Studio Visit with Terry and Toby
Updated: Apr 14, 2023
Artfolios invites the community to a Studio Visit and Workshop with Terry Schupbach-Gordon and Toby Gordon on Saturday, April 22, 2023 from 2:00-5:00pm at the Catbird (on the Yadkin) Press. The Catbird (on the Yadkin) Press is located at 6869 Rolling View Drive in Tobaccoville North Carolina. (See map below.) Terry and Toby will share their path to the press and their commitment to the enduring power of the arts to change the world. Learn the hows of printmaking. Artworks will be available for purchase. The event is free and open to the public. Hors d’oeuvre will be served. For questions and accessibility accommodations, reach out to Carrie at (336) 971-8957.
About the Artists:
Terry Schupbach-Gordon addresses concepts of identity, fragility, and strength in a deeply personal narrative about who we are and how we claim grace. A printmaker and book artist working with images and language seen through the lens of disability, Schupbach-Gordon uses images exploring concepts of water and buoyancy to describe and re-frame our understanding of frailty and resilience. While the work is not "about" disability, disability is the lens through which she sees the world. Her prints are a combination of intaglio, woodcut, collage, and letterpress. Many are cut and pieced, and hand stitched. Originally from Kentucky, Terry earned both her BFA and MFA from Indiana University and taught Printmaking and Book Arts at Kenyon College from 1979- 1983, and at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design from 1983- 1988. In 1988 she opened Catbird (on the Yadkin) Press in Tobaccoville, NC, where she lives and works.
Toby Gordon has been making drawings, paintings, photographs, prints, and furniture for most of his life. He graduated from Oberlin College in 1982 with a B.A. in Art History and Studio Art, then moved to New York City where he worked with artists as a papermaking technician at Exeter Press. A year later he relocated to Minneapolis where he continued studying printmaking and worked as an assistant to master printer John Slivon. During this time Gordon began making woodcut illustrations for Coffee House Press and the Hungry Mind Review. Since 1989 he has worked for a variety of non-profits while continuing to explore printmaking, photography, and furniture making. Toby has been influenced by a great many artists from Rembrandt to the Cape Dorset printmakers to Alison Saar and many, many others. His work often begins with careful observation before moving into abstraction. He sees art-making as a process of exploration that incorporates discipline, personal history, and a search for language and connection.
About the Catbird (on the Yadkin) Press:
The Catbird (on the Yadkin) Press celebrates the literacy of the heart! The Catbird Press was founded in 1989 when Toby Gordon and Terry Schupbach-Gordon moved to North Carolina from Minnesota. Toby had been involved in bookmaking, papermaking, and illustration. He worked as an illustrator for The Hungry Mind Review, as well as Coffee House Press, and Out-of Hand Press. Terry founded Out of Hand Press in mid 1980s at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where she taught etching, lithography and book arts.
Terry and Toby share: "The Catbird Press is a part of an old tradition of making small edition and one-of-a-kind books. Books, by their nature, are revolutionary since they ask us to share our own personal experiences. We do collaborative projects and encourage what we believe is the revolution of handmade objects—a revolution of hope and promise. If we learn to love what we make with our hands, perhaps we will use our hearts to protect what we make."