Campsite Press is the developing studio of printmaker, Jonathan S. Green. The name “Campsite Press” is premised on the ways in which campsites act as transitional sites between the environment and culture. Camps create liminal areas that are permeable, not always completely ‘inside’, or completely ‘outside’. Campsite Press is a space for Green to process his research and fieldwork.
Soon to be at the heart of Campsite Press, is a Dickerson Combination Press and a collection of litho-stones which were passed down to Green by James “Jim” L. Evenson and Nedra T. Evenson. The Evenson’s came to Kenai, Alaska in 1955 for commercial fishing, then later homesteaded in Nikiski. Jim, who had previously received an MFA from Iowa University, taught high school in Alaska while continuing to fish through the summers. While on sabbatical in Spain in the 1970s, he learned stone lithography. On returning home, he set up his own print shop, Bishop Lake Studio, where he produced over 150 editions and countless paintings with Nedra.
Campsite Press is forever grateful to Jim and Nedra Evenson for their generous gift. Many thanks to the people that assisted with this acquisition – Marion Nelson, Thor Evenson, Joe Arness. Special thanks to the Carr family – Joe, Donna, Joseph and Sally – for their big help (big lifting) in moving and storage of the press, stones, and gear.