Holiday Free Ink
Saturday / December 9, 2023 / Drop in from 10:00am-2:00pm
You can drop in anytime between 10:00am and 2:00pm. Come and learn how to make holiday-themed monoprints on our press! You can create your own artwork using stencils and other materials while learning the monoprint process.
The printing press will be set up with all of the materials you need to make a beautiful holiday card for family and friends. Children under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Please feel free to drop in anytime between 10:00am and 2:00pm, and plan to stay to catch the free Hans Mayer concert at 2:30pm. Free Ink events are made possible through a grant from the Elizabeth Callender King Foundation. For more information, please contact Jen Benson at [email protected].
Valentines Free Ink Day
Saturday / February 4, 2023
Drop In Between 10am & 2pm
The Winona Arts Center is pleased to offer a Valentine Free Ink Day on February 4, 2023. You can drop in anytime between 10 am and 2 pm. Come and learn how to make Valentine themed monoprints on our press! You can create your own artwork using stencils and other materials while learning the monoprint process. Come and make a valentine for someone you love!
There is no experience necessary and all the materials are provided. Both adults and children are welcome. Children under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, contact Jen Benson at [email protected].
Masks are encouraged but not required.
August 2021 RiverBed Press Free Printmaking Sessions
The Winona Arts Center’s (WAC) RiverBed Press was once again available to the community for printmaking. In advance of the WAC September 12, 2021 exhibit “Art in the Time of Covid”, the RiverBed Press offered free 2-hour sessions each day from August 16 through August 20. (See photos below.)
The “Art in the Time of Covid” exhibit, printmaking sessions and performance events were made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the MN State Arts Board thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage fund.
Statements from printmaking participants during the August 2021 free sessions:
Marilyn Wicka Ezdon: I had a great time at the Winona Arts Center's RiverBed Press' free printmaking session. The materials were a little new to me but thoroughly explained by the staff (Dirk N.). I was given general direction but could work at my own pace and experiment as much as I wanted. All supplies were top quality and I was thrilled to bring home my original prints. I appreciate the safety concerns of the staff regarding Covid-19 protocols. It was so nice to get out of the house and create art at this venue after the year we have had. I look forward to returning to the Art Center.
Taff Roberts: It’s so great getting to run these prints. This activity gets me excited about a new series of woodcuts I have been wanting to make.
Mason Blumer-LaMotte: Thank you again for the great opportunity. She and I had a really great time!
Dirk Nelson: One of the things I noticed is that the participants were more willing to experiment and try new techniques and methods because all the materials were high quality and free. It is so important to the learning process to have the freedom to experiment, investigate, and exercise their curiosity.