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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Avis Fleming “Banned” in DC, showing in Brooklyn

Member artist Avis Fleming is exhibiting work in Brooklyn, NY at Ventana244 Art Space now through May 24th. The show, BANNED in D.C., was curated by Mark Dagley and includes work from twenty-two artists with connections to the D.C/Baltimore art scene.

BANNED in D.C. group exhibition

Avis’ painting, Savannah, is included in the show – and another fine example of the cross-medium talents of our member artists.

MINUS SPACE blog offers a thoughtful review of the exhibition here.

BANNED in D.C. featuring work by Avis Fleming
Ventana244 Art Space
244 N 6th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
April 12 – May 24, 2013

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In Our Gallery Now: Imagine This

"Tree" by Ruth Corning, etching

“Tree” by Ruth Corning, etching

Ruth Corning bids farewell to Printmakers with a retrospective of her lithographs and etchings.  Corning will be moving from the area.  She has been an active member of Printmakers and both she and her work will be missed.

She is well-known for her delicate drawing style and exceptional attention to detail.  Her subjects vary, but a quirky sense of humor certainly appears in many of her prints.

"Critics" by Ruth Corning, lithograph

“Critics” by Ruth Corning, lithograph

Imagine This is on exhibit now through the end of April at Printmakers Inc, Studio # 325, Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union Street, Alexandria, VA. 22314         703-683-1342. Studio open from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm daily.

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In Our Gallery Now: Shades of Gray

Print by Norma Pfaff

Print by Norma Pfaff

Winter’s darker days reminds us there is beauty in gray. Our current exhibition, Shades of Gray, explores one of the unique aspects that all methods of printmaking provide: a range of subtle grays that start with nearly white until it reaches the inkiest black.

Print by Penny Barringer

Print by Penny Barringer

Our member artists illustrate this range of grays through their hand-pulled prints, including screenprints, intaglio, linocut, and more.

On exhibit now through the end of February at Printmakers Inc, Studio # 325, Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union Street, Alexandria, VA. 22314         703-683-1342. Studio open from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm daily.

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Keep Calm and Buy Art

It’s that time of year when we’re starting to scramble for holiday gift-giving ideas. Sure, some of you are already finished shopping, but for the rest of us, here’s an idea: give art!

Yes, you too can afford to purchase and give real art as a gift. Not only will you delight the recipient, your gift gives twice by compensating an artist for their work.

Printmakers features small affordable prints in our studio gallery now through the end of the year. Original, hand-pulled fine art prints that are signed and numbered by each of our member artists.

One special opportunity is the sale of individual prints from our 35th Anniversary portfolio. We still have some sets left from last year’s edition. The whole portfolio is now available at $225, or you can pick and choose some of your favorites for $60 each without committing to the entire set. When you purchase the complete portfolio, you also get an attractive red cloth-covered storage case that doubles as a display easel.

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