Community Print Makers of Murwillumbah treasurer Sue Chakos and president Peter Schardin welcome visitors to the new studio at Stokers Siding.
Community Print Makers of Murwillumbah treasurer Sue Chakos and president Peter Schardin welcome visitors to the new studio at Stokers Siding. Yvonne Gardiner

Print exhibition on show at new studio

COMMUNITY Print Makers of Murwillumbah are looking forward to a bright and productive future after moving into a studio at picturesque Stokers Siding.

Their former long-term premises at Bray Park was moved off its foundations when three metres of water went through it during the March/April flood.

Members managed to save the all-important presses and plan drawers.

CPM president Peter Schardin, a member since 1990, said the new, character-filled studio was "going good".

"It's a really good space and lots of people come through," he said.

The group holds open days every Friday from 10am to 3pm.

Visitors are welcome to view the exhibition of artworks and see printmaking in action, like metal plate etching, one of the oldest forms of printing.

They can also explore etching and relief printing, lino and woodcut.

"Anybody can come in who's interested and we can show them how to do the prints," Peter said.

"But they can't work unless they're a member.

"As a printmaker, I can show people what to do and they can ask questions.

"There are hundreds of ways you can do a print, so many varieties.

"It's very creative and diverse."

CPM was established in 1989 as a not-for-profit group to further the art of fine art printmaking.

They are now tenants at Stokers Siding for two years, courtesy of a NSW Rural Assistance Authority grant.

CPM treasurer Sue Chakos, a member for 10 years, said there was a possibility of space at the Murwillumbah showground in the future.

"We are not a teaching facility, but we can guide people," Sue said.

"It's a very experimental art form."

The new CPM Print studio is at Shop 1, 224 Stokers Rd, Stokers Siding, opposite the park.

Email cpmmurwillumbah@hotmail.com or phone Peter on 0427 545 672 for details.


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