Here and Now:

Laurel Premo, Lauren Paquette, Lauren Newton

KBAC Gallery, February 6-27
Opens During Art Hop, February 6, 2015, 6:00-9:00 p.m.


Laurel Premo, Lapland, Silkscreen

Laurel Premo

The primary medium I work with is screen print on natural or recycled paper that gives the pieces a textural quality that connects them with the grit or realistic themes of the images that I portray. I draw from my connections with nature, music, and primitive images from real life in attempt to herald these fundamental parts of the world. I create work to hold onto powerful experiences that I’ve had in the natural world or to share these memories with other city-dwelling citizens. My promotional design projects are often inspired by clear bold lines from history – anywhere from old railroad ticket posters to constructivist art.


Lauren Newton, Motivation

Lauren Newton

Art is a wonderful form of communication and exploration of self for me. Much of my work throughout college touches on the idea of identity and what makes us who we are, and how it is that we get to certain places in life.

When it comes to art I always love to try new things in different mediums. Printmaking however, has and always will be one of my favorites.






Lauren Paquette, intaglio

Lauren Paquette
A first impression is a half hazard attempt to dissect and understand a person with brief visual ques. With a first impression we take several things away from meeting someone. In a snap shot of time we analyze and determine a basic concept of a person and whether or not we will pursue further information. You are viewing a timeline of my work, a glimpse of the growth and discovery that occurred. My work is developed by the constant desire to understand and/or control emotions, personalities and behaviors both my own and those around me. I sought a greater awareness of my actions and innate behaviors in order to predict my emotions and actively adjust my behaviors that were unpredictable in the past.

This is the most accurate first impression you could have of someone, a moment in time to meet and understand their past, present and the future of who they could be.


Winter/Spring 2015 Workshops


The Kalamazoo Book Arts Center’s newest class offerings will take us from Winter into Spring. In this short, four month span, when Michigan goes from icey to in-bloom, you can explore a variety of papermaking, printmaking and surface design workshops. Try new bookbinding techniques like Long-Stitch and Star Accordion Binding, or come to the Open Book Studio to finish a project or review what you learned from a previous class. To solve the question of what to put in a book, we have poetry and journal writing classes. Shake off the winter doldrums and welcome the wonders of spring this year with a class at the KBAC! We are also offering new, after-school classes for kids every tuesday in February, March and April.

Adult Class Schedule        Children’s class schedule

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Gift Certificate


(Gift Certificates bought online will be mailed to the purchaser’s address. Please call 269-373-4938 to have us send it to another address.)



Linocut from Songs of an Abandoned Place by Jeff Abshear

Canti di un luogo abbandonato
By Azzurra d’Agostino

Songs of an Abandoned Place
Translation and linocuts by Jeff Abshear

During the summer of 2014, KBAC Director Jeff Abshear worked at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice, and Tipoteca Italiana Fondazione in Cornuda, to print the letterpress edition Canti di un luogo abbandonato/Songs of an Abandoned Place, by Azzurra d’Agostino. He translated the poems to English and printed them with four linocut prints, on handmade paper created in the KBAC studio and shipped to Italy.

 This project was funded by a KADI Grant from the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, the WMU Frostic School of Art, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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