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Ashantilly's 2019 Artist Residency Completed.

Katherine on the platen press.


Katherine Taylor completed her residency with Ashantilly Press on September 12. Although Hurricane Dorian interrupted her work, she nonetheless was able to find direction in her art. Side note: although we avoided Dorian, Katherine's hometown, Halifax, Nova Scotia did not!

The residency opened with a "Meet and Greet" gathering and a showing of the Letterpress film "Pressing On", complete with popcorn! A closing reception at the Print Shop offered opportunity to print a small broadside that Katherine had set on the Vandercook.






The walkway project is nearly complete, just lacking a few replacement plants and some filldirt and sod. If you haven't seen it yet, do ride by! It is especially lovely at night with the new lighting! We are very grateful to the Watson-Brown Foundation for the grant that funded this project, and to Thomas Angell and Jessica Higgins of Verdant Enterprises for their incredible design!



Walkway Work Has Started!

New Walkway!



Work has begun on the walkway to the eastern entrance of the Center! Two handicapped parking spaces will also help us to meet ADA requirements for handicapped-friendly access. The walkway will gradually slpoe toward the entrance making it wheel-chair accessible. Work was funded by a grant from Watson-Brown Foundation. Thomas Angel and Jessica Higgins of Verdant Enterprises generously donated their beautiful design plans. 


2019 Blessing of the Fleet!

Ashantilly set up a booth at Art in the Park for the annual Blessing. The small press cranked out hundreds of small broadsides to hand out as momentos. The new T-shirts with the Bill Haynes wood block image of shrimp was a big hit! Noel Gieleghem demonstrated the art of Boondoggling, encouraging many to take his workshop at Ashantilly!


Wood Etching Artist, John McWilliams, visited the Press.


John McWilliams


John McWilliams is a very well known wood etching artist from McClellanville, SC. He visited the shop to evaluate the possibility of printing his latest book on the Vandercook. We are looking forward to working with this esteemed artist.




Plant Sale Spring 2019


Many vendors provided awesome plants for the  gardeners who have chosen to "Go Native!" An incredible number of folks gathered to buy plants, learn more about native plants, and enjoy some noninvasive Mimosas. Everyone must plant the beauties they bought and be ready for the Fall sale!



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