Bill Ritchie art in Kansas
Walt & Barbara Bailey Collection
Lo-res Image capture of Professor Bailey's display from a video recording of the show at Baker University
Specifications: 2008. Legacy Mini Halfwood Press No. 34. Ipe, walnut, ebony, steel, brass.
Legacy Mini Halfwood Press No. 34
Ritchie's Comment: Walt Bailey exhibited his press, Legacy Model #34 in the "Small Is Beautiful" exhibit he curated at Baker University in September, 2008. The image above is of his displayed press in the show of my art which Walt arranged for me. He also set up five printing demonstrations in local schools and at the University--affording Lynda and me a train trip, a visit to Kansas and to enjoy Walt and Barbara Bailey's hospitality. This showing of my work was probably my last one exhibit opportunity, and I included several other people to participate including Walt himself plus owners of Halfwood Presses from the US and Chile. I gave a lecture at the end of the week which was about my plan to create a serious game based on printmaking, with Janet Fisher's demo DVD as a highlight.
Press s pecifications: Made in 2008. Mini Halfwood Press. Ipe, walnut, steel, brass. Serial Number 60034. 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 amazon.com.
About the artwork, below: In my files I found a folio of trial proofs from a 1968 print titled "Target I." I attacked the print with a sander, holding the sheet down on the sidewalk outside my studio as I ground the print down so it would blend with my new print and new images using chine-colle. My interest in Artist's Trading Cards and artiststamps and etching were joined in this artwork. Walt and Barbara bought this print, and over the time of the ensuing weeks, other artworks were purchased, too, plus two Legacy Mini Halfwood Presses and one by the University art department.
Spiral, Triangle and Target, print by Bill Ritchie
2004. Monoprint. Aquatint, engraving. Black on white with chine-colle'd digital print artist trading card and 1999 Emeralda stamp. Image 11 3/4 X 5 7/8 in. on 12 1/2 X 6 3/4 Arches. Signed lower right.
Barbara and Walt Bailey, 2008
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