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WPG Artists Exhibition Update

Pauline Jakobsberg
at Central Booking in NYC

This show called FUSION took place at the Central Booking Gallery in New York’s lower east side.  Three of my clothing pieces were chosen (This is the gallery right before the show opened) The New York art scene is like Marti Gras in New Orleans; everyone shows up at the receptions.  Lots of fun.
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Artist Pauline Jakobsberg Exhibits in Houston, Texas


Pauline was invited to exhibit her Legacy work at the Holocaust Museum, Houston October 30th 2014 through June 14th 2015.

The exhibit Birthrights Left Behind displayed in the Museum’s Central Gallery is dedicated to her late husband and her children who lovingly continue to support her in this endeavor.

As Pauline began her Legacy work, she wanted to avail the full richness and variety of print media and wanted the prints to perform a twofold function. First to bear witness to her subjects and their stories by memorializing them and also to simultaneously express the bitter fact that our human impulse to know and remember our past can never be completely fulfilled. Determined to create a permanent impression with her audience, Pauline uses her prints full of tenderness, caring and humanity balanced with pathos and grief to ask the question “Is it possible to shape the future through memories of the past?” Inspired by memory drawings, journal sketches, artifacts and family tales told by the Holocaust survivors of her late husband’s family, Pauline has created art that leaves sweet, yet haunting memories making her visions a reality. By incorporating images from photographs and other documents into her etched prints, she develops a story. “I believe that creating images of people now gone or maybe never known, renews their lives and gives substance to their memory.”

Two days before the reception Pauline was asked to participate in the Museum’s Docent Training program which required talking about her art in detail to the Museum’s ninety five docents. For the artist the experience was a great refresher tool, going back to why one does the art to begin with, the actual creation and what message the artist would like their audience to take home. The evening of October 30th was a beautiful reception served by a Danish chef followed by Pauline’s presentation in the Museum’s auditorium. The Director, staff members and Museum donors were present and went out of their way to make the artist feel at home. Pauline has been invited back, possibly in May, for a program that is in conjunction with Syracuse University students.

Artist Update: Matina Marki Tillman Fall Exhibitions

Depicta by Matina Marki Tillman

Depicta by Matina Marki Tillman

From October 26th to November 8th 2014, Melbourne meets New York in the Joint Exhibition of Intaglio Prints under the title 40° 42’ N / 37° 48’ S at the National Arts Club in New York City. Matina Marki Tillman will participate with “Depicta,”one of her solarplate etchings of real or imagined graffiti preserving messages nearly lost in the human landscape. In this particular print the messenger (Greek “angelos”) appears with his comment on a New York City street. The exhibition was sponsored by the New York Society of Etchers, with juror Dr. Sean Corcoran, Curator of Prints and Photographs, Museum of the City of New York. “Depicta” will also be shown at the Washington Printmakers Gallery in the upcoming November member’s exhibition.

Earlier this fall, Matina participated in another New York City show, the Hudson Valley Art Association’s 82nd Annual Juried Exhibition, where her print “Arabesque” was selected for the Perry Alley Memorial Award. The show took place from September 20th to the 26th at the Salmagundi Club Gallery on 5th Avenue in New York. This annual juried exhibition strives to preserve the character, craftsmanship, and respect for the natural form, color and design which distinguish fine arts, and encourages artists’ participation with a wide variety of media.

Remembering Nuong – A Retrospective

If writers often write about what they know, does the same hold true for printmakers? Perhaps for Nuong Tran it does. Nuong Van-Dinh Tran was a founding member of Washington Printmakers Gallery. She remained a member of the gallery until her death in 2013. In this retrospective of Nuong’s work, we’re invited to enjoy a peacefulness that scenes of domestic familiarity bring. Here we see a view of the backyard from what is most likely a bedroom window. In another print, we’re in the yard looking up to the sky, through the leafless oak tree towering beside the house. In another, we get a close-up of deep-red peonies that line the yard’s fence. We also get a snapshot of Ling-Ling, Nuong’s black cat as he prowls the yard on an autumn afternoon. All these scenes are ever so familiar. Perhaps that’s why the prints make such an impact, the simplicity of Nuong’s images allow us an intimacy we might otherwise overlook in the familiar. Even her abstracts convey a simplicity in form and boldness of color that is both intimate and familiar. Who was Nuong? Her prints tell us much about what inspired her – nature – specifically water lilies, trees and butterflies. In this memorial retrospective we’re also invited to be inspired by the simple beauty of the familiar. What a wonderful celebration of life!

Artist Update: Matina Marki Tillman Late Summer / Early Fall Exhibitions


They don’t let Carmen dance



Artist member Matina Marki Tillman will have prints on display in two national exhibitions during August and September.

