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Visit with Dan Welden, Developer of Solarplate Etching

Dan Welden visiting Washington Printmakers Gallery

Dan Welden at WPG

On Dec. 3,  eleven WPG members and two guests gathered at the Washington Printmakers Gallery in Georgetown to hear a talk by Dan Welden, the inventor of Solarplate Etching, an innovative and safer alternative to traditional etching and relief printing. Dan was in town to teach a weekend workshop at Pyramid Atlantic–luckily he had time in his schedule to provide us with a private “mini lecture” in Georgetown. Dan gave a fine, generous and informative talk about the new and improved Solarplate product, and showed two portfolios: one a collection of about 20 artists working with Solarplate, and another portfolio of his own work. The works were vibrant and varied. Some prints were extremely photographic and monochrome and others loose, abstract and colorful.

Pauline Jakobsberg's plate

Pauline Jakobsberg’s plate

Two members of WPG, Pauline Jakobsberg and Marion Osher, attended the workshop on Friday and Saturday, which allowed them to become familiar with the new plates and methods. On Friday, Dan demonstrated some techniques such as using a grease pencil on glass, which transfers to a solar plate, and results in an image resembling a lithograph. Saturday the class participated in a “loosening up” exercise on the plate which turned into a beautiful print by the end of the day. Pauline and Marion observed that there are many approaches to using the plates and much more to learn.

Pauline Jakobsberg's print from solarplate

Pauline’s print from solarplate

Dan will be teaching at Provincetown, MA and Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY this summer. For more information about solarplate intaglio, please visit: www.solarplate.com

Dan has also offered WPG members a show in Long Island along with preparation for a portfolio for which he could give assistance in plate developing and printing in his nearby studio. We look forward to this exciting opportunity!

 

Reception Photos (Part 2): Celebrating Our South African Voices Exhibition

On Saturday, January 11, WPG hosted a well-attended exhibition reception for our current show, South African Voices: A New Generation of Printmakers. During this event, guests surveyed prints by the nearly 40 emerging artists who contributed to the exhibition. Below, you will find our second set of several photos from this reception. There are three days left for this exhibition, so make sure you come by the gallery to take a look (if you haven’t already)!

Another view of the South African Voices exhibition marquee and some prints included in the show.

Another view of the South African Voices exhibition marquee and some prints included in the show.

Vula Amehlo Executive Director Anne Gordon (left) with artist Cynthia Farrell Johnson.

Vula Amehlo Executive Director Anne Gordon (left) with artist Cynthia Farrell Johnson.

South African Voices: A New Generation of Printmakers | Jan. 11 Exhibition Reception

South African Voices: A New Generation of Printmakers | Jan. 11 Exhibition Reception

Kate Maynor, Chief Paper Conservator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (left), and Amy Alderfer (right).

Kate Maynor, Chief Paper Conservator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (left), and Amy Alderfer (right).

WPG member Rosemary Cooley admires a South African Voices print by John Taouss Tuyisabe.

WPG member Rosemary Cooley admires a South African Voices print by John Taouss Tuyisabe.

South African Voices: A New Generation of Printmakers | Jan. 11 Exhibition Reception

South African Voices: A New Generation of Printmakers | Jan. 11 Exhibition Reception

Anne Gordon, Executive Director of Vula Amehlo Art Development (far left), provides a tour of the exhibition to South African Ambassador to the United States Ebrahim Rasool (second from left); to Ambassador Rasool's wife Roseida Shabodien (third from left); and to Christine Mullen Kreamer, Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art (far right).

Anne Gordon, Executive Director of Vula Amehlo Art Development (far left), provides a tour of the exhibition to South African Ambassador to the United States Ebrahim Rasool (second from left); to Ambassador Rasool’s wife Roseida Shabodien (third from left); and to Christine Mullen Kreamer, Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art (far right).

