The Washington Printmakers Art Gallery in Georgetown, D.C.
features hand-pulled prints, fine-art photographs, and artist books.
Current Exhibit: June 1–27, 2016
“Personal Geographies” – Art Prints by Cynthia Back and Art Books by Rosemary Cooley
plus fresh prints by individual gallery members on the opposite side of the gallery. Below is a selection of the images on display during June.
Artists’ Reception, Saturday,
June 4, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
The June exhibition features the glowing reduction woodcut prints of Cynthia Back and the wide-ranging artist books by Rosemary Cooley. The artists give us a glimpse of their worldview of travel, respect for nature, the sea, and the world beyond our planet.
Rosemary Cooley joined Washington Printmakers Gallery in 2004. In this exhibition, she will exhibit solely Artist Books, which hold great interest for her as they are like “crossword puzzles for artists”. Filled with etchings, lithographs, monoprints, and collagraphs, each book features words from myriad sources, and which take on new meanings when juxtaposed with the images. Some books in this “Personal Geographies” exhibition originate from her life of travel, some from poetry and all from those dreamlike images which reside in our unconscious and conscious minds.
Rosemary’s work is in many collections, amongst them the Library of Congress, Georgetown University, Delbarton School, The National Headquarters of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD and private collections worldwide.
Cynthia Back focuses on landscape: water, forests, and the ways in which they are being transformed by environmental degradation. Conveying a deep attachment to the earth; it’s ever-changing pattern, color, and shape, the tension between these oppositional forces is important to her work. For this exhibition Cynthia presents a selection of reduction woodcuts of landscapes shaped by encroaching urbanization. She loves the discipline of the reduction relief printmaking process and the surprises which come with each layering of color.
Cynthia Back’s work is included in the collections of The Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, the New York Historical Society, the Free Library of Philadelphia and the Newark Public Library as well as numerous corporate and private collections.
Also on view on the opposite wall are selections by our gallery’s member artists.
“From Here to There”
Solo Exhibit by Larinda Meade, Printmaker
June 29 thru July 30, 2016
Saturday, July 2, 2016, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Artist Talk at 2:15 p.m.
Washington Printmakers Gallery is pleased to present Larinda Meade, First Place Winner of the 2015 WPG Annual Small Works Competition. Larinda focuses on exploring the Maine and New England landscape. She uses the landscape as a means to make meaning, by creating a feeling of quiet and calm while communicating her love of the landscape.
Larinda’s practice is to walk, sketch, and take snapshots of what appeals to her eye. She works at describing the landscape that is home to her and uses the printmaking tools of layering, textures, and darks and lights to create her images. She skillfully and sensitively combines soft ground, aquatint, and dry point to create stirring landscapes.
Larinda’s work is exhibited nationally and internationally, including Washington Printmakers (Washington, DC), Sanford Gallery (Florence, MA), University of New England, (Portland, ME), D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, (Springfield, MA) and Aberystwyth University, Wales, United Kingdom. Her work is collected in public and private collections, among them the Portland Museum of Art, Wheaton College, and the New Britain Museum of Fine Art.
She lives in Portland, Maine and is affiliated with Peregrine Press, Portland, Maine and Zea Mays Printmaking Studio, Florence, Massachusetts.
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Also on view on the opposite wall during July, 2016 will be selected prints by our gallery’s member artists.
The exhibits listed below display on the north wall of the gallery. At the same time, new art works from our members are shown continuously on the other walls, in the bins and flat files, and on the electronic display in the gallery. To learn more about the artists in our gallery, click here to see links to their individual pages on this website.
- August 3-27, 2016 — National Small Works. Reception and Awards, Saturday, August 13. On exhibit will be selections by the jurors of this year’s National Small Works competition. The grand-prize winner will have a solo exhibit in 2017. Click here to learn more about the National Small Works Exhibition.
- August 31 – September 24, 2016 — Jane Mann. Fine-art photographer Jane Mann says, “Photography has always been a magical medium – turning light into substance.”
- September 28 – October 29, 2016 — Mike Hagan. Printmaker Mike Hagan loves to incorporate pattern into his hand-pulled prints.
- November 2-26, 2016 — Werner Drewes. In honor of the 80th anniversary of The American Abstract Artists (1936, NYC), WPG will exhibit prints by Werner Drewes, a founding member of AAA with strong ties to Washington DC.
- November 30 – December 24, 2016 — Danny Schweers. One past reviewer said, “Danny Schweers continues to mix wonderment with insight, and grace with humor, in a way that very few excellent photographers are consistently capable of doing.”
Start and end dates of exhibits are generally the first Wed. of the month through the last Sunday of the month. Receptions are usually the first Saturday after the opening.
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