This Old Press

Donated to The Workshop last summer by Jack Welsch of Roaring Brook Township, this over 100-year-old Damon & Peets 9 x 13 press is up and running again. A team of friends and letterpress enthusiasts help dismantle, move, clean and assemble the 1200+ lb. press at its new home on 334 Adams Ave. Scranton.

This little bit of history I have on the press comes from Jack and some online letterpress archive research. His father had a printing business and this was purchased near Thompson, Pa as a second press. Jack started printing on it 50 years ago and printed part-time on it to support his family early on. The press and four cabinets of metal and wood type along with lots of accessories were in his basement for at least 25 years untouched—except by a few nesting mice. Jack generously donated the entire basement print shop to The Workshop as he has retired and moved out to Arizona. After looking through lockups and image cuts, most of the “recent” work, as in 25 years ago, looked to be for a Moscow church.

As for the press itself, I had not heard of a Damon & Peets press so after some online research, I found out they came out of New York and in business from the late 1800s to 1911, when they were then bought out by Golding. Damon & Peets and a Golding presses are of the same design. The press was missing a treadle but I was able to locate one down by Lancaster from Bindery Tools. They came up and installed it in 15 minutes. The rollers that came with the press are at least 50 years old and still work! Must have had the right storage conditions as they didn’t dry out.

Enjoy the photo gallery from Jack’s basement to the Workshop and to the first test print made on our “new” old press.

(A big thanks to all my helpers, Cole Hastings, Frank Kulas Jr., Paul Van Atta, Melissa Wollmering, Gary Irwin, Chris Stine, Mitch Frear and Eric Lansberry. And of course the biggest thanks to Jack Welsch for his generosity.)

Window Painting Project for Scrantonmade Holiday Market at the Globe

The annual ScrantonMade Holiday Market is being held at the old Globe department store famed for its holiday displays and Santa in downtown Scranton. The old Globe store, closed since the early 90s, spans the block from Wyoming Ave. to Penn Ave.  As part of the ScrantonMade Holiday Market design team, I was tasked to paint 6 large display windows and the Penn Ave. entrance. I assembled a top notch team of graphic design students and another design faculty member from Marywood University to tackle the big project.

Not having painted windows before, I did some research and found that doing it on the outside is the best for visibility and to use Dick Blick student grade tempera as the consistency and opaqueness works well plus it’s easy to clean off as opposed to acrylic or latex paint. The only downside is it’s not waterproof in a downpour. So we are spraying it will fixative and trying out Aquanet weatherproof hairspray too. The test will be this coming weekend as we are forecast with some rain and snow. It only needs to hold up until Dec. 4th! Fingers crossed! I’ll post more photos as we finish.

Update: tempera and fixative hold well up to the elements. Aquanet hairspray is too watery and not a fine mist when spraying on.

Designers: Chris Medley, John Meza, Emmaneul Adjei, Jake Santos, Katlynn Whitaker, Gabby Creazzo, and Rachel Hines.

My Spring/Summer Exhibits

2nd Annual Pocono Art Collage

Northampton Community College, Monroe Campus
June 13-Sept. 2
Reception: June 23, 5-7 p.m.

sand mosaic

Juried Art Exhibition: Water Views
June 3rd – August 13th

Tioga Historical Museum
Owega, NY

  • June 3rd– Opening of the Juried Art Exhibit
  • June 7th– Jurors Visit and Award Decision
  • June 18th– Owego’s Strawberry Festival and the Juried Art Show’s Popular Choice Vote
  • June 30th– Reception & Awards Ceremony (Invitation to follow)
  • August 13th– Exhibit Closes

Two photographs were juried in for this exhibit:




April 2016
18 North 7th St., Stroudsburg, PA

sand mosaic

Poconos Arts Council member show:

2nd place Photography

sand and sea

Exhibition 2016, May 9-30
18 North 7th St., Stroudsburg, PA
This work is now on exhibit at the Monroe County Public Library until July 31st.




A Night of Silver–AAF NEPA Silver Medal honor and Addy

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I am deeply honored to have been awarded the Silver Medal in advertising by the AAF NEPA  at the American Advertising Awards dinner held at the Radisson Lackawanna Train Station in Scranton, PA on February 26, 2016 . My role as a board member for 10 years, as a teacher and mentor to graphic design students and my role in the community was recognized with a beautiful silver medal, a creative group of ads in the program, a funny and kind introduction by Paul DeLuca, DFA, last year’s Silver Medal recipient, and a beautiful bouquet of flowers.

