Road construction met fine art in the Holman Building driveway at the SNC Fine Arts "Sierra Squish", where oversized woodblocks were printed under pressure by a steamroller.

Art Hits the Road

It took a road construction steamroller to print the large scale woodblocks at the SNC Fine Arts “Sierra Squish” on Saturday April 22. The event was organized by SNC professor Mary Kenny to get student and professional artists from the college and community together for a “plein air” gathering, and get the word out about printmaking.

“It’s pretty exciting to bring the work that’s done in the studio out here for others to witness.”

The “studio” was the driveway of the Holman Building, in full view of drivers on SR 28. The printmakers had hand-carved 3′ X 3′ and 3′ X 5′ MDF blocks donated by the Tahoe Truckee Lumber Company. After the blocks were inked with oversized rollers, SNC professor and heavy equipment operator extraordinaire Daniel Kelly pressed the prints. Among the artists were many students from the SNC Fine Arts program, students and instructor Candace Garlock from TMCC, students at the Tahoe Expeditionary Academy’s Impact School in King’s Beach, SNC faculty Kenny and Rick Parsons, and area artists Carolyn Guerra and Summer Orr.

The Rhinoceros Project held a sewing circle in the Airstream mobile gallery. Volunteers embroidered lines on a rhino-sized version of Albrecht Durer’s famous print – the finished textile will be used to make rhino-sized handmade paper panels watermarked with the image. The collaborative project explores printmaking, colonialism, imperialism, ecological value, scientific knowledge, species extinction, and understanding.

The Riverside Studios gallery in Truckee and Blue Wolf Studios in King’s Beach both had pop-up shops at the event, and Bona Fide Books with Tahoe Letterpress brought a small letterpress with type from the silver boom Territorial Enterprise press in Virginia City.

Dick Blick and Speedball Inks donated art materials. Funding came from an Indiegogo fundraising drive organized by Mary Kenny.