Beer City Prints


Down Boy!! Lager by Anders Sandstrom

September 21, 2012
Friday reception 6 – 9 PM
sponsored by Neenah Paper and Highland Brewery

September 22, 2012 Saturday demos 1 – 5 PM
Beer City Prints will be on display at Asheville BookWorks during BookOpolis, September 21, through November 30, 2012.


“Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder,” a quote by Kinky Friedman, sets the tone for Beer City Prints, a portfolio collection of 24 original prints by members of the Wood Engravers Network (WEN) and the Asheville BookWorks Co-op (ABC). The two groups collaborated on Beer City Prints.

Devil's Dark by John McWilliams

Devil’s Dark by John McWilliams

In June, wood engravers from across the US met at Asheville BookWorks to hold their annual weeklong workshop. In celebration of the art and craft brewing tradition in Western NC and Asheville being named Beer City three years in a row, WEN members designed 24 fanciful, intricately carved beers labels for the workshop this year. Last year, in 2011, the WEN workshop met in Two Rivers, WI at the Hamilton Wood Type Museum where they created an illustrated alphabet.

Following the WEN workshop, ABC printmakers developed the text and imagery of the WEN beer labels a step further. Inspired by the beer titles and label art, ABC printmakers created a context for each label including a bottle element, visual puns and narratives particular to each label and made an edition of original prints. In addition to the wood engravings, print processes include; letterpress, linocut, screenprint, collograph, sandragraph and white line woodcut. Neenah Paper, headquartered near Altanta, GA, donated all the paper for Beer City Prints.

Beer City Prints will be on display at Asheville BookWorks during BookOpolis, September 21, through November 30, 2012. In addition, examples of actual linocuts, screens, and other matrices used in each print process will accompany the work. The Beer City Print collection will also be exhibited at the tasting room of Highland Brewery, dates TBA. Highland Brewery is a sponsor of the BookOpolis reception, September 21, 6 – 9 PM.

Barnstormer Bock by Sharon Linder

Barnstormer Bock by Sharon Linder

Beer City Prints was printed in an edition of 44 complete sets of 24 prints, housed in a handmade portfolio, 12 x 16 ½” for safe storage and viewing. Each contributing artist will receive a complete edition, another will be raffled on Friday, Sept. 21 at the opening reception of BookOpolis and another will be offered for sale.  The raffle and sale of Beer City Prints will benefit the Artist-in-Residence program of BookWorks Coop.

Raffle tickets for Beer City Prints are souvenir Beer City/Asheville postcards and come in three different letterpress designs by summer letterpress interns at Asheville BookWorks. “The stubs go into the raffle and the keepsake Beer City/Asheville postcard is a treasure all it’s own, ‘Collect ‘em all,’” Laurie Corral, BookWorks founder and director since 2004. The 2012 Beer City Prints raffle winner will be announced on Friday evening, opening night of BookOpolis.

To see all the labels and prints in the collection please visit its Picasa gallery.