Homecoming: Celebrating 10 Years in Print

Celebrating 10 Years in Print

March 15 – May 5, 2024
Opening Reception: Friday, March 15, 7 – 10 PM in-person | RSVP here
Smokestack Gallery, The Cotton Factory, Hamilton ON

Homecoming presents an expansive group exhibition of print-based works on the occasion of Smokestack’s 10-year anniversary. Showcasing works collaboratively created with support from the digital, analog, and mounting studios, the exhibition proudly brings the work of 38 artists back to the origins of their making.

Participating Artists

Stephen Altena | Yael Brotman | Adam David Brown | Don Carr | Nathan Eugene Carson | Anna Church | Panya Clark Espinal | Becky Comber | Danny Custodio | Jason Deary | Emily Filler | Michelle Forsyth | Jonathan Groeneweg | Laine Groeneweg | Joseph Hartman | Tyler Bright Hilton | Meaghan Hyckie | Natalie Hunter | Anita Kunz | Kristiina Lahde | Jamie Lawson | Christina Leslie | Gareth Long | Niall McClelland | Katy McCormick | Scott McFarland | Andrew McPhail | Chris Myhr | Shelley Niro | Jacqui Oakley | Liss Platt| Mia Sandhu | Kristin Sjaarda | Penelope Stewart | Jessica Thalmann | David Trautrimas| Jim Verburg | Alice Zilberberg

Smokestack’s analog & digital studio spaces in the early days of Laine and Jonathan Groeneweg’s partnership, 2015

Smokestack was envisioned and initiated as a personal workspace for analog printmaker, Laine Groeneweg: an ideal space in which to set-up a studio with all the necessary fixings to produce high-quality prints in the intaglio medium. It wasn’t long, however, before collaborative one-on-one production support of other artists began in earnest.

While Laine was developing Smokestack as a studio centre for analog printmaking, his brother Jonathan was carving his expertise in the digital printmaking realm in Toronto. Soon after a partnership between Laine and Jonathan was formalized, launching a studio that could uniquely offer specialized production services across analog and digital printmaking.

Clockwise from upper right: Jonathan Groeneweg loading paper for production of an inkjet print in the digital studio, 2015. Tara Westermann and Laine Groeneweg in Smokestack Gallery, 2023. Lisa Mansfield preparing a substrate for mounting in the presentation studio, 2017. Laine Groeneweg inking etching plates in the analog studio, 2015

Since the opening of the first studio over 10 years ago, Smokestack has grown to incorporate a professional mounting studio (2017) and commercial gallery (2019) to even more comprehensively support contemporary printmakers and public engagement with their works. It is our love for the community of artists and enthusiastic lovers of print that inspires us to do what we do, and we can’t wait to celebrate with you!

Smokestack Gallery exhibits the work of artists who have produced their print projects in Smokestack’s Analog and Digital studios. The partnered operations between Smokestack Studios and Smokestack Gallery seek to establish a connection between the production of print works and their final presentation; to offer a greater understanding of the uniquely technical and creative processes involved in these specialized artistic disciplines.

For more information:
Tel: 289.799.5088

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday – Friday: 10 AM – 4 PM or by appointment

Mill Unit #213, 270 Sherman Avenue N.
The Cotton Factory
Hamilton, ON L8L 6N4
wheelchair accessible (with assistance)

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