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One of a Kind: The Magic of Prints

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Melissa Meyer, "Wilde 2" monotype

For the collector, the appeal of prints is their accessibility.  They are, quite simply, more affordable than other unique works of art.  For the artist, printmaking offers an opportunity to experiment and, consequently, often acts as a catalyst for change in his other work. This Saturday the Spencertown Academy launches its 2008 gallery season, Monoprints and Monotypes, with the first of three related shows, One of the Kind, an exhibit of prints, curated by the artists Holly Hughes and Nancy Van Deren.  The public is invited to an opening reception at 4 pm.

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Andrew Mockler, “Pulaski” monotype

Eleven highly regarded artists will have works in the show.  Among them are Stuart Diamond and Roberto Juarez, who have works in the permanent collections of Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art respectively; Melissa Meyer and Joan Snyder, who are represented in both.  Master printer/artist Sarah Amos also will have work in the show, as will such sought after artist/educators as Stephen Westfall of Rutgers University and the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard, of which he is co-chair, and master printer and Jungle Press Editions founder Andrew Mockler, who has taught printmaking at Yale School of Art, the Rhode Island School of Design, and now is on the faculty at Hunter College.  Jennifer Marshall and Columbia county residents Renee Iacone Clearman and Lois E. Dickson complete the roster.

Ultimately, a print is a collaboration between an artist and a master printer.  Unlike a painting, which gradually reveals itself to the artist, a print must be fully conceived prior to committing it to the press.  Still, the artist’s first sight after lifting the impression is often one of surprise, according to the curators, both of whom are painters who also make prints.  The sensation, they say, of permanence and inevitability—that “it was always there”—is magical.  The exhibit illustrates the range of outcomes this deceptively simple technique can produce.

790 Route 203, Spencertown, NY; 518.392 3693
Opening reception: Saturday, March 29, 4 pm; admission free


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