Albany Museum of Art Downtown Festival Is Set for Saturday, Nov 19, 2022
In addition to a new downtown Albany location, Albany Museum of Art ChalkFest will offer a new attraction when it returns on Saturday, Nov 19 – printmaking with a steamroller.
“We are always looking for new ways to excite people about art, and printmaking in the street with a steamroller is sure to capture the attention of everyone,” AMA Executive Director Andrew J. Wulf, Ph.D., said. “Chris Johnson created amazing largescale and smaller prints using a steamroller as the press at a Family Day event at the museum in July 2021. We cannot wait to see what he and his group come up with at AMA ChalkFest. His printmaking is sure to be a crowd favorite.”
This year, AMA ChalkFest will be conducted on South Front Street adjacent to the Albany Civic Center and will incorporate Veterans Park Amphitheatre. The event will be 10 am-5 pm, and admission will be free for everyone.
Johnson, who earned his bachelor’s degree and master of fine arts in printmaking at Clemson University said he is happy to be a part of the fifth annual festival that will feature professional and amateur chalk artists, live music, craft beer and libations stations, artists and other vendors, food trucks, and a family activity center.
“I’m stoked,” Johnson said. “I love printmaking and steamrolling. The Albany Museum of Art has always got cool gigs, so I’m really looking forward to it.”
In creating steamroller prints, a large wooden block carved with an image is inked and placed inside a wooden frame on the pavement. Paper or cloth is placed on top of it, along with a felt blanket. Then, Johnson drives the steamroller over the frame, with the pressure created by the rollers transferring the image onto the paper or cloth.
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