the works in four different locations offers a greater number of people a valuable opportunity to see the work of local printmakers in context of a broader printmaking community and experience firsthand printmaking as an original avenue of creative expression. Printmaking is by nature an accessible art form due to its contemporary relevance, portability and relative affordability.

It is hoped that our exhibition will increase public understanding of the rich history of printmaking in the region and inspire other artists to explore its possibilities as a part of their own art-making practice.

The four contributing printshops are Elephant Grass Printmakers (Parker’s Cove), La Manivelle (Church Point), Mahone Bay Printmakers (Mahone Bay) and TH’YARC (Yarmouth).

Take a risk – Reduction Print Workshop in April!

reductionWORKSHOP 72dpiReduction Lino Block Workshop with Laura MacDonald of Deep Hollow Print

April 7 Saturday to April 8 Sunday 10am to 4pm

$150 EGPC members, $160 non-members

Materials fee: $10 (includes lino block, inks, paper) payable to Laura

Reduction method is a printmaking technique when a multicolored print is made with the use of a single block, cutting away more and more of the image in between the printing of each colour/layer. Each layer necessarily fits inside the layer before it. The block is destroyed in the process and a true reprint can never be done.

In this 2-day workshop, you will learn the process of conceiving and executing a reduction print, and make your own on a tabletop Nolan proof press. Using mounted lino blocks, you will carve a two-layer reduction image. We will print them on scored cardstock so that you will have a 5×7 greeting card at the end.

Each workshop participant should bring their own lino-carving tool. 4×6″ type high linoblock and paper will be provided for $10 payable to the instructor. Type high lino blocks may also be printed by hand, on an etching press or on letterpress.

About Laura

Laura MacDonald is the owner/operator of Deep Hollow Print, an award-winning letterpress print shop in Kentville, NS. Laura learned the art of letterpress printing during her time at Gaspereau Press in Kentville, Nova Scotia and Hatch Show Print in Nashville, Tennessee. She prints on a 1930s-era Vandercook No. 3 cylinder press using antique wood type and original carved linoblocks. Deep Hollow Print specializes in gig posters, but is able to take on a range of custom letterpress orders, as well as digital graphic design work. See more of Laura’s work at www.deephollowprint.com

Advance Registration required as space is limited.

How to Register: use the contact form below

Fees payable at time of registration by etransfer or cheque payable to Elephant Grass print Collective

Location: Elephant Grass print Collective, 30 School Street, Parker’s Cove, NS


Air, air, everywhere

Once again Elephant Grass Printmakers presents a brand new portfolio of 8 hand pulled prints for sale.  Keeping with our theme of the four Elements, Air took prominence for 2017’s. Seven Members along with Bob Hainstock, a long standing NS printmaker and painter and our guest artist, used a broad selection of printmaking techniques to create this delightful visual interpretation.

The sets sell for $125 for all 8 prints and will be for sale on our table at Annapolis Royal Farmers Christmas Market, Sat. Dec. 2, or purchase your set directly on our website. Christmas Special, buy both the Air and Water box set for $225 and double the joy. As long as supplies last! To take advantage of the Christmas Special, contact us by email so we can provide you with the discount.