The Santa Fe Etching Club at ARGOS Studio/Gallery
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 shop for local artists.
We exhibit work produced in the studio, and we
also mount periodic exhibits of historical
as a local cultural resource.
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, and
our shop setup is tightly focused on traditional
printmaking. Accordingly, the press-bed sizes
are modest, we use oil-based inks, and generally
traditional mordants and etching grounds. At the
same time, we maintain a highly health-conscious
working environment without organic solvents.
We operate on a
cost basis, so fees are very modest. We welcome new
artists. While we share working
knowledge amongst ourselves continuously, and
give various levels of orientation to
the studio, we are
not a school and assume a basic level of
training. The emphasis of the studio is to
development at a high level of commitment. Our
group size is kept very modest by design.
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
and Planographic (lithography, silkscreen)
methods, by type of press, expressive style, tools
Santa Fe Etching Club was formed in 1981 by
Eli Levin and Sarah McCarty, in Eli's studio
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
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