We are a non-profit artist workshop and gallery dedicated to printmaking and letterpress publishing. We seek to preserve these traditional processes, be an educational resource to the community, and provide working artists access to facilities and equipment.
The Lost Classics of English Literature
We have been preparing our studio space for a bold new undertaking. Recently 180 woodblocks, originally carved for Encyclopedia Britannica, were rediscovered in pristine condition. These blocks tell six classic stories from English Literature. We will endeavor to print limited edition fine art publications of each story, but we need your help. Please, watch the video to learn more about this unique project. Consider donating to our Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign or volunteering in the production of these works of art that have reemerged after 60 years.
Opportunities for Artists
Associate Membership for artists is $45 per year. By becoming an Associate Member you help support Red Onion Press and all we do. Also, artists can be eligible for:
Discounts on classes
Access to Open Studio hours
Joining our studio membership
Being featured in our online gallery
Offering 3-5 works in our retail print gallery*
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classes and workshops
We offer instruction in intaglio, relief, collagraph, monotype, and letterpress. We hope to expand to include other techniques as we grow into the future. If you are interested in taking a specific class or receiving individual instruction please contact our office. If you are an arts educator who would be interested in using the Red Onion Press classroom space to offer printmaking or letterpress related classes to the community, we would love to talk to you about how we can work together.
Additionally, we offer group classes and tours for students, retirement communities, and unique office team building activities. Come learn these classic, hands-on techniques for making beautiful works of art from experienced instructors.
Once a month, the Red Onion offers an introductory workshop, hosted by the Kennesaw Parks and Recreation's Ben Robinson Community Center where one of our experienced printmakers or letterpress printers will demonstrate fine art printing, answer your questions and give you a hands-on tour of this exciting art form. Classes are just $50 payable online at the - City of Kennesaw's Parks and Rec website
For a list of our current offerings please visit the Classes page under the Studio tab at the top of this page.
Red Onion Press launches Book publication project
Speaking before the August 2018 Kennesaw Business Association
Clemens Bak, founder of the Red Onion Press explains "As a non-profit organization our mission is to provide education and appreciation of the printmaking arts. Today I want to take this opportunity to publicly announce a campaign with help from the community to print, bind and publish a limited edition set of illustrated books. Lost for over 50 years, these six Classics of English Literature made for Encyclopedia Britannica Filmstrips in the 1960's, contain 180 recently discovered original woodblock illustrations. Our crowd-source funded campaign will provide a vehicle for community involvement; drawing from a talent pool of local artists, proof readers and volunteers to print, bind, collate and publish these time honored works. This will be a learning experience we will share in the history and fundamentals of printing."
Every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month from 10 to 6 PM.
The studio facilities are opened up for printmakers and those who want to learn. Bring your plate or drawing and Red Onion staff will be on hand to introduce you to the shop and get you started. Otherwise, just stop by and see how you take advantage of this great art facility in your neighborhood.
Where does the name "Red Onion Press" come from?
The name we chose for our Press comes from railroad slang that harkens back to the days of hobo lore. A "red onion" refers to the overnight flophouses along the route where train crews would meet, sit around the pot bellied stoves and spin yarns late into the night. Both Acworth and our new location in Kennesaw are just a stone's throw from the Atlanta/Chattanooga Railroad route so we thought it would be a great way to connect the old with the new!
Our skilled artists and printmakers are ready to produce quality short run fine letterpress printed products for your special occasion. We specialize in wedding invitations, greeting cards, stationery and restaurant menus. Using modern digital design with early 20th century print methods we can produce elegant embossed lettering in various type fonts, colors on distinctive cardstock or fine papers.
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