Spring Newsletter

April 27th, 2015

SGCI Knoxville

The booth is all set up!

The booth is all set up!

A big THANK YOU to those who stopped by our booth at the 2015 Southern Graphics Conference International (SGCI) in Knoxville. It was Carolyn and Daniel’s first time representing McClain’s at the Vendor Fair and they had a blast. We had the opportunity to check out a few of the print shows after Vendor Fair hours, most notably the Outlaw Printmakers Pioneer Monsters exhibit, Tease it to Jesus: A Portfolio of Dolly Parton Prints tribute show, the SGCI Member Exhibition and Yee-Haw Print Exhibition from the once-upon-a-time Yee-Haw Industries letterpress shop. Jack Daniel’s Does Letterpress at Yee-Haw Industries is an entertaining short video that features Yee-Haw’s late studio, to view visit https://vimeo.com/25780155 . Featured in the SGCI themed portfolio Bubble Up was none other than former McClain’s employee Josh Hulst with his print Creep Magic (woodcut, etching and chin colle).

Thank you to UT Knoxville and SGCI planning committee for all of their hard work, we thoroughly enjoyed the conference and Knoxville’s hospitality. Next year SGCI is coming to our neck of the woods in Portland, Oregon and we couldn’t be more thrilled. For more information on the conference in PDX visit http://sgciportland.com/


Celebrating Chris’s last day in style.

Bye Chris and Congratulations!

It is always sad when part of the McClain’s team moves on but when it does happen we embrace and celebrate the new  chapter in their lives. Chris Harmon, who has been a part of McClain’s since 2009, recently accepted a position with Bullseye Glass Company, a manufacturer of colored glass for art and architecture.

Over the years Chris graced us with his enthusiasm and extensive knowledge of printmaking and alternative printmaking techniques, punny jokes and occasional freestyle rap. A graduate from Portland State University, Chris interned with Mahaffey Fine Art and currently teaches at the Multnomah Arts Center, Portland Community College, and Mount Hood Community College.

Congratulations Chris and thank you for your years of support and hard work at McClain’s!


“Pass” by Joseph Vorgity

2015 Cover Artist

Joseph Vorgity is the 2015 McClain’s Cover Artist with his print Pass. Vorgity is a printmaker and realist watercolor artist based in Los Angeles, CA. He studied at the School of Visual Arts and Fordham University where he obtained his MFA.

Vorgity has a colorful background as an artist, educator and wardrobe designer for Broadway plays and opera productions. He currently is a member of the Los Angeles Printmaking Society and the owner of Hyacinth Press. To see more of his work visit his website at https://www.josephvorgity.com/

Gamblin Artist Colors: Phthalo Blue and Watershed Grey

Gamblin Artist Colors is mixing things up (so to speak). Ultramarine Blue Relief Ink has been discontinued BUT there is good news! Phthalo Blue is being introduced to Gamblin’s line of Relief Inks and McClain’s will be carrying this new color at the end of April. In May the limited edition Watershed Grey Relief Ink will also be available through McClain’s. Watershed is a recycled ink that is available for a short time only once a year. In 2014, PNCA (Pacific Northwest College of Art) and Gamblin Artist Colors collaborated to create this one of a kind ink. The mix of recycled pigments is different every year, so Watershed Grey is always unique and never repeated. When it’s gone, it’s gone until the next year’s batch, so if you are interested in this ink keep checking our website under Gamblin Relief Ink for availability.


We have added some treasures to our sale page! Overstocks, slow sellers or lightly damaged printmaking supplies are looking for a good home. Visit www.imcclains.com/sale.com

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