Printmakers’ ‘Lasting Impressions’
The Printmakers Society of the Lehigh Valley’s “Lasting Impressions” has enough art work to fill three gallery spaces along 19th Street, across from Civic Theatre of Allentown.
And so it does. Fifteen artists are represented through Aug. 30 at Civic 514 Gallery, Blink Optical Boutique and Hava Java.
The largest amount of work is on display at the Civic 514 Gallery, 514 19th St., Allentown. Deborah Hamburger’s Mexican landscape, “Nacapule Canyon,” is a reduction linoleum block print. A reduction print is a one-block process where after the lightest color is printed on paper, the block is carved to create images for the next color passes.
The colorful and colorfully-named “C.A.N. Set Two Ways,” a four-block wood block print by Anthony Smith, Jr., was inspired by graffiti he spotted on a wall in New York City.
Jodie Scharadin’s abstract collagraphs, “Vine” and “Wetlands,” were each pulled from a plate she made of paper with pieces of oak tag, acrylic gesso, and string, then coated with shellac. Each plate was painted with the colors at once before a sheet of wet paper was added, then run through an intaglio press.
Working with metal plates, Evan David Summer follows a more traditional process for his black and white engravings. His architectural landscape intaglio prints, “Passage” and “End House,” are large and brooding.
Kay Frederick’s monotype prints are created with watercolor Mylar sheets and wet paper. As with a collagraph, ink is painted the Mylar “plate,” which transfers the image to a sheet of paper. Her print, “Iguana Tail,” was created in this fashion. Frederick‘s “Iridescent Spiral” still has the Mylar attached, which serves as the glazing for the piece.
Other printmakers in “Lasting Impressions” include Ana Hamilton, Keith Garubba, Pat Delluva, Michelle Neifert, Rigo Peralta, Patti Tinsman Schaffer, Melissa Strawser, Brandon Williams and Printmakers Society founder Richard Redd.