May 29, 2014
Though it’s charm can sometimes lull you into thinking you live in a quaint and picturesque small town, Norwalk is thriving with art and culture that rivals that of a big, crowded city. And just moments from The Waypointe is one of the cornerstones of Norwalk’s vibrant art scene, the world-renowned Center for Contemporary Printmaking.
The Center for Contemporary Printmaking, or CCP, is a non-profit organization dedicated solely to the art of print. The CCP focuses on the entire spectrum of print, spanning: lithography, silkscreen, woodblock printing, paper works, book arts and more. In addition to presenting exhibitions, the CCP also hosts many different events and provides a wide variety of workshops and classes to the public.
The classes and workshops are offered seasonally and span the center’s wide breadth of focus. Past classes include everything from etching, plate lithography, woodblock printing, hand papermaking and more. Many of the classes are flexibly structured and suitable for either complete beginners looking to pick up a new hobby or people with intermediate skill looking for professional instruction from print experts. If you are a CCP Member, workshops are provided at a discount.
The exhibitions are similarly varied in their scope. The Center for Contemporary Printmaking offers five major exhibitions per year, three solo or group shows featuring printmaking artists and a rotating selection of print art from instructors and members. On even-numbered years, the CCP offers the Biennial International Footprint Exhibition, where the Center displays fine-art prints that are exactly a one-foot by one-foot square from experienced and emerging artists. The 4th Biennial International Footprint Exhibition will be held this year from June 8 through August 31, 2014.
The Center also specializes in a variety of artist services, including an artist-in-residence program as well as edition printing, special projects and private tutorials and collaborations and studio rental.
Stop by the Center, located in a historic 19th century stone carriage house at 299 West Avenue, and see all that vibrant Norwalk has to offer.