The College Gallery at Shoreline Community College features the exhibit, “Sharing the Gift,” now through Feb. 27. Curated by printmaker Barbara Bruch, this exhibition honors artists who teach both traditional and contemporary methods of hand-made prints.
Bruch attended the Women’s Caucus for Art Conference in the late 1990s, where she learned that traditional printmaking classes were becoming extinct at many colleges and universities across the nation; and that currently in the development of art curriculum, traditional printmaking is being replaced by digital printing techniques, “a mistaken concept emphasizing the importance of computer technology over hand-made techniques,” says Bruch.
The exhibition includes works by printmaking teachers who teach students a variety of traditional and new innovative printmaking techniques, including lithography, etching, collagraph, woodcut, wood engraving, polyester plate lithography, photographic etching and monotypes/monoprints. The represented artists teach printmaking in a variety of Western Washington educational settings, including colleges, art centers and private studios. Exhibiting artists include Anne Belov, Betsy Best-Spadaro, Barbara Bruch, Gretchen Daiber, Joe Fedderson, Dionne Haroutunian, Eva Isaksen, a.m. anda Knowles, Ben Mareau, Natalie Niblack, Sally Schuh, Lisa Sheets, Larry Sommers, Joan Stuart Ross, and Kathryn Trigg.
Bruch says that “there is nothing more satisfying then the tactile and inked feel of specially made papers pulled on a hand-operated press. The touch of the artist’s hand is literally part of the sensation of authenticity. This can be seen, for instance, in the indentation of the edge of the plate, the raised embossed areas, and textured inked surface of the paper, including subtle colors and transparencies created by the artist’s use of hand-applied printing inks.”
The gallery, located in room 1000 in the college’s administration building, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Shoreline Community College is located at 16101 Greenwood Ave. N. in Shoreline.
For more information about the exhibit, call 206-546-4101.