Philadelphia Area Printmaking Guild to Host Art Exhibition at Widener University
Explorations in Printmaking Exhibition Chairperson Lois Yampolsky will have this collagraph on display at the Widener University Art Gallery.
The Widener University Art Gallery presents the Cheltenham Printmakers Guild ~ Explorations in Printmaking, an exhibition featuring the work of 27 area printmakers, from Sept. 1 to Oct. 24.
“Visitors can expect to see the work of talented printmakers who use a vast variety of printmaking techniques including monoprints, collagraphs, dry point, digital and silk screen, as well as those who push the printmaking boundaries with three-dimensional and collaging,” said Exhibition Chairperson Lois Yampolsky. “What makes us so unique is that we are a diverse group of printmakers, but we share the commonalty of printmaking.”
While each artist shares his or her own point of view, the techniques also help ensure a diversity of aesthetics. For example, monotyping involves drawing or painting on a smooth surface such as glass, while collagraphy uses various textured materials on a “printing plate” made of cardboard before paper is pressed to the surface and put through a press to produce a print.
“Collagraphy is a fascinating process because you are always surprised by the outcome,” said Yampolsky, who will have a collagraph on display at Widener in addition to other works of art.
Founded in 1969, the Cheltenham Printmakers Guild is comprised of professional artists from the Delaware Valley skilled in printmaking media. The guild – located in Cheltenham, Pa. – reaches out to other artists in the community through its exhibitions, demonstrations and lectures. Its art has been seen throughout the United States and as far away as Canada, Holland and China.
The Widener University Art Gallery will host a reception to meet the artists from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19.
The art gallery is free and open to the public. It is open Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The gallery will be closed Sept. 5 and 26.
The Widener University Art Gallery is located in University Center on the Chester Campus of Widener University, on 14th Street between Walnut Street and Melrose Avenue. For more information, contact the Widener University Art Gallery at 610-499-1189 or visit the gallery website at www.widener.edu/artgallery.
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