Asheville Printmakers

Group Exhibition

When: September 26–October 14, 2016
Where: Second Floor Gallery, Owen Hall
Opening Reception: Friday, September 30, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public

Artist Statement

Most art is the realization of single artist’s vision, technique, and experiences. However, many of the prints in this show have been created layer by layer by multiple artists in our group. Each artist submitted a print that was then randomly assigned to another artist in our group for additional work. At subsequent meetings, the prints are returned and continue to be randomly passed around for more work until the group comes to the consensus that they are "fully cooked."

These prints began as a creative exercise. Freed from inertia of a particular subject, style or technique, our group found that this process encouraged a playful what-the-hell attitude that allowed us to play outside of our normal sandboxes. The collaborative prints in this show are the result of that process.

The single-artist work displayed in this exhibit presents an interesting contrast to the collaborative prints. These individual works are beautiful examples of the use of printmaking techniques in the service of a focused artistic vision.

About The Asheville Printmakers

The Asheville Printmakers are an informal group of artists whose membership includes those new to printmaking as well as seasoned, experienced artists. The definition of print is deliberately loose to include a range of innovative printmaking processes from traditional to contemporary approaches.

Members’ printing methods vary from relief printing such as woodblock, linocut, and wood engraving to intaglio methods such as drypoint, etching, collograph and photogravure. Some members use alternative photographic printing processes such as platinum-palladium and gum bichromate. Others make use of monotype and variable editions in their work. One of the common threads in everyone's work is a hands-on involvement with the process of making a print.

Members include:

  • Bobbi Allen
  • Bette Bates
  • Dona Barnett
  • Lisa Blackburn
  • Clara Boza
  • Kristalyn Bunyan
  • Laurie Corral
  • Nancy Darrell
  • Paul Durand
  • Maria Epes
  • Melanie Finlayson
  • Jay Fox
  • Fred And Kato Guggenheim
  • Clay Harmon
  • Dave Ladendorf
  • Laura Ladendorf
  • Carol Lawrence
  • Peter Loewer
  • Kim Lutz
  • Lauren Miko
  • Kristen Necessary