Printer Sheila Coppola working with artist Buddy Bunting in the Tukwila studio, spring of 2016. Photo by Rick Bidlack.
Sidereal Fine Art Press provides professional fine art services for creating editions or monotypes. Printer Sheila Coppola works one-on-one with artists, galleries and other fine art publishers in a collaborative environment. Experiments, ideas and learning nurture a working process in service to the artist's image. Printmaking services include custom relief printing, intaglio printing and letterpress special projects. Specialty services include carving from the artist's drawing on wood or linoleum. Equipment includes two letterpresses (largest 26 x 20), three intaglio presses (largest 65 x 39) and facilities for intaglio and relief platemaking. Specially tailored workshops, print demonstrations and shop tours are available for private groups. Past and present work are featured in the Artists and News pages of this website.Your inquiries are encouraged, either by phone or email, or if you wish to schedule a visit to the studio. In deference to the working artists, visits to the studio are by pre-arranged appointment only.
Sidereal Fine Art Press was founded in 1996 by Sheila Coppola. It began as a small storefront space on Elliott Avenue and was part of the NW Industrial Buildings complex, in the Belltown area of Seattle, Washington. Initially SFAP specialized in letterpress and relief printing, concentrating on the printing of editions and other special projects for artists, graphic designers, galleries and corporate and individual clients. Sheila worked with many northwest artists printing multi-color woodcuts, linoleum cuts, metal engravings and wood engravings, as well as doing custom letterpress work for the general public.
Around that time Marcia Bartholme opened her print publishing company, Beta Press, a few doors down. Marcia had spent 10 years as a Master Printer at Crown Point Press in San Francisco and she brought that level of experience and expertise to her new press and to Seattle. Many of the intaglio print editions being made by Beta Press were large and complex and required an extra printer. Concurrent with running her own business, Sheila went to work for Beta Press as an “on call” contract printer, benefiting immensely from Marcia’s expertise and generosity of spirit.
In 2001 SFAP relocated to the historic Rainier Cold Storage Building in the Georgetown area of Seattle. The press then expanded services to include intaglio printing and platemaking. In 2009 the press made it's final move to it’s current location in Tukwila, Washington, twelve blocks from the Tukwila International Link Light Rail Station and 20 minutes South of downtown Seattle. It is situated in a remodeled pole barn that was originally used to build formula one race cars. The press continues to focus on intaglio and relief printing of editions for artists as well as some publishing of prints by selected artists.