Changes in Direction

Acworth Cultural Arts Center (ACAC) Founder, Executive Director and past President of the Board of Directors, Clemens Bak, is resigning his position to focus on developing the Red Onion Press, a fine arts print shop, as a regional resource. The Red Onion Press was developed under Bak’s tenure to provide education about printmaking and the artistic process to local students, and provide access to printing equipment to artists who wish to work in this media. The ACAC is excited about the ongoing efforts through the Red Onion Press. Bak, as founder of the ACAC, set into motion a desire to bring together and build up the broader art community of Acworth in particular and reaching out into other communities. He shared his view of “the arts” that is as broad as the creative human spirit. He opened the Main Street Gallery that has had numerous art exhibits, he branched out and brought musical and theatrical performances into our community, he helped initiate the Allatoona Book Festival, and through the Gallery held concerts, book signings and poetry readings. His creative energy brought a variety of artists and art lovers to Acworth.

During his tenure, Shirley Bak served as Gallery Manager, and along with ACAC members, Diane Matus and Margie Cook, gave countless hours staffing the gallery over a two year period without compensation. This speaks to the value of volunteering which undergirded the work of the ACAC. Prior to their time with the Acworth Cultural Arts Center, Clemens and Shirley Bak supported the arts in Acworth as managers of Gallery 4463, an artist run gallery formerly on Cherokee Street that hosted over 60 monthly featured exhibits over a 7 year period, working with nearly 500 artists during that time to bring their work before the public.

As part of this transition, the Main Street Gallery will be closing and the Red Onion Press will be moving to a new location. The Acworth Cultural Arts Center will move their offices to the Old City Jail. More information about this transition will be coming very soon.

In closing, the ACAC wants to thank Bak for his inspiration and service to the Acworth community and we look forward to his creative spirit now focused on the Red Onion Press.

 

The Red Onion Press

The Red Onion Press is a unique community resource, providing both instruction in fine arts printmaking and letterpress, specialized printing services and products as well as a well equipped workshop for experienced artists. 

Artisans from our shop offer printmaking instruction in the graphic arts, providing unique training. Students will receive instruction on creating their own blocks along with some basic design and technical training.  Unlike commercially reproduced images, printmaking and letterpress is original art. The creativity of the artist is involved in both the design of the image and each rendering. 


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Green Square Press

is our commercial Letterpress operation.  Master printer and press owner Hugh MacKay lends his extensive experience and education to a partnership with the Acworth Cultural Arts Center.  His entire shop, including four operational letterpress and a vast collection of movable type fonts is housed in the Red Onion Press.  Part of the proceeds for letterpress work goes to support the non-profit printing and publication work of the Acworth Cultural Arts Center.


1962 Art Restoration Project

 Encyclopeadia Britannica Film strip series "Classics of English Literature"

 

180 original hand painted woodblock and print illustrations of six classical English Literature works produced in 1962 had been lost for 55 years.  The artwork was the product of a year long project; a series of 6 filmstrips, widely disseminated to schools and libraries. The filmstrips "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight," "Morte d'Arthur," "Beowulf," "The Nun's Priest Tale," "The Second Shepherd's Play" and "Everyman” were illustrated by the late Bronislaw Bak, formerly on the faculty at Georgia Southern.

Under the direction of the Kennesaw State University's School of Art and Design printmaking area, a replica hand printed limited edition of each block series on specialized paper will be created with each print hand painted to match the original set by the artist.  A selection from this exhibit will be archival mounted and framed to create a traveling exhibit to generate interest and support for the project.

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