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Location: Villa Park, Illinois, United States

I have worked for Graphic Chemical & Ink Company since 1968 - with a brief hiatus(almost 4 years) to travel the World courtesy of my uncle. Sadly it turns out it was my Uncle Sam, and I wasn't too thrilled about the places that he chose to send me. My wife and I have run Graphic Chemical for many years, and have enjoyed the travel that comes with the position. We get to meet our customers (and the occasional vendor) from all over the World

Tuesday, August 01, 2006


At the risk of being accused of taking advantage of the situation, my wife, Susan, and I decided to do the frivolous this past weekend. We have a customer that many of you may know. Bonnie Koloc is a talented artist in many definitions of the word. She has performed for years in the concert halls of America as a folk singer. For a number of years, she has also branched into jazz and blues. Bonnie also is a talented printmaker, creating relief prints - many times illustrating the songs that she has written. Several years ago, she also wrote a one woman show, she performed the songs, and even designed and built the set!
Last weekend, Bonnie was performing in New York City for the first time in years! We have some good friends in New York, and decided to visit them and attend the show at Joe's Bar in the East Village.
Despite staggering gasoline prices, our friends treated us to a boat trip around Manhattan in their power boat. From Long Island Sound to the East River, down to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, up the Hudson River, past Ground Zero, past the USS Intrepid (a decommissioined aircraft carrier for you land lubbers), to the Harlem River, and back to the Long Island Sound. Four and a half hours, almost 70 miles, and a couple of glasses of champagne later we pulled into the marina thoroughly exhausted but had a great time.
This is a thin connection to printmaking, but what the heck, it's my blog, and I had such a great time I wanted to share it. We did pick up a couple of mezzotint rockers from Edward C. Lyons Company for a customer who was visiting the United States for a short time, so there's the printmaking for you!


Blogger Barbara Mason said...

Everyone needs a working vacation...especially folks who work as hard as you and Susan do!
Now, what do you need and who do you know in Hawaii about January?

10:02 PM  
Blogger Printblog said...

I'm actually planning a trip in December, visiting several customers and getting away from the cold Chicago weather.

7:47 PM  

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