steamroller print: a date with culture

The Craft Council of BC partnered with the Society for Contemporary Works on Paper and New Leaf editions to host a steamroller print demonstration for the first edition of A Date with Culture – an event to celebrate culture during the Culture Days weekend in September, 2019.

Eight different artists participated in this year’s event – each of them creating and carving their own 4′ x 8′ wood panel to print, and each of them surpassed this large-scale challenge with flying colours!


All finished prints and blocks will be up for bid  at the Steamroller Print Auction for the opening of the SCWOP Gallery.

Stay tuned for upcoming dates and updates!
Update: This event has been postponed until further notice, due to COVID19.

Kelly Cannell is a Coast Salish artist from Musqueam in Vancouver B.C.  She has travelled the world pursuing her passion for arts and culture. From a very young age Kelly has been immersed in arts. The foundation of her inspiration is her appreciation for Life, Nature and culture.  

Bev’s muse is nature, where beauty is found in brokenness. Burned out trees, and layers of peeling bark, bear a common thread of beautiful imperfection. Her sculptural and 2D art embraces the raw and flawed. She enjoys creating highly textured surfaces. Artistry and technique inform the intuitive processes of her multidisciplinary art practice.

Sylvan is an emerging visual artist working in printmaking, sculpture and installation. He grew up in Vancouver, BC and recently completed the 2018-2019 Printmaking Studio Practicum program at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

Eleanor is a visual artist who works in embroidery. The underlying instigation in all her art is drawing such as the quality and expressiveness and intention of the line; ‘No Day Without Line’. Then the physicality of interacting colour and design, then really “working” the materials as they are; either the stitch, paint, pen or pencil on paper, sewn paper, collage and combinations.

Born and raised in Dutton Ontario, Kari is a graduate of the University of Guelph where she studied Art History and Classical Studies. Both disciplines inform her work in equal measure, and she also credits her close proximity to the London Regionalism movement and the McMichael Gallery as major artistic influences. After moving to Vancouver Kari belonged to a printmaking collective on Granville Island prior to establishing her practice in the historic 1000 Parker street building.

annie ross (Maya) is a Professor in the Department of First Nations Studies at Simon Fraser University. Daughter of a strong traditional Maya mother and auntie and WWII veteran storyteller father (Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia). Began education at home with plants, animals, art, Indigenous hand work, storytelling, and history in Compton, California, from parents dispossessed of their traditional lands.

Maya U Schueller Elmes is an artist from South London. She is currently based in Vancouver, Canada and was Artist in Residence at the Central St Martins print studio from 2015-2017. She teaches visual art and printmaking classes at Dundarave Print Workshop, Malaspina Printmakers and Mobil Art School.

Our community carve print was designed by Alex Montes. Community members during the three day event were invited to try their hand at carving the 4×8′ wood block and contribute to the process. We had a total of over 60 people of all ages help carve the block!


We would like to thank all the sponsors that supported this event to make it possible:

United Rentals
CMHC Granville Island
Gamblin Artists Colors
Legion Paper
Home Depot
New Leaf Editions


We would also like to thank our event partners that hosted demos and workshops alongside our steamroller printing:
Coastal Karma Jewels
DIY Mandala Stones
Denise Gittins
Opus Art Supplies