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Saturday Slideshow: The Artists of “Connections”

Tomorrow from 2-4 pm, the Chaney Gallery (Maryland Hall, Annapolis, MD) hosts the opening of “Connections,” a show featuring artists of multiple media.  4 of those 5 artists are WPG members.  So, if you’re in the area, be sure to stop by!

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Falling for Fall

“Verona” by Deron DeCesare

Annie Newman is back! And checking a week’s worth of emails and mail and press room proposals, so, we’re keeping this pretty short.  This is the last weekend for both Old World and New and Both Sides of the Brain.  Stop by and see Annie–she’s never too busy to talk prints!

October 2012 Show Pics

Sorry for the delay (camera trouble).  Here’s some installation shots of Old World and New: Apart, Though Still a Part in the main gallery space as well as the traveling mezzotint exhibition Both Sides of the Brain currently in the Press Room!

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Artist Update: Deron DeCesare

“Verona” by Deron DeCesare

The opening for Deron’s solo exhibition Old World and New: Apart, Though Still a Part is tomorrow!  We just uploaded two new prints to Deron’s page for you to see.  They’re big and gorgeous!

In addition to his large-scale monotypes, there are lots of smaller prints inspired by his trip to Italy as well, which are equally lovely.

One final note: during tomorrow’s opening reception (1-4 pm) we are pleased to welcome Amphibious Apes and their acoustic sound featuring Deron’s son, Joe.  We hope to see you there!

Intern Perspectives: Old World and New

“Lucca” by Deron DeCesare

Written by Jackson Frazier of UMD!

Opening this weekend at Washington Printmakers Gallery is Deron DeCesare’s show Old World and New: Apart, Though Still a Part. The inspiration for these prints comes from a trip that Deron took in the spring of 2011 to Italy to see where his family is from. While there, Deron was struck by the beauty of the Italian landscape. With this series of prints Deron tries to capture the beauty of the Italian landscape and areas closer to home. These prints vary in size and style, giving the viewer a full idea of the beauty of Italy. Some of the printing are in full color; others only have areas of color or are in black and white. The level of detail also varies. Some of the prints depict fully drawn out streets and other are just sketches of buildings. It is this variety that help to give the view a full idea of the beauty of Italy. Prints like “Lucca”with there large size and vibrant colors draw the view into the Italian street, letting them take in all the detail. On the other hand prints like “Casa Gailla, Orvieto” which is smaller and only uses color for one of the buildings feel more intimate. The use of little color draws the view attention to the house at the end of the street. The viewer does not feel like there are in a city any more but instead a small town full of homes.

It is through this variety that that Deron is able to create a full picture of what Italy is like. He is able to capture all the different sides of a small Italian village.

The opening reception for this exhibition along with the Press Room show Both Sides of the Brain is this Saturday, October 6, 1-4 pm.  Bonus: we’ll have live acoustic music by Amphibious Apes during the opening.  Hope to see you there!

Fall Arts Events for your Calendar

“Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, Lucca” by Deron DeCesare

WPG is excited to have two special Press Room Exhibitions in addition to our regularly scheduled October and November member and solo artist shows.  In October, mark your calendars for Both Sides of The Brain, a travelling mezzotint portfolio, in the Press Room and Deron DeCesare’s Old World and New: Apart though still a Part.  The Opening Reception for both these shows (and the membership exhibition) is Saturday, October 6 ,1-4 pm.  In November we have Before and After the Derecho, a solo exhibition by Yolanda Frederikse in the main space, and Carol MacDonald’s Line – Structure – Pattern in the Press Room.  The Opening Reception for these exhibition is Saturday, November 4, 1-4 pm.

In addition to our events, there are two fairs we’ve probably mentioned, but it doesn’t hurt to mention them again.  First, is the 2nd ever (e)merge Art Fair, put on by the WPA.  This fair focuses on under-represented artists and galleries “with an an energetic environment of collaboration and discovery.”  This fair takes place at the Capitol Skyline Hotel in SW DC, October 4-7.

Later, in November, there is the Pyramid Atlantic Book Arts Fair.   WPG will have a booth, and the full list of vendors is now online at their website.  Check it out, get excited, and come to the Book Arts Fair November 16-18, 2012.

Finally, looking forward to the Winter season, Maryland artist members of WPG will join their mentors (or artists to whom they have been mentors) for Mentor/Mentee II at the Brentwood Arts Exchange.  More details to follow, but know that the exhibition will run December 3-January 26 and the Opening Reception is Friday, December 7, 6-9 pm.

From our Fall Newsletter: Deron DeCesare

The following is an excerpt from WPG’s Fall Newsletter about our upcoming October exhibition.  Click the newsletter link for more information on recent and upcoming shows and events!

WPG is looking forward to Deron DeCesare’s upcoming solo show during  October 2012, which will include new drypoints, painterly monotypes and trace monotypes. Entitled ‘Old World and New: Apart, Though Still a Part,’ the show stems from a trip to Italy DeCesare took during Spring 2011. ‘Narrow medieval alleyways, huddled lake and oceanside towns, grand piazzas and Roman remnants became an additional source for me. More significantly, this trip was my first return to my ancestral home. Traveling with my immediate family as I did served to enhance the sense of reunion I felt. A reunion with, as the show title hints, something that has always been a part of me.’

The photos above and next page show Deron at work on new trace monotypes, a process where ink is transferred to paper (in this case a paper with a distinctive laid texture) from a plate covered with rolled-out ink. The impression, made with a sharp tool drawn across the back surface of the paper, retains a unique line quality where the paper is pressed into the ink. ‘This is a new technique for me. I’m enjoying exploring all the variables. For one thing, this method has facilitated experimenting with scale. With no press involved, I’m no longer limited by the size of my press. Working larger than I have in the past, at least with regards to printmaking, is a useful expressive tool in light of my treatment of some of my present subject matter.’ In addition to Italian scenes, DeCesare’s show will also include closer-to-home landscape subjects as well as nudes, providing an interesting counterpoint to the travel inspired work.

Old World and New: Apart, Though Still a Part’ will be on view October 3 – 28, 2012 with a reception and gallery talk planned for October 6, 1-4 pm. All are invited to the exhibition and to the reception to meet the artist.