GS alumni, alongside several fellow Columbians, recently founded an artist space and printmaking workshop called Shoestring Press in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
Master-printer Lane Sell ’09GS founded the press as an artists' cooperative print shop in his basement in Brooklyn almost three years ago. This February a new storefront space opened on Classon Avenue. It is community-based and focused on making art accessible—both to the working artists who are members by providing equipment and workspace at low cost, and to the larger Brooklyn community by hosting workshops, art exhibitions and events.
Though the membership base has expanded substantially since opening its doors, the core group still remains the same tight-knit printmaking crowd that met at the Neiman Center print shop at Columbia. Erich Erving ’06GS is the Shop Manager, Madeleine Boucher ’09CC is the membership coordinator and general administrator, and Jacqui LeBoutillier ’09CC, Allison Halff ’09CC, John Krauss ’10CC, Phil Rabovsky ‘09CC, Lauraly Grossman ’12BC, Rachel Meirs ’14BC and Caitlin Beach (PhD Candidate, Art History) are members.