In Our Gallery: “New Member Exhibition”

New Year, new members! Please join us in welcoming member artists John Gosling, Edward McCluney and Alexander Gray.

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John Gosling, “Gone to America”

John Gosling, Faces and Places – Linocuts on view from December 29, 2014 – January 17, 2015.

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Edward McCluney, “Me and My Shadow”

Edward McCluney, A Little of Everything on view from January 18 – February 7th Opening reception 2:00pm to 4:00pm January 25th.

Alexander Gray, "Hardware River Aqueduct"

Alexander Gray, “Hardware River Aqueduct”

Alexander Gray, Relief and Intaglio Prints on view from February 8 – March 1st Opening reception 2:00pm to 4:00pm February 8th.

Printmakers Inc. remains the only group studio dedicated to the art of original hand-pulled prints. Member artists work in a variety of traditional printmaking techniques that include intaglio, lithography, relief, monotypes and screen-printing.

Current members: Penelope Barringer, Anne Buchal, Judith Coady, John Gosling, M. Alexander Gray, Laura Huff, Avis Fleming, Edward McCluney, Norma Pffaf, Joseph Regan, Patrick Sargent, Priscilla Young.

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In Our Gallery: Joint Portfolio Exhibiton

Joint Portfolio Project ExhibtionTwo well-known Eastern printmaking galleries, in Providence, Rhode Island, and Alexandria, Virginia, have collaborated on a “Joint Venture” small-works show featuring boxed portfolios of original prints. The boxed portfolio collection contains 31 hand-pulled prints. Each of the prints, shown framed on the walls, will be on display in Printmakers Inc. Gallery at Alexandria’s Torpedo Factory Art Center from Nov. 1 through Dec. 31.

An opening reception will be held 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, and a holiday evening reception 7-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at Printmakers Inc. gallery. The show has just been on display in Rhode Island and will return in 2015 to art galleries there and to the Bristol Art Museum.

The collaboration is between the Providence Art Club of Rhode Island, founded in 1880, and Printmakers Inc. in Alexandria, nearly 40 years old, the Washington region’s only group studio dedicated to the art of original, hand-pulled prints. Printmakers Inc. is in Studio 325 in the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria.

The unusual “Joint Venture” features 31 artist prints, all 5×7 inches, in hand-crafted boxes. All of the boxed prints, on archival papers, are shown framed on the walls. The individual framed prints also are for sale. Only 15 boxed portfolio collections are for sale, at $550, or less than $15 each for the original, hand-pulled prints. Signed and numbered, the prints showcase historic printmaking techniques, including etchings, lithographs, woodcuts and new 21st C. UV polymer technology.

The prints, including many color prints, are of birds and animals, landscapes, people and abstract designs. Of the 31 prints, 22 are by New England artists and nine by Washington-area artists. Participating artists from Printmakers Inc. are Penelope Barringer, Judith Coady, Avis Fleming, Laura Huff, Kelly O’Brien, Norma Pfaff, Patrick Sargent, Carolyn Witschonke and Priscilla Young.

For further information, contact: Judith Coady, 703-395-9137 or pjcoady@aol.com; or Priscilla Young, 703-447-0803 or lunamoth.art@gmail.com.

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In Our Gallery Now: The Natural World

Alexander Gray, Cool Cat

Alexander Gray, Cool Cat

The artists of Printmakers Inc explore “The Natural World” through a wide range of techniques and subject matter, from micro to macro views, interpreting the extraordinary world we live in. All studio members have work on exhibit. On view September 1 – October 31, 2014 in Studio 325.

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In Our Gallery: Penelope Barringer’s FLORA{L}

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Penny Barringer, Flora{L}. Monotype.

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The new exhibit of monotypes by Penelope Barringer marks both artistic and stylistic departures for the Arlington resident, a co-founder and director of the printmaking shop Discover Graphics Atelier since its opening in 1983. The show’s title, “FLORA {L},” suggests the ambiguities raised by the artist’s approach to the complex problems by bringing together the subjects of flowers, whether as objects of art, or objects for study, or simply as blooms.

The color possibilities of the monotype process are a natural choice as a medium, but the addition of “found” textures helps at times to further the distance from “flower picture” that Ms. Barringer’s work manages to achieve. The development of several quite different series of images, each of which force comparisons by the viewer among the related items in the group, suggest by their juxtaposition some of the imaginative possibilities of floral inspiration.

The work in “FLORA {L},” like most of the artist’s work, reaches out from a base in natural forms towards the abstract. For Ms. Barringer, like the English artist-poet William Blake (capitalization and punctuation are his):

… to the Eyes of the man of Imagination Nature is Imagination itself.

As a man is So he sees. As the Eye is formed such are its Powers.

You certainly mistake when you say that Visions of Fancy are not to be found in This World.

To Me this World is all One continued Vision of Fancy or Imagination.

On view July 2 – August 31, 2014. Studio 325, Main Gallery. Opening reception 2:00 -4:00 pm July 13.

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The Joint Portfolio Project

Exciting news! We’re partnering with a group of outstanding printmakers from Rhode Island to create a portfolio of prints: The Joint Portfolio Project.

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We already have several joint exhibitions scheduled for 2015 in galleries and museums.

There will be thirty-two 5×7 inch prints, plus a beautiful portfolio box for storage. Only 12 are for sale to the public. The portfolios will retail for $550. Sales have been brisk, so get them while you can!

If you would like to reserve a portfolio or purchase one now at the pre-publication price of $500 call us now at 703 683 1342. Telephone sales are accepted with a credit card.

