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“Mark Squared” – Mark Samuels Lasner (right) enjoys a moment of calm with
Mark Dimunation of the Library of Congress at the MSL Collection Symposium. See the story here


Lindsay Schmittle & The Printed Walk
A thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail 

We have received a report from Chapter member Lindsay Schmittle concerning her Kickstarter project The Printed Walk. As of the middle of June, Lindsay was two months into her walk on the Appalachian Trail, that she started in Georgia, and she had crossed the 900-mile mark and was nearly through Virginia.

After the completion of her hike, Lindsay will create a letterpress printed chronicle of her walk, consisting of 22 art prints, one for each 100 miles of the trip. Lindsay writes: “As I hike, I gather inspiration from color combinations, landscape compositions, sounds of the woods and wild acts of life from creatures, plant life, and weather. I’ve been focusing on the details–the happenings one may not notice on a quick day hike. I want to take these details and bring them to the center stage with the 22 prints because these little details of life are what makes nature so magical.”

Chapter members Ray Nichols & Jill Cypher drove to Harper’s Ferry (mile marker 1,023), where Lindsay called when she was 4 miles out. Ray & Jill walked out to meet here (we might add that everything from Harper’s Ferry is uphill.

They supplied Lindsay with a couple of good restaurant meals and a nice hotel room, complete with shower and washing machine (both needed). She recently reporting bear and rattlesnake sightings. We’re sure those will show up in her posters somehow.

You can click here to follow her Instagram account. Her trek is expected to last through August.

Smithsonian Institution Print-O-Rama
Friday / Saturday, July 28 / 29
1:00 – 4:00pm both days

Volunteers are still needed to assist at the upcoming Smithsonian Institution 2017 Print-O Rama, which will take place at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, First Floor, West Wing. Chapter member Joan Boudreau, Curator, Graphic Arts Collection, is coordinating the event. Volunteers will help describe items out of the museum’s collection, including presses, type, and printed products, all of which will have labels with basic information such as a title, the maker, and date. Also, as at last year’s Print-O-Rama, Chapter members will demonstrate letterpress printing on a 5 x 8∫ Kelsey press, and assist visitors to print a souvenir card on two 3 x 5∫ Kelseys.

Chapter members interested in helping can sign up for either or both days by emailing Joan Boudreau ( Plan to arrive by 12:30 p.m. on the day(s) you participate.

And, if you cannot commit to volunteering, be sure to mark your calendar to attend. It is very rewarding to see a part of the Smithsonian collection on display and watch the expression on visitors’ faces when they print their souvenir card, especially the younger visitors for whom letterpress printing is virtually unknown.

Pyramid Atlantic Social Evening
Thursday evening, October 12th
4318 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville, Maryland

Pyramid Atlantic Art Center will be hosting the second annual book, print, and paper gathering of DC area print and book-related groups, at 4318 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville, MD. Te groups include APHA Chesapeake Chapter, College Book Art Association, Hand Papermaking, Potomac Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, and the Washington Rare Book Group.

Come for this gathering of artisans and artists, book lovers, and type geeks for an evening of networking and fun. Enjoy the expanded gallery space of Pyramid Atlantic while learning about upcoming events for your favorite organizations. Light refreshments will be served.

Paul Shaw Urban Lettering Walk
Sunday, October 15th
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

We are pleased to announce that noted designer, design scholar, and educator Paul Shaw will lead an “urban lettering walk” of Baltimore environs.

Mr. Shaw has led numerous walks in the past and, as his website states, they “[seek] out beautiful, odd and intriguing examples of lettering in the streetscapes of a single city.” The tours embrace a wide range of lettering regarding style, technique, and materials: inscriptions carved or cast in stone, painted “ghost” signs on brick walls, decaying neon signs, graffiti and more.

Additional information will be passed along as it becomes available.

APHA Chesapeake Wayzgoose and Meeting
Saturday, November 4th
Crooked Crow Press,
508 Mannakee Street, Rockville, MD

We are pleased to announce that, as in past years, Chris and Pat Manson have very generously agreed to host the Chapter’s annual meeting and Wayzgoose at their house in Rockville, MD.

The Chapter’s annual meeting will open with a potluck lunch and refreshments will be available, and Chapter calendars will be available for purchase. Members will bring items they have produced and acquired to show. Be sure to plan to attend since this is the best-attended Chapter event of the year and provides the opportunity to meet, converse with, and enjoy your fellow members.

 Pyramid Atlantic Exhibit
through August 5th
Gallery hours are 10 am – 6 pm
4318 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville, Maryland

To celebrate the first anniversary of Pyramid Atlantic’s move to Hyattsville, Curator Molly Ruppert has assembled a group show of 52 artists to mark the 52 weeks of occupancy. Entitled One Year Later, the exhibition is works on paper or those that involve printing as they closely align with Pyramid Atlantic’s core areas of expertise: printmaking, papermaking, and bookmaking.

Te exhibition runs through August 5th with gallery hours of 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Pyramid Atlantic is at 4318 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville MD.

You may also want to visit the Pyramid Atlantic website to check out their summer workshops.