Welcome to Summit House Press

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Welcome to the Summit House Press Website. Summit House Press is a full-equipped printmaking studio on Pumpkin Hill Road in Warner, NH, owned and run by Mary Mead. We offer individual and small-group instruction in a variety of printmaking processes, options for collaborative projects and small editioning services. Mead has worked primarily in printmaking over the past seventeen years. A former assistant professor at Colby-Sawyer College (New London, NH), she currently teaches printmaking at the New Hampshire Art Institute (Manchester, NH), and at a variety of venues in New England including Chases Garage (York, ME), AVA Gallery and Art Center, (Lebanon, NH) Two Rivers Printmaking Studio (White River Jct. VT), and the Kimball Jenkins School of Art (Concord, NH). Set among gardens in the summer and surrounded by forest all year near a network of nordic ski trails,  Summit House Press offers a beautiful, quiet and creative environment in which to learn a printmaking technique or complete a printmaking project.

Warner, NH is located just 90 miles north of Boston, 20 mins north of Concord on Route 89. Warner is home to summer music festivals, a seasonal farmer’s market, the Tory Hill Readers Series, a variety of museums (Indian, Telephone, Nature, Historical). There are several restaurants including a pub called The Local, (with 45 beers) and Schoodacs Coffee and Tea, with a large southern porch and live music Sunday afternoons. The newest venue in own, The Warner Public Market offers creative weekend afternoon workshops of all kinds along with fresh produce, bread and a variety of food and craft items. The independent bookstore in town, Mainstreet Bookends, is legend for it’s authors series throughout the year, concerts, book and toy inventory and art gallery.  Warner is home to many writers, musicians, craftsmen and women, and visual artists and is a wonderful place to live and visit.

The original Summit House, long neglected it once stood at the summit of my dad’s 2 ‘ narrow gauge steam railway in our backyard.


Upcoming Exhibitions

Tangible Assets
May 2 – 31, 2019

Kelley-Stelling Contemporary
221 Hanover St
Manchester, NH

Mike Howatt: Paintings and Mary Mead: Multiple Media
July – August 2019 (details TBA)

Chases Garage
16 Main St
York ME

Grand Salon
Final exhibition of artists who exhibited at the Duckworth Museum
September 14 – October 27, 2019

Aidron Duckworth Museum
21 Bean Rd
Meriden, NH

Spring and Summer Workshops White River Jct., VT

Pronto Plate Lithography is a technique you will want to have in your arsenal, as it can reproduce a variety of images both hand-drawn and painterly, or photo-based. Pronto plates operate on the antipathy between oil and water, are fairly simple to master, and relatively inexpensive. In this printmaking workshop you will learn how to create images using simple materials such as ball point pen, acrylic floor wax, sharpie, crayon, and if desired, laser copies of photo-based imagery. The plates can be cut and/or layered to create multi-colored prints. This is a great class for beginners and professional artists alike interested in learning a new and extremely versatile technique. Participants should expect to create a portfolio of completed prints. York, ME
Monotypes and Monoprints
Tentative date: Saturday and Sunday, June 1 – 2 10am-4am

In this workshop, we will explore a variety of approaches to creating monoprints – prints based on an underlying matrix that can be printed in multiple different ways, and monotypes, completely unique prints. Both are often referred to as “painterly” prints because they frequently defy the strict technical rules that govern many printmaking processes. Learn to employ transparent and extender base for important in layering. Depending on time and focus we might add screen printing with water-based media as an add-on. Come prepared to experiment! Lebanon, NH

Saturday & Sunday, June 8 & 9, 10am–4pm
$192 members / / $225 non-members / / $35 materials fee

Make a Splash with Water-based Screen Printing MARY MEAD
Learn to create screen prints using water-based media including watercolor paints, gouache and Caran d’Aches water soluble crayons. Work from in house still-life objects or plants from your garden. This process can be integrated with more traditional monotype approaches. This is a great class for anyone interested in expanding their approach
to watercolor media.