Printmakers. You see their work promoting upcoming events on coffee shop cork boards, utility poles, and store windows. Perhaps you’ve purchased a limited edition print at a concert or makers fair. Hell, maybe there’s a framed print hanging in the very office cubicle or bedroom where you’re currently reading this article. While digital art has made good old fashioned printmaking a little more rare lately, Milwaukee (and the surrounding area) is still well-represented by skilled printers who are keeping this important and timeless art form alive.
On Friday, October 20 and Saturday, October 21, more than two dozen Midwest-based printmakers will showcase their handcrafted work at two Bay View locations during the annual Ink Curds event. The two-day happening will kick off with a group showcase at The Magnet Factory (2424 S. Graham St.) from 5-9 p.m. on October 20. The following afternoon, the festivities will move to nearby Enlightened Brewing Company (2020 S. Allis St.), where artists involved in the previous night’s showcase will have more of their work—including textiles, posters, prints, fabric, and experimental prints—available for purchase from 12-6 p.m. Of course Enlightened will have beer, and Sweet Smoke BBQ will also be serving food on-site.
There is no cost to attend either Ink Curds event. You can learn more about Ink Curds 2023 and check out work from the 25 participating printmakers HERE.