Felicia Rice Interview & Eco Echo Exhibition

February 10th, 2018

Much has been revealed in this engaging and insightful Whirligig Interview with Felicia Rice. Rice is a printer, publisher, writer, visual artist, performance artist and award winning maker of books. She is known internationally for her artist’s book, CODEX ESPANGLIENSIS from Columbus to the Border Patrol, a collaboration with Enrique Chagoya and Guillermo Gómez-Peña. Rice recently celebrated 40 years as Moving Parts Press with a retrospective exhibition: Perseverance furthers: Moving Parts Press 1977-2017 at Felix Kulpa Gallery in Santa Cruz, California. We met up to experience her work, talk about making books, art and working with other creatives.

Read Felicia’s Interview here: whirligig.hungerbutton.org

Eco Echo: Unnatural Selection

March 3 – April 15, 2018

Anne Beck, Barbara Boissevain, Ginger Burrell, Judith Selby Lang, Richard Lang, Kent Manske, Michelle Wilson, Nanette Wylde

WORKS/San José
, art and performance center
365 South Market Street
San José, California

Gallery hours: Fridays 12 – 6 pm, Saturdays and Sundays 12 – 4 pm
Opening Night: First Friday, March 2, 7 – 10 pm

South First Fridays Art Walk:
Friday, March 2, 7 – 10 pm
April 6, 7 – 10 pm
Eclectic evenings of Arts & Culture in downtown San José’s SoFA district.

Exhibition Programming

Sunday March 11, 2pm
Informal Artist Talk with Kent Manske
Conversation with Kent Manske around his installation Cell Garden. Points of departure will include biology, interconnectedness, life cycles, health, healing and epistemology. The artist will briefly talk about his experimental approach using screen printing to produce one-of-a-kind prints that evolve, mutate and synthesize from blank states to living, thriving organisms.

Saturday, April 7, 2pm
Informal Artist Talk with Ginger Burrell
“Subversive Comfort: Artists’ Books as a Tool for Raising Social Consciousness”
Artist Ginger Burrell will discuss the use of the book format by artists to explore political and social concerns. What is it about artists’ books that provide a unique opportunity and approachability not usually found in other artistic media? How can the selection of content, materials, images, scale and design engage a viewer and communicate an artist’s message? Explore examples of artists’ books that attempt to raise social consciousness, including three works by the artist included in the Echo Echo exhibition.

Sunday April 8, 4:30pm
Panel: “Big Dirty Secrets: Three Photographers Engaging in Environmental Advocacy in the San Francisco Bay”
Photographers Judith Selby Lang, Richard Lang and Barbara Boissevain will discuss their ongoing photography projects that address environmental issues in the San Francisco Bay Area. The panelists will share how the devices they use in their work aim to provoke discourse on local issues and encourage environmental stewardship. They will also discuss the relationship between contemporary photography and environmental and social advocacy, including the “Apocalyptic Sublime.” Managed and moderated by Barbara Boissevain.

Saturday, April 14, 4:30 – 6:30pm
“Constellations in Paper,” Bookmaking workshop with Anne Beck and Michelle Wilson
In this workshop, learn the basic of embroidery on paper. Bring a design of your own or use one provided to sew a design onto a sheet of decorative paper. Embroidery on paper can be a little different that the traditional form on fabric, but still can create a wondrous and exquisite design. At the end of this workshop, this embroidered paper can stand alone, or participants will have the option of turning it into a cover for a handmade book! No embroidery or bookbinding experience necessary, all materials provided.

In addition, Anne and Michelle are Artists in Residence at the San Jose Quilt and Textile Museum through March 24, working on the Rhinoceros Project. Visit www.sjquiltmuseum.org/artist-residency/ to learn how to participate in sewing circles and paper-making happenings.

