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Big Print Block Party Steamrolls Creativity at the Boardwalk

This past weekend Cape Fear Press held their Annual Big Print Block Party. Cape Fear Boulevard was filled with artistic creativity as local artists showed off their giant woodcut original designs with a live demonstration that transferred the intricate images onto to canvas with a steamroller.
This year’s visiting artist came from Long Island NY, Esteban Chavez. Born in Denver Colorado in 1954, Esteban Chavez is a professional artist residing in the New York City Area. He received his MFA from the Yale School of Art in 1985. Esteban is a master printmaker receiving international recognition in Asia, Europe, and the Americas. 
His work is in the permanent collections of: Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Republic of China, Osaka Contemporary Art Center, Osaka, Japan, The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama, Japan, Krakow International Print Society, Poland, Museu da Gravura, Cidade de Curitiba, Brazil, Daranas Museum, Stockholm, Sweden, Smithsonian Collection, Library of Congress, Washinton D.C., Schomburg Center, New York Public Library, New York City and El Museo del Barrio.
Other artist included: Ben Billingsley - Wilmington NC, Shannon Bourne - Wilmington NC, Michael Ehlbeck - Greenville NC, John Gibson - Carolina Beach NC, Aubrey Hedrick - Charlotte NC, Ron Liberti - Chapel Hill NC, Rodrigo Pacheco - Greenville NC, Jacob Parker - Wilmington NC, Kristianne Ripple - Raleigh NC, David Sinclair - Carolina Beach NC and Jeremy Millard & Friends are printing a woodcut in memory of Ross Rogers.  There will be a Big Print Exhibition at Cape Fear Community College’s Hanover Art Gallery from June 15th through July 22nd with a reception Friday, June 4th from 6:00pm until 9:00pm.
The Gallery is located on the corner of Hanover and 3rs Streets in Downtown Wilmington. The steamroller prints are available for sale through Cape Fear Press. Photos and information will be posted online at, you can also follow them on Facebook! Cape Fear Press is a privately owned contemporary photogravure and photo-etching printmaking studio located in Southeast North Carolina. Jennifer Page, the owner of CFP is an artist dedicated to non toxic, less toxic and technical innovations in the field of fine art photo etching and photogravure on copper. Cape Fear Press formulated the Puretch Photopolymer etching process for fine art photo etching. Puretch is a high resolution photopolymer etch resist for traditionally etched metal plate intaglio printmaking, PCB photo circuit boards and jewelry. Cape Fear Press has also tested and distributes the new Phoenix Gravure carbon tissue for photogravure. Cape Fear Press was established in 2001 and has been supplying Puretch Photopolymer to artists since then. Puretch is the ideal high-res halftone resist for combining digital imagery with traditional plate working and etching techniques all within the same plate. Special thanks to everyone who volunteers, all the artist who shared their pieces and this years sponsor whom without the event would not be possible: Printmakers of NC, Ocean Grill , Cape Fear Roller Girls, Lantana's Gallery & Gifts Southport, Burton Maintenance, Kristin Gibson Fine Art & Fabric , No Sweat AC Service, Pleasure Island Rentals, Artful Living Group, Hemp Traders, Graphic Chemical, Island Gazette and Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce.