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The main reason for our visit to Santiago was to connect with Taller 99. Taller 99 has been working with printmakers in Santiago for roughly 60 years now. We mainly met with Isabel Cauas and Raphael Munita, who were incredibly nice, helpful, and really enthusiastic about this project.
Taller 99 is tucked away in a quaint residential area of the city in a modified house. Raphael Munita, seen here opening the gate, lives above the shop.
Beautiful old etching press.
Isabel Cauas, from Taller 99, showing us around the printshop.
The whole shop wraps around a courtyard, a very idyllic environment.
I wish my aquatint chart looked this nice.
Any shop that has monkey stickers is a good shop in my book.
Inspirational quotes from important people in Taller 99’s long and illustrious life.
The printshop also has a beautiful gallery area. Prints are shown in these really great glass cases and on the walls.
Arts Midwest President David Fraher checking out some prints.
Really old litho stone with playing card imagery on it.
Tamarind and Garfield.
Great coffee mug.
On top of the grand tour, there was lots of walking and talking about the project. Bob Beckman and Isabel talk above the courtyard.
Discussing the potentials of the printshop, Isabel, Bob and Raphael in the courtyard.
Much of the crew working on this project. From left: David Fraher, from Arts Midwest, Daniela Muller, in the red coat was our main interpreter and a HUGE help getting around Santiago, a current Taller 99 resident artist, then Bob Beckman, Arts Midwest Executive Board Chair Peter Capell, and myself.
Bob Beckman, Raphael, and myself during one last meeting at our hotel before we left for the US.