(with poetry) printing at our studio

The founders of (with poetry), Steve, Ryan & Mike printed the booklet cover for their most recent Columbus poetry reading event using a polymer relief plate on our Vandercook letterpress. Steve and Mike positioned the polymer plates on a ruled metal press bed insert. The backside of the plate is coated in repositional adhesive. Mike and Ryan inspected the final printed piece carefully. They had great results. Visit http://www.withpoetryreadingseries.com/ for more information about (with poetry).

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Graphic Novelist Eleanor Davis at our studio

Eleanor DavisGraphic Novelist Eleanor Davis learns about solar plate etching during her recent residency in Columbus. Cooperative co-founder Anne Cushman instructed Eleanor on how to create etching plates from her line drawings. You can view Davis' artwork on display at the Columbus Museum of Art through February 14, 2016.

For the past four years, CMA and Thurber House have awarded the Graphic Novelist Residency to an artist who demonstrates an experimental approach to creating comics and graphic novels. Eleanor Davis was selected as the recipient of the 2015 award which included an exhibition at CMA and a three-week residency at Thurber House.

Read her interview in Columbus Alive and view her images.

Eleanor Davis is a cartoonist and illustrator whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Time Magazine. A collection of her short comics for adults, How To Be Happy, is available from Fantagraphics Books. She has produced two graphic novels for kids: The Secret Science Alliance and The Copycat Crook which she created with her husband Drew Weing.

Now Available for Purchase: Our 2015 Card Collection

2015 Card Collection:

The 2015 limited edition Phoenix Rising Card Collection is now available for purchase online or by email request via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The collection includes 10 cards and costs $25. plus $3. shipping & handling.

The artists who contributed to this limited edition are:Anne Cushman, Barbara Jurjans, Marilyn McPheron, Eliana Saari, Jennifer Slezak, Judith Steele, Joan Tallan, Amanda VanDenberg, Michelle Walker, Mary Batstone Woodworth.

All cards are hand-printed and signed by the artists.

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All proceeds from the sale of this collection benefit the cooperative.

Thank you for your purchase!

Pressing Forward: Contemporary Prints by Phoenix Rising

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus has invited our members to exhibit at their Goldberg Gallery.

Opening Reception: Sunday, October 18 at 1:00 pm.
This is a Free Event and open to the public.

Pressing Forward: Contemporary Prints by members of Phoenix Rising
October 14 through December 31, 2015
Goldberg Gallery at the
Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus
1125 College Avenue, Columbus 43209


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From left, Prints by Amanda VanDenberg, Jen Weston and Jennifer Slezak.

Join our members for Coffee & Conversation on Friday, November 6 at 1:00 pm. We will talk about what inspires our work and answer your questions about printmaking and the exhibition, Pressing Forward.
This is a Free Event and open to the public.

Artist Roster:
Anne Cushman (co-founder of Phoenix Rising Printmaking Cooperative), Jennifer Cross, Marilyn McPheron, Eliana Calle-Saari, Jennifer Slezak, Judith Steele, Joan Judy Tallan, Amanda VanDenberg, Michelle Walker, Jen Weston and Mary Batstone Woodworth.

October 4: Artist Talk by Marilyn McPheron

Core Member Marilyn McPheron will present an Artist Talk on Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 2:00 PM.

"I capture details of day-to-day life missed by others as they hurry about. Using an artist's eye to see beauty in a nuance that others sweep right by enables me to present surroundings with a fresh view thus encouraging others to gain a new appreciation of their world."

Sunday, October 4th at 2:00 pm
Location: Phoenix Rising Studio

This is a Free Event and open to the public. Join us for conversation and light refreshments.

Reservations are not required, but are helpfu. If you know you will be attending, just let us know via e-mail. Thank you.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Click here to learn more about the artist.

Tea Tales: Little Books for Your Musing


Marilyn McPheron created delightful & mesmerizing artist books using what many would consider ordinary objects and mundane materials. Make the trip to Paper Circle in Nelsonville to enjoy this exhibition. Vintage leather gloves and children's game tiles become book covers! Pressed tea bag papers become pages of a traveler's notebook!

