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Annual Wayzgoose & Printing Festival to take over Ann Arbor District Library mid-October

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The 2019 Wayzgoose & Printmaking Festival will take place on Oct. 11 and 12. Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor District Library.
The 2019 Wayzgoose & Printmaking Festival will take place on Oct. 11 and 12. Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor District Library.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – On Oct. 11 and 12, get an answer the burning question, "What is a Wayzgoose?"

Join the Ann Arbor District Library downtown branch as it hosts a two-day festival full of art and local printing vendors, a speaker series and hands-on printmaking sessions. 

 A Wayzgoose has traditionally been a celebration put together by master printmakers for their workers. At the AADL, it is a celebration of art, of printmaking by hand and the local printmaking community. 

Beginning on Oct. 11, the second annual Wayzgoose & Printing Festival will start with an open reception at 7 p.m. at the Ann Arbor Art Center followed by a talk by American printmaker Amos Kennedy. At 8 p.m. Kennedy will discuss his exhibit, "Stuff Found in the Back of the Flat File," which will run from Oct. 1 to Oct. 13 at the Art Center. 

Earlier in the afternoon, there will be a talk by Patricia A. Cost at the University of Michigan Clark Library at 5:10 p.m. The talk will revolve around Cost's book about Linn Boyd Benton and Morris Fuller Benton and their effect on printing technology.  Following this, artist Ben Denzer will give a talk focusing on his award-winning work. 

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On Oct. 12, there will be a bevy of overlapping events at the AADL's downtown branch celebrating printmaking.

Here is the complete schedule:

Exhibit | Wayzgoose 2019 Posters and Paper Sculpture: The Art of American Printmaking
Ann Arbor District Library - lower level

  • An art exhibit showcasing the work of known printmakers, as well as the history of printmaking and letterpress. 

Voices in Print Speaker Series
Ann Arbor District Library -- multipurpose room
10:30 a.m. to noon

  • Listen to printmakers through a series of short talks.
    • 10:30 a.m. --  Amos Kennedy, Kennedy Prints
    • 11 a.m. -- Sarah Brown,  Questionable Press
    • 11:30 a.m. -- Greg Walters, typecaster and printer

Vendor Fair
Ann Arbor District Library -- First-floor lobby
Noon–5:30 p.m.

  • Attendees can mill about and shop hand-printed goods, block prints, letterpress goods, ornaments, printers' tools and more.
    • See a full list of vendors at the Wayzgoose & Printing Festival website.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Pedal Prints

Ann Arbor District Library -- front porch
Noon -- 3:30 p.m.

  • Hangout on the AADL front porch with Ann Arbor Art Center's Pedal Prints, a screenprinting bike, and pull a unique print.

Street Ink
Ann Arbor District Library -- Youth Story Corner
Noon -- 3:30 p.m. 

  •  Make a print of one of Ann Arbor's historic manhole covers. 

Hands-On Printmaking!
Ann Arbor District Library -- Secret Lab
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Print a Wayzgoose bookmark, do some screen printing with Modati Studios and bind, and  then decorate your own spiral notebook.

Ann Arbor District Library is at 343 S. Fifth Ave. 

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