Atlanta Printmakers Studio Announces Upcoming Studio Move!
The Atlanta Printmakers Studio has announced plans for a much-anticipated studio move, one that will provide increased capacity and amenities for the 12-year old organization. After looking for more than three years for the right space, Atlanta Printmakers Studio (APS) has found it only a few miles down the road from their current location in southwest Atlanta. The new studio, opening in September, will be in Hapeville, a community with a growing arts scene, located inside the Perimeter with easy access off the highway.
The search was fueled by a need for more space, a studio that could accommodate more classes and workshops, and still allow space for individual printmakers to work. The new space is more than double in size, allowing for more presses and equipment. Another benefit will be heat and air to provide a more comfortable environment, and anyone who has been to the current studio during the summer will know how great this news is! Other amenities include better parking and the ability to walk to the restaurants and shops of Hapeville.
Founded in 2005 and opening its current studio at the Metropolitan Warehouses in 2006, Atlanta Printmakers Studio is the only local community-access print shop with workspace for printmakers and classes for all levels. Their mission is to nurture the practice of printmaking as an original art form among professional artists and anyone who wants to learn. The studio supports a variety of printmaking processes, including screenprint, letterpress, intaglio, relief, monoprint, book arts, and paper making. Classes often run 3 or 4 times a week with occasional workshops on the weekend and other programming held offsite or in partnership with other organizations. APS has worked with the High Museum, the Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking, Abernathy Arts Center, Hammonds House Museum, Hudgens Center For The Arts, Museum of Design Atlanta, Southwest Art Center, West End Arts Center, WonderRoot and Wren’s Nest, to name a few, along with galleries such as Kai Lin, Swan Coach House, Chastain Gallery and the former Barbara Archer Gallery. Key programs launched by APS over the years include the annual members exhibit “Pressing Matters”, the Emerging Artist Residency, the Print Big! Steamroller Event, the Collector’s Print Series, and the Atlanta Print Biennial.
APS has been supported by many individuals, businesses and organizations over the years, especially City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, Fulton County Arts Council, Georgia Council for the Arts, Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund|CFGA, the Sara Giles Moore Foundation, and the Lubo Fund. A capital campaign is underway to support moving expenses and the necessary build out of the space. APS is a non-profit 501c3 arts organization.
Benefits of moving will include:
• more comfort and amenities, including heating and air year-round
• more than double the square footage of studio space
• more presses!
• increased access for our keyholder studio artists
• easy & accessible drive from both I-85 & I-75, with ample free parking onsite
• friendly neighborhood and arts-supportive community with coffee shop, restaurants, container-galleries and parks within blocks of the new studio
We are moving in just THREE MONTHS, and need your help right now!
We need your support to help us design, prepare and move into our new space. Your contributions will go towards essential build-outs such as:
- skylights and a glass-paned garage door to let in beautiful, natural light
- plumbing for our screen print wash-out and walls for a dark room
- painting and preparing floors, walls and ceilings to transport the space into one that is bright, airy and inviting
- expanding our inventory of presses, moveable type, rollers & ink and art storage
- creating a dedicated exhibition space for artist members
- helping APS maintain our numerous classes, programs, workshops and outreach during our transition to the new space!
Your donation to our Capital Campaign is completely tax-deductable, and will be cherished by all of us at the Atlanta Printmakers Studio, no matter what the amount. We are so grateful for our wonderful members and supporters - we can’t do it without you! We look forward to welcoming you to our new home! Thank you for your interest and support!
“It seems like just a couple years ago that Stephanie Smith shared her dream of starting a community printmaking studio with Andrea Emmons and myself. The outpouring of interest was beyond what we expected and spurred us on to form this incredible organization. Our initial thoughts of creating a space for artists to make prints morphed into a full range of classes, workshops, internships, residencies, exhibitions, and print collecting. We’ve spent 11 wonderful years making prints at the Metropolitan – thanks to all for such a great experience!” says Executive Director, Kathy Garrou. “Now we’ll be working hard the next few months prepping the new space and organizing the studio to move, but as you know, we are working at what we love. I look forward to personally welcoming everyone to the new studio!”
"The move of Atlanta Printmakers Studio to Hapeville is the next step in the transformation of our community into an arts village for metro Atlanta,” says David Burt, Economic Development Consultant for the City of Hapeville and Executive Director of the Hapeville Arts Alliance. “With our location inside I-285, affordable housing, and eclectic culture, we feel confident that Hapeville is well situated to become a home for the arts in metro Atlanta. Atlanta Printmakers Studio will be located in our new downtown arts district that also includes the Academy Theatre, art galleries constructed from shipping containers, and an expanding collection of public art. We will soon have additional studio space and hopefully artist housing also.” The Atlanta Printmakers Studio will be located at 703 North Central Avenue in a former kitchen supply store. They are the first of three projected tenants in the building.
Deborah Sosower, artist and APS board president, has been instrumental in negotiating the move. “I originally came to Atlanta because of Atlanta Printmaker's Studio. I craved the community of artists, studio access, and professional opportunities that APS provides. With this move, the Atlanta Printmaker's Studio will usher in a new era of creative programs and community engagement, enjoying an expanded space, updated amenities and outstanding support from our new neighbors in Hapeville. I can't wait to be there!”