New press debuts at Malt and Monotype Night

Mar 16, 2017
Waterfall Arts in Belfast will introduce its new Conrad press during the March 24 Malt and Monotype Night.

Belfast — The Print Studio of Waterfall Arts, 256 High St., will introduce its brand new, large format etching press during a special Malt & Monotype Night Friday, March 24, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Malt & Monotype, like the popular Wine & Wheel and Draft & Draw events, combines art making with a laid-back atmosphere and an introduction to the resources available in Waterfall’s public studios. At this event, participants will see demos with the new press; and work with print artist Gwen Tatro to make monotype pieces to take home. All levels of experience are welcome. Cost for the 21-and-older event is $10; beverages are available by donation.

A generous grant from the Kennedy Family Foundation funded the purchase of a new Conrad Etching Printing Press for Waterfall’s fully equipped and open Print Studio. The E-37 is the largest press offered by the Conrad Machine Company; the bed measures 37-by-54 inches, which can accommodate nearly all of the largest paper sizes.

One of the most important components of any etching press is its gear drive. Gear drives are superior to chain drives, requiring no adjustments for the life of the press. With a gear-driven press, the artist can enjoy smooth and effortless printing under heavy pressure with no transitional pull coming off a plate. Conrad Machine Co. is the only press manufacturer to use this planetary gear technology.

In addition to the Kennedy Family Foundation, Waterfall Arts is supported by yearlong sponsors Veloink, the Old Professor’s Bookshop, All Creatures Acupuncture, Waldo County Family Dentistry, the Green Store and the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, visit; stop by; or call 338-2222.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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