November Fall Free Ink Day

Saturday / November 12
Drop In Between 10am & 2pm (rescheduled)

The Winona Arts Center, 228 East 5th, is pleased to offer a Fall Free Ink Day on November 12, 2022. You can drop in anytime between 10 am and 2 pm. Come and learn how to make monoprints on our printing press! You can create your own artwork using stencils, leaves and other materials while learning the monoprint process on our press.

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

Open Print Studio with local printmaker Jen Benson

Thursdays beginning March 10, 2022 / 4:30-8:00 pm
$35 punch card valid for 5 sessions

The Winona Arts Center (WAC) is pleased to offer an Open Print Studio with Jen Benson every Thursday between 4:30 and 8:00 pm. Open Print Studio is designed for those who are interested in printmaking.  

WAC has a fully equipped print studio known as Riverbed Press, complete with a Conrad Etching Press with an approximate 22” x 44” press bed. No previous printmaking experience is necessary. Printmaking supplies (ink, paper) and equipment will be available.

In addition to printmaking, the Studio will be open for people to work on art projects such as watercolors, drawing, etc. Those participants will bring their own art supplies and do not need to purchase a pass. Passes are required only for those using the press.

Studio passes are $35 for a 5-visit punchcard or $8 per visit to the studio and can be purchased at the Open Studio. Space will be limited to 12 people per Thursday so please make your reservation ahead of time. For more information and to register, please contact Jen Benson at

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 During the Time of Covid” exhibit, printmaking sessions and performance events are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from MN States 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.

RiverBed Press

The Winona Arts Center lower level is home to RiverBed Press. Equipped with a 24” wide Conrad etching press since the spring of 2014, the printmaking facility is available for experienced printmakers to use for a nominal fee in the areas of intaglio, relief and monotype. WAC also offers classes in various types of printmaking so that inexperienced printmakers can gain the skills to make them qualified for RiverBed Press memberships. Check the WAC Facebook page for availability of printmaking classes.