The mission of the Bluegrass Printmakers’ Cooperative, BPC, is to be a thriving print studio in the Lexington area where printmakers work and create a dialogue about prints and art. Through demonstrations and workshops we expose the community to prints and educate them about printmaking process. As members of the cooperative, printmakers have the opportunity to exhibit and promote their art throughout the region.
History of the BPC
With the donation of an antique press from Lillian Boyer and the Lexington Art League to LexArts, the local arts organization, the BPC opened in 2005. We partnered with LexArts and through their Space to Create Initiative, we operated from 2004 until 2016 in the lower level of Artsplace. In that time period our group has grown to twenty artists working in all types of print media: collagraphs, monoprints, etchings, woodcuts, linoleum cuts, and solar etchings. We have taught workshops to dozens of local Lexingtonians both young and old, had demonstrations of printmaking at local events including but not limited to Woodland Arts Fair, Francisco's Farm, Night Market, Family Fun Night at the Carnegie Center, Lexington Public Library and at the Gallery Hops. We have had dozens of patrons attend our studio at the Bi-monthly Gallery Hops. Not only do members use the press to create their own art, but we also work as a group to promote printmaking through exhibitions and community outreach.
In 2016 the Bluegrass Printmakers' Cooperative moved to Artworks at the Carver and now will include classes and workshops at the location through Parks and Recreation.
The Bluegrass Printmakers' Cooperative are showing their most impressive prints which are on display at the Eastside Branch of the Lexington Public Library. The prints and the techniques used as very impressive not only in execution but in terms of the artist to be able to see their vision to fruition. The pressed impressed an image created by hand by the artist and a print is made using a press. The title of the show does two things: makes a clever play on words. Engages the viewer to the cooperative and what our members are capable of producing.