It’s Shop Local Artists Week, and among the many wonderful ways you can show your support this holiday season is by shopping at NDSU’s student print sale!
From 12 – 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, come shop from 30 printmaking students at Renaissance Hall in downtown Fargo. The print sale features artwork by all levels of students who belong to Under Pressure Press, the student printmaking organization at NDSU.
In addition to shopping for prints, you’ll also have the option to make-and-take your own letterpress holiday cards with students at the print sale.
Letterpress, for those who don’t know, is a printmaking technique under the relief family — and “the beauty isn’t just seen, it’s felt,” says local printmaker Amanda Heidt, who often assists in the studio with NDSU professor and printmaker Kent Kapplinger.
“The letterpress indents the text into the paper, creating a unique experience when receiving a card made by the letterpress that you wouldn’t get from a typical printed card,” she says.
Heidt adds that Kapplinger “has done an amazing job building and putting together the letterpress side of the studio to be a resource for his students.”
Participants will be able to create a set of holiday cards, 2 for $5 or 5 for $10, from metal type that was handset by students at Under Pressure Press. Guests will be able to pick from different phrases like “Happy Winter Solstice,” “Merry Christmas,” and “Happy Holidays.”
All print sales will go directly to the students who produced them, so stop by Renaissance Hall (650 NP Avenue) this weekend to #SupportLocalArt!