Roadworks This Weekend!

Join us for Roadworks! If you’re near San Francisco, come visit us this weekend!

DATE : Sunday, September 28, 2014  11 am – 4 pm.

PLACE : Rhode Island Street (between 16th & 17th Streets) in San Francisco


JOIN IN THE FUN: Steamroller printing, 40 craft vendors, family friendly hands-on printing activities for the public, music, art exhibition and more.

See 3 ft x 3 ft linoleum carvings printed on the street with a steamroller for a press. This year, a good friend of Painted Tongue Press, Luz Marina Ruiz, is among the 6 artists whose work is being printed by steamroller.

Here’s what the event organizer, San Francisco Center for the Book, has to say about the event:

The San Francisco Center for the Book’s annual Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival is a day-long public printmaking and book arts showcase presented amid a selection of arts and crafts vendors, free letterpress, bookbinding and other demonstrations and plenty of fun. Using a 1924 seven-ton construction steamroller and an unlikely letterpress bed – the surface of Rhode Island Street itself – a team of 6 featured artists and printers create large-scale prints from three-foot-square hand-carved “Battleship linoleum” blocks. Now in its 11th year, Roadworks has become a popular tradition in the Potrero Hill neighborhood of San Francisco, drawing printmaking and book art enthusiasts from far and wide, as well as families with kids of all ages.
New this year at Roadworks is the Speedball Creativity Zone featuring FREE hands-on block printing fun for everyone and Roadworks Community Linocut Prints created by 8 community members, which will be sold at the event to benefit San Francisco Center for the Book.
As a bonus, Water Paper Stone: A Walk-Thru Book authored by Judy O’Shea will be on exhibit during the event at San Francisco Center for the Book. Water Paper Stone celebrates the experiences Judy writes about in her memoir Water Paper Stone. Art from 18 of the French and American artists who participated in the artist-in-residence Judy and her husband hosted in Plaisance, France will be featured in this installation.
The large-scale steamroller prints created at the 2014 Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival will be for sale during the event. The steamroller prints are highly limited editions. If you are interested in the work of a specific featured artist, contact us to reserve your print in advance.

2014 Featured Artists

LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL! We are pleased to announce the list of the 2014 Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival featured artists. The featured artists are ::

:: MAURO FFORTISSIMO :: classical pianist and the creator of the Sunset Piano, calligrapher of player piano scrolls unrolled into banners, he melds music with the visual arts.

:: GRENDL LOFKVIST :: letterpress printer at San Francisco Center for the Book and San Francisco City College, blackletter calligrapher mentored by Ward Dunham, and offset printer at Inkworks, Berkeley, bastion of social activism.

:: RIK OLSON :: has carved his way through all eleven Roadworks, following the adventures of his grandfather’s steamroller as it rumbles over a bridge of books through time, space, inferno and paradise.

:: ERIC REWITZER :: printmaker of 3 Fish Studios, brings to a smashing conclusion his triptych wherein San Francsico meets Godzilla, King Gidorrah, and who-knows-who this year?

:: LUZ MARINA RUIZ :: her early fascination with California landscape and light has evolved over the years to create a synthesis of nature, light and basic organic forms: the essence of life.

:: RICHARD WAGENER :: artists of the amazing California in Relief and The Sierra Nevada Suite published by the Book Club of California, will render his vision of the Panama Pacific Exposition, which enchanted the world at San Francisco in 1915.