BIG INK and Manhattan Graphics Center at the Hell's Kitchen Flea Market


October 22 & 23, 2016


Thirteen artists create big woodcuts during Hell's Kitchen Flea Market in New York, NY October 22nd-23rd, 2016  


Witness BIG INK's one-of-a-kind giant mobile press in action as they demonstrate large scale woodcut printing to the public from 10 am – 5 pm during Hell's Kitchen Flea Market.

BIG INK organizes print related programming for museums, art festivals, as well as local and nationally recognized print studios. This event is sponsored by the Manhattan Graphics Center, a studio that provides an accessible environment for the learning and practice of fine art printmaking.


On October 22nd and 23rd, BIG INK will be debuting our mobile 48” x 96” printmaking press in NYC and bringing a portfolio of larger-than-life prints created by artists at similar events across the United States.


“We're excited to show New Yorkers how this traditional art form is being practiced in new andexciting ways,” said BIG INK director Lyell Castonguay. “We're essentially bringing the artists' studio directly to the community.”


Printmakers from throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, and as far away as Ohio and Texas will contribute carved woodblocks to be printed throughout the day by BIG INK's staff of volunteers. The rain or shine event is an all out extravaganza and is located at the Hell's Kitchen Flea Market, on West 39th Street Between 9th and 10th Avenues.


Woodcut is a printing process that involves carving an image into a flat wood surface. The areas that display ‘white’ or as highlights are cut away using a chisel which leaves the original surface level to define the image as ‘black’. The surface level of the wood is then covered with ink by way of a roller. The wood is impressed into paper, transfers the ink, and results in a finished print.


“It's a two-day celebration of the graphic arts which coincides with the garment district arts festival,” said Brooklyn based artist Melanie Paterson. “When you bring your art making into a public forum like BIG INK does, you really get to meet the community, and I’m thrilled to participate.”

BIG INK brings together artists and community organizations to produce large scale black and white woodcuts for exhibition and educational purposes. We are passionate about fine art printmaking and by uniting under a common cause we ensure a bright future for the medium.


For more information, visit or call Lyell Castonguay at (207) 576-9356.

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New York City Department of Cultural Affairs | The Scherman Foundation for its generous and continuing support | New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature | The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation | The Charles Locke Art Fund | The Jockey Hollow Foundation |  Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation | Friends and MGC members who have made donations to the Center


Our programs are supported in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.