In 1978 a group of printmakers from the once active Washington Women’s Art Center in Washington, DC started an annual calendar of original prints. Printmakers member Laura Huff silkscreened the first cover for 1979 and has contributed prints to the calendar every year since then.
The collaborative calendar ends its 34-year run this year. Spinoffs is Huff’s solo exhibition of work directly inspired by the prints that she editioned for each year’s calendar. In her words:
Looking back, I see how the calendar has been responsible for the direction of my work over the years. It gave me the incentive to develop and print a different idea almost every year — ideas ranging from nature subjects, familiar scenes, and portraits of two little girls. It was an important, rewarding force in my life.
Huff’s love of and advocacy for trees is a thread throughout the work. From a calendar cover that was the genesis of her leaf motif, to work in the exhibition that reflects her current interest in restoration of the American chestnut tree.
After 34 years I have several boxes of calendars that I saved for myself, along with drawers-full of originals and their spinoffs. For this show I have chosen the ones that I liked the best and that worked together.
Spinoffs is on exhibit September 1 – October 31, 2013 at Printmakers Inc, Studio # 325, Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union Street, Alexandria, VA. 22314 703-683-1342. Please join us for a reception with the artist on Sunday, September 8, 2 to 4 pm.
Printmakers Inc studio is open from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm daily.