Reception Photos (Part 1): Celebrating Our South African Voices Exhibition

On Saturday, January 11, WPG hosted a well-attended exhibition reception for our current show, South African Voices: A New Generation of Printmakers. During this event, guests surveyed prints by the nearly 40 emerging artists who contributed to the exhibition. Below, you will find several photos from this reception, with more to come on Friday. This is the final week for the exhibit, so make sure you come by the gallery to take a look (if you haven’t already)!

A view of the South African Voices exhibition marquee and some prints included in the show.

A view of the South African Voices exhibition marquee and some prints included in the show.

Anne Gordon, Executive Director of Vula Amehlo Art Development (far left), pictured with South African Ambassador to the United States Ebrahim Rasool (second from left); Ambassador Rasool's wife Roseida Shabodien (third from left); and WPG member artist Rosemary Cooley (far right).

Anne Gordon, Executive Director of Vula Amehlo Art Development (far left), pictured with South African Ambassador to the United States Ebrahim Rasool (second from left); Ambassador Rasool’s wife Roseida Shabodien (third from left); and WPG member artist Rosemary Cooley (far right).

Two prints by South African Voices exhibition artist Phillip Mabote.

Two prints by South African Voices exhibition artist Phillip Mabote.

Nando's Peri Peri of Silver Spring very graciously donated the delicious food that exhibition guests enjoyed during the afternoon.

Nando’s Peri Peri of Silver Spring very graciously donated the delicious food that exhibition guests enjoyed during the afternoon.

Christine Mullen Kreamer, Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art (far left), along with WPG member artist Rosemary Cooley (center); and WPG Director Damon Arhos (far right).

Christine Mullen Kreamer, Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art (far left), along with WPG member artist Rosemary Cooley (center); and WPG Director Damon Arhos (far right).

Dr. Raoul (far left) and Judy (far right) Wientzen with Cecilia Rossey (center).

Dr. Raoul (far left) and Judy (far right) Wientzen with Cecilia Rossey (center).

A welcoming atmosphere accentuated by vibrant flowers and textiles.

A welcoming atmosphere accentuated by vibrant flowers and textiles.

Show Pics: Extraktions and more

Wow!  Ron really pulled out all the stops with his first solo show as a WPG member!  He has sculpture, monoprints, and sculpted monoprints of all different shapes and sizes.  If that wasn’t enough, we also have The Listening Room-Refugee Art Project installed in the Press Room this month.  We hope the images below entice you to come to the opening reception, this Saturday, 1-4 pm.

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‘Tis the season for…Spring Classes!

We’ve been inundated with emails and more about all the spring printmaking classes now being offered.  Has this weather got your creativity blooming?  We’ve got organizations offering print and paper classes in your area:

Pyramid Atlantic–of course we’ll start off with our favorite art center right down stairs! Check out classes in letterpress, silkscreen, papermaking and more!

Lower East Side Print Shop-Are you in the New York area?  Check out the printmaking courses being offered this spring/summer by the Lower East Side Print Shop!

Santa Cruz Art League–if you’re looking for a painting or drawing course on the west coast, check out their course catalog for anything from figure drawing to landscape pastels.

Chicago Printmaking Collaborative
–Congratulations to this group for expanding their course offerings-including a new course on lithography that’s been reinstated after years of absence.  We hope they continue to grow!

Cat Tail Run Bookbinding-This Winchester, VA group has two marbling classes coming up in June that look pretty fun!

Saturday Slideshow: April Exhibitions

Check out the work by Pyramid Atlantic Member artists as well as WPG member artists!  Opening Reception today 2-4 pm.  We suggest parking in the (free!) municipal parking garage one block south of us on Silver Spring Avenue–it’s going to be a busy day!  Enjoy the pictures and see you this afternoon!

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Another large prints video

Check out Chinese artist/printmaker Qin Feng working on a huge matrix at Pace Prints in this video.  You can see more of his work at Pace Prints.  Enjoy!