Visit our facebook page to view more photos from the Opening reception!


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Phoenix Rising member, Marilyn McPheron is currently exhibiting works on paper & original handmade artisan books at Paper Circle, Nelsonville, Ohio.

McPheron Tea CCOpening Reception:

September 25, 2015  
from 6:30-9:00 pm.
35 W. Columbus Street
Nelsonville, Ohio
On display September 7 through October 18.    

Great Summer Workshops!

Participants of our 2015 Summer Workshop Series had great success with their printmaking efforts. Teens & adults, beginners and more advanced printmakers, made time this summer to nurture their creativity. Check it out!

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2015 Summer Workshops

Three Color Monoprint

Instructors: Joan Tallan & Judith Steele
Saturday, June 13, from 10:00 to 3:00
Fee: $65 includes all materials.

Limited to 6 persons.

We will be working with the three primary colors of transparent inks to obtain a diverse color palette. Your acrylic plate will pass through our press three times to achieve the final print. Bring an 11” x 14” drawing, painting or photograph for reference. We will supply acrylic for the plates, the inks, rags and paper.
Click here for more information & to register

Solarplate Etching workshop

Instructor: Anne Cushman
2 Session Workshop: Thursday, June 25 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM & Saturday, June 27 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Total cost for both sessions: $95 includes all materials.

Class is limited to 6 persons.

Explore the versatile, contemporary printmaking process of solarplate printing. This non-toxic method of plate-making uses solar energy (UV light) and water to develop an image for an etching or photo-etching. No acid is used! Starting with a drawing or photograph, the results can be wonderful, varied and lead to creating a limited edition.

This 2-session workshop is fine for both beginners and experienced printmakers. The first evening session is a demo and learning the process; the second day, creating the plate and printing your image multiple times. You bring the creative spark and an apron or smock; and we provide the materials.
Click here for more information & to register

Introducing Phoenix Rising’s 1st Summer Print Camp

July 13 thru July 17 from 9:00 am - Noon
Fee: Cost: $150 per person, all supplies included
Limited enrollment.
Ages 12 years and up.

An opportunity for young “artists” to learn several printmaking techniques while having fun in the environment of a professional art studio. Relief and monotype processes will be explored.
Click here for more information & to register

Letterpress Happy Hour

Instructors: Anne Cushman
Session OneWednesday, July 22 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Session TwoWednesday, July 29 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Total cost for both sessions: $65 plus a $10 materials fee.

Class is limited to 8 persons.

Enjoy a creative adventure in printmaking using the relief technique and our wonderful vintage Vandercook press. You will design and prepare a linocut plate, learn to operate the press, and use your plate to produce a lovely set of letterpress printed greeting cards.

Papermaking & Bookbinding

Instructors: Marilyn McPheron & Jennie Cross
Two Session Workshop: Saturday, August 22 from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm & Sunday, August 23 from 12:00-4:00 pm
Total Fee: $85 includes all supplies.

Workshop limited to 6 participants.

Session One: Participants will spend the first session making paper. In the time allowed, enough paper will be made to create 2 or 3 books.

Session Two: Participants will use their handmade paper to make one open spine book with decorative ribbon straps. If the participant is new to book binding, they should expect to finish one book on Sunday. As time permits, participants are welcome to work on second or third book.
Click here for more information & to register

Opening Reception May 22 Cultural Arts Center

Winds of Change: People, Places & Environment
May 22 - June 20, 2015
Cultural Arts Center of Columbus
139 West Main Street, Columbus, OH 43215

Don't miss our Opening Reception: Friday, May 22, from 6:00-8:00 PM

"Conversations and Coffee", an artist's talk will be held on Thursday, May 28, from 12:00 to 1:00 PM.

Perception is unique to the individual. We recognize that Change is constant. The translation of change can be deciphered through examples in nature, personal introspection or even beyond our global level. When a moment of clarity can be captured and shared with a larger community, then time has been made relevant. It is our unique perception of changes, great and small, that composes our personal stories.