Winter Solstice 2017

December 21st, 2017

Solstice 2017

Solstice Joy, Kent & Nanette

Holiday Open Studios

November 21st, 2017

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Artists’ Holiday Open Studios
December 2 & 3, noon – 5 pm

• 11 locations in Redwood City & San Carlos
• 100+ Artists

Join us here at PreNeo Press for two enjoyable afternoons of art, conversation and libations. We are featuring local artists, printers, writers, poets and photographers: Ann Baldwin, David Edward Beres, Ever Rodriguez and Nora Raggio. This is a great opportunity to see behind the scenes of a local print & book arts studio engaged in book binding, screen printing, monoprinting, etching, relief printing, letterpress, digital and hybrid media.

PreNeo Press
33 Dexter Avenue, Redwood City

Preview of All Locations

Google Maps to All Locations

Printable Map

Wylde Over It

WORKS San José Benefit Auction
We support WORKS San José
365 South Market Street, San Jose, California

Auction night: Saturday, December 2
Party starts 6pm, live auction starts at 7pm!

Exhibit on view: November 4 through December 2
Hours: Fridays 12-6pm, Saturdays/Sundays 12-4pm
Click here for Auction previews and full list of artists!

Poop Alert
Nanette got tired of seeing dog poop bags left on the trail, so she intervened on this poopy problem. I left my dog poop bag on the trail

This Thanksgiving, we are particularly thankful for the biodiversity of our planet with an understanding that diversity is critical to our survival. We appreciate individuals who take action to protect and preserve our natural world.

Whirligig Interview with Jan Rindfleisch

September 24th, 2017

We are appreciating our Bay Area Art Roots with this new Whirligig Interview with Jan Rindfleisch.

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Jan is an artist, educator, writer, curator and cultural worker. She was the executive director of the Euphrat Museum at De Anza College in Cupertino for 32 years. During that time she laid the groundwork for an engaged and inclusive museum environment by continuously tapping the diverse local voices of Silicon Valley.

Jan continues her work as a community builder with Roots and Offshoots: Silicon Valley’s Arts Community, a history of the art of the greater South Bay area from the post-Mission era artifacts of our First Nation peoples to the artists and activists that have made the western/southern half of the Bay Area the rich and vibrant scene it is today.

Read her Whirligig Interview here: whirligig.hungerbutton.org

Upcoming Events
Book Arts Jam 2017
Sunday, October 15, 2017
11 am – 5 pm

A celebration of book arts presented by the Bay Area Book Artists (BABA), featuring:
• exhibition of artists’ books
• artists selling handmade books
• artist’s talks
• sale of donated books, art, and tools
• demonstrations and hands-on activities

Free Admission & Parking
Program, Schedule, Directions & Parking Info: www.bookartsjam.org

Palo Alto Elks Lodge
4249 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA
Map to Palo Alto Elks Lodge

Mark your calendars
Artists’ Holiday Open Studio
Saturday & Sunday, December 2 & 3, 2017
12 noon – 5 pm

Over 100 artists at 11 sites in Redwood City & San Carlos

PreNeo Press & Friends
33 Dexter Avenue
Redwood City

Whirligig Interview with Michelle Wilson

May 29th, 2017

Extra! Extra! Read All About It! It’s a new Whirligig Interview with papermaker, printmaker, bookmaker, conceptual and social practice artist, and art educator, Michelle Wilson!

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Michelle Wilson is a papermaker in an extremely complex sense. Her work with paper is both conceptual and concrete as it extends from the making of sheets for artist’s books and printmaking to social practice, sculpture and installation. As a somewhat recent transplant to the Bay Area, Wilson has quickly embedded herself and her work into the consciousness of the local art scene with a residency at the School of Visual Philosophy, a Small Plates commission from San Francisco Center for the Book, teaching at both San José State and Stanford, engagement with a handful of arts organizations, and many exhibitions.

You can read Michelle’s interview here: whirligig.hungerbutton.org

Our own current activities:

Kent is showing in Pressing On — Contemporary Printmaking at the Richmond Art Center. June 13 – August 19 with a reception on June 10.

Nanette is showing in Art of Our Century at the Woodbury Art Museum, Utah Valley University June 1 – September 9.

