‘The Art of Printmaking’ featured in 2013 calendars for Kaneko Gallery fundraiser

Carla Manes and Carla Manes

American River College art students, together with Professor Mick Sheldon, are proud to announce their fifth annual “Kaneko Gallery Fundraising Calendars” for 2013 which are now available.

“I’m thinking that, for our fifth year making this thing, it’s gonna catch on fire… I’m totally excited,” said Sheldon on the enthusiasm for the new calendars.

The Kaneko Calendar has doubled its investment each time as a fundraiser, but Sheldon would like to raise more money. The calendars sell for $15 and students with school ID cards only pay $10. The money helps to support the eight art exhibitions put on at the Kaneko Gallery each school year. Funds raised by calendar sales also help to support the Artist Lecture Series created by Joy Bertinuson.

“(This is) one of the coolest things that is happening on our campus to date,” said Sheldon. In addition, these funds are also used to pay for flyers and other costs needed to put on the student artists’ shows held in the Boetcher Library Stairwell.

This year’s calendar theme, “The Art of Printmaking,” features print images created by 25 students from ARC’s “Relief Printmaking Class” that was last offered in the fall of 2011. The 2013 calendar has full-color and black and white prints with introductions of the participating artists and includes a free, original hand-colored linoleum block print pullout, created by the students and faculty, for as long as supplies last.

“But even if you don’t get one of the free prints, it’s still a dang fine calendar,” said Sheldon. The calendar also includes all relevant school dates, holidays, moon-phases and a selection of whimsical dates, such as “national yo-yo day” and “national peanut butter and jelly day.”

“It‘s just a real nice calendar,” said Sheldon.

The three students most involved in this project were Kadie Sue Anderson, Yukiko Konishi and Cynthia Monk, “who met with me in the Kaneko Gallery every Tuesday this past summer to photograph, choose and organize the prints for our calendar, and they did an excellent job of it,” said Sheldon.