In the highly technical world of contemporary print media, where digital images abound, fine art printmakers continue to find inspiration in techniques that are centuries old, often in combination with 21st century methods. Many of these print forms will be featured in the eighth annual “Making an Impression” exhibition at the Newburyport Art Association from July 11th through July 24th.
The show will feature eight artists. Although most have been with the group since its inception, several have joined recently.
Muriel Angelil of Amesbury explains that her monotypes and mixed media collages are often inspired by childhood memories of growing up in Egypt. Muriel is also a sculptor and creates site-specific sculptural installations in the environment.
Susan Dosick of Newburyport creates linoleum block prints as well as an original process using puzzle-like pieces of foam as printing blocks. Artists’ books provide another format for her prints.
Kate Higley, who lives in Wolfeboro, NH, is the newest member of the group. Kate began printmaking while living and working in Saudi Arabia.. After returning to the United States, she studied and taught biology and studio art. This merger of interests has resulted in prints and paintings that are both abstract and organic.
Susan Jaworski-Stranc has worked for many years with the challenging process of reduction linoleum prints. As forms are carved away, successive layers of the image are printed. She has exhibited her prints, paintings, and handcrafted books and maintains a printmaking studio at Western Avenue Studios in Lowell.
Barbara Nachmias-Kedesdy lives on the Parker River in Newbury. A love of gardening and fascination with the history of botanical art serve as inspiration for her prints, which are impressionistic renderings of plant forms and the coastal landscape.
Mary Arthur Pollak lives in Ipswich and works at Indigo Artist Studio in Newburyport. She works primarily with monotypes and mixed media, integrating print forms such as collagraph and etching. She explains that her prints can be abstract or representational, spontaneous or deliberate, yet the process is always challenging.
Mary Tuttle of Salem, an elementary school art teacher, focuses on monotype and etching. Her work is often informed by explorations with her students and her own children, expressing narratives of the everyday.
Mary Carolyn Webber is a painter and printmaker who is “inspired by the natural world viewed through the lens of lyrical abstraction”. Mary enjoys incorporating collagraph into her monoprints and most recently has been exploring the traditional print formof mezzotint.
The Opening Reception for “Making an Impression” will be held Saturday, July 16th, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.
The Newburyport Art Association is located at 65 Water Street in Newburyport, MA, 01950.
Gallery hours are 11-5, except Sunday 1-5.