Peter Pettengill started Wingate Studio in 1985 as a small print workshop on his family farm after having worked as a printer at Crown Point Press for seven years. Since then, our programming has expanded to include our own publishing program, workshops, lectures, apprenticeships and open studios. Our work can be found in the permanent collections of Baltimore Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Art, Library of Congress, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, and many other public and private collections internationally.
The studio remains in its original location, but has expanded physically to accommodate projects at varying scales. The studio added a second press to its original hand-pulled French Tool–a large motorized Le Deuil that travelled from master printer Aldo Crommelynck’s studio in Paris, France.
Wingate Studio invites artists to collaborate on projects in a peaceful setting, provides a private artists apartment, and cooks freshly prepared meals with ingredients from the farm. Meals are often outside under the big maple tree next to the studio overlooking the farm fields. Artists work with our master printers to produce original artworks in the form of limited edition etchings. Artists direct the projects while our master printers enable and facilitate.
The studio occupies a classic New England barn located on a 55-acre farm three and a half hours north of New York City. Wingate Studio is open to visitors, museum groups, and schools by appointment, and we encourage you to visit. We are on the border of Massachusetts in southern New Hampshire, making a beautiful day trip from the greater Boston and New York areas.
Pestovel, Walton Ford
While the world has been drastically altered by technology since our inception, our mode of production has remained much the same. Artists still scratch into copper plates with tools, and paint onto plates with solutions made of sugar, asphalt, and soap in the same way artists did in the 1600’s. And our printers still ink up the plates, wipe them, and print them by hand. We are always excited to see what contemporary artists bring to this timeless process. In our booth we will be displaying multiple plate color aquatint etchings hand made by contemporary artists.
Tunji Adeniyi-Jones, Walton Ford, Josephine Halverson, Xylor Jane, Barbara Takenaga, Marie Watt