Posts Tagged ‘printmaking’

Make your way to Cambridge this winter to view a unique printmaking exhibit at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education (CCAE) in the heart of Harvard Square.  Curated by Anulfo Baez, the exhibit features the work of artists who are also faculty with the CCAE.  On view is the most recent work by the six artists — Jason Asselin, Selma Bromberg, Janet Campbell, Susan Paladino, Susan Rice and Vinicius Sanchez.  Their prints, showcasing a range of techniques including intaglio, relief printing, encaustic collagraphs, pianographic printing and more, are arranged on walls throughout the center. It’s a small space so you can get delightfully up close and personal with the artwork.

I appreciated the exhibit labeling, not only providing basic information like name of the artist, print title, etc., but also QR codes that link to detailed artist interviews. If you’re unfamiliar with using QR codes, simple instructions are provided for how to use your smart phone to download an appropriate app.  And if you are without smartphone, you can read the interviews online at The Evolving Critic, Baez’s well-respected arts and culture blog.

Unable to visit the show firsthand? Then I highly recommend reading the insightful interviews that Baez conducted with each artist. The artists discuss specific printmaking techniques but its especially interesting to read about each individual’s distinct journey to becoming artist and teacher.  Interview links can be found at the bottom of this post: http://evolvingcritic.net/2015/12/17/new-project-an-exhibit-on-printmaking-at-the-cambridge-center/

The show has been up and running since January 11th.  An opening reception is scheduled for this Thursday, January 28th, 5:30-7:30 and an artist talk is scheduled for Wednesday, February 3rd, at 11am.  Please note that some of these original works are available for purchase. Enjoy!

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…my traveling companion and I of course had to follow the arrow pointing to the National Print Museum.  I’m not sure if the arrow was meant for people in a car or on foot.  Regardless, for us two pedestrians, the museum took a while to track down.  Many locals did not seem to know its location and warned us that sometimes young people like to twist the signs around to fool tourists.  Well, we eventually determined that the  sign was pointed in the correct direction.  Hopefully, more people will visit this wonderful hidden place.

After seeing the Book of Kells exhibit earlier in the week and being reminded how precious books and the written word have been throughout human history, it seemed apropos to visit a museum focused on the evolution of the printing press.  The main floor of the museum has several operating machines with trays of moveable type in different fonts.

We did not have enough time to gain any hands-on experience with the different machines but the museum does offer workshops and handling sessions.

I also highly recommend visiting the reference library on the 2nd floor containing many books and pamphlets that are likely out of print.  Just the few minutes I had to peer inside a few books planted seeds in my mind for future projects.

Learn more about this fascinating museum via this link.

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