BIMPE X – July Update

As some of you may know, on June 27 someone broke into New Leaf Editions, the organizers of BIMPE. In turn,  the burglar broke a pipe which caused a flood in the building.

However, after these bumps in the road, BIMPE X is moving forward!

At the moment, BIMPE X prints are in the process of framing and preparation for the show in September. 

We would like to express our gratitude and appreciation to all of those who participated in the tenth edition of the BIMPE show! 

BIMPE will once again open at the Federation Gallery in Vancouver, BC, on September 25, 2018. The opening party will take place on Friday, September 28, 2018. 

The exhibition will then stop along Granville Island, Kelowna and Edmonton, Alberta. Learn more about each venue on the menu above.

Sit tight for the next updates!

If you have any questions or comments, please email us at


Artist Talk: BIMPE X Jury

BIMPE is hosting an artist talk in celebration of our tenth anniversary exhibition!

Please join us on Thursday May 24th at: Carousel Theatre 1411 Cartwright St. Vancouver, BC V6H 3R7
From: 5:00PM-7:00PM

Our jury has agreed to share a bit about their work, artist practice, and print experience.

Annalise Gratovich graduated with a BFA in Studio Art from UT Austin in 2013. She is the Associate Director of Flatbed Press and Gallery in Austin, Texas.

Briar Craig has an MVA (Printmaking) from the U of A. He is a professor of studio art at the Okanagan University College, Kelowna, British Columbia.

Michael Barnes received his MFA from the University of Iowa. He is an Associate Professor of Art and is the Printmaking Area Head for the School of Art at Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, Illinois.

This event is open to the public and does not require a ticket, a $5.00 donation will be encouraged at the door.

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Awagami Paper Award

Our friends at Awagami Factory will be giving a paper prize to one BIMPE X applicant in support of contemporary printmaking. The award is 50 sheets of “Awagami Editioning” papers, (value at US $250.00) crafted exclusively at the Tokushima mill!
Awagami Factory


Hello all who participated in BIMPE IX:

First, I want to congratulate you all on your incredible prints that made BIMPE IX a fantastic success. The exhibitions at the Federation Gallery (Vancouver), Dundarave Print Workshop and Gallery (Vancouver), UBC Okanagan Gallery (Kelowna), and SNAP (Edmonton) were very successful and garnered a lot of interest from both print enthusiasts and the general public. Many prints were sold to happy buyers! We at New Leaf are extremely pleased with how it all turned out and hope that you enjoyed being part of it.

We recently received the prints back from the final showing at SNAP and will be starting the labor intensive process of going through all the prints, invoices and receipts so that we can return prints, make out checks, and send catalogues. We hope to be mailing everything to you all in March. It’s just the two of us here so we appreciate your patience.

Please email us with any address changes as soon as possible:

Thank you all so much for being part of BIMPE IX.


Piotr Zaczek, V, Linocut, Poland

Marijke Nap Prize (First Place)

Ono Shuhei, Change, Etching, Japan

The John Ramsey Prize (Second Place)

Masaaki Sugita, The Round Opening Behind, Burin Engraving, Japan

Third Prize

Carol Wax, Sewing Wild Oats, Mezzotint, burin engraving and hand colouring, USA

The Gamblin Prize

Linda Suffidy, I Remember Drinks in Chicago Last Year, Embossment and screen, Canada

The Opus Prize

Honourable Mentions

German Aparicio, Site 312-Y, Aquaforte, Spain

Paul Chamard, Victor, Etching, France

Mehdi Darvishi, Outside of Time III, Mezzotint and drypoint, Iran

Barabara Graham, Fauna II, Etching, New Zealand

John Lambert, When the Machine Forgot 004, Intaglio and chine-colle, United Kingdom

Elisabeth Odmann, Evening, Drypoint, Sweden

Iona Pioaru, Cubic Maze II, Romania

DeAnn Prosia, Capri Harbor, Line etching, USA

BIMPE IX – Thanks to all the Jurors, volunteers, and artists!

After one long day of jurying, we have our selected prints and prize winners. Thanks to the jurors, volunteers, and artists for contributing to this years BIMPE! This year we had 296 artists from 47 different countries submit over 800 prints.

The opening for BIMPE IX will be held at The Federation Gallery on September 24th at 6pm, where the prize winners and honourable mentions will be announced. The show will then travel to Dundarave Print Workshop on Granville Island, UBCO in the Okanagan, and SNAP in Edmonton, Alberta.

Getting ready for the show!

The catalogue is at the printers…..

The prints are framed…….

We have cases of wine…………..

And our volunteers are set to hang the show on Monday.


Hopefully you can make it out to the Federation Gallery for the opening reception. 6 – 9 PM

This year we chose Rebecca Allaigre’s reduction woodcut “Cherry Top” for our catalogue cover.



BIMPE VIII – binders full of prints

From this:









to this:









So many thanks to all our hard working volunteers who’ve been organizing the entries for our jurying process.

We received over 300 entries this year containing more than 800 prints, now all alphabetized and ready for judging tomorrow!

Some of our favourite things found in the parcels include:

Neon yellow duct tape,

square bubble wrap,

Stamps! stamps! beautiful stamps!

personalized notes to the BIMPE crew,

and of course so many beautiful prints!

Thanks to all who entered. It is so inspiring to see the efforts of printmakers around the world.

