History of the Peregrine Press

In the fall of 1991, a group of artists interested in printmaking met to explore the possibility of establishing a cooperative press in Portland, Maine. From these initial meetings between Alice Spencer, Kate Mahoney, Lin Lisberger and others sprang an organization of artists with a common goal, to have a cooperative printmaking studio in Portland, Maine. A place to work was the first consideration, and, after much searching, modest studio space became available in Portland's Munjoy Hill neighborhood. The new press needed a name. The Peregrine Falcon, came to mind. The word Peregrine means wanderer, and the Peregrine Falcon has one of the longest migrations of any North American bird. The Peregrine is a swift flier. During its spectacular hunting stoop from heights of over a half mile the Peregrine may reach speeds of 200 mph as it drops toward its prey. This magnificent soaring bird suggested a fine image for the new studio and Peregrine Press took off.


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