Yay! for summer break, the garden being in, kittens, and studio time.

Whirligig Interview with C.K. Itamura

April 27th, 2017

We are metaphorically euphoric due to this Whirligig Interview with C.K. Itamura.

C.K. Itamura is an interdisciplinary artist, designer and producer.

Her work responds to a wide range of personal and social content; and is realized as richly engaging, metaphorically layered, participatory, conceptual installations.

C.K. is currently exhibiting a trilogy of works under the theme of s+oryprobl=m, in three North Bay locations.

Read about them with her interview here.

Our own exhibitions during the month of May include: The Art of the Book at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley, California; and #Resist at the Nave Gallery in Somerset, Massachusetts.

Blooming in 2017

March 28th, 2017

With both Spring and politics in the air, we both had fun writing tracts for free distribution. Find racks filled with tracts on the wall at:

Alternative Facts at Works/San José.
Reception: April 7, 7 – 10pm
Exhibition Dates: April 8 – 23, 2017
Location: 365 South Market Street, San José, California

Foodies is currently showing at:

Art of Gastronomy II, Healdsburg Center for the Arts, Healdsburg, California. March 8 – May 14.

Celebrate!, Anderson Academic Commons, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado. April 7 – June 25.

the art of gastronomy

Nanette has artists’ books in two traveling exhibitions:
Global Matrix IV International Print Exhibition, Robert L. Ringel Gallery and the Stewart Center Gallery at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.

Idaho Booker’s Dozen 2017,  Idaho Center for the Book, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho.

and a print from her recent On Longing series is showing at:
2017 Wheaton Biennial: Printmaking Reimagined, Beard & Weil Galleries, Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts.

Foodies at Codex 2017

February 3rd, 2017

Two years in the kitchen and we are salivating to serve up Foodies at Codex February 5 – 8.

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Foodies: Seven West Coast Foodie Vignettes is a portfolio of seven letterpress printed folios, each with wood type printed cover, two color interior screen print illustration, and original story which explores the diversity of meaning in food related language. Foodies is housed in a letterpress printed portfolio.

The print work for this project includes 46 press runs of 25 colors. The stories are by Nanette Wylde. Illustrations and design by Kent Manske.

You can see and read more at: preneo.org/projects/foodies. Or visit us at Codex!

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Winter Solstice 2016

December 21st, 2016

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It’s pARTy time!

September 18th, 2016

Join us at Anne and Mark’s Art Party & Opening Night Gala on September 24th. There will be 300+ exhibiting artists, live music, dance, spoken word, fire arts, fashion shows and food trucks. This event is at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds in San José, California. Get your tickets in advance at: artpartysj.com

Kent will exhibit new works from three print series: Conditions narrate states of being and coping strategies. Nests is a series of one-of-a-kind experimental prints. Cells explores imaginary living organisms and microbiome.

Nanette will exhibit four images from On Longing, a series of 50 unique monoprints completed this last summer. Each print is a mandala which contemplates and celebrates the natural world. The series takes its name from Susan Stewart’s book: On Longing: Narratives of the Miniature, the Gigantic, the Souvenir, the Collection. The Art Party is discussed in the Mercury News, where Nan’s work is also featured.

Photo of the studio while the On Longing series was still in-progress, Spring 2016.

Photo of the studio while the On Longing series was still in-progress, Spring 2016.

Meaning Maker is 10!
Of course, we are trying to make sense of the upcoming November election. Thus we have created a new and improved version of Meaning Maker U.S. Presidential Elections Edition. Download your free copy at the Meaning Maker website, and distribute as you will.

Meaning Maker LogoIn the San Francisco Bay Area, U.S. Presidential Elections Edition was on exhibit and take away in Vote your Subconscious at Works/San José and will be exhibiting in: POLITICS (NOT) AS USUAL at Branner Spangenberg Gallery:
275A Linden Street in Redwood City from Oct 7 – Nov 13, 2016.
Opening Reception: Friday, Oct 7, 2016, 5:30 – 7:30pm.

