• Smokey Bear program Thursday July 31 at 1 p.m. at the Upsala Public Library has been cancelled.

1,000 Prints at GRRL

A major art project, “The Thousand Print Summer,” is visiting seventeen Great River Regional Library (GRRL) branches in June.

The project gives individuals the opportunity to use a unique printing process to create a piece of art. First, a reverse image is created by cutting and pasting an adhesive material to board. Then the board and its relief image are inked with printing ink. It is placed on the ground and paper is put on it, followed by a protective covering. Then a steamroller rolls over it to apply pressure, creating a colored sheet on which the image outline appears in white.

The whole process takes place outdoors. Artist Dave Machacek from ArtOrg oversees the process with a team of assistants. Individuals take their art home, and ArtOrg keeps the printing board and takes a photo linking the artist to his or her artwork.

ArtOrg has the goal of creating 1,000 prints this summer. Machacek hopes to eventually combine all the prints in a huge piece of art. This opportunity to create a unique piece of art is open to all ages. If you want to participate, please check the GRRL Events page to find the time and location most convenient for you.

This program is funded in part with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.