The Old Print Gallery is pleased to announce its newest gallery exhibit, BLOSSOM DC. BLOSSOM DC opens on March 16, 2012 with a nighttime opening reception from 5-8pm at the gallery. Inspired by the 100 year anniversary of the gift of cherry trees from Japan to Washington, DC, this show celebrates the beauty and youthful energy of spring’s blossoms. Most exciting for the gallery is the large number of prints by local DC artists included in the show, which are coupled with a selection of works by NY contemporary artists and several early 20th century printmakers.
Highlights from BLOSSOM DC include new prints by DC artist Marti Patchell- intensely saturated works, composed of pulsing reds and hot pinks. Her large show stopping pieces rely on a combination of etching, reliefs, and stencils, creating prints that are cacophonous in color, untamed and stimulating homages to spring’s budding energy. In contrast, Susan Goldman’s large scale woodcut plays with layers. Abstract blue and black brushstrokes create a deep and dark abyss, from which a large deep-red blossom emerges. Alternatively, local artist Philip Bennet’s prints are less representational, rooted in abstract forms and color interaction. His loose spills of paint and prismatic color schemes make for refreshing and organic monoprints.
Rare for the Old Print Gallery, this show will also feature a painting. Although we deal exclusively in prints, one of our NY printmakers, Su-Li Hung, experiments in both mediums. Her painting on oil canvas, Taiwan Cherry Tree, will be accompany one of her woodcuts, St.Mark’s Church & Cherry Tree, on our gallery wall. An exciting coupling, her painting and print play off one another nicely- the bold, thick woodcut lines offer a noticeable contrast to her layered, painterly brushstrokes of oil paint.
BLOSSOM DC will open with a nighttime reception on Friday, March 16, from 5-8pm at the Old Print Gallery, located in the heart of Georgetown. Many of the artists will be in attendance, to share their inspiration and answer questions regarding their work and process. Free wine and light refreshments will be served, and the event is open to all ages.
Selected Artists: Philip Bennet, Childe Hassam, Susan Goldman, Su-Li Hung, Gene Kloss, Yvette Lucas, Marian Osher, Marti Patchell, Laurent Schkolnyk, Gerald Scheck, Erwin Thamm, and Emily Trueblood.