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Vernon Brejcha Collection

Print, "Edmonds Commemorative"

Provenance: 2008. Monoprint. Intaglio printed with sanguine and umber ink on white. 3 1/2 X 5" image on 4 1/2 X 6 3/4 in. white Fabriano. Variable edition of 41. Signed lower right. Moment mr0806142645 on verso. Vernon Brejcha found this impression at the Holt-Russell Gallery at Baker University, site of the "Small Is Beautiful Invitational Art Exhibition."

Comment: The first year I tried a summer arts festival I went to Edmonds. For the commemorative--I always print at such events as these--I collaged a little essay Matilda wrote with a snapshot I made of her while she was writing it. I plan to use her image as that of the Russian cabin boy in my story of the Emeralda's last voyage, so it is sometimes titled, "Vladimir."

(Note:this is #25 because the image of #39 is not available)

Mini Halfwood Press #39

Specifications: Made in 2008. Mini Halfwood Press Serial Number 60039. Ipe, walnut, steel, brass. Serial Number 60039. Rollers are 1.5 x 5.75 inches top and bottom. The bed is 1/4 x 6 x 17 inches in polycarbonate (the standard); overall length is 17.5 inches; overall width is 9 inches; overall height is 10 inches; weight, 12 lbs.; drive wheel is 8 inches diameter in stainless steel; the woods are American black walnut with a mahogany hood with ipe cladding on the steel and hood-ends. The instrument box is poplar and baltic birch trimmed in ipe. Included are felt blankets, copper plate, Allen wrench, User's Manual with an excerpt from, Halfwood Press-The Story, now available at

Comment: Vernon had a show of his glass art right after mine at Baker University. On a visit he saw the press that Walt Bailey displayed and decided he wanted one. Vernon's comment about Littleton's work on glass helped me show printing vitreographs on halfwoods. Vernon wrote: "As you may know Harvey Littleton has been printing from glass plates for several years now. I will never buy a big press, my studio is full of hot glass equipment, but would love to try some smaller glass prints."

Vernon Brejcha at work on his glass art

Learn more about Vernon Brejcha at the Leopold Gallery. Click here. "Vernon Brejcha is considered one of the pioneers in the contemporary glass art movement.  Among the institutions that have collected his work are the Smithsonian Institute, the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York, the L.A. County Museum, the Wedgewood Museum in England, and 40 other museums worldwide."

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