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“Monotypes” to Open in July

Under a Tree. Matt Phillips. Monotype, 2006. Image size 12 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches. LINK.

Under a Tree. Matt Phillips. Monotype, 2006. Image size 12 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches. LINK.

We are excited to announce our new summer show, Monotypes, which will open on July 17th with a nighttime reception at the gallery from 5-7pm. A monotype is the most painterly method of printmaking, created by manually adding ink onto a plate, which is then printed through a traditional press. While other printmaking mediums are composed by way of hard, precise lines and detailed crosshatching, the looseness and gestural freedom allowed in a monotype can be an invigorating breath of fresh air for artists. The prints chosen for the exhibit are glowing examples of this unbridled, and sometimes playful, independence from the technical, benefiting from the simple swipe of a brush stroke, the pooling and blending of inks, and the unique translucency and saturation of color. The show will remain on view through September 12, 2015. Selected Artists: Linda Adato, Leonard Baskin, Philip Bennet, Susan Goldman, Takamune Ishiguro, Alessandro Mastro-Valerio, Matt Phillips, Clare Romano, Peri Schwartz, Bruce Waldman, Steven Walker, and Janet Yake. We will share more with our OPG Blog readers and followers as the show takes form, so make sure to check back for updates!

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Washington Post Review of “Winter Contemporary Show”

(L) Persistent Optimism 4b. By Heather McMordie. Stone lithograph with woodcut and mixed media, 2014. Ed. 2/3. Paper size 11 x 10".  (C) Persistent Optimism 2b. By Heather McMordie. Stone lithograph with woodcut and mixed media, 2014. Ed 2/3. Paper size 11 x 10".  (R) Persistent Optimism 4a.  By Heather Mcmordie. Stone lithograph with woodcut and mixed media, 2014. Ed 1/3. Paper size 11 x 10".  LINK.

Persistent Optimism series By Heather McMordie. Stone lithograph with woodcut and mixed media, 2014. Ed. of 3. Paper size 11 x 10″.
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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 14 to see the show in person.

Washington Post 1/09/15 review of Winter Contemporary Show

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

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Outside the Margin Series

Our 2014 Winter Contemporary Show is still on view at The Old Print Gallery. One of the best things about doing the Winter Contemporary Show every year is catching up with all our talented contemporary artists, seeing and learning about their new projects and experiments in printmaking. It is exciting to witness the evolution of their art over time, as they play with scale, new color palettes, subject matter, and technique.
Outside the Margin (3). Susan Goldman. Screenprint monotype with woodcut, 2014. Signed, titled, dated, and editioned on back by artist in pencil. Lily Press stamp in red ink on back. Paper size 10 x 8" (254 x 203 mm).  LINK.

Outside the Margin (3). Susan Goldman. Screenprint monotype with woodcut, 2014. Signed, titled, dated, and editioned on back by artist in pencil. Lily Press stamp in red ink on back. Paper size 10 x 8″ (254 x 203 mm). LINK.

Susan Goldman (no stranger to the OPG blog- read her interview here) is one of our contemporary printmakers from DC. We have represented her work for several years now, and her new series, entitled “Outside the Margin” is an intriguing transition from her previous work. While smaller in size than most of her other prints, you can certainly link the thematic elements to her earlier monotypes. In the past, Susan has worked with the image of an amphora, exploring and celebrating ancient civilizations’ reverence for the object. Homer describes the vessel as the “Prima Materia”, a metaphor for the womb of the earth. Swirling and blossoming, Goldman’s amphorae mirror the female silhouette as it generates and nurtures new life. In her new series, Goldman uses the motif of an amphora, but layers in new pattern work and symbolism-like concentric circles and blossoms.
“This varied edition evolved out of mixing my earlier ideas about pattern inspired by travel to Morocco and my new ideas about simplifying my approach to imagery of flowers, targets and amphorae. The layering of multiple print mediums relates to an archaeology of process, what is below is mysterious and fragmented, but as one uncovers the clues, a new picture emerges that references the past and the present.”- Susan Goldman
Outside the Margin (1). Susan Goldman. Screenprint monotype with woodcut, 2014. Signed, titled, dated, and editioned on back by artist in pencil. Lily Press stamp in red ink on back. Paper size 10 x 8" (254 x 203 mm).  LINK.

