WEN-Con Santa Fe 2023
Thursday June 22 – Sunday 25, 2023.
Palace Press within the New Mexico History Museum

113 Lincoln Av., Santa Fe, NM 87501

Nancy Bittner is the conference organizer with assistance from Al Holter.


Tentative Schedule:

Thursday, June 22:
Time and place to be announced.  WEN dinner.  Not included in the workshop cost.

Friday, June 23:
10 am to 4:30 pm – workshop at the Palace Press.  Greeting by James Bourland, then begin working.  Bring your tools. Each participant will receive one 3 x 4 inch Maple end grain or solid surface block.  Snacks will be provided as well.

5 pm to 6 pm – lecture in the Museum’s Meem Room by Dr. Robert Bell on Thomas Bewick.

Saturday, June 24:
10 am to 5 pm – workshop at the Palace Press.  Engrave all day.  Snacks provided.

5:30 pm – drive via car caravan to James Bourland’s print shop.

6 pm to 8 pm – at James’s print shop to observe a Miehle V-36 in action.  Light snacks provided.

Sunday June 25:
10 am until 12 noon workshop at the Palace Press.  Finish up printing.  Hard stop at noon!

About our guest speakers:

James Bourland is a Master Printer who is acting director of the Palace Press. His graduate work was in Science/Photography.  He studied printmaking under Kenneth Kerslake and was influenced by Todd Walker at the University of Florida in Gainesville.   When he moved to Santa Fe in 1987 he worked for Ron Adams at Hand Graphics.  As a master printer he has collaborated with prominent artists including Frank Howell.   He owns and operates Borderline Press and has printed original graphics for The Santa Fe Printmaker Series, Bell Tower Editions.  He has taught letterpress printing at the Santa Fe Community College.

Dr. Robert Bell, an ophthalmologist who graduated from the Yale University School of Medicine, has been an avid print collector since his teens.  He teaches a course in the History of Printmaking at Highland University in Las Vegas, NM.  He lectures widely on the subject and has donated prints from his collection to universities and museums.  A large collection of his prints is housed in the Donnelly Library on the Highland campus.

Helpful tips:

There are airports in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.  Santa Fe is at 7,000 feet altitude.  If you have diabetes, respiratory, or heart issues you may want to sleep an hour’s drive away in Albuquerque which is at a lower altitude, about 5,000 feet.  The Rail Runner is a train service between the two cities (about a 1 hour and 40 minute ride). All people will need to increase their water consumption before coming to and while in Santa Fe.

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