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Chesapeake Chapter Notes

Chesapeake Chapter Notes is emailed monthly to members and friends of the Chesapeake Chapter of the American Printing History Association. Contributions are welcome and can be sent to George Barnum, Chapter Secretary.

2021. 2021 Officer’s Report 2022January. February. May. June/July.

APHA Chesapeake
Annual Calendar 2023

Time to Sign Up for a 2023 APHA Chesapeake Calendar Page

It’s Chesapeake Chapter Collaborative Calendar season! Our calendar is a well made work that we are proud to ofer for sale. All proceeds go towards future chapter activities, including the Denker Fellowship. Pages are due August 15th so that we can promote the calendar and the Chapter at the Lancaster Printers Fair (September 17th this year) and other autumn events. Pages can be one person’s effort or a small group of people for each page. Those without a press can work with an established printer. If you’re not able to print on your own, or would like to collaborate, email Val Lucas to work out a good pairing!

You can get full details in the May Chesapeake Chapter Notes.

Hamilton Wood Type Museum
“New Impressions” Exhibition

Ray Nichols & Jill Cypher of Lead Graffiti, Chesapeake chapter members, had a broadside chosen for the Hamilton Wood Type Museum’s annual “NEW IMPRESSIONS” exhibition.

Entering its seventh year, New Impressions 2022 highlights the breadth and scope of letterpress printing as a contemporary art form. This annual international, juried exhibition showcases some of the finest letterpress printers worldwide to celebrate their exploration and creativity with letterpress printing techniques. The jury selected 41 prints from over 253 entries. The artists are from Brazil, Italy, Japan, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Size : 25″ x 38″
Paper : Fabriano Onyx
Runs : 6
Details : type inked with bubblewrap with the broadside stamped with additional bubblewrap

Chris Sweterlitsch via Zoom
Conastoga Press
Tuesday, June 21st, 7:30 p.m.

Over Zoom Chris Sweterlitsch will share photos and give a summary of the Chapter field trip to Conestoga Press in  Ephrata, PA on June 11.

You can get full details in the June/July Chesapeake Chapter Notes. To reserve your place and for sign-in details,  please email Chris Sweterlitsch . 

Save the Date:
Lancaster Printers Fair
Saturday, September 17th, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

As in past years, the Chesapeake Chapter intends to have a booth at this year’s Lancaster Printers Fair at the Ken Kulakowsky Center for Letterpress and Book Arts on the campus of Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, 117 Parkside Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17603. The purpose of the chapter’s booth is to make space available for the use of Chapter members who would like to sell items that they have printed, or equipment or supplies that they no longer need, and also promote membership in the chapter. Last year’s fair was very successful, with customers willing to make purchases. If you are interested please contact Chris Sweterlitsch at

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Hashtag your in progress or completed works using the hashtag #aphachesapeake.

We are happy to post recent or important images of letterpress-related creative work by our printing members. If you are a chapter member and have work you would like to submit email a digital image to Ray Nichols.

CHRIS MANSON : Crooked Crow Press : Rockville, MD
      2022 Chesapeake Chapter Keepsake
      Handset metal type

⬇ JILL CYPHER : Lead Graffiti : Newark, DE
     2022 Upper Chesapeake Book Arts spread for collaborative book
      Handset metal type > photopolymer over paste paper

⬇ RAY NICHOLS : Lead Graffiti : Newark, DE
      2022 Upper Chesapeake Book Arts spread for collaborative book
      Letterpress via photopolymer

⬇  VAL LUCAS : Bowerbox Press : Monkton, MD
      French Clarendon Specimen Sheet
      Letterpress via hand-set wood & metal type

⬇GREG ROBISON : Peregrinus Press 
     Jesuit Zen
     Letterpress via hand-set metal type

⬇ RAY NICHOLS & JILL CYPHER : Lead Graffiti : Newark, DE
      Broadside to support the Ukraine International Relief Fund
      Letterpress via hand-set metal type
      The project generated $1200.

⬇ LAUREN EMERITZ : Abstract Orange : Washington, DC
     Art is Play
     Wood cut printed via letterpress

⬇  VAL LUCAS : Bowerbox Press : Monkton, MD
      Foundry metal design

⬇ LAUREN EMERITZ : Abstract Orange : Washington, DC
     Art is Play
     Wood cut printed via letterpress

⬇ CASEY SMITH : Own Goal Press : Wilmington, DE
     Zoom Cards
    Letterpress via handset wood & metal type with bubblewrap, each in 2 runs

⬇GREG ROBISON : Peregrinus Press 
     Vaine Est L’Illusion
    Letterpress via woodcut & hand-set metal type

⬇  VAL LUCAS : Bowerbox Press : Monkton, MD
      Sumac pressure print
      Wood cut 7 leaves

⬇  GREG ROBISON : Peregrinus Press 
      The Jesuit Motto
      Letterpress via hand-set metal type

⬇ ROLAND HOOVER : Pembroke Press : Bethesda, MD
     2008 Chesapeake Chapter Roster
    Letterpress via handset metal type

View a co-operative print exchange by chapter members in 2021. Click to view.

View annual Chesapeake Chapter calendars. 2022. 2021. 2020. 2019. 2017. 2016.