This Summer we hand-delivered Art Viewing Experience Edition and U.S. Presidential Elections Edition to two significant events in Europe: The 9th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art in Berlin, Germany; and the opening of the Tate Modern Switch House in London. Other European museum and gallery locations which experienced bursts of Meaning Makers include: Brussels, Paris, Dresden and Prague.

Don Drake and Kate Jordahl invited Kent to write the afterword for Kate’s True North Editionsone poem book, no. 6, featuring Don’s poem, End. The book launch for one poem books no. 5 and no. 6 will be at Don Drake’s Studio, Dreaming Mind, on Saturday, October 8th from 2 – 4 pm. There will be readings! 5664 Sun Ridge Court in Castro Valley, CA.

Kent is also showing in Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here: In Defense of Culture at the San Francisco Main Library, Skylight Gallery, 100 Larkin Street, from September 17 – January 1, 2017.

The Future, an artists’ book collaboration between Nanette and Nora Raggio, will be showing the month of October in Words|Matter, Chicago.

Nanette’s Storyland v2 was invited for exhibition in Shapeshifting Texts, International Conference on Digital Media and Textuality in Bremen, Germany. Her print, Propagare, was exhibited at the Graphic Arts Workshop, Scuola Internaziale di Grafica in Venice, Italy; and she received a juror’s award for her needle felted book, Between Us Two, at The Art of the Book, Sebastopol Center for Art in Sebastopol, California.

Our collaborative photo book, CSI: Las Vegas, was included in 23 Sandy Gallery’s summertime Wanderlust exhibition and subsequently acquired by UCLA’s Fine Arts Library.

On another note, we’ve decided to take an extended leave from facebook. We still want to hear about your Art Adventures, however. Our individual emails are the best way to let us know what you are doing. We continue to engage with instagram: @kent.manske @nanwylde

Breezy Spring Pollination

April 24th, 2016

The busy spring bees have us both showing books and prints in a handful of exhibitions. We are also excited to cross-pollinate our social practices with an upcoming Meaning Maker intervention.

We celebrated Dada’s 100th anniversary with a poetry reading :
Nothing is Here, DaDa is its Name

Nothing is Here: Dada is its Name

Branner Spangenberg Gallery, Redwood City, California.
Curator: Michael Paulker.
Closing & Dada Performance: Sunday, May 1, 4pm.

23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, Oregon.
Curator: Laura Russell.
May 27 – July 30, 2016.

Wanderlust is a German word made from wandern which means walking and lust which translates as desire. We are showing CSI: Las Vegas in this exhibition.


Look Book Arts! at Healdsburg Center for the Arts

Healdsburg Center for the Arts, Healdsburg, California.
Curator: C.K.Itamura.
April 14 – May 22, 2016.
Closing Tea & Salon: Sunday, May 22, 2 – 4pm.

Home at Art Ark, San José


Opening Reception: Friday, May 6th, 6-9 pm.
Curator: Valerie Raps.

We are honored to participate in Valerie Raps last exhibition as curator of Art Ark. Her ten year tenure has launched Art Ark as an important San José art venue. Please come honor Valerie and her partner, Andrew Hedges, during the reception on May 6th.
Pictured is Kent’s Nest IVc.

April South First Fridays Art Walk in San José.

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here!

March 5 – May 15, 2016
Museum of Contemporary Crafts & Multnomah County Library, both in Portland, Oregon.
Beau Beausoleil’s curatorial project which responds to the bombing of the booksellers’ street in Bagdad continues to inform, inspire and activate us.

Meaning Maker
We will be distributing our Control and U.S. Presidential Elections editions of Meaning Maker at: Open Engagement 2016 POWER, April 28 – May 1. This social practice conference is headquartered at the Oakland Museum of California and includes many additional sites throughout the Bay Area.

In early April, Nanette and Nora Raggio showed their book, The Future, in Space Jam at The Mission Creek Festival in Iowa City. Nanette is exhibiting in The Illustrated Accordion at The Kalamazoo Book Arts Center, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 6 – 27.

