(POG) PRINTMAKERS ONLY GROUP A Group comprised of original-print makers.
Early in 1989 four printmakers booked an exhibition at the Old Schoolhouse Gallery in Qualicum Beach, B.C. By 1992 the group had grown to 12 members and the first annual show was held in the CVAC Gallery on Station Street in Duncan. It was called Black & White with a Touch of Red and was the first of many annual theme shows such as Critters, In & Out, Prints a la Carte and Fiction Fantasy. Over the years the group has hosted many well-known printmakers who have visited and shared their knowledge in workshops or classes. Also, many POG members teach printmaking techniques in workshops, schools or in their own studios.
The group has two serious mandates; 1) to exhibit as much as possible and 2) to help enlighten, educate and introduce the public to original printmaking as verses mechanical reproduction.
Many of the fine art printing processes are very technical and there is a lot of hard work before that first print. Some techniques require exposure to toxic chemicals and the use of an expensive press. These may be some of the reasons why, of all the media available in art, printmaking appeals to a small percent of artists.
POG meets on the last Tuesday of each month and welcomes new members anytime.