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Artist Update: Rosemary Cooley

Odyssey II by Rosemary Cooley

Odyssey II by Rosemary Cooley

Rosemary Cooley’s Intaglio print, “Odyssey II” won the prize in the printmaking category at the Academy Art Museum of Easton, Maryland.

The 250-work Members’ Exhibition was judged by Heather Harvey, assistant professor of art and art history at Washington College, Chestertown, Maryland, and runs through August 18, 2013.

Rosemary also has an exhibition of eight prints and paintings at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Curator Lillian Fitzgerald has initiated an impressive “Healing Through Art” program, which you may read about below. This show is on from July 8 through September 6 in the Main Medical Building on the large campus.

The artist’s prints are also in the exhibition “Noesis: Thirteen Printmakers Looking Intuitively at the World”, curated by Helen Frederick, professor of Printmaking at George Mason University and founder (1981) of Pyramid Atlantic Art Center. The exhibition may be seen at the Cosmos Club in Washington, DC, and runs until September 8, 2013. Other WPG printmakers who are in this exhibition are Jenny Freestone, Peggy Parker and Trudi Ludwig, and past member, Fleming Jeffries.

Rosemary Cooley on Distant Voices

The DeepHow often we are asked to give reasons for making art and for what it means? I’ve mined my thoughts and find it always comes back to the visual. I’d like the viewer to just “take it in,” because I make it intuitively. Oh yes, there are years of study, practice, observation, travel, dream analysis and image gathering from the world at large. Film, literature, poetry and art history play a big part too, and all these are tumbling around in my psyche when I reach for paper, ink and press. It is one of the intense joys of life to gather these entities and create.

The Deep_detailArtist Books are my form of crossword puzzles. One has to hold one’s horses before laying down images, as there is much calculation for the pictorial and for the written word to deal with first. By and by, a 12-foot-long concertina book emerges, which can be folded up and put on a shelf, spread out or arranged in the round, as you’ll see in the photos.

Mad MonkI love Medieval art, and the notion of a Monk in his Scriptorium with tempera, gold leaf and pen at hand. My monoprint collage “Mad Monk” comes from these thoughts. I collect papers from many sources and keep them according to color. Many are former etchings, woodcuts or lithographs, now torn into a new life and arranged for a new reality. 24-karat gold leaf often is used for embellishment.

Distant Voices, which includes artwork by Rosemary Cooley, will exhibit at Washington Printmakers Gallery through July 28. You also are welcome to read Rosemary’s biography or view more of her recent work here.


Pyramid Atlantic founder Helen Frederick has curated the exhibition Noesis: 12 Printmakers Looking Intuitively at the World at the Cosmos Club.  The Cosmos Club is a private club, but we did want to mention the exhibition because we saw so many familiar names, including current members Rosemary Cooley, Jenny Freestone, Trudi Y. Ludwig and Margaret Adams Parker.  Additionally, we’re pleased to see former member Fleming Jeffries and WPG friends Elzbieta Sikorska as exhibitors.  If you are a member of the Cosmos Club (or friends with one!), this exhibition will be up May 16-September 8.

Artist Update: Rosemary Cooley

Rosemary Cooley has been one busy printmaker! Look at all the upcoming exhibitions she will be included in:

"Fast Forward" by Rosemary Cooley

“Fast Forward” by Rosemary Cooley

RED at the Old Print Gallery–This exhibition opens tonight (5-8 pm) and runs through April 13.  As the event site states, ” Red is the color of blood, fire, earthen clay and blushing petals, and as such, has strong symbolic connections to life and vitality.”  This exhibition, which aptly starts the day after Valentines day and runs through the return of life and vitality of early spring, features contemporary printmakers who fearlessly incorporate red into their work.  WPG artist Nina Muys will also have a print in this exhibition.

Noesis: 12 Print Media Artists Looking Intuitively at the World–Curated by Helen Frederick, this exhibition at the Cosmos Club will be held in May and also features Amelia Hankin, this year’s juror for the Pyramid Atlantic Member Exhibition.  More details to come soon.

Solo Exhibition at NIH–Also, more details to come soon on this exhibition, but we do know it will be in September of this year.  Mark your calendars!

At Dadian Gallery: BLACK.WHITE.REaD

“Reflections/Refractions” by Rosemary Cooley

Curator (and current WPG artist member) Trudi Y. Ludwig, along with guest curator (and former WPG member) Cis Rossey are hard at work at Dadian Gallery at Wesley Theological Seminary.  BLACK.WHITE.REaD started with a simple appreciation of graphic arts, which became a conduit for expression during and in response to life’s crises.  Just as there is no black and white in life, Cis says of the art-making process (and this exhibition):

There is no BLACK. Extending pigments turns tar-based blacks to blue, bone-based black to brown. Choosing WHITE can be an impossible task when pitted against hundreds of choices. RED pigment demands attention, whereas “Read” is abstract. Our eyes perceive and absorb what we choose to comprehend.

