Spectrum after Kelly, 2022. Julia Samuels. Engraving.

“A Lot of Little Things Add Up” is a month-long exhibition of recent prints and their processes from Overpass Projects. On view in the WaterFire Arts Center gallery from Thursday, February 10 through Sunday, March 6, 2022. A public opening is scheduled for Thursday, February 17 from 6-9 p.m.

the The WaterFire Arts Center store and gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Overpass Projects is an all-inclusive printmaking publisher in Providence, RI.

Director and master printer Julia Samuels works in collaboration with artists to produce a wide range of contemporary prints, including etching, photogravure, etching, serigraphy, lithography, letterpress and relief engraving.

Working with artists from all media and walks of life, Overpass Projects explores the versatility of printmaking, bridges artistic disciplines, and fosters cross-pollination between techniques.

Julia Samuels

Julia Samuels was born in Portsmouth, NH and earned her BFA in printmaking from the Pratt Institute in 2007. In Brooklyn, she helped build and run The Gowanus Studio Space and also volunteered during the formative years of 596 Acres, an agency that helps neighbors access vacant land in their communities. Julia received her Masters in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2015 and has since founded Overpass Projects in Pawtucket, RI. As master printer and director of Overpass Projects, Julia publishes and prints her own work as well as collaborative fine printmaking with other artists, overcoming barriers between artistic disciplines and fostering cross-pollination between techniques. Examples of Julia’s personal and collaborative print work can be found in the permanent collections of the RISD Museum, Detroit Institute of Arts, Library of Congress, Hood Museum of Art, and others. Julia’s work is currently available at Homegrown, 135 Gano St, Providence, RI 02906, WaterFire Arts Center boutique as well as on her website,

Eric Diehl

Eric Diehl, a native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, earned his MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and his BFA from Pratt Institute. He is the recipient of two grants from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation and has shown his work across the United States. Diehl’s first solo exhibition ‘Neighborhood Watch’ opened at the McKinley Arts and Culture Center in Reno, NV, in 2018. Past projects include ‘Auto-Paint, USA’, a cross-country painting trip funded by Kickstarter and exhibited at “The Local Tourist”. (Los Angeles, CA) and “The Montauk Club” (Brooklyn, NY). Diehl has participated in a handful of residencies, including Mildred’s Lane (Pennsylvania) and Brush Creek Ranch (Wyoming). The bibliography includes New American Paintings, number 118. Diehl lives and works in Beacon, NY.

Kirstin Lamb

Kirstin Lamb is a painter living in Providence, Rhode Island and working in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Kirstin studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design, earned an MFA in 2005, and earned her AB in Visual Arts and English Literature from Brown University in 2001. Kirstin’s work has been shown in venues across the country and abroad, recently showing at the Spring Break Art Fair in New York, Periphery Space at Paper Nautilus in Providence, RI, the Wassaic Project in Amenia, NY, the Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, MA and Providence College Galleries in Providence, RI, among others. She has participated in residencies at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center, Bunker Projects, Wassaic Project, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Ora Lerman Trust Soaring Gardens Artist Residency and the Sam and Adele Golden Foundation. Kirstin recently completed a two-year contract curatorial position at The Yard, Williamsburg, a coworking space in Brooklyn that hosts solo and group exhibitions quarterly, and has begun planning online and new curatorial projects online. New England. Kirstin gratefully acknowledges the role her 2020 grant from the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts has played in her new work. His work is in the collections of Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA, Fruitlands Museum, Harvard, MA, and Providence College, Providence, RI, among others.

The Overpass Projects print shop

Overpass Projects is a nut soup printmaking studio where Julia Samuels practices all forms of intaglio, printmaking, etching, photogravure, relief printing, screen printing, lithography and letterpress printing. Overpass is connected to a vast community of artists and designers, casting a wide net, innovating new ways to bring other disciplines into the print shop and bringing printmaking to the world.

Officially founded in 2015, Overpass has been a dream in the making for 20 years. Julia was introduced to engraving when she was in high school and was involved in the craft long before she could drive. She bought her first press before her first beer, and in and out of school, she’s committed to understanding all the tools of the trade.

Art makes the world a better place. Printmaking allows original craft art to be accessible to the public, and Julia is dedicated to maintaining the often antiquated techniques of printmaking throughout the ever-expanding world of contemporary art. Printmaking and the place of printing in the world has always been in flux: every form of printmaking goes from the pinnacle of reprographic technology to completely outdated, how well we are able to use these obsolete techniques to make art. The engravers share the duty to continue the contemporary practice of engraving to, with our historical collaborators, ensure the existence of the craft in the future.

Overpass Projects is constantly on the lookout for dynamic artists to work with, places to show our work, and collectors to support our efforts. We invite you to share with us and contact us with any questions, suggestions, requests, offers or blessings.

About the Author

Over the past 10 years, alongside incredible colleagues and volunteers, I have worked to build the organization that is WaterFire Providence today. As Director of Creative Services, my team and I work on visual communications, graphic design, visitor experience, merchandising, and project management for WaterFire Arts Center programming. To be part of the “Rhode Island” experience for tens of thousands of people is amazing and I have immense pride in downtown Providence and the Valley neighborhood.