Sunday, February 16, 2020

Conversation moving to Google Groups

Google Groups

Due to the changes of Yahoo Groups we no longer have an archive, images and so on. Yahoo has become a mailing list with no way to even see previous conversations or threads, responses and so on. Please note that we will be deleting Barenforum at Yahoo once we are certain everyone has moved.'s off to Google Groups!

Barenforum Google Group home page:!forum/barenforum

From there you should be able to sign up pending membership approval. Or you may request an invitation by posting on the Yahoo Group: send an email to

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Exchanges Update 2018

New Calendar for 2019-2020

As advertised, we changed the exchange calendar to 3 annual exchanges rather than 4. This will allow for fuller exchanges and the management to keep up with the program.

Here is the new and improved
Exchange Index page:
Baren Exchange #76

Exchange 77

This exchange is due now and for what we hear, participants are rush mailing their prints to our coordinator. Thank you Barbara Mason for taking on the job!

Exchange 78

We are off and running with 27 participants signed up for the last exchange due this calendar year 2018. Coordinator is Maria and the information page is now updated:

Technique challenge : Multi-panel
Theme: OPEN
Paper size: 9 x 12 inches (23 x 30.5 cm)
Image size: Any size to fit paper (any orientation), any number and shape of panels
Paper type: No restriction
Registration period: CLOSED
Drop-out deadline: October 31, 2018
Delivery deadline for finished prints: November 30, 2018


Don't forget to peruse our galleries, I am catching up on the latest exchange but we are nearly up to date. Many wonderful prints have flown across the world through the years:
Julio Rodriguez Exchange 76

Ruth Egnater Exchange 76

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Exchange 73 Opens

April 1st

Exchange #73 is now open for sign up! This is in the larger Oban (traditional Japanese) size, and the theme is open so a chance for everyone to create freely in a larger format.

Here is the page link and the info:

Exchange #73 Information page is here.
Sign-up ** OPEN **
  • Medium: Woodblock print--hand rubbed or pulled on a press, any pigments, any paper
  • Theme: Open
  • Paper: Oban 10 x 15 inches (25.5 x 38 cm)
  • Registration period: Four weeks starting April 1, 2017
  • Deadline for finished prints: August 1, 2017

Exchange 72

Exchange 72 is well under way, four weeks to complete the prints and send to the coordinator. This unusual paper size yields very interesting prints and we can't wait to see all of them.

Here are some prints from past long-skinny exchange #47:

Claudia Coonen

Lynita Shimizu

Michael Gaffney

Viza Arlington

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Exchanges in the Spring

Exchange #71

We are almost there!
Martha Knox has been faithfully reporting on this exchange on the YahooGroup forum and the prints will be mailed very soon. I can't wait to get my set!
Montage from Exchange#67

Exchange #72

Our Winged exchange is now fully loaded and underway. I love these odd paper-size exchanges because the images reflect the challenge of the different format.
Remember the important drop-out deadline April 1, as there are 3 people on the wait list. Delivery deadline May 1 will be here before you know it!

Here is the link with mailing information:

Technique challenge : None
Theme: "WINGS"
Paper size: other 5 X 11 inches (12.5 x 28 cm)
Image size: Any size to fit paper (any orientation)
Paper type: No restriction
Registration period: CLOSED January 1, 2017 -
Drop-out deadline: April 1, 2017 If you must drop out of the exchange, please do so as early as possible in order to give people on the waiting list time to complete and submit their prints.
Delivery deadline for finished prints: May 1, 2017