This exhibition runs through December 15.  The opening reception is November 13, 12:00-1:30, and, the next day, Guest Artist Cyndi Wish will demonstrate mixed media monoprinting, followed by an Open Forum Discussion led by Guest Curator Cecilia Rossey, “Mixed Media Artists: Content, Technique, Media.”  More details on the exhibition, as well as an image gallery, can be found at the link above.

WPG Artist News, September 2012


“Martin Luther King, Jr” by Trudi Y. Ludwig, part of “Miracles and Madness: New Icons for a 20th Century Cathedral.”

Rosemary Cooley will be participating in the exhibition “Printmakers and Paint” at the Studio on Slough Road in Cape Cod.  This exhibition is curated by former WPG member Cicilia Rossey and runs now through September 30. If you’re in the area, the reception is Saturday, September 29, 5-7 pm. More details are at their website, above.

Additionally, we’re pleased to see a strong WPG presence at the Luce Center for Arts and Religion (at the Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC). This semester’s printmaking Distinguished-Artist-In-Residence is Trudi Y. Ludwig. Next Spring/Fall will be WPG member Margaret Adams Parker, followed by Ellen Verdon Winkler. Way to go, ladies!

American Impressions Update

Sunday was the opening for American Impressions: Contemporary Printmaking, our exhibition in Shanghai.  WPG member and show organizer Rosemary Cooley was there for the opening, and was able to share a few photos with us.  They are in the slideshow below, captioned.  Be sure to mark your calendars for the second half of this exchange exhibition, Shanghai Impressions: Ex Libris Prints, is shown at WPG in June.

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A big thank-you again to Dr. Xu Li and everyone from the Lujiazui Municipality who helped us in making this exhibition/exchange a reality!

Ex Libris Update

Wishing we were in Shanghai this weekend.  Not that this weekend isn’t going to be great fun at WPG–we have our opening reception for SPRING as part of Pyramid Atlantic’s 31st birthday bash on Saturday, 2-6 pm.  But we digress, If you just so happen to be in Shanghai on Sunday, you can catch the opening of “Contemporary Printmaking: American Impressions.” This exhibition is the first half of an exchange exhibition between American and Chinese printmakers organized by WPG member Rosemary Cooley.  73 prints by 36 WPG artists and artist friends will be on view first at the Shanghai International Convention Center, and then at the China Telecom Building.  Below is a slideshow of just a few selected works that will be on view.

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We are also getting more information on the prints that will be coming here for the second half of the exchange in June.  This is the Ex Libris, or book-sized, exhibition we mentioned in an earlier post.  We don’t have any new images to share with you, but Rosemary has seen some and says they are beautiful! Also, the selling price will start at right around $65.  An absolute STEAL, we think, to start up your international art collection.

Check back soon for pictures from the Opening Reception of American Impressions and also for more sneak peeks of the prints that will be here in June.

WPG 2012 Exhibition Schedule

We’re looking forward to the new year!  Mark your calendar now for our upcoming exhibitions.  We hope to see you around!

"Flying Fish in Blue" by Stephen A. Fredericks, in our January 2012 invitational

January-New York Society of Etchers Invitational--we kick off the year with a fantastic show by ten members of this esteemed group.  You can read more about them in our winter newsletter.  The show is up starting January 4, opening reception on January 7, 1-4 pm.

February–2nd Annual Excellence in Printmaking Exhibition–this exhibition, which grew out of the previous award, recognizes emerging printmakers.  Our juror this year is Joann Moser, Senior Curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

March–ARTsparks, rekindling the gift, solo by Marian Osher–Marian has over 50 prints that she has pushed past the flat plane of the paper into mixed media, multi-dimensional monotypes on canvas.  You can read more about her show in our newsletter.

April–Pyramid Atlantic Member Exhibition–want to know what the artists are up to downstairs?  It’s all here in Pyramid Atlantic’s member show!

"Side by Side" monotype by Ellen Verdon Winkler

May–Ellen Winkler Solo Exhibition–long-time WPG member Ellen Verdon Winkler will have her second solo exhibition here since we’ve moved to Pyramid Atlantic.  You can see many prints from her May 2011 exhibition at the link above.  Bonus: Janet Yagoda Shagam will be exhibiting in the Press Room during May, as well!

June–Ex Libris
–June brings a very special exhibition to WPG.  In April, artist member Rosemary Cooleycoordinated an exchange, where American printmakers exhibited prints in Shanghai.  In June, a reciprocating group of Chinese artists will be exhibiting illustration-sized prints (hence the “Ex Libris” name) at WPG.  This is another unique international exhibition that WPG is pleased to present, and we hope you’ll be able to come and see the show!

July–Lee Newman group exhibition–You’ll have to check back to hear who Lee Newman has invited to share his exhibition month with him.  Rumor has it that Jack Boul will be one of the artists!  Eric Robinson will also be exhibiting in the Press Room.

