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The Society of Northern Alberta Print-Artists (SNAP) and Alberta Printmakers (A/P) are collaborating to celebrate Alberta Culture Days 2020 across the province. While Calgary and Edmonton may often be pitted as rivals in Alberta, SNAP and A/P are joining together to offer a variety of free, interactive, and engaging online printmaking programming for all ages.


The events will kick off with Artist Presentations on Saturday, September 19 all day, with printmaking demonstrations from September 22 – 25, and finishing off with an online Print Party on Saturday, September 26. Stay tuned for RSVP information!

Artist Presentations: Meet the Artist

Tune in from 10 am – 10 pm on Saturday, September 19 to watch several printmakers living and working across Alberta speak about their artistic practice. Get a sneak peek into their studio spaces, learn about a range of creative processes, discover new techniques and artistic possibilities, and learn more about their work.

Watch all of the presentations at once for an art-filled day or enjoy the presentations at your own pace via A/P’s and SNAP’s websites linking to SNAP Gallery’s YouTube Channel following the September 19 release.


Featured Artists 

Bekk Wells – Grande Prairie

Billy Marshall – Edmonton
K. Gwen Frank – Calgary
Jewel Shaw – Red Deer
Katie Marie Bruce – Lethbridge
Lisa Matthias – Parkland County
Mahwish Ahmed – Calgary
Marnie Blair – Red Deer
Nurgül Rodriguez – Calgary
Patrick Arès Pilon – Spruce Grove

Wendy Tokaryk – Banff


Visit SNAP's YouTube Channel to browse all presentations, or click on each artist above to go directly to their presentation.

*Viewers are advised that Meet the Artist presentations were generously prepared and provided by each participating artist, depicting a range of their talents, artistic practices and research topics. As such, these presentations and artworks depicted therein may contain or deal with mature or sensitive content that require parental/guardian discretion.


We welcome anyone who would like to know more about each information in advance to contact A/P ( or SNAP (, and we'll connect with you as soon as we can

Printmaking Demonstrations & Tutorials

Enjoy four behind-the-scenes printmaking demonstrations that feature A/P and SNAP facilities before showing you hands-on ways to achieve similar results by printing from home. Over the course of four consecutive evenings (Tuesday, September 22 – Friday, September 25), you will experience a comprehensive guide to printmaking and the various processes involved in techniques such as screen printing, intaglio, lithography, and monotype. All ages and skill levels are encouraged to participate and learn from professional artists who will take you through the steps of printing before showing you how to adjust the techniques and materials to successfully print at home.

The ‘at-home’ portion of each demonstration will touch on child-friendly techniques and will use a range of supplies that are readily available and accessible. A supply list will be provided in advance if participants would like to print along at home.

*All four of these programs are INTENDED FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY particularly the at-home portions.


View each demonstrations by clicking on them below:

Monotype Printing Demo by Deltra Powney (first shared on Tuesday, Sept 22)

View the at-home supply list HERE


Intaglio (Photopolymer Etching) Demo by Heather Urness (first shared on Wednesday, Sept 23)

View the at-home supply list HERE


Screen Printing Demo by Tamara Deedman (first shared on Thursday, Sept 24)

View the at-home supply list HERE


Lithography Demo by James Boychuk-Hunter (first shared on Friday, Sept 25)

View the at-home supply list HERE

Print Party

Get your entire household together to join in an interactive Prairie Impressions Print Party on Saturday, September 26! After enjoying the artist presentations and printmaking demonstrations throughout the week now experience a real-time print party from your own home. Join in the fun and print your own party decorations to celebrate Alberta Culture Days with A/P and SNAP!

From 2 – 3:30 pm there will be a Family Fun Hour where all ages are invited to participate and print their own party decorations. With the help of step-by-step instructions create a printed party hat and decorative paper bunting to make your own party zone festive and fun! Families and individuals can put their new printmaking skills to use during the engaging and interactive party activities.

After the Family Fun Hour there will be a Printmaking Happy Hour from 5 – 6:30 pm for those who wish to partake with beverages and hands-on printmaking activities in the company of the Alberta-based artists featured in the live artist presentations. Bring your questions, printmaking passion, and party energy for a fun evening of printshop talk and coaster printing!



2 – 3:30 pm:

Family Fun Hour (all ages)  

View the at-home supply list HERE

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5 – 6:30 pm:

Printmaking Happy Hour (recommended for adults) 

View the at-home supply list HERE

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Prairie Impressions is part of the celebrations occurring throughout the province during Alberta Culture Days 2020. Alberta Culture Days runs September 1 to 30 and is the province’s largest celebration of our heritage, arts, community spirit and cultural diversity. To learn more, visit  

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