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Washington Post Review of “Winter Contemporary Show”

Moonrise Tide.  By Jake Muirhead. Softground and aquatint, 2013.

Moonrise Tide. By Jake Muirhead. Softground and aquatint, 2013.

Mark Jenkins, arts writer for The Washington Post, featured our Winter Contemporary Show  in his most recent column. Follow the link below to read his article, and make sure to stop by the gallery before February 15 to see the show in person.

Washington Post  2/7/14 review of Winter Contemporary Show

( Quick note: Our exhibit  is the second show reviewed, so it does take some scrolling to get to the write up on the Winter Contemporary Show).

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Upcoming OPG Spring Shows and Events

The Old Print Gallery has a lot of new shows and events in the works. We will post more information about them as the date gets closer to each, but for now, mark them on your calendar and we hope to see you all there. You can also always see what we are up to on our website’s Event’s page.

Current Show

2013 Winter Contemporary Show.

Friday, November 15, 2013- Saturday, February 15, 2014.

82597The Old Print Gallery’s 2013 Winter Contemporary Show opened on Friday, November 15, 2013 with a celebratory nighttime reception from 5-8pm at the gallery. Eleven different artists, who use printmaking as their primary medium for artistic expression, were selected for this show. The works chosen resonate with skill and intention, and reflect the current eclecticism of contemporary printmaking. Highlights include new works by local DC artists Jake Muirhead, Phillip Bennet, Susan Goldman, and regional artists Heather McMordie, Art Werger, and more. The show will remain on view until February 15, 2014.

Upcoming Shows

21st Annual Miami International map Fair. 

Friday, February 7- Sunday, February 9, 2014.

17166_5506_virginiae_item_et_floridae_mercator_hondiusThis annual event showcases antique maps, rare books, panoramas and atlases from around the world. Peruse and purchase antique maps from some of the finest map dealers in the world. Learn about cartography through a series of lectures by experts in the field and enjoy special events held throughout the weekend.

We will be exhibiting with our partners from New York, the Old Print Shop. If you are going to the fair, stop by to say hello and browse our fantastic selection of rare and antique maps. Likewise, if you are looking for a specific map to fit into your collection, there could not be a better opportunity to find it. We can help- send us you “want list” and we will hunt for you!

The fair is held at History Miami, 101 West Flagler Street, Miami, FL 33130. For more details, visit the Miami Map Fair Website.


Friday, February 21 – Saturday, April 5, 2014. Opening Night Reception: Friday, February 21, from 5-8pm.

36695Our spring show, ETCHED, will celebrate the long legacy of printmakers who specialize in and focus on etching as a way of image making. As the show pulls from over a century of creative expression, viewers will be fascinated by the myriad of ways an artist can use an etched line to create tone, atmosphere, and detail. The show also highlights new technical advances in etching, including etchings printed in color and finished by hand and experimental solar plate etchings.

2014 Capital Art Fair. 

Saturday, April 5- Sunday, April 6, 2014 .

74024The Old Print Gallery will once again exhibit at the 2014 Capital Art Fair. The Capital Art Fair features thousands of works of art, ranging from old master to contemporary prints. Distinguished dealers from across the United States will participate in the fair. It is the only art fair in the Washington D.C. area where an extraordinary range of fine art will be available for collectors, museums, and the curious to purchase.

The fair is held every year at The Holiday Inn – Rosslyn Westpark Hotel, located at 1900 North Fort Myer Drive, Arlington VA 22209. It is just over the Key Bridge from Georgetown, and one block from the Rosslyn Metro stop. More information to come soon! We hope to see you there.


Friday, April 11, 2014- Saturday, June 14, 2014. Opening Night Reception: Friday, April 11, from 5-8pm.

