As an artist and printmaker, I have always been inspired by the State Park and US travel posters that were created under the Works Progress Administration (WPA) between 1935-1945. The simple, yet beautiful, representations of our country’s landscape were captured perfectly by these artists. It was in this vein that I set out to “brand” Kentucky’s beautiful scenery and iconic locations with images of my own. This series of “Kentucky Wonder Prints” began with Natural Bridge, next Mammoth Cave, then Cumberland Falls, and Land Between the Lakes. After these 4 prints were produced, Hound Dog was commissioned to create a one-of-a-kind art print for The Parklands of Floyds Fork as a Member incentive.
“The Strand” was created as a pen and ink illustration, and then converted to polymer plate and letterpress printed, one color at a time, on our 1960 Vandercook SP15. This inspired location struck me instantly as the location to feature. I have personally kayaked along these banks, felt the cool stream flow through my fingers, and have been shaded by the tall trees growing here. The seamless weaving of manmade bridges and paths meander and blend perfectly with the natural landscape of the park. I encourage everyone to take the time to hike, bike, paddle or drive through as much of The Parklands as you can. I look forward to seeing the trees grow larger and the seasonal blooms of the meadows for many years to come.
- Nick Baute, co-owner
Hound Dog Press
Visit www.TheParklands.org/Member to learn how you can get the 8x10 print or the set of A2 notecards produced by Hound Dog Press.
Owned and operated by Nick Baute and Robert Ronk, Hound Dog Press is a full service letterpress shop located at 1000 Barret Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky.
In operation since 2008, HDP specializes in custom invitations, greeting cards, stationery, posters, art prints, and design. All work is produced on vintage letterpress equipment that ranges from 1892-1960, we continue to handset metal and wood and hand carve wood and linoleum blocks to illustrate our prints.
We welcome you to visit our store during business hours or by appointment, browse through our samples of letterpress work, and check out our 19th century equipment.
Being a donor-supported public park means we rely on donations, not tax dollars, for annual operations each year. Because of your generosity, we are able to maintain, program, and further develop this extraordinary public space without charging an entry fee. Together we work to enhance quality of life and help our community and economy grow in ways that are healthy, sustainable, and enjoyable for people of all ages. Help us reach our goal of sustaining The Parklands by becoming a Member today. Members make it happen!
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