VANCOUVER, Wash. – Print Arts Northwest artwork will be on display at Washington State University Vancouver through Aug. 30 in the Science and Engineering building. Works by Northwest printmakers Elaine Chandler, Patricia Cheyne, Yugi Hiratsuka, Gesine Jensen, Sharri LaPierre and Joseph Mann are featured in the exhibit.
Print Arts Northwest was founded in 1981 by the printmaking instructors in all the major colleges and universities in the area. To date, it is one of the oldest professional printmaking organizations in the United States. Along with being associated with the Northwest Print Council—an organization of 120 professional printmakers from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Arkansas, Hawaii, Nevada, and the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia—many of the current members are instructors at schools in the Northwest and beyond.
Membership in Print Arts Northwest is by a strictly juried process by a panel of current members. Members work in all print media: etching, mezzotint, aquatint, solarplate, relief including wood and linoleum block, serigraphy (screen prints), lithography, photogravure, monotype and collagraph. Examples of most of these printmaking mediums are included in the WSU Vancouver exhibit.
Chandler's print "October on the River" is a moku hanga woodblock print. "Moku hanga" is a traditional Japanese method using watercolor and rice paste brushed on individually carved wood blocks then printed for myriad colors. Chandler is the former owner of McClain's Printmaking Supplies in Portland and is a master at this difficult technique. Hiratsuka's "Hybrid Tulip" is a reduction copper plate etching employing a method exclusive to Hiratsuka. Each color is an alteration of the original copper plate and is printed in sequence: black, yellow, magenta and cyan. LaPierre's "Spin Queen" is a combination of traditional Western woodblock and digital print, using the printmaker's newest tool, the inkjet printer.
WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave., east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205 and is accessible via C-Tran bus service. WSU Vancouver art galleries are open from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free. Parking is available at meters and in the Blue Daily Pay lot for $3.
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