In 1958, renowned artist and printmaker, June Wayne, embarked on the production of a Deluxe Book illustrating the songs and sonets of John Donne with fifteen lithographs, working with master printmaker Marcel Durassier in Paris. Prior to her travel to France, she had been negotiating with the Ford Foundation to fund a print workshop in the United States with the goal of not only attracting artists to the medium of stone lithography but also training fine art lithographic printers which were almost non existent outside Paris. She returned from Paris with a completed John Donne Deluxe Book illustrated with stunning and impressive lithographs. Within the year the Tamarind Lithography Institute was funded catalyzing decades of fine art lithography creation and the training of numerous lithographic printers (that continues to this day). Many of these Tamarind trained printersstarted their own print workshops or were employed in printing fine art lithography all over the United States.
Wayne directed the Tamarind Lithography Institute in Los Angeles for 10 years and despite a heavy administrative workload, produced 35 of her own lithographs. After achieving her goal of attracting artists to lithography and training a core of master printers, the Tamarind moved to New Mexico under the direction of fellow printmaker and friend Clinton Adams. Wayne now free of burdensome administrative tasks now relished the creation of her own work as a printmaker at her studio and print workshop in Los Angeles renamed the Tamstone Group. She invited numerous artists to work with her at Tamstone, including her good friend and famous artist, Francoise Gilot.
While the Tamarind was under the direction of Clinton Adams, Wayne continued to act in an advisory capacity and as an ambassador, inviting numerous artists to create lithgraphs at the Tamarind, helping expand media possibilities and creative learning of artists while helping to train fine art printers.
Today the Tamarind continues to foster the legacy of fine art lithography and the training of quality fine art printers.