YAY! Here’s cheers to all of the springy art abounding in our universe.

Whirligig Interview with Angelica Muro

February 24th, 2016

Angelica MuroWe are excitedly paying attention to cultural metaphors and media trends because of this new Whirligig Interview with San José based artist, curator, and art educator Angelica Muro.

Muro has a B.A. in photography from San José State University, and an MFA from Mills College. She is currently Director and Chair of Visual and Public Art at California State University, Monterey where she teaches courses in photography, integrated media and media culture.

In this interview Muro talks about the influences of media in our daily lives, teaching today’s college students, narco-culture, audience, curating and collaboration.

Her newest project, created with Juan Luna-Avin, Club Lido: Wild Eyes & Occasional Dreams opened February 12 at Empire Seven Studios in San José.

Read Angelica’s interview here: whirligig.hungerbutton.org

Deep February

February 9th, 2016

We are leaping heart deep in a cool bevy called art! and find that

The Future is here!

Nanette and Nora Raggio will perform a reading of their artists’ book:
The Future: an epistolary.


Date: Saturday, February 27, 3 – 5pm.
Location: somewhere on the mid peninsula

Space is limited:
Please R.S.V.P
 by Saturday, Feb. 20 to: thefuture@hungerbutton.org.

We will send you the exact location beforehand.

We are exhibiting in a small winter flurry of group exhibitions:

  • Lovers and Other Strangers, Branner Spangenberg Gallery, Redwood City, California. Curators: Martha Branner and Michael Paulker. Opening: February 14, 5 – 8pm. Closing February 28, 2- 4pm.
  • The Printed Page II, Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, Colorado. Juror: Sarah Carter.

Remembrance IV

  • Contemporary Book Arts, Geisel Library, Saint Anselm College, Manchester, New Hampshire. Curators: Kimberly Kersey Asbury and Alicia Bailey.
  • An Inventory of Al-Mutanabbi Street
    • Kaleider, Exeter, U.K.
    • George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia.
    • The Frank & Katrina Basile Gallery at the Herron School of Art and Design, The Herron Art Library of IUPUI University.

Solstice Joy!

December 21st, 2015

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Here we are again, making our solstice card and greeting you on the longest night of the year. These cycles–they mean something to us. Most notably they provide us an opportunity to let you know how much we appreciate you, who are among the lights in our lives. We are thankful that we have the privilege to make, to share, and to be well.

May the force be with you. Live long and prosper. Peace on Earth.
With love and lightness,
Kent, Nanette, Jazpur and Smudge

Early Fall Art Events

August 31st, 2015



We both have work in ELEMENTAL: Interpretations of Water, Earth, Air & Fire at:

Art Ark Gallery
September 4 – 19
1035 South Sixth Street, San Jose

Opening Reception: September 4, 6 – 9pm.
Part of South First Fridays Art Walk + Street Market

Artists’ Talks & Closing Reception: September 19, 11am – 1pm


North Fair Oaks Public Art
Kent’s recent public art project is up in four locations in North Fair Oaks, our home community.

Project information here.

North Fair Oaks Art Walk & Public Reception:
October 3, 10am – 12 noon
Reception Location: TBA

Book Arts Jam 2015 

Our imprint, Hunger Button Books, will be at this year’s Jam event, put on by the Bay Area Book Artists.

Lucie Stern Community Center
1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA
October 17, 10am – 4pm

Jeff Evans Residency

July 11th, 2015

Jeff Evans Swirl

We are pleased to announce a new Weekend Residency in the Print Studios project by writer and photographer Jeff Evans.

Jeff came to his residency just days after the June 17, 2015 mass shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. As a member of the Charleston community, Jeff was deeply affected by this event. He participated in and documented many community support gatherings–memorials, services, vigils, and political actions.

His residency project, SWIRL, is a handbound artist’s book. It is also available via Hunger Button Books as a print-on-demand edition.