Outside the Margin (1). Susan Goldman. Screenprint monotype with woodcut, 2014. Signed, titled, dated, and editioned on back by artist in pencil. Lily Press stamp in red ink on back. Paper size 10 x 8″ (254 x 203 mm). LINK.

Outside the Margin (2). Susan Goldman. Screenprint monotype with woodcut, 2014. Signed, titled, dated, and editioned on back by artist in pencil. Lily Press stamp in red ink on back. Paper size 10 x 8" (254 x 203 mm). LINK.

Outside the Margin (2). Susan Goldman. Screenprint monotype with woodcut, 2014. Signed, titled, dated, and editioned on back by artist in pencil. Lily Press stamp in red ink on back. Paper size 10 x 8″ (254 x 203 mm). LINK.

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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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2014 Winter Contemporary Show

(L) Persistent Optimism 4b. By Heather McMordie. Stone lithograph with woodcut and mixed media, 2014. Ed. 2/3. Paper size 11 x 10".  (C) Persistent Optimism 2b. By Heather McMordie. Stone lithograph with woodcut and mixed media, 2014. Ed 2/3. Paper size 11 x 10".  (R) Persistent Optimism 4a.  By Heather Mcmordie. Stone lithograph with woodcut and mixed media, 2014. Ed 1/3. Paper size 11 x 10".  LINK.

(Left) Persistent Optimism 4b. (Center) Persistent Optimism 2b. (Right) Persistent Optimism 4a.
By Heather McMordie. Stone lithograph with woodcut and mixed media, 2014. Edition of 3. Paper size 11 x 10″ each. LINK.

The Old Print Gallery’s 2014 Winter Contemporary Show will open on Friday, November 21, 2014 with a free nighttime celebratory reception from 5-8pm at the gallery. Works by thirteen contemporary printmakers, all created within the last two years, were chosen for the show. The prints selected are an impressive and alluring display of the current eclecticism found in contemporary printmaking.  Purposeful and inventive, the prints are successful experiments in medium, color, and scale, and for many of the artists selected, the prints are a deviation from their previous creative propensities. The show will remain on view in the gallery until February 14, 2014.

Harmonious Rhythm I. Nancy Previs. Photo intaglio, 2014. Ed 2/15. Image size 9 5/8 x 12”. LINK.

Harmonious Rhythm I. Nancy Previs. Photo intaglio, 2014. Ed 2/15. Image size 9 5/8 x 12”. LINK.

Highlights include a haunting and mysterious photo intaglio landscape by Dublin-based Nancy Previs and three small mezzotints of the human form by Australian printmaker Cleo Wilkinson, whose printed visages emerge from a velvety black with a tonal richness and striking subtlety.  The exhibit also features three prints from emerging artist Heather McMordie’s new series, Persistent Optimism, an exciting experiment in prints-turned-drawings, each with elements of lithography, woodcut, graphite, colored pencil, and charcoal.

The 2014 Winter Contemporary Show will also showcase several works by local DC printmakers, including an abstract and playful watercolor-based monotype by Philip Bennet, bold screenprint monotypes with woodcut elements by Susan Goldman, and artfully rendered still lifes in etching and aquatint by Jake Muirhead.

Thrush. Jake Muirhead. Softground with drypoint, 2014. A/P. Image size 11 7/8 x 11 7/8". LINK.

Thrush. Jake Muirhead. Softground with drypoint, 2014. A/P. Image size 11 7/8 x 11 7/8″. LINK.

Selected Artists: Philip Bennet, Richard Carleton, Michael Di Cerbo, Eric Goldberg, Susan Goldman,  Su-Li Hung, Robert Kipniss, Mary Manusos, Heather McMordie, Jake Muirhead, Nancy Previs, Richard Sloat, and Cleo Wilkinson.

Splash #2. Philip Bennet. Oil-based ink monotype, 2013. Ed 1/1. Image size 11 x 17".  LINK.

Splash #2. Philip Bennet. Oil-based ink monotype, 2013. Ed 1/1. Image size 11 x 17″. LINK.

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