First Linocut Printing Workshop!

The LTC will host its first Linocut Printing Workshop on Sunday, April 28, from 2-6 p.m

Artist, teacher, maritimer, and printmaker James Tucker will be teaching a one color linocut printing workshop on Sunday, April 28, from 2-6 p.m.

This workshop provides an introduction to basic printmaking practice through the process of making a linocut. Participants will be guided through planning a print, transferring an image to a block, carving, and printing by hand. Your finished linocut could be used to create note cards, bookmarks, limited edition prints, etc. This workshop is open to beginners or anyone who would like to rediscover the printmaking process.

The cost for the class is $45 + $15 for materials.  Afternoon tea and snacks provided. Space is limited, so please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to come.

James Tucker, owner and letterpress printer for The Aesthetic Union has been a printmaker for over 10 years. Past presses he has worked at include Hatch Show Print, Austin Press and Hello Lucky. James also teaches printing and design classes at San Francisco Center for the Book and at his own space The Aesthetic Union.
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Life on the Dock – Presentation by Michael Konrad — Sat., March 9, 7 p.m

Bring a friend, a chair, and a drink to share. All Ages Welcome. Free

Us and Them: What We Have in Common with Life on the Dock
talk and slide show by author-scientist Michael Konrad

At first glance the animals on the dock seem very strange, and certainly unlike us. However, as you examine them more closely you will find that we have much in common. The sea squirt Ciona traps its food in a net made of mucus protein, and eats both the net and the food. We trap the dust and dirt in the air we breath in a layer of mucus, and swallow the mucus. The colonial animal Botrylloides produces new members by budding. Then the old animals commit suicide by a process called apoptosis. Human embryos use apoptosis to form hands and feet. As adults we use apoptosis to eliminate cells that have badly damaged genomes. –Michael Konrad

Life on the Dock

This book is an informal introduction to marine biology using life on and near a floating dock in a ocean estuary as examples. We look at large and small animals and plants and follow the development of several species from egg to adult. Who eats who defines food chains in the Dock ecology. A major theme is that diversity and total mass increases as the size of organisms decrease: small is where the action is. Anyone can look under the Dock and see their own special community of organisms.

Jennie Smith Art Opening & Book Signing — Saturday, December 8, 4-7 p.m.

We are very excited to have local artist Jennie Smith share her beautifully rendered illustrations and sign her recently published book The Littlest Birds Sing the Prettiest Songs at the Low Tide Club, Saturday, December 8, from 4-7 p.m.

LittlesBirdsOur love affair with folk songs runs as deep as the enduring power of music, nature, creativity, and the longings of the human heart. Artist Jennie Smith celebrates the tradition with her illustrated renderings of thirteen soulful songs, including time-honored Scottish ballads, classics by the likes of the Carter Family, contemporary favorites by Gillian Welch, Little Wings, and more. Smith’s art—hopeful, sincere, and delicate—adds an unexpected and charming dimension to a familiar genre. With a foreword from contemporary folk legend Michael Hurley, complete lyrics, and playable tablature or sheet music for each song, this is a keepsake collection for the whole family to treasure.
— published by Chronicle Books