76410Kaleidoscope features new original prints by Philip Bennet, many of them completed in 2014 specifically for the exhibit, all brimming with an opulent mix of color. Bennet’s medium of choice is the monotype, abstract and dynamic images achieved as a result of his playful and liberal approach to printmaking. He experiments with colored inks of varied viscosities, often employing hued “ghost” images as backgrounds for new prints and integrating multiple plates into each composition. His unrestricted and unique working style allows for a spontaneity and creative freedom not normally associated with printmaking. As a result, his watercolor-based monotypes feel fresh, immediate, and ephemeral, while his oil-based polychromatic creations are more intimate, enveloping viewers in colors so saturated they still seem wet on the paper.

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Cleo Wilkinson prints

Clandestine. Cleo Wilkinson. Mezzotint, 2006. Edition 15. SOLD.

Clandestine. Cleo Wilkinson. Mezzotint, 2006. Edition 15. SOLD.

Cleo Wilkinson is one of our very talented contemporary artists, printing primarily in mezzotints, and working in Australia. Wilkinson has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Auckland University in New Zealand. Her mezzotints have been exhibited in over 200 international juried group and solo exhibitions. She has been artist in residence and visiting artist in over 30 international locations. Cleo has been awarded numerous major international print awards, most recently being named the 2013 Shortlisted Finalist by the 2013 Print Council of Australia Print Commission, winning the 2013 First Prize in Traditional Printmaking in the International Contemporary Miniprint Kazanlak in Bulgaria, and winning the Director’s Choice Award and National Print Award in the 2013 CPM NSW, Australia.

We have four prints by Cleo Wilkinson in our 2013 Winter Contemporary Show. Of the prints we selected, three are still available to purchase and view on the gallery wall.

Hibiscus. Cleo Wilkinson. Mezzotint, 2004. Edition 15.

Hibiscus. Cleo Wilkinson. Mezzotint, 2004. Edition 15.

Artist Statement: 

“My interest lies in the power to evoke disquieting and elusive moments with the subtle nuances of light from the richness of the mezzotint printmaking technique (invented and unchanged since 1642).To find beauty in simple figures; isolating and raising them into the realm of poetry.

I try to emphasize the singularity, silence, and loneliness of a form; to translate the emotion and atmosphere around it. What is missing in the shadows and suggested provides the greatest potential for me.”

“The mezzotint technique is known as “maniere noire” it demands patience and precision. It is an extremely labor and time-consuming process; and intensely intimate one.  The technique is contradictory. You create the relief and then eliminate it, working from pitch darkness- painstakingly and carefully nursing the image out of the shadows and into the light. It has a primordial mystery.”

Pomegranates. Cleo Wilkinson.  Mezzotint, 2005. Edition 15.

Pomegranates. Cleo Wilkinson. Mezzotint, 2005. Edition 15.

Artichoke. Cleo Wilkinson.  Mezzotint, 2005. Edition 15.

Artichoke. Cleo Wilkinson. Mezzotint, 2005. Edition 15.

To see these print and more from our 2013 Winter Contemporary Show, check out our website here or visit our Georgetown gallery.


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2013 Thanksgiving Holiday Hours


Thanksgiving Hours:

  • Wednesday 11/27: Open 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
  • Thursday 11/28: Closed for Thanksgiving
  • Friday 11/29- Saturday 11/30: Open 10:00 AM to 5:20 PM

We wish you all a happy Thanksgiving and safe travels. Above are our Thanksgiving holiday hours- feel free to stop by today or Friday and Saturday to browse our extensive collection and to see our 2013 Winter Contemporary Show. The gallery is free and all ages are welcome. With prints and maps ranging from the 15th century to the 21st century, we have something for everyone to enjoy (and great gifts for the holidays).

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You’re Invited…

4x6_Portrait_WCS13_RGB_200dpiopening reception: Friday, November 15th, 2013

from 5-8pm at the old print gallery

Join us for a night of celebration and great conversation, as we open our 2013 Winter Contemporary Show! Several of the local artists will be at the gallery to discuss their new works and explorations into printmaking. Light refreshments and wine will be served. No RSVP is necessary, feel free to invite friends and fellow art lovers.

We hope to see you there!