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Upcoming Print Events

At The Old Print Gallery:

Woman Under a Tree. BY Eliza Draper Gardiner. Woodblock, c. 1932. Image size 6 x 7 inches. LINK.

Woman Under a Tree. BY Eliza Draper Gardiner. Woodblock, c. 1932. Image size 6 x 7 inches. LINK.

Ink & Grain’s Last Week: Make sure to stop by the Gallery to see Ink & Grain before the show ends. Ink & Grain highlights 20th century printmakers who excelled in woodcuts and wood engravings. One of the most ancient forms of printmaking, the woodcut saw an energized revival during the 20th century. American printmakers experimented heavily with technique, by manipulating the grain of the wooden matrix and crafting new methods of ink and color application. Ink & Grain celebrates this renaissance and the skilled printmakers who worked in the medium, creating in the form of editioned prints, hand-made books, and commercial book illustrations. The show’s last day is this Saturday, November 15th.

Persistent Optimism 4a. Heather McMordie. Stone lithograph with woodcut and mixed media, 2014. Ed 1/3. Paper size 11 x 10". LINK.

Persistent Optimism 4a. Heather McMordie. Stone lithograph with woodcut and mixed media, 2014. Ed 1/3. Paper size 11 x 10″. LINK.

2014 Winter Contemporary Show Opening Reception: Join us on Friday, November 21, from 5-8pm at the Gallery, as we celebrate the opening of our new 2014 Winter Contemporary Show. Works by thirteen different printmakers, all created within the last two years, were chosen for the show. The prints offer a dizzying array of techniques and styles from local DC, regional, and international printmakers. Purposeful and inventive, the prints are successful experiments in medium, color, and scale. The show will remain on view until February 14, 2014.


 OPG Printmakers Around Town:

Target Bloom II. Susan Goldman. Monotype with woodcut, 2014.

Target Bloom II. Susan Goldman. Monotype with woodcut, 2014.

A Path Through Darkness- Whole, Sound, Color Light Opening Reception: This Thursday, November 13, from 4:30 to 6:30pm, celebrate with Susan Goldman at an opening reception for her new prints, in a show titled A Path Through Darkness: Whole, Sound, Color, Light. The reception will be held at the Lombardi Atrium of the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center of Georgetown University Hospital. The show is presented by the Arts and Humanities Program.

Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Medstar Georgetown University Hospital, 3800 Reservoir Road, Washington, DC 20007. Parking in Leavy Conference Center Garage.

More info: Contact Julia Langley at julia.langley@georgetown.edu.

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Power. Werner Drewes. Woodcut on paper, 1982.

Werner Drewes: Artist and Humanitarian Opening Reception: A show of works by celebrated printmaker Werner Drewes will be on view at the United States District Court in Greenbelt, Maryland. The Opening Reception is on Thursday, November 20, 2014, from 5:00pm- 6:30pm. Opening remarks will be made by Karen E. D. Seibert, granddaughter of the artist, and a Doctors Without Borders representative. 10% of all proceeds from the sales at the Opening Reception with be donated to Doctors Without Borders. The show will remain on view until January 30, 2015, with show hours of Monday- Friday, 9am to 4pm. The show is presented by the U. S. District Court and The Hyattstown Mill Arts Project.

United States District Court, 6500 Cherrywood Lane, Greenbelt, Maryland 20770.

More info: http://drewesfineart.com/

Swirls. By Philip Bennet. Monotype with pastel, 2014.

Swirls. By Philip Bennet. Monotype with pastel, 2014.

Pastel Unleashed: A Mixed-Media Approach Artists’ Reception and Awards Ceremony: OPG printmaker Philip Bennet has a print in this juried show, presented by the Maryland Pastel Society. The show was an invitation to artists by the Society to rethink soft pastel. Work entered in the show was required to have, in addition to soft pastel, one or more other painting or drawing mediums. Philip Bennet’s monotype with pastel Swirls was selected for the exhibit. The Artists’ Reception and Awards Ceremony is on November 23, 2014 from 2:00pm- 4:00pm. The Exhibition opens on November 22, 2014 and closes on January 4, 2015.

Invitational Gallery, Strathmore Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD, 20852.

More info: https://marylandpastelsociety.com/

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Washington Post Review of “Ink & Grain”

Head of a Traveler. By Adja Yunkers. Color woodcut,  1952.  Image size 13 1/2 x 9 1/2". LINK.

Head of a Traveler. By Adja Yunkers. Color woodcut, 1952. Image size 13 1/2 x 9 1/2″. LINK.

