“Venice il Rialto” by Matthieux Marie
The last 10 years or so, extreme efforts have been made to "go green," living lifestyles and running businesses that are eco-friendly. Call it ahead of its time; when Regina Held opened the New Grounds Print Workshop in 1996, it was one of the first non-toxic print shops in the country. In 2002, New Grounds—which had already moved from the South Valley to Nob Hill in 2000—expanded and opened its own gallery.
New Grounds exhibits are built exclusively from the work of the print shop's studio members as well as international artists. Its stable of talent works in monotype, lithographs and collagraph to name a few. The gallery's host print shop holds classes and offers private instruction, and the studio is open for tours during gallery hours. The New Grounds Print Shop blog has coverage of lots of print technique demonstrations, which are a part of each exhibit. During June, the exhibit Contemporary Realism in Printmaking features some outstanding examples of contemporary realism, magical realism and surrealism in printmaking from international artists.