Meet Your Printmaker at WPG
Make sure that you visit the present exhibition at the Gallery, “Meet Your Printmaker”, created by Karisa Senavitis and Kevin O’Neil. The gallery is transformed into a 21st century “salon” with works hung 3 and 4 high, some framed others held to the wall with tiny magnets. There were rave reviews by Helen Frederick, Renee Stout and Catherine Blood. Very nice company.
How did it start? We had a free month to fill, and our director and partner jumped in to organize this expose of printed matter from 40 printmaking studios from all over the world. You can, of course, read all about it on the WPG website. There is a press release and a series of Flickr photographs. http://www.flickr.com/photos/washingtonprintmakers/sets/72157620611876618/
But, don’t miss the opportunity to go and see the marvelous hand pulled prints on the walls, and the hand crafted books and the creative little folders spread out on Kevin’s creation of a large table in the center of the front gallery. With sets of white cotton gloves scattered on its surface, First Friday goers were seen diving in with delight and abandon to the myriad examples of what a book can be.
It all started with Kevin’s creating a blog for the art of printmaking, blog.meetyourprintmaker.com several years ago. He made it as an information gathering place for hand printed matter, and it grew and grew as people read it. New printmaking studios contacted him Kevin felt compelled to include them all, bemused that there was so much interest.
When the call went out to artists and studios for the present exhibition, Kevin and Karisa were flooded with packages of work. Those in frames were somehow stored in our crowded closets and unframed work was stored in flatfiles. Kevin and Karisa stayed up until 3 am, setting up the exhibition, and it’s had an enthusiastic following since then. The First Friday opening was mobbed with animated lookers, obviously loving the diverse display, which has its own informative catalogue with diagrams of north, south, east and west walls to explain the art. Prices are very reasonable.
There are two exhibition-related events not to be missed. One is the Film evening on Friday, July 17 from at 7 pm, when several animated versions of artist’s prints will be shown. For example, one artist from Buenos Aires, Argentina traveled about the city powerwashing provocative images onto sooty buildings, photographing them and making Solarplate Intaglio prints which fill a beautifully bound book with its own DVD. Simply amazing. Refreshments will be served. Bring your friends for a singularly enjoyable evening.
Saturday, July 18th at 1 pm, there will be a Meet Your Printmaker Shop Talk and Flatfile viewing of prints that didn’t make it onto the walls, and of work by our new WPG flatfile members. There will also be a Q&A session by some participating printmaking studios, including Pyramid Atlantic and Hand Print workshop International. If you can’t make Friday night, come Saturday, or better still, attend both events. All 40 print studios publicized the show and our gallery in their newsletters, blogs websites and facebook postings. What valuable contacts we are making.
A big thank you to Karisa and Kevin for their innovation, their great organizational skills and their bringing us a thoroughly enjoyable expose of the fact that hand pulled prints are alive and well and artists worldwide have a passion for making them.