The AAF’s Silver Medal Award Program was established in 1959 (2009 by AAF NEPA) to recognize men and women who have made outstanding contributions to advertising and who have been active in furthering the industry’s standards, creative excellence and responsibility in areas of social concern. Annually, the AAF NEPA bestows this honor upon one outstanding member of the local advertising community.

And to make night even more special, I won a Silver American Advertising Award for a set of posters I designed for the University of Scranton.

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Printwork 2015 exhibit

If you happen to be in Pittsburgh, stop in to this exhibit at The Artists Image Resource gallery where I have my Hi! letterpress print on display. Show is up until February 5th. I am one of 23 artists chosen from over 320 entries, designed to showcase the best of contemporary printmaking in the United States.

Print is 13 x 19 inches, hand printed  wood type  with gold ink on French paper.



ScrantonMade’s Holiday Market at The Mall at Steamtown; Dec 4th and 5th


I’ll be vending at ScrantonMade’s Holiday Market in a few weeks in the old BonTon at The Mall of Steamtown.  I’ve got a fun new line of necklaces and some freshly screen printed crow pillows in addition to some local photography printed on canvas. Of course I’ll have lots of letterpress greeting cards and prints.  Here’s all the info:

Just a few of things I’ll be selling:

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ScrantonMade’s Holiday Market details:

Old Enough to Know Better Exhibit

Girl Flannel

I was lucky enough and honored to have a work selected for the international, juried exhibition “Old Enough to Know Better” sponsored by the Women’s Caucus for Art Philadelphia Chapter. Works are by mid-career and emerging women, and women-identified, artists aged 35 and over. The theme is the stubbornness and persistence of artistic vocation.

This was a highly competitive show. Out of the 265 artists who together submitted 2087 pieces of work, only 67 pieces were accepted.


Crane Arts Gallery 109
1400 North American Street
Philadelphia PA 19122

RECEPTION: Thursday, November 12, 2015, 6-9pm
CLOSING DATE: November 28, 2015

EILEEN NEFF’s work is represented by Bridgette Mayer Gallery in Philadelphia and by Bruce Silverstein in New York. Her work has been shown at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Institute of Contemporary Art; the Rosenbach Museum and Library; the Carnegie Mellon Art Gallery; and at Artists Space and P.S.1 in New York. She has received grants from the Pew Fellowship in the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Leeway Foundation. She wrote for Artforum from 1989-2012. She currently teaches in the MFA programs of the University of the Arts and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

DIANE BURKO has had solo shows at the Locks Gallery over the past 30 years. She has shown at the Zimmerli, Tang and Michener Museums, Tufts and Princeton University. She has received grants from the Independence, Lila Acheson Wallace, the Rockefeller and the Leeway Foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Her works are in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and the Delaware and Woodmere Art Museums. She is the founder of Philadelphia’s FOCUS on Women in the Arts, a series of ground breaking events and exhibitions in 1974. In 2011, she was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Women’s Caucus for Art.


Work at Northeastern Biennial 2015 Wins Award

The Northeastern Biennial 2015 up now until November 12th is divided among four galleries in Scranton, Pa: The Hope Horn at the University of Scranton, the AFA Gallery, Artworks Gallery and The Mahady Gallery at Marywood University. Three of my abstract beach photos are on display at AFA and Artworks among many other talented artists in the region. I was honored to received 2nd place in photography for my photo Sand Mosaic. Although I wasn’t selected for one of the four solo shows, I was one of 15 finalists being considered. It’s worth a look and you can pop into the downtown galleries for the November First Friday Scranton art walk. Thanks for looking!

 sand mosaic

sand stratasand and sea

Marywood Faculty Biennial-Still time to catch the exhibit

Even though the opening and artist talk is over, it’s still worth a stop into the Mahady gallery to see the great work by Marywood art faculty. There is a group installation as you walk in comprised of 10 ” x 10″ works by all faculty. My contribution are three color grid block prints I used as a basis for the design of the exhibit postcard.  The grid was created by printing the backs of the wood letters on a proof press, scanned in, colorized in Photoshop and then printed on wood. The work is up until October 4th.

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