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Have you checked out our newest members?

WPG welcomed a lot of new members in 2011!  Just in case you missed them as they joined, here’s a quick review.  We bet you’ll find some new favorites!

"I Promise" by Andy Farkas

Andy Farkas works primarily with wood engraving and also some handset type.  He has written and illustrated his own children’s stories, too.  (Ask to see the beautiful hand-bound book we have in the gallery!).  Andy is our only artist working regularly in wood engraving at this time.

Clare Winslow is a new local member, so you might see her sitting at the gallery if you come on a Sunday.  Clare is creating mainly screenprintsShe has a tangential history with WPG, printing in the studio of Terry Svat and Pauline Jakobsberg and later taking classes with Michael Hagan, another of our screenprinters.

"State Line" by Dean Russell Thompson

Dean Russell Thompson is a woodcut artist.  We have woodcuts large and small of his infrastructure-inspired subject matter.  Dean also runs Copperplate Press, which you can read more about at the link.

Edward McCluney recently had a mini-solo in the Press Room.  If you didn’t see it, you can see samples of Ed’s linocuts and intaglio prints on his page, linked above.  Ed’s work is in many collections, including MIT and Harvard University.  We’ve also been told that one of his “Nine American Master’s” prints graces the walls of Samuel L. Jackson’s home.

Eric Robinson is a master of the varied edition.  You can see the range of expression he gets from one matrix with subtle changes in color and treatment when you visit his artist page (linked above).  Eric also uses wood engraving from time to time, for those interested in seeing more of that medium.

"Still" by Heather McMordie

Heather McMordie is an emerging printmaker currently studying the art at the University of Pennsylvania.  You may remember her print, “Still II” (pictured at Left) in 2011’s National Small Works exhibition.

Janet Yagoda Shagam’s prints look great on the screen, but we want everyone who can to come in and see them in person.  The rich, velvety quality of her blacks can’t be beat.  We are looking forward to seeing more of her work in a press room mini solo later this year.

Kiyomi Baird joined us after her National Small Works solo exhibition, which she won in 2011’s juried exhibition.  If you liked her big prints, but didn’t have enough wall space for them–a common problem, in DC–come back to see the smaller works we have in the bins.  They’re just as lovely.

Printmaking 101: Galvanic Etching

"Rest Stop" by Dean Russell Thompson, a galvanic etching

New artist member Dean Russell Thompson is a multi-talented artist–creating works using lithography, woodcut, and the interesting process of galvanic etching.

Galvanic etching, (also known as electro-etching) is a “green” or “safe” alternative to traditional acid intaglio processes as it puts off no acid fumes or flammable gas and there is no hazardous waste to be disposed of.  Here are the basic, abbreviated steps to how it works:

First, an image is transferred to a metal plate.  The most common (maybe only?) way we have heard of is using an image printed using a laser printer and ironing it onto a metal plate.  The heat of the iron sticks the toner to the plate, and the paper can then be soaked off.

The plate with the toner image is then put on exposed wiring or a metal grid and immersed in a solution of water and copper sulfate.  The wiring is connected to a battery (lawnmower, car, etc).  When the battery is turned on, a charge runs through the wire and the plate.  Anywhere there is toner, the brass stays in place.  All exposed areas are bitten away, as the acid does in a traditional etching process.

The result is a plate that can hold ink just like a traditional etching.  From here on out, printing the place is the same as printing any other intaglio plate.

If you’re interested in learning more about this process, we found the most helpful website to be by Steampunk Workshop, which goes into way more detail than we have here.  You can see examples of Dean’s galvanic etchings in the gallery and on our website.

Welcome Dean Russell Thompson!

"Ranch Way" by Dean Russell Thompson

We’ve already posted a few prints on our website and facebook, but we wanted to give new WPG member Dean Russell Thompson an official welcome in light of his 28 prints now on our website.  Dean was in this August’s National Small Works Show, and we’re so glad to have him as a member!

Dean says in his artist statement:

“We live our lives surrounded by the infrastructure of our society. Still, most of us never see it, or perhaps more properly never really look at it. I am fascinated by the shapes and textures of this unseen landscape of technology. These enormous machines make our lives possible and yet the details of their functions often remain a mystery. Their metal and concrete geometries seemingly epitomize the domination and control of our environment but they exist along side of, and are juxtaposed with, elements of the organic world that can never be totally pushed aside.”

"State Line" by Dean Russell Thompson

We were wowed by his ability to make this ordinary (and even sometimes ugly) infrastructure into something worth viewing.  We especially love his big prints (some of which are pictured to the Left), but even if you only have a little bit of wall space, Dean has small prints you might like, too.  You can check out Dean’s prints and artist profile, now all on our website.  Enjoy!