The Wood Engravers’ Network’s 25th Anniversary 2019 Annual Summer Conference at Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum
Dates: Monday, July 29 to Saturday August 3, 2019
Concentrated Conference dates: July 31–August 3, 2019. (Guest artist presentation, lectures, events, etc scheduled for these dates.)
Location: Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, (HWTPM) 1816 10th St, Two Rivers, WI 54241.
WEN conference attendees will set-up and are welcome to engrave in our new Wood Engraving Museum space on the second floor of the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum.
Guest Artist: David Moyer of Red Howler Press – Muncy, Pennsylvania
While in graduate school studying ceramics at the Maryland Institute, College of Art, I began to make intaglio etchings and drypoints, my work has focused on drawing and printmaking. A concern for the written word and a great interest in books and, in general, the book world made me look for ways to combine my creative imagery with text. Red Howler Press was established 26 years ago to print hand made, limited edition books. My imagery explores visual and literary ideas through black and white print media, usually wood engraving. There is a long tradition of wood engraving and the book arts, and it seemed quite natural to follow that path. I have always gravitated toward the German print tradition and have a particular fondness for the work of Durer, Wolgemuth, Cranach, Holbein, and Baldung-Grien. My technique is to employ black line engraving rather than the more traditional approach of white line engraving. Mostly, I am interested in the quality of line, and my ideas are conceived as black lines on a white ground; therefore, my interest concerns the graphic quality of wood engraving rather than the tonal quality. Also, the German school mentioned earlier, employed the black line technique. The book, Daniel’s Dream, follows in the German tradition, and I must credit Albrecht Durer’s Apocalypse as an inspiration to me. All of the books printed by Red Howler Press carry a message, sometimes serious and other times playful, but it is mostly the visual imagery that is the primary mover of the works from the press.
Guest Lectures: Max Yela, Head of Special Collections, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
Early registration: $275 if paid before midnight, June 15.
Student rate: $195 – also due by midnight June 15, 2018.
Registration after June 15 is $325 ($225 for student late registration).
There is a block of rooms reserved at an event rate at the Lighthouse Inn located directly across the street from Hamilton. Mention your reservation is for the “Wood Engravers’ Network group”
“Parkside” (doesn’t face the lake) Queen beds Rates:
1 person/room: $82
2 people/room: $89
3 people/room: $97
4 people/room: $104
plus 13% tax.
Hamilton lists several other lodging options on their site: https://woodtype.org/pages/lodging
Camping/ RV options nearby:
Seagull Marina appears to be the closest, but I cannot speak to the quality of the facilities, amenities, etc.
The closest Airport is Green Bay Austin Straubel International Airport (GRB) – a 45 minute drive to Hamilton.
General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin – a one hour and thirty-three minute drive to Hamilton.
There are no bus routes or shuttle buses.
The Lighthouse Inn offers a free continental breakfast to guests.
Coffee, tea, and light snacks will be available at Hamilton.
There are several restaurants within walking distance to Hamilton. We may also have access to a refrigerator at HWTPM.
Conference Schedule (Tentative – firmer details to come)
Travel day – Arrive and settle into lodging.
Welcome gathering at Hamilton at 10am.
Hang exhibits, organize work space.
Hike and/or sketch at Point Beach State Forest
Max Yela, Guest Lecture/ Visit 3pm
David Moyer, Guest Artist presentation 3pm
Business meeting 10am
WEN’s Third Triennial Exhibition public opening reception
WEN’s official 25th Anniversary celebration, open portfolio and debut (soft opening) of new Wood Engraving Museum
Check out at Lighthouse Inn is before 11am.
We are looking forward to a celebratory Anniversary gathering and Wood Engraving Museum debut — hope we see you there! Please feel free to contact Tony Drehfal or Joanne Price with any questions.