"Calm Day at Fort Stark" by Hannah Phelps

August–The 15th Annual National Small Works Exhibition–Wow! Fifteen years and still going strong!  Like previous years, WPG will exhibit prints under 170 square inches from artists across the country.  The juror is yet TBA.  If you’re interested in applying, check back soon–the prospectus will go live in January.  We are also excited to welcome Hannah Phelps, the 2011 grand-prize winner, as our solo exhibiting artist this month.

"Snowboarder and Pines State II" by Deron DeCesare

September–Deron DeCesare–Deron was the very first solo exhibition we had after moving to Pyramid Atlantic.  You may have missed it, if you either hadn’t found us yet or hadn’t realized we’d moved.  Make sure you don’t miss it this time around!

October–Nuong Van-Dinh Tran–This will be the first solo exhibition by WPG founding member Nuong in our new space.  Check out some of her earlier monotypes and screenprints at the link above.

November–Yolanda Frederikse–Yolanda is one of our best-selling artists, and you can see why–she has a beautiful color sense that is created in part by her unique process.  She paints dye-based inks–often on location–onto a litho plate.  This plate is then rolled through a press back at her studio to create the final monotype.  Since only certain inks can be used, a very specific (and beautiful!) color pattern emerges.

December–Trudi Y. Ludwig–Did you see Trudi’s show-stopping piece “Dumb Luck” at her last exhibition in our Dupont Circle space?  No?!  You can see it here.  We’re excited to see what Trudi’s next solo exhibition will bring a year from now!

From our Summer Newsletter: International Connections

The following is part of a larger article from our summer newsletter, which you can see here.  Read on to learn about WPG’s exciting exhibition exchange with China!

In June 2012, WPG will host Chinese Impressions: Contemporary Ex Libris Prints, a special exhibition of approximately 150 Ex Libris prints created by printmakers from Shanghai and other cities and provinces of China. First exhibited at the 2010 Shanghai Pearl Tower Gallery, the prints use the Ex Libris format. Ex Libris (Latin, ‘from the library of ’) are miniature prints, historically adhered inside books in private libraries to denote personal ownership. In past centuries and decades, artists such as Albrecht Durer, Thomas Bewick, Paul

Takuji Kubo demo at WPG (in the old Dupont Circle location) in 2004.

Revere, Kate Greenaway, Aubrey Beardsley, Marc Chagall, M.C. Escher, Rockwell Kent, Leonard Baskin and others have created Ex Libris prints. Ex Libris prints have also become known as prints of miniature scale, collectible as much for graphic impact as for the original connections with books.
In exchange with the exhibition of Chinese prints, a selection of prints by WPG artists will travel to Shanghai to be shown during the second half of April 2012 at the newly constructed Pudong Cultural Centre in Shanghai with plans for an additional exhibition at the Shanghai Public Library in Puxi. There are also plans for the Chinese Ex Libris prints to travel to additional venues in the US, including Salem College, NC in September 2012.

Printmaking Studio at the University of Shanghai where Takuji Kubo demonstrated his engraving technique in 2005.

This special WPG-China exhibition exchange grew out of friendships developed over the years between the Cooleys (WPG member Rosemary and her husband Joe) and Japanese printmaker Takuji Kubo, Stella Xu (currently a PhD candidate in Art History), and Professor Xu Longbao (Stella’s father and Professor at the University of Shanghai).

Rosemary Cooley first met Takuji Kubo in Florence in 2002 while he was Artist-in-Residence at Santa Reparata International School of Art, where Rosemary had previously studied with Dan Welden during summer 2001. Takuji, who specializes in copper engraving, received his MFA from Tama University, Tokyo with further studies at Morley College, the Print Workshop and the Prints and Drawings Room of the British Museum, all in London. When Takuji traveled to DC for the 2004 Southern Graphics Conference, Rosemary invited him to speak at WPG where he demonstrated his engraving technique.

Stella Xu and her father, Longbao, at the All China Printmaking Exhibition where he won first prize (pictured in front of his orchid prints)

Takuji later visited Rosemary and Joe Cooley while they were living in Shanghai in 2005. During that visit they gained an introduction to the University of Shanghai’s Printmaking Department, where they met Stella Xu and her father, Xu Longbao, a professor at the university. The visit became an opportunity for the Chinese students and several of their art professors to view Takuji’s prints. Stella Xu translated Takuji’s Japanese for the Chinese group, and the audience was very impressed with Takuji’s work. The Cooleys, Takuji Kubo, Stella Xu and her father, Xu Longbao, became friends and have enjoyed meeting many times in the years since.

In October 2010, Rosemary and Joe attended Shanghai Expo, the 2010 World’s Fair. An exhibition of Chinese Ex Libris prints were shown at the Expo, and the Cooleys were asked by Xu Longbao and the Section Chief of the Municipality of Lujiazui, Mr. Zhou, if they could arrange an exhibition of the prints in the US. In addition, the Shanghai group invited WPG to send a selection of prints to exhibit in Shanghai at a new gallery in Pudong with plans for an additional show at the Shanghai Main Library in Puxi.
WPG is excited to embark on this China-WPG exchange of exhibitions during 2012.