Monotype Prints: Marta Dorton Creates the Unexpected


Marta Dorton, never knows what to expect, and she likes it that way.

“After 10 years of printmaking, I still marvel at the surprise on the paper as I pull off the print,” Dorton said. ”I apply ink or paint onto the plate I have created – and run it through the press, each time creating a one-of-a-kind print. I love the planned and the unexpected outcomes.”

Dorton, of Lexington, will demonstrate monotype printmaking on Saturday, April 23, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.

Born in West Liberty, KY, Dorton moved with her family to Lexington when she was two. Her family returned to their native eastern Kentucky home often, giving Marta a sense of family, place and connection to that part of the state. 

Dorton earned a BA in studio art from the University of Kentucky with an emphasis in painting. She worked in the graphic arts industry for 20 years doing a variety of printing, billboard production and sign making. 

Returning to creating acrylic paintings and pastel paintings, Dorton has now delved into printmaking. Her works includes landscapes and water views as well as non-representational images and abstractions. Her strong graphic arts background informs her elements of design and contrast, her close-up views and her colorful palette. 

Dorton has a monotype print in the center’s current gallery exhibit “Great Impressions: Prints by Kentucky Artisans” on display through Sept. 10, 2016.

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is located at 200 Artisan Way, just off Interstate 75 at Berea Exit 77. The center’s exhibits, shopping and travel and information areas are open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the cafe is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea currently features works by more than 700 artisans from more than 100 counties across the Commonwealth. Special exhibits on display include “Great Impressions: Prints by Kentucky Artisans,” through Sept. 10, 2016; and in the lobby, “Kentucky Clay: A Continuing Tradition.” For more information about events call 859-985-5448, go to the center’s website, or visit the center’s Facebook page.

Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is an agency in the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Photo: “Communicado” by Marta Dorton is in the exhibit “Great Impressions: Prints by Kentucky Artisans,” on display at the Center.



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