"It has long been my passion to share what I know and love about nature printing, gyotaku, and the sea," says gyotaku and nature print artist Heather Fortner. "After running Orchid Street Studio in Sarasota, Florida for ten years, I moved in 2012 to the small near-coastal town of Toledo, Oregon and set up a similar nature printing studio, Sea Fern Studio. The studio is in an old elementary school, Mary Harrison, and shares the building with another school, The Olalla Center, and the Floweree Community Center."
A thousand square feet space is set up with tall tables and a wonderful 30″ etching press for monoprinting. The goal of this studio is teaching about nature printing (both gyotaku [fish printing] and plant printing), and paper making.
"I hope to inspire people of every age to enjoy nature printing as I have, and to take inspiration from the natural wealth offered by oceans, forests, rivers, marshes, fields. The calendar on my website lists my upcoming workshop schedule."
Mary Harrison School and Sea Fern Studio are off the beaten path even if close to downtown Toledo. Find us at 321 SE 3rd St in Toledo, two blocks up the hill from Pigfeathers Restaurant (at the corner of Main and Butler Bridge Rd).