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BIG 3 ART: National Poster Retrospecticus Pop-Up


National Poster Retrospecticus Pop-Up @Union Press in Somerville 5/5-6 NOON-5PM


Bop on over to Union Press in Prospect Hill, Somerville May 5th and 6th to check out an array of hand printed posters. Union Press is strengthening the antique tradition on letterpress printing. By using woodblock and metal type, pages are assembled (backwards!) and run through a machine to make all sorts of print material. This is a skill combining mechanics, design aesthetic and lots of patience.


They will be hosting the National Poster Retrospecticus and their traveling exhibition. New Prints from the series Forty Nine Parks will be showcased, showcasing letterpress as well as multiple other kinds of print processes. Limited edition prints about each national park have been created for viewers like you to take home, including some quirky variants. Five percent of proceeds from the posters will go to the National Parks Service.


Other artists will be showcased, and food and letterpress demos will be available. Union Press has been a long time supporter of Boston Hassle and The Compass, so give them some love for us. Even if you can’t make this pop-up, be sure to check out the shop by making an appointment!


Union Press

[email protected]

440 Somerville Ave.
Somerville, MA 02143


(This weekend is also Somerville Open Studios, so there will be plenty to see if you need an excuse to make it up there)

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