Martha Street Studio — About Us

Manitoba
Printmakers
Association


11 Martha Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 1A2



204 779 6253

About Us

Martha Street Studio, incorporated in 1988 as Manitoba Printmakers Association Inc, is a dynamic not-for-profit, artist-run centre located in the East Exchange District, that both preserves and advances the print arts. Our 4,000 square foot production space, sales area, and gallery occupy a fully–renovated and accessible heritage building. Through production, education, exhibitions and sales, we are a significant contributor to the progression of printmaking and to Winnipeg's cultural landscape. Martha Street Studio supports professional artists working within and on the periphery of traditional printmaking and cultivates new and emerging artists. Martha Street Studio also engages and connects communities through our programs and exhibitions and builds audiences and interest in printmaking.


hours


10 - 5 Tuesday to Friday
Noon - 5 Saturdays*
*closed Saturdays of long weekends


contacts


Martha Street Studio
also known as Manitoba Printmakers' Association
11 Martha Street
Winnipeg, MB, R3B 1A2
Canada

Phone: (204)779-6253

Fax: (204)944-1804

For general inquiries:
e-mail: askmartha@printmakers.mb.ca

Kristin Nelson - Director
e-mail: director@printmakers.mb.ca

Larry Glawson - Administrative Coordinator
e-mail: admin@printmakers.mb.ca

Sarah Crawley - Community Programming Coordinator
e-mail: education@printmakers.mb.ca

Mariana Muñoz Gomez - Professional Programming Coordinator
e-mail: gallery@printmakers.mb.ca

Andrew Lodwick - Studio Manager
e-mail: studio@printmakers.mb.ca

Sean McLachlan - Digital Suite Manager
e-mail: digital@printmakers.mb.ca

Peter Graham - Studio Technician
e-mail: studio@printmakers.mb.ca

Alison James - Studio Technician
e-mail: studio@printmakers.mb.ca


vision


“Unparalleled, accessible facilities and education in the print arts”


mission/mandate


The Manitoba Printmakers Association maintains the heritage of excellence in printmaking while advancing artists and innovation through technique, education and community engagement at its sustainable Martha Street Studio facility.


values


Innovative

MPA encourages innovation in printmaking and education while maintaining a standard of excellence and our printmaking heritage.

Inclusive

MPA is an open and inclusive environment which engages actively with the community through education and outreach and welcomes new and long-term artists from many disciplines.

Integrity

MPA is sensitive to diversity, individuality and its place in the community, which is realized in the way we treat our members, each other and our partners.

Supportive

MPA supports artists, encourages their growth and well-being, and acts as a stable hub for excellence in printmaking practice, international networking and promotion of work.

Educators

MPA believes in the education and mentorship of artists, creating printmaking experiences for the community, and informing the public about our tradition and activities.

Viability

MPA is a fiscally responsible organization, committed to ensuring that its operations and diverse programming remain viable in the long-term.


history


MPA was formed in the spring of 1984 by a group of Manitoba print artists. In 1985, MPA became an incorporated member-based non-profit organization and was initially dedicated to artistic and technical excellence in the fine art of printmaking--intaglio, relief, lithography, silkscreen and monoprints. One of the Association's long-term goals was realized in July of 1989 when MPA moved into its open studio and gallery facilities at 114 Market Avenue East. The studio became one of the largest, best equipped and most diversified open printmaking facilities in Canada. Used by artists from various disciplines and experience levels, the studio featured leading-edge digital and photographic capabilities, custom printing services, and a full range of classes and lectures for artists and for the general public. Equipment included three etching presses, including a Charles Brand press with a 40 X 60 inch bed, a litho press, silkscreen tables, photo processing rooms, drying racks, a solvent unit, hot plates and 5000 square feet of work space. In addition, MPA rented a variety of private studios to artists and offered printmaking classes to the community.

In June 1996, MPA learned that the Manitoba Arts Council was suddenly reducing core funding to MPA and to several other visual arts groups by 85%. In 1997, the Canada Council, in response to its own funding difficulties, withdrew its 1998 funding for all printmaking facilities across Canada, including MPA. These two events, combined with an already weak financial structure, resulted in the sudden closure of the studio. In March 1997 the Board of Directors elected to close the MPA facility on Market Avenue, sell off the equipment and dissolve the organization. At that meeting a stalwart few decided to keep the organization alive,  place all of the production equipment in storage, layoff all staff, and relocate the MPA office to temporary quarters.

The 1997 funding crisis and resultant closure of its Market Avenue facility forced the Manitoba Printmakers' Association to re-evaluate many of the organization's basic assumptions and operational systems.

The Association undertook a major review of the organization as a whole, and was quickly able to determine that neither its scope of activities nor their relationships to its members were at issue. Rather, the problem was essentially one of insufficient resources for the provision of the necessary facilities and services. The Association proceeded to consider new sources of revenue and alternate modes of operation. Working without paid staff and operating from donated office space, MPA considered ways to re-establish a printmaking facility, which would become increasingly self-sufficient. It was assisted in this effort by staff at the Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism.

Since the strategic plan was completed in 1998, the Association has established a new printmaking facility following the model outlined in the strategic study. The Association was successful with its renewed efforts to obtain charitable tax status. It received designation as a "Charitable Organization" effective January 2000. This important development has allowed the Association to tap into many new sources of funding to assist with both the initial costs of re-establishing a community printmaking facility as well as with special projects and ongoing programming over the long term.


board of directors


Keith Oliver (President)

Jennie Styrchak (Treasurer)

Gary Styrchak (Secretary)

Ann Rallison

Tom Lewicki

Andrew Valko

Paul Balcaen

Ted Howorth

Hillarie Tasche

Lisa Jorgensen