Local Calendar Spotlight: Richard Stephens’ Infrastructure

For his 12th annual fine art calendar, print and book artist Richard Stephens, of St. Louis Park, has focused in on railroad trestles and tunnels, decaying bridges, water towers, powerlines, and cell phone antennas—scenes from Minnesota “that you see everyday, but that you don’t really see,” he says, simply. To make the original graphite drawings, he bikes out with a backpack full of pencils, and then transfers the hand-drawn image to a linoleum block, which he carves, and then prints along hand-set type on a old-fashioned proofing press. Pick up one of these masterful calendars at Lunalux for $38, or stop by the Minnesota Center for Books Arts’ Artist Cooperative Show on January 23, from 6 to 9 p.m. He’ll be selling calendars, and I’ll bet he’ll sign one for you, if you ask nice.

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