The Santa Fe
Etching Club at ARGOS Studio/Gallery

The Etching Club is an open community studio for local intaglio* printmaking. Our goal is to
promote the intaglio method in Santa Fe by maintaining an accessible printing shop for local artists,
and through exhibition.

We moved into our new space in 2010, allowing us to build out a wide range of intaglio capabilities.
Our methods and materials are traditional. The press-bed sizes are modest, we use oil-based inks,
and generally we use traditional mordants and etching grounds. At the same time, we maintain a highly
health-conscious working environment.

We operate on a cost basis, so fees are very modest. We welcome new artists. We give various levels
of instruction but the emphasis of the studio is to support independent development.

Please drop by. A map is here.

*Intaglio comprises the copperplate techniques of engraving, drypoint, etching, and mezzotint, along with many
derivative methods such as aquatint, and lift-ground. It is distinguished from Relief (woodcut, linocut),
and Planographic (lithography, silkscreen) methods, by type of press, expressive style, tools and materials.

The Santa Fe Etching Club was formed in 1981 by Eli Levin and Sarah McCarty, in Eli's studio off
Canyon Rd. It used artist Will Shuster's old press.
The Santa Fe Etching Club takes its name from the
New York Etching Club of 1877 and the printmaking tradition it embodied.

The history of the Santa Fe Etching Club is