BIG INK is Coming to the Morean!

Check out this giant mobile printing press!

The public is invited to see artists print large-scale woodblocks on BIG INK’s giant mobile printmaking press at the Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg September 28 & 29, 2019.

There will be hands-on demonstrations and the opportunity to witness the printing of monumental woodblock prints carved by artists.


“It’s very unusual to have a press this size that artists can come and use,” says Lyell Castonguay, BIG INK co-director and woodblock printer and teacher. Castonguay says there’s very few community accessible presses of this size in the country. “It’s hard to find.” This is the first time the Morean Arts Center will host BIG INK at their gallery. The event will feature work from artists across the region and is free and open to the public.

Castonguay founded BIG INK in 2012 with his partner to facilitate large-scale woodblock printing events across the country for artists who may not be able to work on this scale with their own resources. BIG INK also partners with galleries and museums, as well as universities to help facilitate students studying printmaking. Their core mission is to spread the practice of woodblock printing to artists and the public alike.