Groundbreaking Art Outside Holman

‘Sierra Squish’ steamrolls through Incline Village


Caroline Coughlin

SNC students at Holman Arts Center prepare their printmaking for heavy machinery

Caroline Coughlin, Editor

Holman looked like a construction zone Saturday, for the aptly named “Sierra Squish” steamroller print and art festival.

The event centered around a substantial steamroller—yes, the kind used to flatten an asphalt road surface—piloted by SNC arts faculty member Daniel Kelly as he drove over large printmaking pieces that had been painstakingly carved and slathered with ink before being placed under the heavy machinery.

Mary Kenny has been teaching a printmaking class this semester and was influenced by the steamroller printmaking events that have been happening all over the world.

“We have a great building, we have an awesome community anyway, so why not do something fun for them,” Kenny said.

“Also, to get the word out there about printmaking. Not a lot of people knowwhat printmaking is so it’s pretty exciting to bring the work that’s done in a studio out here for others to witness.”

There were also five local vendors in attendance, including: Atelier, Riverside Studios, Blue Wolf Studios, Bona Fide Books and the Rhinoceros Project. Kim Wyatt owns Bona Fide Books and Tahoe Letter Press, a print shop studio with eight printing presses, in Meyers.

She welcomed visitors to print their own post card using typefaces from the 1870s that she had salvaged from the Territorial Enterprise newspaper in Virginia City.

“It’s very possible that Mark Twain had touched the typefaces so it’s neat, I feel good we’re rescuing history and putting it back into rotation,” she said.