The University of Kentucky’s Margaret I. King Library, home to special collections and the King Library Press, is not only hosting WEN’s 4th Triennial Exhibition, it is also highlighting some of the exhibiting artists with a special lecture and a ruling machine demonstration. Kentucky is a hotbed of wood engraving activity the last weekend of October, including Larkspur Press’ annual weekend Wood Engraving Workshop with Wesley Bates – a separate, but related activity.
On Friday, October 27, 6:30 – 8pm: Gilbert will offer a free public lecture in the Great Hall of Margaret I. King Library. The lecture will focus on Gilbert’s current project, A Dance of Death in Two Parts, a series of 82 miniature wood engraved prints on the theme of death. Light refreshments as part of a closing reception will precede the lecture.
On Saturday, October 28, 9qm – 3pm at the King Library Press: Gilbert and Kentucky artist Joanne Price will host a workshop on the ruling machine, a specialized piece of precision equipment used during the heyday of commercial trade engraving. Gilbert and Price will demonstrate the ruling machine’s capabilities and attendees will collaboratively create and print a block. The cost to attend this workshop is $45 per person ($25 for students). Workshop space is limited and requires a reservation. Contact Dr. Paul Holbrook at (859) 608-9623 for more information or to reserve a space.