It has been quite an exciting couple of months at Washington Printmakers Gallery as we have prepared for our current invitational exhibition, South African Voices: A New Generation of Printmakers. Our partner for the exhibit, Anne Gordon, Executive Director of Vula Amehlo Art Development, has truly inspired us with her passion for the artists’ work.
As Anne brought more than 250 prints to the gallery when she arrived in mid-December, we immediately began the difficult process of curating the 80 that would be shown during the exhibit. Of course, the others would have a prominent place in our bins and flat files – but, we knew it was important to show a range of artists’ work and to compellingly demonstrate their talent and creativity.
Here’s a photo of Anne and I showing two “Markings of Belonging” prints by Lehlogonolo Mashaba – some of the fantastic work that’s featured in this exhibition. We spent many hours in The Press Room – the space that WPG often uses for solo exhibitions by guest artists – reviewing prints for the show, making sure that we had a powerful and unique exhibit to feature during the month.
And now: This exhibit, the culmination of many months of work, is underway. As I said in my introduction to the show’s catalog: I hope that it moves you as it has moved me. We are so fortunate to host these prints, and I believe they will help extend our efforts to bring attention to the creative force that is fine-art printmaking.
Finally: I would like to extend my personal invitation to you to attend our exhibition reception, which will take place from 1-4pm this Saturday, January 11. You will have the opportunity to peruse the artwork while mingling with friends and enjoying refreshments. As well, you can talk more with Anne about the artists and their work. And, of course, you can visit The Press Room, which houses our January 2014 exhibition of member prints.
I thank you for your ongoing support of WPG’s mission and its programs. And: I look forward to seeing you this weekend!