Giclee Printing Artists News
Draw Me a Story: Giclee Printing For Museum Exhibits 
Thursday, February 1, 2007, 05:32 PM
Giclee printing is normally thought of as a way to reproduce artwork for artists wishing to market their work in another format. However, Giclee prints can also substitute for art or documents for exhibits when the originals are unavailable for exhibition, too small for convenient viewing, too fragile or even severely damaged.

When the Mill City Museum in Minneapolis needed works for its exhibition: Draw Me a Story: Minnesota Children's Book Illustrations it turned to the University of Minnesota Kerlan Collection at the Andersen Library for some of the images in the show. The Kerlan Collection contains a vast array of original drawings and paintings by some of the most important children's book illustrators in the world. But since the works could not leave the Library, the Museum had Giclee prints made instead. For this exhibit all of the Giclee prints were reproduced at the same size as the originals and matched the look of the artists illustrations as close as possible.

This is the fourth exhibit we have printed for the Mill City Museum. Two years ago we scanned and printed the 35 print exhibition Minnesota in the Mail: A Postcard History for the Minnesota Historical Society. The exhibit consisted of scans of vintage postcards, enlarged and printed up to 16X20 inches. The prints allowed the Museum to showcase much larger images of these wonderful postcards.

The exhibit Railroads and the Marketing of the Northwest, featured advertising images from the Minnesota Historical Society collections. We made over a dozen large sized images scanned from original brochures, railroad timetables and vintage art work. Here again some of the works were enlarged. But more importantly delicate works on paper could be kept in safe storage while near identical duplicates were used for the exhibit.

For the exhibit Looking Forward, Looking Back: Guthrie Theater Reflections on the history of the Guthrie we were able to create a more consistent look for a range of images that included vintage photographs and slides, as well as contemporary digital camera images.

For museum exhibits we tend to do minimal restoration of damaged documents. Staple marks, light scuffing and worn edges are normally left as is to more accurately reflect the age of the pieces. However in other cases we have fully restored wedding licenses, baptismal certificates, corporate documents and family papers. Again the beauty of digital imaging is that a choice can be made after scanning and before printing.

The Mill City exhibit is open until May 1st 2007. The Museum is at 704 South Second Street in Minneapolis next to the new Guthrie Theatre. It contains some great works by some of Minnesota's best known children's book artists. And Minnesota has a number of GREAT book illustrators.

Mill City Museum Exhibition

David Husom
Husom & Rose Photographics
Giclee printers serving artists in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, the Upper Midwest and across the US.

Midwest Art Fairs Directory. A big thank you to our ad artists! 
Sunday, January 28, 2007, 03:47 PM
If you do art fairs in the Midwest you may have seen our full color ad in the inside front cover of Midwest Art Fairs directory this past year. This valuable resource for any artist looking to do art fairs is published just down the road from us, on famous Wisconsin Highway 35, in Pepin Wisconsin. You can find it at art stores throughout the region.

Select thumbnail image to see larger version.

Although we gave up our prime spot for next year, we did want to thank the artists who appeared in our Spring 2006 and Fall 2006 / Winter 2007 ads:

Dan Wiemer, Red Wing watercolor artist and president of the Minnesota Watercolor Society appeared in both of our ads. His work is available at:

Likewise Red Wing painter and printmaker Art Kenyon's work graced two of our ads. Art is not on the Web, but his work in our second ad was the poster for the Diversity Festival in Red Wing.

Mary GrandPré's pastel for the Minnesota State Fair 2005 and Nancy Carlson's work for the 2006 State Fair were also featured. Copies of the Giclee prints are still available at:

One of Wisconsin artist John Turula's drawings was reproduced. He can be found at:

And Minneapolis artist / cartoonist Andery Feldshteyn was also featured. His work can be found at:

William Pringle Rodman photographs of Fairbo Woolen Mills (which we had printed at 40X60 inches for a gallery exhibit he had) and Wisconsin photographer Conan Doyle's photographs from the 1940's in Taos New Mexico were each seen in one of the ads.

Thank you to each of you for letting us reproduce your wonderful works!

Finally Midwest Art Fairs is at: Although you will not find our ad in the next issue, you will see some of our services to the art community when you pick up the Spring 07 issue. We scanned the cover image on one of our four professional film scanners, and proofed the image with a CMYK RIP on one of our Epson printers.

