Sunday, January 12, 2014

Planet Art update and Thunder and Lightning Press courses

My work, “Fossils and Other Pursuits” will be on view at Gary and Manuel Salon, 2127 First Avenue, Seattle, February 3-28, 2014. Open daily: salon hours most days 10-5 some days until 7pm call 206-728-1234 for salon hours

Classes at Thunder and Lightning Press

Introduction to digital photo manipulation for paper and lithograph applications. In January and February, one day only TBA with Alice Dubiel
Digital and mixed media printmaking workshop with Alice Dubiel, March 23 and 30, two consecutive Sundays.
For more information and registration contact Alice Dubiel or 206.782.7455

Coming in April, Collagraph workshop with Barbara Bruch, Spring open studio

View images on my blogging platform 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Thunder and Lightning Press Fall Catalog update

Digital and mixed media printmaking workshop, with Alice Dubiel, October 20 and 27. $120. materials included. This workshop will explore combining multiple print media including polyester litho, collagraph, relief, stencil, and paper preparation including joomchi and painting techniques. We'll also practice low toxic studio methods.

Also offering:
November, one day workshop TBA on digital image preparation for simple printmaking media including polyester plate, paper plates, or print background on your digital printer. Learn about printers, software introduction, some technical concerns and basic graphics decisions (or, what makes a good image?). $65.

For more information/to register for fall classes
contact Alice: or 206.782.7455

Monday, August 26, 2013

Trilobites at OWCA exhibition at Portland Center for Performing Arts September-October

Because of the honor to the late Madeline Janovec and the past presidents Joan Glebow and Una Kim, I plan to attend the reception on September 5 (see below). Madeline is an essential connection to the work I've done in Korea and was a good friend for nearly 20 years. We attended numerous conferences, worked on projects, shared meals and each other's houses. I'm so grateful for OWCA's efforts to expand awareness of feminist art and art history in the metro Portland area. The honorees are tireless organizers.


PS The complete title of my work is Trilobites: kootenia burgessensis from the series, The Book of Shadows. I'm so grateful for OWCA publishing my artwork image on their PR, including the printed announcement. The work is 50 (h) x 95 (w) cm, inspired by a visit to the Mt. Stephen trilobite bed in Yoho National Park near Banff, Alberta, part of the Burgess Shale.

Link to exhibition information

Here's a statement I made about this and the other work, a print, which will appear in the exhibition.

The Effect of Snowmelt on Past Cultural Landscapes and The Book of Shadows

 I like to explore different landscape representations to express my personal experiences and cultural interactions with geography. Seeking alternatives to the Western landscape tradition and its relentless desire for control, I currently focus on atmospherics and biological residues such as fossils and ancient human activities. With the approach of pattern and decoration, I can investigate and create a different language of varied traditions including maps, classical and middle eastern mosaics, decorative art, textile design, indigenous paintings and shrine technologies.
Currently I work with acrylic, encaustic, mixed media and printmaking. I like working with handmade paper and enjoy using simple print techniques such as relief and collagraph to express human mimicry of natural processes.
As an artist in residence at North Cascades National Park, I learned from archeologist Bob Mierendorf that to understand wilderness, we must be open to the existence of many past cultural landscapes.
Topographic maps appeal to me because they are created by physically active scientists and engineers who document the terrain directly by walking on it. Intimacy with a place affects our relationship to it. I try to see as much as I can most of the places I depict. Further, erosion and other natural effects reveal the evasiveness of geography to reinforce a static view of landscape. During my visit to Korea in June 2011, I experienced the dramatic landscape transformation from the increased intensity of typhoons, including Meari. There I was impressed by traditional construction and landscaping techniques to work with the effects of massive precipitation.
In the series, The Book of Shadows, I depict fossil residues to create an alternate reading of the landscape through geological clues to life’s effects on our planet.
Visual traditions and themes create a kind of language that exerts a powerful effect on social consciousness. Artists choose particular traditions and themes to explore and alter these ranges of expression. I want to create new narratives that reaffirm our ties to where we live, people who came before, the planet, nature and its cycles.
Alice Dubiel September 2013

Friday, July 19, 2013

Open Studio for Thunder and Lightning Press

Alice Dubiel and Barbara Bruch will host an open studio featuring demonstrations of collagraph and mixed media printmaking Saturday July 20, 2013 from 4-7pm. See you there!

Planet Art and its printing division, Thunder and Lightning Press, are located in North Beach, Ballard, near North Beach creek, north of the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

2811 NW 93rd Street
Seattle WA 98117-2936

Thursday, July 11, 2013

CoCA Collision includes "Midas Creek 1976"

Work by Alice Dubiel will appear in
CoCA Collision: Past, Present, & Future Members Show
Curated by Shawn Ferris, Joseph Roberts, and Chris Crites
A massive explosion of contemporary art featuring the work of over 150 artists.
CoCA Georgetown Gallery
Seattle Design Center
5701 6th Avenue South, Suite 258
Seattle WA 98108

July 18 through mid-September 2013

Opening Reception Thursday, July 18, 5-9pm

see CoCA upcoming exhibitions

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Thunder and Lightning Press classes catalog for summer and fall

Classes, consecutive Sundays, at Thunder and Lightning Press.

scroll down for fall classes

Advanced collagraph workshop, with Barbara Bruch, June 23 and 30. Specialized techniques in plate making, eg. bas-relief. $140. includes materials. Class completed

Advanced collagraph workshop, with Barbara Bruch, July 14 and 21. Specialized techniques in plate making, eg. bas-relief. $140. includes materials.  Class completed

Contact Barbara for more information and to register:

Introduction to polyester plate lithography, with Alice Dubiel, September 15 and 22. $110. materials included. Polyester litho is an inexpensive commercial method of printmaking using custom sized plates on which artists can use digital media, derive from photocopy/laser print, draw directly, or use other media to create the image. We will not include color separations in this workshop, but confine ourselves to simple one-run images, and point to possibilities for mixed media printmaking

Digital and mixed media printmaking workshop, with Alice Dubiel, October 20 and 27. $120. materials included. This workshop will explore combining multiple print media including polyester litho, collagraph, relief, stencil, and paper preparation including joomchi and painting techniques.

For more information/to register for fall classes
contact Alice: or 206.782.7455

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Planet Art at Seattle Print Arts open portfolio event 05.19

Alice will host a 2pm table at this open portfolio session this weekend. Some of the prints can be seen at the planet art homepage; others are more recent, and there will be a peek at process. See work by colleagues in Seattle's active printmaking community.

Alice Dubiel, The effect of snowmelt on past cultural landscapes: study 1 for Hozomeen (exhibition announcement image),  2011, collagraph,  digital media and acrylic on watercolor paper,  21 x 28 cm
Seattle Print Arts Open Portfolio Sessions
Sunday, May 19th 2013
1:00-3:00 pm
1941 First Avenue South
Seattle (1/2 block south of S. Holgate in SODO)

You are invited to Seattle Print Arts Open Portfolio Sessions Sunday May 19th. Stop by anytime from 1:00 3:00 pm. Open Portfolio Sessions are a unique opportunity to meet, interact, and view work by 25 artists from Seattle Print Arts. You are encouraged to look through unframed works on paper, ask questions, and talk directly to the artists about their work. We look forward to bringing together people with an interest in prints for food, discussion, and a lot of fun. Work will be for sale, and there’s sure to be a few unexpected discoveries.