Mark Jenkins, arts writer for The Washington Post, featured our woodcut and wood engraving show, Ink & Grain,  in his most recent column. Follow the link below to read his article, and make sure to stop by the gallery before November 15th to see the show in person.

Mark Jenkin’s Ink & Grain review in The Washington Post, 10/31/14.

(Quick note: Our exhibit  is the last show reviewed, so it does take some scrolling to get to the write up on Ink & Grain).

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Luigi Rist

Grapes. By Luigi Rist. Color woodblock, 1943. Image size 7 5/8 x 9 1/4 inches. LINK.

Known for his unique and complex approach to printmaking, Luigi Rist (1888-1951) was a lifelong resident of Newark, NJ and started his art career as a painter. At the age of 41, while in Brittany monitoring for painter Sigurd Skou, he met Morris Blackburn, a Philadelphia painter who became a lifelong friend. The two visited an exhibition of Japanese woodcuts in New York, where Rist became fascinated by the medium. By the age of 53, he had immersed himself in the exploration of Japanese woodblock creation and manipulation. Through experimentation, Rist developed his own tools and techniques, using multiple blocks and numerous layers of color to produce prints in which still lifes become almost abstract forms, defined by the subtle nuances and brilliance of his color application.

Photocopy of  a handwritten  "Forbidden Fruit" printing "flow sheets", which documents the day-by-day account of the 50 steps needed to produce the print from 10 blocks. Image source from www.luigirist.com.

Photocopy of a handwritten Forbidden Fruit printing “flow charts”, which documents the day-by-day account of the 50 steps needed to produce the print from 10 blocks. Image source from www.luigirist.com.

His exacting methods were well documented in his copious working notes. Written on lined legal pads, his notes helped him navigate the dizzying number of woodblocks used in each print. Sometimes Rist used up to 16 cherry-wood blocks (8 blocks carved on each side) for one image. Because Rist’s prints required between 50 and 100 impressions to make a finished print (different sections of one block were used for different colors, and frequent overprinting was done to build up color), his notes were a way to recreate each print in the edition. Rist would also create his own color flow charts.

The key to Rist’s stunning color lay in the use of rice paste, a mixture of fine rice flour and hot water, mixed together on a double-boiler. Rist would mix-up a fresh batch of rice paste every morning. He would then weigh out powdered pigment, slowly adding water to create  his inks, making sure his “mixture was the consistency of heavy cream. Using a flat stick, a dab of the rice paste was applied to the area of the block to be printed; with a soft Japanese brush the creamy pigment was also applied to the block, and the paste and pigment were blended with the brush on the block itself. The type of brush used, the direction of the stroke, all made for different effects. The addition of the paste changed the character of the color from a granular or matte finish to one more brilliant.” (For more on his technique and invented tools, please read Luigi Rist: Printmaker in Japanese Tradition by Barbara Whipple.)

Both Grapes and Pears are in our current exhibit, Ink & Grain, on the OPG gallery walls. Stop by our Georgetown gallery before November 15th to see the show in person.

Pears. By Luigi Rist. Color woodblock, 1948. Image size 8 7/8 x 7 1/16 inches. LINK.

Pears. By Luigi Rist. Color woodblock, 1948. Image size 8 7/8 x 7 1/16 inches. LINK.

 

 

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October 2014 Showcase- Read it Now!

Our new October 2014 Showcase has been sent out to our mailing list, and should hit mailboxes this week. The month’s catalog features a wide range of prints and maps from our collection, focusing on woodcuts and wood engravings.

We share 16th century woodcut maps, woodcut portraits from a scarce 18th century volume covering the discovery and exploration of America, and wood engravings from 19th century illustrator and artist Winslow Homer. The famous Fry-Jefferson map of Virginia can be found on page 6 and 7, and is supplemented with additional examples of great 18th century maps of North America. We highlight several striking Currier and Ives small folio landscapes and pair them with a breathtaking and exquisitely-colored impression of Landscape, Fruit and Flowers, published by the lithographic firm in 1862. We round out the catalog with a sampling of early 20th century and contemporary woodcuts, many of which are are featured in our current exhibition Ink & Grain.

Published in both traditional and digital media formats, we are now able to share our fantastic collection in a whole new way.  We are already working on our next issue, which should arrive during the holiday season. To receive our next Showcase, just send us your mailing information, via email.

Read the October Showcase:

The Old Print Gallery Showcase. October 2014. Volume XXXVII, Number 3. Click to read here.

The Old Print Gallery Showcase.
October 2014. Volume XXXVII, Number 3.
Click to read here.

We hope you enjoy it!

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