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In Our Gallery: Avis Fleming’s Printed Painted Potted

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Studio member Avis Fleming is a woman of many talents, in addition to printmaking. She exhibits her range in a solo exhibition, Printed Painted Potted, May 1 – June 30 in our main gallery. Her etchings, lithographs, monotypes, paintings and ceramics feature landscapes of Ireland, Maine and Louisiana and birds, people and dogs.

AvisFlemingSoloShow2Please join us for an Opening Reception on Sunday, May 4, 2-4 pm in Studio 325 at the Torpedo Factory.

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Exhibition at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville

ImageWe’re having an exhibition of about 50 works by our studio members at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville, MD. The exhibition runs April 1 – May 31, 2014.

Work will be hung in four spaces: the corridor, Fellowship Hall, lobby, and Founders’ Hall.

An Opening Reception will be on Sunday, April 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, directions and updates please visit our Facebook Page!

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Discover Graphics Atelier Turns 30

artSpacePostcardFront Printmakers’ member Penny Barringer co-founded Discover Graphics Atelier, a non-profit printmaking educational institution, in 1983 at the Torpedo Factory. This year marks thirty years of extensive printmaking classes, workshops, and workspace for Affiliated Artists.

printsMadeInTheDGAIn honor of this worthy milestone, the work of DGA artists is featured in two DC-area exhibitions. Printmakers’ members in these shows are Penny Barringer, Anne Buchal, Judith Coady and Avis Fleming. Former Printmakers’ members include Ruth Corning, Nancy Aldrich Wolf and Mary Morrison.

Please join Penny and the rest of us in celebrating 30 wonderful years for Discover Graphics!

Exhibition details

30 Years – 30 Artists
Exhibiting Tuesday, December 10, 2013 through Sunday, January 12, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, December 14, from 4 to 7 p.m.
ArtSpace Herndon
750 Center Street
Herndon, VA 20170

Prints: Made in the DGA
Through December 15th
The Frame Factory
212 Dominion Rd NE
Vienna, VA 22180

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Meet New Member Priscilla Young!

Please join us in welcoming our newest Printmakers Inc. member, Priscilla Young. Her colorful, lively work is a terrific addition to our studio. Stop by Studio 325 to say hi and see it for yourself!

Priscilla Young, "12th & Vine" (1998), woodcut

Priscilla Young, “12th & Vine” (1998), woodcut

What inspires your work?

The things around me are most inspirational; be it natural forms or man-made structures.  I have a degree in civil engineering and have always loved math and chemistry.  So I’m drawn to perspective, contrasting forms, patterns and shapes.

Priscilla Young, "Starbuck Noon," woodblock print

Priscilla Young, “Starbuck Noon,” woodblock print

What techniques or mediums do you prefer? Why?

I work in several mediums in order to achieve different results.  Acrylics and Oils are great for figurative paintings.  They give me the freedom to work quickly and spontaneously with large brushes in the beginning and finishing at a slower pace with smaller, controlled strokes.  Watercolors are a totally different experience…it’s a marriage of the wetness of the paper, size and concentration of the paint in the brush and the touch of the hand.  I like the spontaneity and unexpected outcome of the product.  The watercolor marks can be altered but not changed.  I construct a 2-D image that evolves with no preconceived idea for the resulting end product.  Relief printing gives me a combination of these two processes.  It combines both spontaneity and control over the final image.  The lengthy process of carving puts the creative process in slow motion.  It’s a very Zen-like process for me…which is why I always come back to it.

What were you doing before joining Printmakers

I have recently been working on a series of watercolors and prints of insects.  It’s been a theme I had thought about for a long time and didn’t act on until a few years ago when I found a perfect, recently expired, luna moth on the ground near my home.  The first decade of my life was spent in Southeast Asia where some of my most vivid images are of insects.  I recall unworldly colors and shapes, and the constant background song whose volume rises and falls as the day unfolds.  This series of work is an attempt to celebrate these memories.

Priscilla Young, "Iridescent Beginnings" (2011), stencilcut

Priscilla Young, “Iridescent Beginnings” (2011), stencilcut

What are you working on now?

I am continuing to work on the insect series and some themes that continue to interest me; natural objects, man made bridges, and people watching (scenes from malls and cafes).  In addition I have recently started to paint portraits using neighbors as my live models.

Priscilla Young, "Carpenter Bee" (2011). Watercolor

Priscilla Young, “Carpenter Bee” (2011). Watercolor

What are you working on next?

I want to expand on the recently initiated portraiture series of my neighbors.  I’m not exactly sure in what direction it will take me.  It’s always a challenge to paint or draw from life.  And I love the aspect of including people who are a part of my community.  There is a familiarity that I hope will inform the work.

Priscilla Young, "Sarah" (2013), acrylic on canvas

Priscilla Young, “Sarah” (2013), acrylic on canvas

And anything else you’d like us to know about you or your work?

I am very excited to have been invited to join the Printmakers.  I feel very much at home with the members and just love the studio space!  I have been working on my own for several years and am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with such an accomplished group of artist.

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In Our Gallery Now: Laura Weaver Huff’s Spinoffs

Laura Huff, "Gathering Chestnuts." Screenprint.

Laura Huff, “Gathering Chestnuts.” Screenprint.

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.

Laura Huff, "Pouty Princess." Screenprint.

Laura Huff, “Pouty Princess.” Screenprint.

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.

Laura Huff, "Rising Moon." Screenprint.

Laura Huff, “Rising Moon.” Screenprint.

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.

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