Author Archives: Kathy

Organic Alchemy: Digital Sorcery with Images of Nature

I am showing new work this month at Vischer Ferry General Store, 

Reception Friday January 17, 2020 5p-7p

For years I have taken photographs along the bank of the Mohawk River, downstream of the former textile mills which reside below the Cohoes Falls.  My fascination was captured by tangles of fabric scraps  that have tumbled and weathered here over many decades .

Seasonally the character of the site changes as plants, bugs, old and new trash, etc,  interact with these webs.   Last  fall , as river levels dropped and the bank became wider, I took leave of the tangles to observe the  wet fallen foliage arranged in a border at the river’s former  edge.

In the past I have added my own mark to such images by layering on  texture and color through printmaking techniques.  This time,  with two of the leaf images I amplified the color and detail digitally, set up a pattern of mirror repeats, and had the results  commercially printed on fabric.   The larger images here are framed chiffon fabric, the smaller images are printed on paper.

This loops me back to my  love of textiles .  I have studied many fiberarts, including weaving in college. When I stand below the Harmony Mills I think of the history and  millworkers that toiled in this industry.  I myself have been part of this industry, my job at a large retailer being to unload and merchandise rods and rods of fashionable clothing  created by modern day millworkers around the world.   

Come and join me this spring!

Hello!  Happy Spring! 

I’ve had lots of opportunities to create this winter and now its time to get this art out in the world!  Would love to visit with you at one of these upcoming events.

Come and join me this spring!

Micropolis is pleased to announce our guest artist, printmaker Kathy Klompas! Our opening reception will be from 5-7pm on May 11th.

Please be sure to visit and see her wonderful work!

Makers Market at Arlene’s
Saturday, May 12th,
from 11am to 4pm. 

Looking to start a art collection but think you don’t have the budget? Want to give something unique for Mother’s Day presents?

Look no further than the Makers Markets at Arlene’s on Saturday, May 12th, from 11am to 4pm at Arlene’s Artist Materials. There will be 8 local artists and artisans selling their one of a kind work. Come experience what truly talented makers work in the Capital Region and take something special home while you are at it.

I’m looking forward to seeing you this spring.

Don’t forget that most every Tuesday is open studio and instruction at Ragged Edge Printmaking Studio.  We have a group of great artists who come together to support each other’s work, and there is still room for you.

Contact me for details

Fiber Action, Print Passion

“Fiber Action Print Passion,” featuring the work of Kathy Klompas of Clifton Park, is on display during the month of March at Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady.  Owner of Ragged Edge Printmaking Studio in Cohoes and a member of Oakroom Artists, Klompas creates bold and vibrant images using thickened dyes and elements of collage. Fiber artist and printmaker Peg Foley will also be represented.

The opening reception is Sunday, March 12 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM at 1221 Wendell Ave, Schenectady, NY 12308  The gallery will be open Monday-Friday, 9a–4p,  March 1-27.

More information is available at 


10th Annual National Juried Exhibit of Printmaking

My piece Glass Shadows was selected for the 10th Annual National Juried Exhibit of Printmaking at Imago Gallery.

I am in very good company!

Glass Shadows Kathy Klompas


10th Annual National Juried Exhibit

on view

November 19 – December 6  |  2015
 – Artist Reception Friday November 20 –

At Imago Gallery | 36 Market Street | Warren | RI

Gallery Hours
Thursdays 4 – 8 pm
Fridays & Saturdays Noon – 8 pm
Sundays 11 am – 3 pm
Tourist #1   by Annie Lee-Zimerle from OH
Crooked Creek    by Marissa Angel from TN
Printmaking Now

includes 55 prints by 46 artists from 19 different states.

The work in the exhibit represents a wide variety of
printmaking techniques including 
Dry Point Etching | Silkscreen | Solar Plate Etching
Monotypes | Linoleum | Woodcut | Lithography | Intaglio
Digital on Mylar | Aquatint
Juror Andrew Stein Raftery selected the prints from over 196 submissions by 71 artists from across the United States. A printmaker specializing in narrative scenes of contemporary American life and a professor of printmaking at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI, Raftery trained in painting and printmaking at Boston University and Yale. He has focused on burin engraving for the past 12 years, publishing the portfolios Suit Shopping in 2002 and Open House in 2008. Both projects were exhibited at Mary Ryan Gallery in New York and were collected by the Whitney Museum of American Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Boston and the British Museum.
This national printmaking exhibit is one example of how IMAGO Foundation for the Arts (IFA) supports community involvement in a wide range of cultural activities related to the arts.
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If you would like to see samples of my artwork, choose Portfolios from the menu above.  Clicking on any image in a gallery will take you to a carousel show where you can step through the images.

You can learn a bit of my story from the About page, or browse the blog posts to learn more about me.   As owner of Ragged Edge Printmaking Studio, print maker, silk scarf creator, entrepreneur and long time artist, I use this site to keep people up to date about me

Take a look around.   I’m so happy that you are here!

Catching Up

Wow, the creative sparks have really been flying in the last year or two, but I have been quite neglectful in sharing the enthusiasm and energy with you!

  • Exposing Rhythms, was an opportunity to review, reflect on, edit, and hang my work with my friend Fred Neudoerffer. I am so grateful that Fred, seeing my work hanging in the studio, realized it would be so well complimented by his stunning Hudson River Movements photography series.
  •  Now that my art was calling to me to be hung in public, I entered a couple of chine colle pieces in LARAC member show  and won an Honorable Mention award!
  • Window Shop Gallery, an effort to share art in the heart of Cohoes, made possible through the efforts of the Choose Cohoes for Art Committee, chose me to share the spotlight with miChelle Vara and Luba Ricket , while at the same time being the featured artist at the annual Cohoes Artist Showcase.
  • The Islip Art Museum included my work in Mash Up: Collages in Mixed Media,
  • Niche Gallery in Saratoga does wonderful shows to benefit local charities. A show entitled “Memory: Recognition of the Past” gave me an opportunity to show some work from an on going series of photographs that I am passionate about capturing below the Cohoes Falls near my studio. Two pieces sold at the reception!
  • With the encouragement of friends I took my art to the street at The Stockade Art show. What a great experience to meet so many art admirers.
  • I love teaching my unique technique for monoprinting with dye on to silk scarves, but my “day job” keeps me from offering too many classes, but this year not only did I have a great group of artists come play at my studio from Schenectady Art Society but I was also invited to teach 2 days at a wonderful retreat for WWAM.
  • A couple of workshops with Jane Davies opened and stretched me to step away from the press and get bold with large, loose paintings and intense with small painted paper collages. Wow, I really love that collage work! And got to share a few collages in juried shows at LARAC Lapham Gallery, “Define Color” and ” 3rd Annual Upstate Artists” show at Laffer Gallery

In my spare time I work a full time job, as Merchandise Team Manager for a national retailer. It’s demanding, fast paced, and actually a great job where I can be creative in merchandising all kinds of stylish products, but also necessitates being creative in juggling multiple priorities and logistics! Best thing about it? My awesome team, we all really love having a project to dig in to. Ahh, but change is afoot. My store will close, the team will be dispersed. I am excited that I have been chosen to move on to continue as a MTM in a nearby branch, that does over 5 times the sales volume of my small store!

I am still the proud owner of Ragged Edge Art Space in Cohoes NY, a full green printmaking facility which has become the creative home for a great group of artists.

It’s such a cozy space, that with the companionship of my three studio partners, Ruby, Helga, Mary Ellen it’s easy to just stay solely absorbed in the art making.

But it is time to throw open the doors, and let our welcoming light shine. I truly would love to have more folks sharing in this collaborative effort.