Visit http://www.culturalartscenteronline.org for gallery hours and directions

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From Left: Methane Islands by Cindy Davis; Burning Ember, Quenching Thirst by Mary Batstone Woodworth; Locked or Unlocked? by Marilyn McPheron

Artist Roster:
Anne Cushman (co-founder of Phoenix Rising Printmaking Cooperative), Jennifer Cross, Cindy Davis, Marilyn McPheron, Eliana Calle-Saari, Jennifer Slezak, Judith Steele, Joan Tallan, Michelle Walker, Mary Woodworth and Amanda VanDenberg.

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From left: Plantains for Life by Eliana Calle-Saari; Illuminated Flight by Judith Steele; Remaking the World by Jennifer Slezak

When Hockey and Printmaking Collide!

What happens when Hockey and Printmaking Collide?

Columbus on Ice 2015

In celebration of Columbus' artistic and creative talent and the national hockey spotlight that will shine on Columbus in January 2015, the Greater Columbus Arts Council and Phoenix Rising Printmaking Cooperative have teamed up to bring you Columbus on Ice 2015.

Columbus on Ice 2015 is a series of limited edition, hand-signed and numbered relief prints produced by Phoenix Rising, featuring artists -Eliana Calle-Saari, Judith Steele, and Joan Tallan.

Read the Columbus Dispatch article: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/life_and_entertainment/2015/01/05/essence-of-hockey-captured-by-artists.html

Watch the WCMH NBC4 segment by Monica Day: http://www.nbc4i.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=11047862#.VL12u961uzU.facebook

Purchase a print for that sports fan in your family!
$20 for a single print or $50 for the complete set of three prints.
*Proceeds from the sale of these prints will benefit the Greater Columbus Arts Council and Columbus artists and arts organizations.

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From left: Filthy by Eliana Calle-Saari; Face Off! by Judith Steele; Breaking Out by Joan Tallan

These prints may be purchased by contacting Phoenix Rising via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR at these local retail partners:

  • Experience Columbus Visitor Center 277 W. Nationwide Blvd.
  • Columbus Museum of Art  480 E Broard St.
  • ROY G BIV Gallery 997 N. High St.
  • Marcia Evans Gallery 8 E. Lincoln St
  • Reed Arts 943 W. Third Ave
  • Special Thanks to our Media Sponsor CD102.5

Click this link to view more photos of the printmaking process https://www.facebook.com/pages/Phoenix-Rising-Printmaking-Cooperative/135786403136213

Street Address:

243 N. Fifth St.
Suite 140
Columbus, Ohio 43215


(614) 444-2473

Hours of operation:

Effective March 15, 2013, Open Studio hours are:

  • First Wednesday of each month from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Third Saturday of each month from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM OR
  • By Appointment

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 614-444-2473 to coordinate studio time.

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2017 Card Collection:

Our 2017 limited edition Phoenix Rising Card Collection is now available for purchase online. The collection includes 10 cards and costs $25. plus $3. shipping & handling.

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Thank you for your purchase!


Mission Statement

Phoenix Rising Printmaking Cooperative is dedicated to promoting the art of printmaking by providing a well-equipped studio, educational opportunities and an environment of mutual support, camaraderie and inspiration for artists and students, and the community.


Phoenix Rising Printmaking Cooperative was formed in 1996, and began renovating a 1904 building into a studio facility that opened its doors in September 1998. From its beginning the studio was equipped with a Takach etching press, a Vandercook relief press and materials to accommodate a variety of printmaking techniques. Later, Phoenix Rising acquired a second etching press and added additional mobile work tables so that more printmakers could work at the same time.

Phoenix Rising had always operated as a nonprofit organization, and in June of 2010 was officially granted 501(c)(3)status. The cooperative moved to its present larger venue in December 2011. The current facility is on the ground floor of a vintage factory with a full wall of north facing windows and is ADA compliant.

Phoenix Rising's artist members offer a variety of workshops and classes that highlight their particular skills and guest artists are invited to give special presentations. The artists of Phoenix Rising provide outreach programs demonstrating and teaching printmaking techniques in a variety of venues - public and private schools, art groups, colleges, artist's residencies, in-service workshops, etc.