“They don’t let Carmen dance,” a solarplate etching that carries on the artist’s series of charcoal drawings on vellum directly etched onto solarplates, is currently on display in the Northwest Area Arts Council’s Real People 2014, a show dedicated to the human figure and portraiture (Aug. 7 through Sept. 28). This recent work is the artist’s homage to the uncompromised female, as portrayed in two of her lifelong inspirations, Bizet’s opera, Carmen, and Kakoyiannis’ film Stella. Also this fall, “Arabesque,” the first of this series of etchings, will be hosted in the Salmagundi Club gallery in New York City for the Hudson Valley Art Association’s 82nd National Juried Exhibition running from Sept. 20-26.

“They don’t let Carmen dance” was also featured in the inaugural Washington Printmakers Gallery member’s exhibition at the new Georgetown gallery space in July. With the upcoming Hudson Valley show, prints from the “Arabesque” edition will be appearing in their sixth national exhibition in two years, including venues at the Customs House Museum in Clarksville, Tennessee; the Museum of Printing History in Houston, Texas; and the New York Society of Etchers national intaglio exhibition in New York’s National Arts Club gallery. This September, “Arabesque” will travel home to be included in the member’s show in WPG’s new gallery.

Marian Osher presents Jambo, Tanzania

From April 30-May 25, Washington Printmakers Gallery will present the work of member artist Marian Osher in her solo exhibit Jambo, Tanzania. The opening exhibition for this show will take place 1-4pm on Saturday, May 3. Below, you will find more information on Osher’s work and exhibit.

“The thrill of sighting a rhinoceros transformed into shock when our guide told us there were only 13 left in the Serengeti.” – Marian Osher

“Simba”, mixed-media monotype on painted canvas, Marian Osher ©2014, 12 x 24

“Simba”, mixed-media monotype on painted canvas, Marian Osher ©2014, 12 x 24

Realizing a Dream
Marian Osher and her husband Chuck realized a dream, when they went on a safari last summer to Tanzania, Africa. They learned that African wildlife has been threatened by poachers, cyberhunters and trophy hunters. Elephants and rhinoceros have been killed for their tusks. Fear of diseases carried by the tsetse fly has historically provided “justification” for reduction of the African wildlife population.

Moments in the Lives of Tanzanian Wildlife
Fifty colorful monotypes present an “alphabet” of Tanzanian wildlife – birds, baboons, cape buffalo, a cheetah, dikdiks, elephants, giraffes, grants gazelles, hartebeests, hippopotamuses, impalas, lions, leopards, a lizard, monkeys, ostriches, a rhinoceros, Thomson’s gazelles, wildebeests, warthogs, and zebras.

Two Avenues of Presentation Expand the Viewers Experience

Marian Osher with the etching press. Photo by: Julie Hipkins.

Marian Osher with the etching press. Photo by: Julie Hipkins.

Mixed-Media Embossed Monotypes on Painted Canvas
Eighteen of the prints on the wall are mixed-media monotypes on canvas.

Creating the Monotype: Osher draws and paints her image on a mylar plate, using a combination of water-soluble media. Next, she transfers the image to dampened paper with her etching press. After the monotype is dried under weights over night, Osher tears off the white border around the print with a deckled edge ruler.

Deckle edge tool, burnisher and stylus point

Deckle edge tool, burnisher and stylus point

Hand embossing: Osher decides which areas of the print she wants to emboss. First she uses a stylus to score the edges of shapes on the front side of the print. Then she turns the print over and uses a burnisher to hand emboss the shape that she want to raise.

“I like to experiment with techniques and presentation. The deckled edge of the paper casts a shadow on the painted canvas and adds dimension to the artwork.” – Marian Osher

The Canvas and Assembly: Osher paints the canvas using a subtle combination of colors that complement the print and relate to the colors of the Tanzanian dirt roads. She cuts an acid free foam board to a size that will allow the deckled edge of the print to extend slightly over the foam board. The foam board is lightly filed, sealed with Golden GAC 100 medium and painted on the edge to match the color of the canvas. The print is sealed with an isolation coat of diluted Golden Soft Gel medium and is mounted with the same medium, undiluted, onto the foam board. The foam board is mounted on the canvas. The canvas and the print are then treated with three final varnishes to protect and preserve the artwork without glass.

“Scratch Right There”, mixed-media monotype Marian Osher ©2014, framed, 15 3/4 x 13

“Scratch Right There”, mixed-media monotype
Marian Osher ©2014, framed, 15 3/4 x 13

Mixed-Media Embossed Monotypes in Wood Frames
Viewers can also enjoy twenty monotypes, matted and framed in wood frames that complement the artwork. The framed monotypes are also selectively hand embossed, as are several matted prints in the bin.

Gratitude and
Sharing the Gifts

Osher expresses gratitude for the opportunity to witness glimpses of the daily life of wildlife in Tanzania. She feels that it was inspiring, and a special gift to see animals in their family and tribal groups in a natural setting. Creating the artwork for Jambo, Tanzania allows her to share the gift and insights that this experience brought to her.

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.