SWIRL is a creative reflection juxtaposing photographs, texts, local newspapers; and acts as a memorial for both the victims and Charleston community.

Visit Jeff’s residency page at PreNeo Press: preneo.org/residency


Summertime Notes

June 19th, 2015

A few sunny notes to launch the Summer Solstice and the season of warm growings.

Bookish_front_viewNanette is showing book related works with seven other artists:
Bookish at San Pablo Arts Gallery
June 20 – July 19
Reception: June 20, 1 – 3pm

Preserves, an audience participatory installation based on the question “What do you want to preserve?”was exhibited earlier this year at the Euphrat Museum. Images are available on our website.
Preserves at the Euphrat Museum

At the end of June Kent is transitioning from full time teaching at Foothill College (25 years) to full time studio at PreNeo Press!

We think this means that loads more art, salons, PreNeo Residencies, and general silly fun times are germinating in our many gardens.

We hope you will join us!

Whirligig Interview: MicroClimate Collective and More . . .

May 4th, 2015

microclimatecollective_victoria_glennaWhirligig is feeling the buzz
with a new interview:
MicroClimate Collective is the curatorial project of Glenna Cole Allee and Victoria Mara Heilweil. In this interview they share their insights into the Bay Area Art Scene, discuss the concepts and challenges that go into curating diverse exhibitions, and reveal insights into their own creative processes and interests. 
Read it here:

The Undercurrents Portfolio which Kent organized last year has found three institutional homes in the Bay Area: The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, The Oakland Museum of California, and The Peninsula Museum of Art. Many thanks to each of these for acquiring this rich and diverse portfolio of Bay Area printmakers.

Between Us cover image


Between Us, Nanette’s needle felted book, was recently acquired by Baylor University.

Chocolate Foodie Wishes for February 2015

February 2nd, 2015

We have been hungrily working on three new projects for Mooncakes, Churros, and Cherry Pie which opens today at the Euphrat Museum in Cupertino, California. It is feeling like we just ate a whole box of designer chocolate truffles.


February 2 – March 19
Reception: Febraury 18, 5:30 – 7:30 pm.
See the Museum website for the full schedule of events associated with this exhibition.

One of our new projects is a Meaning Maker: Food Edition. Download your copy from the Meaning Maker website.

Paul Davies‘ (Whirligig Interview, March 2013) opera, Carlota, will be performed Sunday, February 15th, at the Mexican Heritage Plaza in San Jose, CA.

The opera is directed by Daniel Helfgot with Barbara Day Turner conducting the ensemble. Soprano Christine Capsuto sings the title role of Carlota, Stephen Guggenheim, tenor, is Maximiliano, and mezzo-soprano Kayleigh Decker is Carlota’s handmaiden, Sara.

For ticket information Carlota Opera 2x

Winter Solstice Greetings

December 20th, 2014

manske_knowledge_sequenceKnowledge by Kent Manske

On this longest night of 2014 we wish you an abundance of lightness.

The news on our front:

Kent and Nanette both have prints exhibiting in Absence and Presence: A Printmaking Response to the Bombing of Al-Mutanabbi Street at the San Francisco Center for the Book through January 25, 2015. Absence and Presence is a project of the Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition.

Kent is engaged in a new public art project creating four entry signs for the North Fair Oaks area (Unicorporated San Mateo County between Atherton/Menlo Park and Redwood City) where we abide as PreNeo Press. The 10 foot tall metal figures will represent the people who live and work in the community. Here’s an article on redevelopment of Middlefield Road including a video interview of Kent in the studio: Identity in infrastructure: North Fair Oaks banks on road project to revitalize area

Undercurrents, a themed portfolio of original prints by fifteen Bay Area artists has recently been acquired by The Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

In early December Nanette gave a LASER talk (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) at U.C. Davis.

We welcome you to join us New Year’s Day for Open House at PreNeo Press in Redwood City, 1 – 6 pm.
• Soup on the Stove
• Cheer in the Air
• Art Project in the Studio

May your holidays be bright.