Sunday, December 9, 2012

Subscription Prints 2012

Greetings from Twin Vixen Press!  
It is time again for our annual Subscription Print fundraiser. All sales from our Subscription Fundraiser benefit Twin Vixen Press and help us keep our doors open to printmakers in Southern Vermont.  This year we are including a print from our friend, and well-known botanical illustrator, Bobbi Angell (please visit to see some of Bobbi’s exquisite work)

We will be selling all 3 prints (one each by Briony, Helen, and Bobbi) for only $120. Besides the addition of another print to the package, the set up is essentially the same: each print will be a 4" x 6" image on 8" x 10" paper.

We are also selling a set of hand-tinted prints for $150. 

To sign up for your subscription prints: 

1.  Send us an email saying that you want to sign up for this year’s prints. Please make the subject line read, “2012 Subscription Prints”. Don’t forget to send us your mailing address

2.  Pay for your prints: 

  • Pay online: In response to last year’s requests, we have set up a PayPal account that will make it easier for those of you who are internet-savvy.

  • Pay by check: For those of you who like to do things the old fashioned way, our address hasn't changed. Please mail a check for $120, made out to “Helen O'Donnell” and send it to Helen O'Donnell, 7 Small Meadows, Putney, VT 05346.  


Bobbi Angel

Briony Morrow-Cribbs

Helen O'Donnell

News From Helen:   

Every time I step into the studio at Twin Vixen Press, with its warm yellow walls and smell of ink and the sounds of the Whetstone brook rushing below the windows, I am immediately grateful for this sanctuary that Briony and I built five years ago. This April we re-opened our doors after a six-month closure, during which the building was rebuilt after Hurricane Irene. It is only now that I have crossed the threshold and begun making and printing new plates – ending a yearlong hiatus that started that dreaded August day when Irene wiped out a good portion of Southern Vermont. Thanks to this dream studio that has been here awaiting my return, I now feel revitalized too!    

This fall, a few young printmakers started renting the space and making prints, breathing new life and creativity into the space. Bobbi continues to be the most dedicated to the studio and for that we are most grateful. I hope to spend the winter working daily in the studio and finish all the plates I have drawn or sketched on in the past year. I am very excited to see where this next body of work takes me.    

In other news, 2012 has been a great year. In June, Noah and I got married on the farm in Vermont, having our dream wedding ceremony and party. In the fall, we moved to The Putney School, and Noah started teaching full time and I started my second year as the printmaking teacher. On the gardening front, I spent the month of March volunteering in another English Garden, Great Dixter in East Sussex, England. I also wrote a few gardening articles for the new magazine Wilder Quarterly. I participated in four art shows this year, at Lucia Douglas Gallery in Bellingham, WA, the Helen Day Art Center in Stowe, VT, The Dianch Gallery in Brattleboro, VT and The Faculty Show at the Putney School in Putney, VT. I have been invited to participate in a show next summer called Art Works, a fundraiser for the Asticou-Azalea and Thuja gardens on Mount Desert Island, Maine.   

News from Briony:  

Wow, what a year!   

This May I received my Masters of Fine Art degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a journey I started in the fall of 2009. My MFA thesis show was a success and to my delight Helen and my parents came out to Madison to help celebrate the occasion.  Shortly thereafter, with a new degree under my belt and the recent retirement the etching professor, I was invited to teach etching at the UW for the 2012-2013 school year. So far the experience has been excellent: the students are sweet and eager and making some great prints. Along with teaching, I’ve also been picking up illustration jobs here and there. The most current job has been illustrating a compilation of monster stories for young adults. The book will be edited by Neil Gaiman and Maria Dahvana Headley and published by HarperCollins (“Unnatural Creatures” has the projected publication date of Summer  ‘12).   

My continued separation from Helen and our lovely little press has proven frustrating over the last few years but with occasional trips back to Vermont I get enough press time and Helen time to sustain me.  Right now I’m working on interesting schemes to move back and be a part of that awesome community again and ways to reunite with the press.    

As far as shows go, I had the chance to show in several print-dedicated shows this year: an invitational print show at Lucia Douglas; the “Impressed” show in Stowe, VT; the Froggwell Biennale on Whidbey Island; and a print show at Brackenwood Gallery in September. In addition, My MFA work showed at Davidson Galleries in Seattle, WA this summer.  This year future shows appear in several different forms: My MFA work will come back to Wisconsin this March and will be shown at the Artisan Gallery in Paoli, Wisconisn. In January I’ll be in the themed group, “Murder of Crows” at the Artisan Gallery and in February I’ll be in “The Blood is the Life” at the Everhart Museum in Scranton, PA. And finally, this summer I’ll have pieces in yet another group show, titled “The Beast Within,” at the Tory Folliard Gallery in Milwaukee, which will focus on art based on tattoos.