What’s up with Printmakers? Stand in a room of painters and you’ll find them jockeying for position, dropping names of galleries, dealers, museum shows.
Printmakers are a different breed – step into their ranks and you’ll instantly be sharing notes: What kind of acid do you use? How long do you soak your paper? What is your registration system? And the perennial favorite: How do you smoke your ground? (Now that’s a question – like discussions about acid – that takes some of us back to the Age of Aquarius.)
Printmakers are not just sharers, they’re also doers. At a Christmas party for Washington Printmakers Gallery a few years back we had a lively discussion about rosin boxes. Afterwards three of us went home and built them. And three others convened a rosin “party” to test various kinds of aquatint. Now that’s collegiality!
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Margaret Adams Parker