CONTACT: Gwen Heffner, 859-985-5448, Ext. 230
A new gallery exhibit “Great Impressions: Prints by Kentucky Artisans” opens March 5 at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, showcasing the work of 20 Kentucky printmakers.
Printmaking is one of the oldest forms of illustration and this exhibit includes works made with an array of printmaking techniques selected by each artist to translate their individual expression and style. Printmaking methods can be quick and immediate or methodical and complex. These 20 artists have created images that tell stories and narratives, illustrate realism and nature, show humor, clarify points of view and show graphic abstraction.
Woodcuts and wood engravings by Paul S. Muth and John Andrew Dixon show the range of details possible in black and white – from simple outlined chairs printed on fabric to an intricate portrait of sea otters.
Prints made from metal and copper plates using etching and intaglio processes offer the printmaker the ability to create delicate lines and rich areas of black or color. Anna Marie Pavlik’s intaglio work “Tatanka: Tall Grass Prairie” portrays a buffalo and the complexities of the community of plants and animals that live on the Great Plains.
Nicole Hand uses three copper plates printed in four colors to convey a rich and abstract image.
“I was considering the ritual of death, the tented grave and the ties that hold a family together,” said Hand, “and I chose the etching process for its rich and wonderful line quality.”
Printmakers in this show are both illustrators and story tellers. The detailed wood engraving “Arilus Cristatus Epoch” by Joanne Price gives a precise illustration of this beneficial insect. Sara Turner has created “Our Secret Place,” a five-color screen print illustrating a fanciful childhood hideaway, while Charlsa Hensley has created “Bayfield,” an intaglio print that tells her family history with historical documents of a catastrophic flood.
In turn, Debby Stratford has created “Dancing in the Blue Water” to relay and celebrate both her admiration of water and her wistful desire to overcome a fear of it. David Mohallatee’s travels inspired his work “Ecuadorian Journey I” which includes renderings of ancient figures.
Several artists have used multiple layered techniques to create a range of color and texture as in Marta Dorton’s “Communicado” and Elizabeth Foley’s “Mandala.” The freshness of color is seen in the one-of-a-kind monotypes by Ellen Glasgow and Mark Needham.
Whimsy is also present in Todd Herzberg’s “Theo,” a portrait of his parent’s dog and in the simple wind-blown collograph “Clothes on the Line” “by Louie Northern.
A meet-the-artist reception for this exhibit will be held on Sunday, March 13, from 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Artists in this exhibit include: John Andrew Dixon, Danville; Marta Dorton, Lexington; Jeff Enge, Berea; Elizabeth Foley, Lexington; Ellen Glasgow, Frankfort; Nicole Hand, Almo; Kayla Harned, Berea; Charlsa Hensley, Berea; Todd Herzberg, Lexington; David Mohallatee, Richmond; Paul S. Muth, Danville; Mark Needham, Louisville; Mary Nehring, Versailles; Louie Northern, Mt. Vernon; Anna Marie Pavlik, Frankfort; Joanne Price, Bagdad; Debby Stratford, Louisville; Sara Turner, Lexington; Cathy Vigor, Lexington; and Stephen Wiggins, Lexington.
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 information areas are open daily, year-round, 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 center currently features works by more than 700 artisans from more than 100 counties across the Commonwealth. The exhibit, “Kentucky Clay: A Continuing Tradition” is on display in the lobby through June 30, 2016. For more information about the center’s events call 859-985-5448, visit the center’s website at www.kentuckyartisancenter.ky.gov or the center’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/kentucky.artisan.center.
Photos, top to bottom: "Dancing in the Blue Water" by Debby Stratford; "Ecuadorian Journey I" by David Mohallatee; "Our Secret Spot" by Sara Turner; "Tatanka:Tall Grass Prairie" by Anna Marie Pavlik