David Husom
Husom & Rose Photographics
Giclee printers serving artists in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, the Upper Midwest and across the US.

What size of Giclee prints to make from your artwork. 
Sunday, January 21, 2007, 06:47 PM
We often get artists wondering what size to make their Giclee prints. Many feel that it is another version of the original and therefore should be the exact same size. (For a time in the early 90's prints made from digital files were called Second Generation Originals–a phrase you don't hear much anymore, but one I still do like). There are no hard fast rules and it really is up to each artist.

I think the fear of changing the size, or offering editions of different sizes comes from the abuses of the so called "Limited Edition" prints run off by the thousands by some wildlife art publishers a few years back. When the publisher had sold out all 3000 of the 20X24 prints a new edition was issued of 3000 more at 19X23. When those were gone a 21X25 edition was run. It wasn't done a lot, but enough to give the limited edition print a bad name. In fact Minnesota even passed a law against the practice.

For sizes I think, and many of our clients agree, that offering editions in 2 or 3 very different sizes is perfectly legitimate. In fact many art buyers want a choice of sizes. Not everyone has room for a 3X4 foot work of art to hang in their home or office. Thus offering an original size, half size and maybe even a 1/3 or 1/4th size makes perfect sense for many artists. Painter Art Kenyon did this last year for a commemorative print for a church anniversary we printed for him.

Red Wing artist Dan Wiemer however found that someone wanted one of his watercolors, painted at 17X19, not reproduced smaller, but bigger. We printed it at over 36X40 and it looked STUNNING! Fortunately we scan everything a bit larger than the original, so we did not have to rescan the painting, which was no longer in the artists possession. And being a watercolor it enlarged very nicely. He sold that one out of a show at the Anderson Center and now has made a second large scale print of the work to hang in a downtown Red Wing office. Dan is so happy with enlarging his works that we have now enlarged a second watercolor by 200%.

Some of our artist clients use pen and ink to sketch their works first and then scan and colorize the work on the computer. From small thumbnail drawings scanned at high resolution we make 11X14 to 16X20 inch prints of their files. Wisconsin artist John Turula works this way as does Minneapolis artist and cartoonist Andrey Feldshteyn.

The advantage of digitally enlarging a work when printing it is that you can work at your normal size, with your standard working methods and still produce a large scale art piece. Not all work is appropriate for blowing up to larger sizes. But for those that are, it is a very nice option for very impressive works.

Of course we more frequently print work smaller than the original. But the beauty of digital scanning and printing is that you have many more options.

David Husom
Husom & Rose Photographics
Giclee printers serving artists in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, the Upper Midwest and across the US.

Congratulations to Len Guggenberger. 
Friday, January 12, 2007, 04:47 PM
Red Wing Minnesota artist Len Guggenberger works exclusively with casein painting – a paint made from soured skim milk. The paint is produced from milk curds that have been separated from the whey and then turned into a binder and mixed with pigments. (Yes our studio is in the heart of Wisconsin cheese curd country but artists do not make their own casein from curds. Around here we eat the curds! You can find casein paints at any large art supply store).

Len brought us his wonderful jewel like paintings of nearby Lake Pepin on the Mississippi River. The paintings had incredible detail and he asked about getting them photographed for the American Artist magazine contest for casein paintings. Our recommendation was that we scan them and have the digital files made into 35mm slides. This would help maintain the best detail and color of the original works.

We have found that when given the choice between submitting slides or supplying digital files for competitions, grants, or for art fairs that slides are always better. (This of course assumes they are being projected as slides, and not scanned by the judging organization to view on a computer). Slide projectors are a near obsolete technology, but even with the typical finger print smeared lenses found on most projectors, which photographers often compare to Coke bottle bottoms, slides still have a luminance and detail that images projected from a computer screen lack. The Wisconsin State Arts Board confirmed this point with last years grant judging according to a letter sent to Wisconsin artists.

So with slides of his work, Len entered the Casein painting contest in American Artist. With literally hundreds of entries Len took 3rd place! And best of all, he now has digital files of his work ready for reproduction as Giclee prints, postcards, greeting cards or to email to galleries. But of course he can use the slides we made for him to enter the next contest. Congratulations Len!!

See Len's work in American Artist magazine

David Husom
Husom& Rose Photographics
Giclee printers serving artists in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, the Upper Midwest and across the US.