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A new press!

cool,Department,Facilities — KVH @ 2:45 pm, Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

This is the week that just keeps on giving…

This past Friday, Jonathan Thomas, Colin Benjamin, Kyle Van Horn, and Lou Joseph (from Exhibitions) piled into the Exhibitions box-truck and a pickup, and drove down to Annapolis. The destination was a little upstairs studio in a beautiful bay-side cottage. The estate of Elizabeth Gaither Ochs and William VanDyke Ochs Jr. were giving MICA a gift.

Today it was reassembled in the Etching Studio. The gift is a beautiful 20×40″ Charles Brand Etching Press.

The press is in gorgeous condition, and was purchased new in 1981 by the Ochs. Charles Brand made name plaques for all newly purchased presses when they sent them out. Here is this press’ plaque:

E. Gaither Ochs, Printmaker, October 1981.

This press will be 31 in the fall.

Extra special thanks to Betty Ochs for taking such excellent care of her press for so long, to her daughter Ridgely Ochs, for so generously donating it in her parents’ name, and to Candice Bigalow for helping to coordinate the pickup.

And with that, the press is 100% up and running! Please use it! (As if you needed us to tell you to…)

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