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In 2007, the FIA created the Flint Print Club with the mission to develop connoisseurship among its members and educate the general public about prints, printmaking and print collecting. Today, that mission lives on with the 7th semi-annual Flint Print Fair happening on Saturday, Nov. 23 through 24. Because the club is restricted to 100 members, the edition of each featured print is limited, signed and numbered.
This year, the Fair will focus heavily on contemporary printmaking with works ranging in price from $500 to several thousand dollars. Organizers say the Fair is an ideal opportunity for novice collectors to start a collection and for connoisseurs to add works to existing collections. Over the past decade, the Fair has featured a slate of internationally recognized artists, among them Janet Fish, Richard Bosman, Gladys Nilsson, Mary Lee Bendolph, Marylyn Dintenfass, Sidney Hurwitz, Hunt Slonem, April Gornik and Karsten Creightney. There are still some prints available for from previous Fairs at the price of $500 for club members and $600 for non-members. These will be sold over the weekend on a first come, first served basis while supplies last.
Each year, the Flint Print Club commissions an artist to produce a print to augment both the FIA’s collection and the pursuit of personal collecting. The Club is limited to 100 members in good standing at the Family level or above. Flint Print Club dues are $250 annually, which provides each participating member with a selected print and related programs.
For the 2019 installment of the Fair, Joseph Drapell has been chosen to create the commissioned print. Born in Prague, Drapell has resided in Canada since leaving Europe in 1965. Since then, he has exhibited in more than 150 solo and group exhibitions and landed in over 50 major collections, including the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art and The British Museum in London. Print dealers featured in this year’s Fair include The Lawrence Lithography Workshop in Kansas City, Missouri, Paramour Fine Arts in Franklin, Michigan, Susan Teller Gallery in New York, Stewart & Stewart in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and Zanatta Editions/Contemporary Art in Shawnee, Kansas. Prior to the event, FIA Executive Director John Henry will make selections from each dealer that he considers of exceptional interest and worthy of acquisition by the museum. “Director’s Choice” selections will be on view and available for sale throughout Print Fair weekend.
For more information about the Flint Print Fair or to join the Flint Print Club, visit flintarts.org/art/flint-print-club or call 810-234-1695