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Local Printmakers “Making Our Mark” in BlackRock Gallery Through March

March 7, 2018

Seven local printmakers present a variety of prints along with drawings, paintings, assemblages, and small sculptures in the “Making Our Mark” exhibition which is on display in the Kay Gallery at BlackRock Center for the Arts through Saturday, April 7.

   The group includes award-winning artists Jenny Freestone, Pauline Jakobsberg, Lee Newman, Margaret Adams Parker, Terry Svat, Ellen Verdon Winkler, and Max-Karl Winkler.

   The exhibition is highlighted by examples of a wide range of printmaking processes and techniques such as drypoint, etching, aquatint, woodcut, direct gravure, photogravure, silkscreen, monotype and collagraph. All members of this group have widely exhibited their work regionally, nationally, and internationally, and several have works held in public collections which include the Library of Congress, Corcoran Gallery of Art, National Gallery of Art, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

   During the exhibition, the seven artists will lead the activities at a free Community Art Day: Printmaking event on Saturday, March 17 at the nonprofit arts center. The drop-in event will run from 11:00 am through 1:00 pm and inlcude demonstrations of printmaking techniques, guided hands-on printmaking activities, and tours of the “Making Our Mark” exhibition. All age are welcome, to learn more and RSVP check out BlackRock’s website.

   Jenny Freestone, of Takoma Park, uses natural and architectural forms as a means of exploring human endeavor and its impact on the environment, working in etching, drypoint, lithography, direct gravure, and photogravure as she explores the graphic mark.

   Pauline Jakobsberg, of Potomac, seeks to discover and understand who we are through memories and emotions layered with powerful undercurrents of connection, loss and renewal, tenderness, joy, and passage of time in her hand pulled prints that use etching, collagraph, silkscreen, monotype, engraving, solar plate, collage and assemblage.

   Lee Newman, of Adamstown, is passionate about the joys and rigors of mark making, exploring the interplay of observation, memory and imagination and his hand-pulled intaglio prints, drawings, and paintings which depend upon his response to direct perception and preference for an intimate scale.

   Margaret Adams Parker, Alexandria, Va., bears witness to the world she sees around her in figurative works of sculpture, woodcut and etching that seek to reveal the way the gesture of the body communicates inner life, our life experience, and relationships with one another.

   Terry Svat, of Vienna, Va.,  is influenced by her travels and the legacy of images, symbols and monuments left by people and societies in prints that convey a sense of connectivity and flow between past and present and incorporate found materials and paper made from recycled prints.

   Ellen Verdon Winkler, of Kensington, is drawn to shadows and their structural role in defining composition. She uses etching, graphite, and oil to create images that are both discernible and uncertain, requiring the viewer to participate in the process of deciphering and perception.

   Max-Karl Winkler, of Kenington, is a printmaker and illustrator whose figurative and landscape work in woodcut, wood engraving, ink, watercolor and oil is informed by a fascination with myth, history, and language, and the expression of spiritual impulses through words and images.

   BlackRock Center for the Arts will host a Meet the Artists Reception on Saturday, March 10 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm with the artists delivering brief remarks at 3:00 pm. The Kay Gallery is open to the public and admission is free. The Kay Gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

   BlackRock Center, located at 12901 Town Commons Drive in Germantown, is a cultural cornerstone and the leading venue for the performing and visual arts in Upper Montgomery County Maryland. Since 2002, the nonprofit arts center has been providing the community with diverse performing arts programs, free gallery exhibitions and arts education experiences in a welcoming and intimate setting close to home. The dynamic facility houses two art galleries presenting more than 24 exhibitions per year, two theaters presenting more than 40 performances per year, and numerous classrooms and studios where year-round classes, workshops and camps in the performing and visual arts are offered for all ages.



Top: Terry Svat - Refuge - Box 2, collagraph, pastel transfer, handmade paper.

Next: Ellen Winkler - Bean Counter, etching and drypoint.

Next: Pauline Jakobsberg - Adrift, collagraph and solar plate etching.

Next: Jenny Freestone - Vessel 2,Third State, direct gravure and etching with roulette.

Next: Max-Karl Winkler - Shaded Rocks, woodcut.


Images courtesy BlackRock Center for the Arts.

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