Ray Trayle Etching Press
Whiteaker Printmakers is excited to announce the coming acquisition of a phenomenal Ray Trayle press. This new addition to the studio is made possible by the generosity of Margaret (Peggy) Prentice (pictured above), a Professor Emeritus and former Print Department Chair, University of Oregon Art Department.
This beautiful press was built circa 1990 by Ray Trayle, pressmaker extraordinaire. The bed measures a full 48 by 96 inches, and a six foot captain's wheel makes its operation smooth and easy. The massive rollers are turned from a former ship's mast.
Ray Trayle was a machinist in Portland, Oregon and the maker of over sixty fine print presses. A recipient of the Oregon Governor's Award, Ray influenced the world of fine art printmaking for individual artists and major art institutions such as the Pacific Northwest College of Art and prominent individuals such as the late Gordon Gilkey. Nicole Rawllins, print program director at the Multnomah Arts Center, has produced a book devoted to Ray Trayle's work. The page shown below (click image for a larger version) shows Ray and Peggy with her press.
This press, along with a medium 24 by 48 inch Ettan and a small 12 by 24 inch Holbein, establishes Whiteaker Printmakers as the premier intaglio and relief studio in the region.
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