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The Grand offering virtual block printing class

NEW ULM – The Grand Center for the Arts and Culture will host a virtual class from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 13 featuring reduction block printing with artist Mary Bruno. Bruno will create a multi-colored print by using the reduction block printing process.

Grand executive director Ann Makepeace said Bruno is one of the top letterpress artists. She partnered with the Grand through fellow print artist Andy Kahmann of A to Z Letterpress Printing in Montevideo. Kahmann helped the Grand set up its basement print studio and he’s worked with Bruno. Bruno has donated items to the Grand and she was scheduled to host an in-person class in 2020, but the pandemic forced the class to be postponed.

This virtual class was developed to get around the pandemic, though the Grand hopes to host an in-person class will Bruno in the future.

Makepeace said Bruno will be teaching the reduction block print process. This is a unique technique because as the artist works on this type of print, the block is actually destroyed. When the print is finished, it is gone forever, never to be printed again. Bruno’s class will teach techniques for carving linoleum blocks.

Anyone who wishes to participate in the class can register online at www.thegrandnewulm.com. The cost of the class is $40 per household. A-Zoom link will be sent to each household participating before the date of the class.

Makepeace said there are plenty of spots open for the class. Each household will receive their own Mary Bruno reduction block print mailed to them after the class.

For more information, please call The Grand at 507-359-9222 or send an email to grand@thegrandnewulm.com.

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