BIMPE VII – The Jurying Process and Jurors’ Statements






Sam Davidson. The owner and director of Davidson Galleries in Seattle,Wa., Sam earned a BA at Wesleyan University and an MA in Art History at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He established the Davidson Galleries in Seattle in 1973.

“It was an honor to serve as a juror for the Biennial International Miniature Exhibition VII (BIMPE VII). As a dealer in original prints I fear that too often those in the commercial print realm are regarded as tainted and only able to see the decorative merits of any group of prints. Fear not. Any unconscious inclination in that direction was countered by my fellow jurors.

My congratulations to Peter Braune, Lesley Anderson and the scores of volunteers for continuing to devote the huge amount of energy required to host such an event. Thank you, too, to the hundreds of artists who offered up their art for consideration. The result was a wonderful range of images and media.

As a former host/sponsor of a international small format print competition ‘Footprints’, in the middle and late 1970’s, I have a clear appreciation of what is involved. Although different from the 1970’s because of a substantial number of digital contributions, this year’s entries showed again what huge spaces and graphic power are possible in a small format.

Those thirteen images that received acknowledgement beyond initial acceptance into the exhibition were representative of the 700+ submissions. In spite of good digital based works, most of the special recognition went to traditional processes. Tomiyuki Sakuta, Yui Koyanagi, Cleo Wilkinson, Christine Ravaux, Kelsey Stephenson, and Annie Woodford chose intaglio. Kouki Tsuritani, Nikki Vahle, and Jim Westergaard sent wood engravings. Sergey Zlotnikov’s haunting narrative scene “Children of the Dark” and David Morrish’s “Ramses” made strong use of photo based techniques.

Many thanks to my fellow jurors, Anna and Jennifer, and especially to Peter and Lesley of New Leaf Editions for making the 2012 BIMPE show such an important gift to the international print community.”







Jennifer Page. A print artist dedicated to safer methods and technical innovations in the field of traditional photo-etching and photo-gravure on copper, Jennifer has formulated many innovative printmaking processes and founded the Cape Fear Press in North Carolina in 2001.

“I felt very privileged, as well as a great sense of responsibility, when asked to be juror for the BIMPE. Almost a thousand prints were submitted. The prints were placed in a dozen or so binders. As I faced the daunting task of judging them I asked myself what is the most objective and fair way to go about this. It seemed the best way was to go through all the prints once without making any definite judgments to gain a greater scope of the whole, then go through all of them again taking more time with each print. I was very impressed with the range of work and the quality of the various techniques. It was truly a learning experience  to see so many original prints at one time. Printmaking has a very rich vocabulary of techniques and ways for the artist to express themselves. The entire scope of the techniques was covered with some artists taking these processes to limits rarely seen. I subscribe to the less is more philosophy, especially when it comes to small scale pieces such as this. Some artists went beyond the unlimited combination of paper and ink which I found unnecessary and distracting and I couldn’t help but notice a few trends in this area. The pieces that stand out above the rest made the best use of their respective media in combination with stimulating content. The pieces that struck me the most have a way of taking me some place that I have been longing for and fulfill the needs of my subconscious.

I would like to thank New Leaf again for inviting me to jury this show. I would also like to thank all the artists who submitted work.”






Anna-Karolina Szul. The executive director of the Society of Northern Alberta Print-Artists Gallery, Anna graduated from the University of Alberta with a BFA in 2005 and was an artist in residence at Malaspina Printmakers in 2009.

“Jurying an exhibition is always a great honour and joy particularly one with a vast international reach as is the case with BIMPE. The pleasure comes from the unique opportunity to view contemporary print based artwork by an impressive number of artists from all around the world. Through this snapshot into the pulse of what is taking place in printmaking we see common themes and practices that are not related through a direct connection between individuals but suggest a greater connected unconscious that we often take for granted.

The challenge in such a task occurs when we realize that the merit of each individual work cannot be highlighted and the works must be compared and assessed by some standard rubric in order for a handful of prize winners to emerge. Although the process of looking at close to 1000 prints seemed daunting at first it was actually quite simple and pleasant. Sam, Jennifer, and I each looked at all the prints individually, created our own short lists and then hung the 75 prints that scored the highest on the wall. At that point we were down to 7.5% of the original works and only 1.4% to be recognized.

The process of assessing any artwork for me is the same:

1. Does the work move me? This is a vital characteristic because it is what stops you in your tracks, makes you wonder or feel a desire to know more.

2. Does the work stand on its own technically? For many people this is not an important factor, however, in an artform as process based as printmaking is, technique matters. If I start to wonder whether a mark is intentional, if a fingerprint was placed there or omitted purposefully the the work is missing something.

3. The third criteria is a little hard to explain, it is like the fairy dust in Peter Pan that allows everyone to fly. It is that perfect marriage between concept and execution. If you look at a work of at and not only have no desire or idea how to improve it but are lost in the experience then it is complete. This element is difficult to judge by a rubric, it is instinctual and probably biased but thankfully art is not a science. In essence, it is acceptance without analysis.

Thank you Peter, Lesley, Sam and Jennifer for including me in such a rare and wonderful experience.”








Sam Davidson checks out one of the binders of miniature prints.







Sam and Jennifer deliberating over the prints.








Sam and Anna deep in contemplation.






Binders and binders of beautiful small prints at New Leaf.







Pinning some of the potential prize-winning prints to the wall at New Leaf.