Lying Awake
Finished April 2012, Lying Awake is a series of seven stone lithographs. With my lithographic stones seemingly becoming heavier each year, I picked my largest and favorite stone in the studio for a new project. As happens so often, the first image immediately summoned siblings and the single lithograph blossomed into a series of seven prints following the same format. Upon finishing the series, I had the opportunity to show the work at the Faculty Club at UC Berkeley. Thirty years had passed since I had discovered some lithographic stones and a press in a student union studio on that very campus. The exhibition was a sweet way of closing the loop.shapeimage_2_link_0

Installation of Lying Awake. UC Berkeley. May 2012  

The Library of Congress, Division of Prints and Photographs, has added the lithograph “Desire” to its collection. The print received the Juror’s Commendation and Purchase Prize Award at the Boston Printmakers’competition in 1986, awarded by Andrew Stasik. “Desire” was also chosen by David Acton for his book “60 years of North American Printmaking. 1947-2007.


Color Stone Lithograph with Hand Coloring. Embossed.

Size: 17.75” x 24.5

1986    Edition 35

Chop of Kasterlee International Print Center

Currently in the planning: a book documenting the cycle of “Lying Awake,” a series  of 7 stone lithographs and 2 poems that came to completion with an exhibition at the UC Faculty Club in the  spring of 2012. The full page color plates will be accompanied with excerpts from the notebooks related to the work following the same formula as in Open Studio and in Fulgurite.
October 2012: I finally did a much needed revision of the website with the added feature called “Flurries” that will allow me to add short features on various topics that cannot readily be housed in the traditional website format. Unpredictable and brief, the flurries hope to avoid the tryanny of a blog. 
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California Society of Printmakers 100th Anniversary

“Our Universe”

at the Harrington Gallery, Curated by Julie Finnegan

Firehouse Art Center    Pleasanton Art Center

July 20 - September 4, 2013       Opening: August 1st, 7 to 9 PM

California Centered: Printmaking Exhibition

Seventh Annual

Merced  Multicultural Art Center

April 19 - July 2, 2013

Opening: April 19th, 5:30PM - 7PM

Curator: Eileen Macdonald, Associate Professor of Art at California State University, Chico

Works shown: two stone lithographs from the series Lying Awake,

Lying Awake Fourth Night and Lying Awake Seventh Nigh


               Artist presentations at the Harrington Gallery, Fireside Art Center, Pleasanton
                                                      September 3rd at 7PM. 
Featured Speakers               
                                     Sylvia Solochek Walters  and  Herlinde Spahr

Exhibition at Sacramento State University Union Gallery. Sept 3 - 26, 2013


    Commonwealth Club of California, San Franciso.

    October 21 to january 9, 2014

    Opening Monday, October 21, 2PM to 4:30PM

    595 Market  Street, 2nd Floor. SanFrancisco.


San Francisco Center for the Book

375 Rhodes Island Street, SF

Reception: 6:30PM to 8:30PM. Thursday, October 7.

The exhibit will last only three days.

I will be showing the first panel in my Soot and Soul series, matrix prints executed on large panels of Formica using a mix of print techniques. To find out more, follow this LINK.


Exhibit extended through the end of January:


Ten Decades: The California Society of Printmakers Centennial Exhibition 1913 - 2013

Commonwealth Club of California, San Francisco

Arranged decade by decade, this retrospective provides a visual journey through the history of printmaking in California since 1913. Historical works from the California Society of Printmakers archives will be featured, focusing on the vision of each decade and its relationship to the visual art trends and concepts of the time period. CSP is the oldest continuously operating association of printmakers in the U.S. 

                                                   See Info about the exhibition below.

Studio visit and demonstration on May 9th , 2014

By SYLVIA WALTERS (This course is filled.)
May 9 - Meet at the home print shop & studio of Master Lithographer, Herlinde Spahr 1:00 PM 88 Evergreen Drive, Orinda Street Parking. Class starts April 4th. Limited Enrollment. 
In this last class we will have a conversation with artist and printmaker Herlinde Spahr in her own print shop. The artist will give us a demonstration of lithography and discuss her own fascinating work. Opportunities to observe a print in progress and ask questions about process, artist’s background, inspiration, and the future of lithography, prints and printmaking from the artist’s point of view.

Lying Awake. Third Night.

Selected for the Collection of the Library of Congress in the context of the Centennial Celebration of the California Society of Printmakers.

• Lying Awake. Third Night.

Selected for

The 8th Annual California Centered Printmaking Exhibition

Merced Multicultural Arts Center

Merced, California

April 19 – July 11, 2014.

Opening on April 19

Lying Awake. Third Night.

Reproduced in the book California Society of Printmakers. One Hundred Years. 1913-2013. (Maryly Snow and Sylvia Solochek Walters eds.)

View all seven prints in Lying Awake: LINK

ART AUCTION to benefit the Coalition on Homelesness

SOMARTS Cultural Center, September 11, 5:30-10:00

934 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA 94103


Herlinde Spahr

Perilous Crossing

Stone Lithograph, 2014

10” x 7” image


Gary Francis Fine Art

1419 E Park Street

Alameda, CA

Exhibition: July 10 - August 3, 2014


Perilous Crossing, Stone Lithograph, Featured in Art in Print, IV, Nr. 3. 2014

Herlinde Spahr: Print-Paintings on Formica. Studio Visit and CSP Brown Bag Demo. October 25, 2014 at 11AM.

The stone lithograph Lying Awake. Second Night will be included in the second part of the exhbition: Prints. CA, LA and Beyond at the Gray Loft Gallery in Oakland, CA


Stone lithography and Print-Paintings on Formica

Studio Visit by members of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts,

Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco,   May 16, 2015


The Bancroft Library for Rare Books and Manuscripts at UC Berkeley will house and make available to the public my correspondence with long-time friend, Roy Ragle, master woodcut artist. The correspondence consists of more than 500 handwritten letters with original art and studio proofs spanning almost three decades, from 1987 to three days before Roy’s death on December 11, 2014.


Sustenance: Food/Life/Art. at The Turner Print Museum. Chico State University, Chico, CA. Shown: the stone lithograph “Silk and Stone 1.” Till April 9, 2016 .

Tenth Annual Arts Merced Printmaking Show. Merced Multicultural Art Center. April 12 to June 14, 2016. Artist Reception April 12, 2016. Shown: the stone lithograph “Perilous Crossing.”


California Society of Printmakers. 104th Exhibition. Piedmont Center for the Arts. September 4 to October 1, 2017. Piedmont, CA

Beneath the Surface. Davis Art Center, January 13 - January 27, 2-17, Davis CA.

Mirrorred Images. Pacific Grove Art Center. January 6 - February 23, 2017. Pacific Grove CA.

Dreams and the Imagination. Merced College Art Gallery. September 26 - October 20, 2016