The Print Party

Saturday, September 30, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in Gage Hall

 

You are invited to attend The Print Party, hosted by Joanna Innes and directed by Susan Findlay. Beverages and snacks will be provided, as well as a selection of original Jim Innes prints. You are invited to choose a print for yourself to frame and hang on your own wall or to give as a gift to someone who will appreciate owning an original print.

I’ve been thinking about this for a while now. I have no good way of dispersing the large collection of prints my husband, Jim Innes, created, shortly after we moved here in 2005. Rather than burden my children who live so far away (Miami and Seattle), I’ve decided to give the prints away.

First, let me give you a little of the back story.

Moving to Charleston was a new venture for us.  We’d been in Newberry, SC, where in 1989 I’d secured a job at Newberry College, teaching freshman English and running the Writing Center, following Jim’s retirement from IUP (Indiana University of PA).

Before that, Jim taught figure drawing and art appreciation courses at several small colleges and at IUP for 25 years. His art work included drawings, paintings, and sculpture, but when we moved to the South, he decided he would take up printmaking, a skill he had learned at Kansas City Art Institute where he earned his MFA. In Charleston, he soon made contacts with several artists by attending workshops in printmaking. It inspired him to buy his own printing press and to take up printmaking full time.

In case you didn’t know, and I certainly  didn’t, it’s considered standard practice to be able to “pull” 20 good prints from the original. So just imagine the quantity of prints I have stored in three flat files, each with five drawers! Yes, he produced prints almost every weekday in his studio, for four years, occasionally discarding those prints that didn’t measure up, but that still left hundreds of prints.

Jim, who had an unusual sense of humor, left me a note, saying I should stack all of his art work in the street, set it on fire, and have a party.  I thought the party part sounded good, so please join me in Gage Hall Saturday, September 30. It will be both a salute to Jim and to you—my many wonderful friends.

 Contact Joanna Innes, innesjoanna75@gmail.com or 843-766-1311