Reception Photos: WPG & Pyramid Atlantic April Member Exhibitions

On Sunday, April 6, WPG and Pyramid Atlantic hosted the opening reception for our current April member exhibitions. Below, you will find several photos from the event.

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Intern Perspectives: WPG April Member Exhibition

Jennifer Block, our intern from the University of Maryland, wrote the following reaction to our current April Member Exhibition. This show will continue through Sunday, April 27 in The Press Room.

In The Press Room, an array of prints done by the gallery’s members are featured. Each print has a very distinct style, ranging from Nina Muys’ pastel-like flower print, to Max-Karl Winkler’s black-and-white woodcut. Each print stands out in its own way, due to size, subject, or technique. The small gallery space allows for the visitor to circle the room slowly and carefully and give each piece the attention that it deserves. I was particularly drawn to Ron Mieck’s piece, Citreon, due to its unusual dimensions. Its long, vertical shape made me look closely at the detail involved in creating such an interestingly shaped print. The small intricate piece done by Margaret Adams Parker titled Bagatelle, 5, is a quaint, square piece with a large border. The small print draws the viewer in and makes you look up close to see the details and hard work put into it.

"Blossoms II" by Michael Hagan

“Blossoms II” by Michael Hagan

I also enjoyed Michael Hagan’s screenprint, Blossoms II, which reminds me of the Japanese block print style with a modern twist. The range of subject and style is what kept me moving throughout the room to see what the next piece had to offer. Yolanda Frederikse executed the landscape in a more traditional way, using the monotype process and a classic style landscape composition. It is interesting to compare and contrast the styles and techniques. Overall, the small room packs so much talent and beauty in each print, you could spend just as much time in The Press Room as you could in the rest of the gallery.

Artist Update: Matina Marki Tillman’s Upcoming National Exhibitions

Artist member Matina Marki Tillman will exhibit several prints in three upcoming national exhibitions that will showcase some of her most recent work.

"They don't let Carmen dance" by Matina Marki Tillman

“They don’t let Carmen dance” by Matina Marki Tillman

Figuratively Speaking, an exhibition devoted exclusively to the human figure and portraiture, will open at the Customs House Museum in Clarksville, Tennessee on May 7th and will run through July 13th (opening reception May 9th). This show will present a collection of artwork across all media representing the human figure. The Woodstock School of Art in New York will host The Print Show, an exhibition of hand-pulled prints created using black ink only. This show will open April 26th and run through May 31st (opening reception April 26th, 3-5 pm). Finally, Bite, Scratch, and Expose: New Printmaking is an exhibition that will celebrate the art of printmaking in all forms, with an emphasis on work that embodies experimental or innovative methods. This show will be held at the Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg, Florida, a complex of multiple galleries housed in four buildings in downtown St. Petersburg. This exhibition will run from May 10th to June 29th (opening reception May 10th, 5-8pm).

"End of conversation" by Matina Marki Tillman

“End of conversation” by Matina Marki Tillman

Two of Matina’s newest prints that will be included in these exhibitions are shown here: “They don’t let Carmen dance,” and “End of conversation.” Both of these are solarplate etchings created by direct etching of charcoal drawings on vellum onto solarplates. Several prints from this series, including these most recent works, will also be on display in WPG’s main gallery in the coming months.

Artist Update: M. Alexander Gray

WPG member artist M. Alexander Gray currently is exhibiting his work at the Arlington Public Library. Gray, who studied printmaking at the Corcoran College of Art + Design, is showing woodcuts, relief engravings, and copper engravings that depict landscapes and historical sites.

"Barboursville Ruins" by M. Alexander Gray

“Barboursville Ruins” by M. Alexander Gray

This exhibition will run at the Central Library through the month of April 2014. For more information, you may visit Gray’s artist page on WPG’s website, or visit the library’s overview page for the show.

Nina Muys show featured in Washington Post

Our current exhibition, “New Life” by Nina Muys, was recently featured in the Washington Post. Here’s a summary that Nina recently posted to her blog.

"New Life" by Nina Muys

“New Life” by Nina Muys

I’m very excited to share with you a wonderful review of my current show by Mark Jenkins of the Washington Post. My review is towards the bottom.

Read the story here.

This is the last week of the show at the Washington Printmakers Gallery. I will be there personally this weekend March 29th & 30th so please come by and visit.

Details of the gallery can be seen here: http://washingtonprintmakers.com/

Artist Update: Linda Rose Larochelle

ElanThe prints of WPG artist Linda Rose Larochelle recently were featured in Elan Magazine. “Something as simple as turning the calendar page to March may be enough to inspire the most optimistic among us to celebrate the arrival of spring,” reads the article. “Pragmatic sorts may caution against stowing the snow shovels just yet – while others, bursting with newfound giddiness – refuse to entertain the mere possibility of a wind chill.” Read more here.

Call for Entries: National Small Works 2014

Washington Printmakers Gallery is now accepting entries for the 2014 National Small Works exhibition, which will take place in August. This exciting show features small prints by 50 artists who live and work in studios located across the United States. This year’s juror – Jack Rasmussen, Director and Curator, American University Museum at the Katzen – will review all work that is submitted on or before our deadline, which is Saturday, May 31.

2013 NSW First Place Winner | "Waiting for Godot" by Diane Alire | Photogravure Print

2013 NSW First Place Winner | “Waiting for Godot” by Diane Alire | Photogravure Print

About NSW – The National Small Works is an annual juried exhbition that has been hosted by Washington Printmakers Gallery every August since 1997. Featuring contemporary prints, NSW exhibits an impressive array of technique as well as subject matter by limiting the size of print entries (maximum size of 170 square inches). Each year a curator from an area institution acts as juror. Past jurors have included Robert K. Newman (owner and director of the Old Print Shop in New York, NY); Eric Denker (Senior Lecturer National Gallery of Art); Linda C. Simmons (Curator Emeritus, The Corcoran Gallery of Art); Katherine L. Blood (Curator of Fine Prints, Library of Congress); Helen Frederick (Founder and longtime director of Pyramic Atlantic); and Philippa Hughes (Founder and Chief Creative Contrarian of the Pinkline Project, as well as DC Commissioner for the Arts and Humanities); to name a few.

This exhibition is open to any artist 18 years of age or older residing in the United States of America. Submitted works must be: Original hand-pulled or digital inkjet prints; completed within the past two years; no larger than 170 square inches (image); and, no wider than 18″ (frame). Photographs will not be considered. Please note: All prints exhibited at WPG are original works of art created by the artist. Archival, signed, limited-edition inkjet prints are acceptable, as long as the image was initially created by the artist directly on the computer. Reproductions of existing artwork in any media are not acceptable.

For more information, to view the full NSW prospectus (PDF), or to submit your entries, please visit our overview page for this competition.