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"Printmaking Without a Press"

by Linda Smith

2021 "Printmaking Without a Press"

New Workshop Announced

Framing and Matting Workshop with "TJ" 

September 25, 2021


This will be an excellent lecture style workshop taught by our own local framer, TJ (Jake Noll).  There will be two sessions in which you can attend one or the other.  They are both the same.  One will be from 10-12 and the other will be from 1-3.  Class is limited to 24 students per session.  Cost is $25 for members and $35 for non-members.

Class Summary:


Custom Matting and Framing – Selecting your artwork is the easy part because you found it appealing or has some meaning in your life.  Now comes the fun part but it is important to find a mat and a frame that compliment your prized possession.  Choosing the right mat and frame can be a little overwhelming, that is where I can help.  There is more to framing than boring black and white.  My class will demonstrate how adding a mat or multiple mats, with the correct opening enhances your art.  Or by adding a V groove or custom corner designs.  There are lots of Frames and mats to select from.  

Click here to Register for 10 am-12 pm class

Click here to Register for the 1 pm-3 pm class

"TJ" Bio (in his words):


I was born in Lebanon, PA which is a small town not quite as small as Mesquite.  After graduating from High School I moved to Phoenix where  eventually I enlisted in the Army.  I did my basic training at Ft Ord, Ca and ended my career at Ft Ord.  Shortly after getting out of the Army I went to work for the Telephone Company.  After 23 years I took early retirement.

My wife and family moved to Mesquite in June of 2005.  My daughter Nicole attended her senior year at Virgin Valley High School.  After several years working and traveling as a salesman for a large telecommunication manufacturing company, I decided to look for something that would keep me in Mesquite.  We moved to Mesquite to get closer to our grandchildren, who live in Mesa, AZ, without moving next door.  Mesa, AZ is a short 5 1/2hr drive from Mesquite.

I got in to the business because I had several pieces of art that were damaged in the move and I had lots of golf and telephone memorabilia that needed to be framed.  So I started TJ Custom Mats and Frames in the summer of 2009 working out of my home until moving to my current location 2 ½ yrs ago.  I’m a small custom picture framing shop but unique in that I have a Computerized Mat Cutter.  If I can design it in Corel Draw the Valiani Mat Pro Ultra can cut the matboard in a far more creative design than the traditional openings.

I am self taught in both the framing and mat design portion of my business.  After framing everything I own and my friends and neighbors items, they suggested that since I was good at it that I should start my own business.  Where TJ Custom Mats and Frames differs from most small town shops, I own the latest equipment available in mat design.  You would have to travel to a larger city such as Las Vegas or Salt Lake City to find the same capabilities.

I am a member of the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club of Mesquite, and the American Legion.  My hobbies are golfing, rv'ing and atv'ing. 

Check Back Soon

More workshops are in the works!

Kim is currently working on a Wreath Making Workshop in November and a Pastels Workshop in January.  More details will follow.

Meanwhile, please refer to our Calendar as we do have some classes running now that are on a "Drop-In" basis.  Char Lang has two watercolor classes on Wednesdays and Tyler Roylance has a drawing class on Tuesdays. 

Please refer to the Pottery Studio and Pottery Classes pages for more information on what is available there.

And, please feel free to stop by on Fridays, from 9:00 - 11:30 to join your fellow artists doing whatever art you want with the "Friday Creative Workspace" in the Classroom.

Hope to see you all soon!

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This project is funded, in part, by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.