CORVALLIS, Ore. - Giustina Gallery in The LaSells Stewart Center at Oregon State University welcomes its first “printmaking only” exhibit this month, featuring more than 20 artists from across Oregon, Washington and Montana.
The show will be on display from March 23 through April 22, and a reception will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. on Friday, April 1. The exhibit features pieces from collections at both the Pegasus Gallery in Corvallis and the Kevin Clark Studio & Gallery in Roseburg
The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located in The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th Street. More information about this show and upcoming exhibits is available athttp://oregonstate.edu/lasells/gallery.
“We were looking for something to replace our annual Cultural Show and we wanted to do something interesting but different, something unique with a twist,” said gallery curator Tina Green-Price. “Printmaking has a lot of followers. It is something that people are going away from and this show honors all the work and skill it takes for this medium.”
This show includes a diverse range of print mediums such as etching, silk screening, lithography, woodblock print and alternative forms of darkroom photography. Printmaking typically covers the process of creating prints that have an element of originality, rather than being just a photographic reproduction of a painting.
OSU alumni artist Chi Meredith has five lithograph pieces in the show. Because of her experimental nature, she believes this medium has been a perfect fit for her since it involves a lot of process.
“Printmaking in general was right up my alley,” Meredith said. “In lithography, you work on stones that are mined from limestone in Germany, and I immediately fell in love with the possibility of experimentation and expressiveness allowed.”
McMinnville artist Dee Boyles is fairly new to woodblock printing and has really enjoyed venturing into the Japanese technique called moku-hanga. “It is trickier and has its own idiosyncrasies because you use water color inks along with rice paper sometimes,” Boyles said.