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  • The award-winning Art Center in Dover presents: Printmaking at the Edge

    The Award-Winning Art Center in Dover New Hampshire Presents: Printmaking at the Edge.
    January through February 2021
    Interview by Juleen Stacy
    Printmakers from Europe and the Americas come together in a new exhibition at the award-winning Art Center in Dover, New Hampshire.  The resident printmaker at The Art Center, Sally Dion, curated this show.  Dion is spearheading The Art Center’s new Printmaking Project.  She distilled a cache of 62 artworks from hundreds of entries for this exhibition and I spoke with her about the works she chose to show the fascinating scope of what printmakers can create. 
    Many of pieces chosen laud established printmaking techniques; drypoint, a technique commonly used by printmakers in the 1600s, is used by David Abecassis in his lovely piece, ‘City Park’.  Seacoast artist Kristy Cavaretta presents ‘No Naps Night Wandering’ an abstract woodcut that looks like paint was splashed across the page, an amazing effect considering the laborious technique used to create it and the fact that the work “was done while her three-month-old twins and two-year-old were sleeping!" laughed Dion. “What is so exciting about this print is the boldness and how it is not your typical woodcut but a true abstraction.”  Brooklyn based artist Brian Knoerzer’s “Introduction” uses traditional woodblock prints on “some of the most gorgeous colored handmade paper I have ever seen,” says Dion.  Of “‘Reverberation of Light’ and ‘Merging Energy’, monoprints by Elaine Mills, Dion remarked, “These monoprints are amazing.  Transparent inks and dark contrast make the viewer revel in the brushstroke and translucent atmospheres.  Not easy to do and I am impressed beyond words.”  
    ‘Kona Landscape’ and ‘Manini in Afternoon’ are both a riot of color.  Artist Steven Yuen from Hawaii used the contemporary technique of digital imaging to create them.  Polish artist Kseniya Vysotakaya’s ‘Right Direction’ uses drypoint on a plastic cd to print swimming fish.  Tony Holmquist, from northeast Nebraska, uses a combination of intaglio on Polycarbonate, copper and polymer.  “Definitely a process on the edge and a lovely remembrance of his childhood”, says Dion.
    This exhibition also takes printmaking into the sculptural.  This was a particularly interesting aspect for Sally Dion when choosing works. “Elaine Crowe from Ireland printed on a lovely stiff paper and formed it into a three-dimensional piece that at times seems like a seascape and others a geometric masterpiece, she said. When I mentioned that ‘The Sky Glows Orange’ by Raluca Iancu is almost like origami. Dion told me, "She used traditional and nontraditional processes including pressure print, embossing monoprint, hand tinting and drawing to create that piece.”  Summer Perry’s remarkable ‘House of Monkeys’ introduces three dimensions on multiple upright acrylic panels.  She uses screen print, which is not on the edge as a printmaking technique, but, as Dion says, “certainly finds its edge in this piece.” 
    Which, Sally Dion told me, naturally led to the title ‘Printmaking at the Edge.’ “There are etchings, silkscreens, and exciting breakthroughs using technology, whether it be digitally composed pieces depicting gorgeous, lush landscapes or photo exposures of graphically pleasing compositions.” Dion enthused, “Something for everyone to enjoy!”  
    Visit "Printmaking at the Edge" at https://www.theartcenteronlinegallery.com/, where you can see the artwork up on a virtual wall. Hit the "Next Room" button to see the whole show or click on the artwork to find the name of the artist, pricing, medium and size. If you click in the white space, you will go to the next individual artwork in the show.
    The exhibit can also be seen in person by calling (603) 978-6702 to set up an appointment. The Art Center is at One Washington Street, Suite 1177. For more information, visit www.theartcenterdover.com, call (603) 978-6702 or email theartcenterdover@gmail.com