Every other year there is an international conference of printmakers in Europe (except for the time they went to South Africa). In 1999 the first IMPACT show was held in Bristol, England. In 2001, we were in Helsinki, Finland, and in 2003, the show moved to Cape Town, South Africa. For a variety of reasons, most of the vendors chose not to attend the Cape Town fair, which is a shame since many of us do a fair amount of business in South Africa.
This year, the conference is split between Berlin, Germany and Poznan, Poland, beginning in late August. It looks to be one of the best shows yet with some major vendors (including Graphic Chemical & Ink Company), noted artists and professors of art from Europe and the U.S., and some stellar seminars. I know that not everyone can pick up and jet off to Europe for a conference - particularly at the beginning of a school year, but if there's a chance, this is the one to attend. The interactions between artists and cultures is amazing, and the opportunity to visit Eastern Europe should not be missed. I will bring you up to date on the show as we get closer, and will, I hope, post pictures and comments afterwards.
The home page for IMPACT is http://web.utk.edu/~imprint/default.html.