Local artist opens printmaking studio with workshops available

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A local artist opens his own print studio that artists can rent. The company – Cheese Factory Press – will host a grand opening on Friday for potential customers to experience the space. Midlander Andrew Lawson saw the opportunity to create a mutually beneficial space for the community and himself.

“It started for my own needs because my own professional practice needed a place to work,” he said. “Midland doesn’t have a place that offers facilities for artists to do printmaking practices.”

Lawson said he wanted to kill two birds with one stone, creating space for himself and allowing printmakers to create a place. The Southwest Midland studio will also offer educational workshops for newcomers to the practice.

Lawson received his Masters of Fine Arts from Texas Tech University. He works extensively with intaglio prints, etchings, and engravings, although he can do most of the artistic processes.

From October 16, the boutique will offer several workshops on the creation of engravings and relief printing. Those who wish to participate in workshops do not need to have previous experience. Lawson would also like to present talks by artists, the Midland Arts Council and local museums in the space. He has also lived in Austin and Lubbock, which he says both have creative spaces for artists and hobbyists.

Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday at 3241 Franklin Ave., Suite A.

Visit the website for more information on workshops and space rental.

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