Saturday, May 25, 2013 4:07 PM
Photo by Wanda Jackson. Washington Printmakers Gallery member and mentee Clare Winslow’s “Migration 2” is a screen-print on cotton with embroidery.
Published on: Thursday, January 17, 2013
By Wanda Jackson
An exhibit featuring the powerful work of experienced artists and their young colleagues is being displayed at the Brentwood Arts Exchange in Brentwood through Jan. 26.
Titled “Mentor + Mentee II: Maryland Edition,” the exhibit is a partnership with Washington Printmakers Gallery and features original prints by 10 of WPG’s members and the prints of their mentors or students.
First presented by WPG in the fall of 2009, the exhibit is a continuation on the theme and emphasizes the gallery’s Maryland membership.
As a collaboration between student and teacher, “Mentor + Mentee II: Maryland Edition” is an insightful look into the presenting artists’ creative foundations and influences. It is a striking and eclectic exhibition of bold prints that explores a wide range of traditional and contemporary approaches.
According to Phil Davis, director of the Brentwood Arts Exchange, the value of the collaboration cannot be overstated.
“WPG has a big audience, and they do really interesting work,” he said. “Part of the fun of the exhibit is the guessing-game about the techniques” of each artist.
Several pieces use everyday objects like zippers and shoes to add texture and color. Other works explore themes that range from deep narratives about current events to fantasy settings.
Featured artists, with WPG members listed first in each pairing, include: Lila Asher and Bill Harris, Yolanda Frederiske and Betty MacDonald, Jenny Freestone and Scip Barnhart, Paline Jakobserg and Rachel-Ray Cleveland, Trudi Y. Ludwig and Raj Bunnag, Marian Osher and Joyce Jewell, Anne McLaughlin and Lexi Lopex, Terry Svat and Elzbieta Sikorska, Max-Kar Winkler and Naul Ojeda, and Clare Winslow and Carolyn Hartmann.
Concurrent with the exhibit, Brentwood Arts Exchange’s Craft Store is featuring fine art prints including woodblocks, lithographs, etching and silkscreens by WPG member artists.
WPG is a cooperative print gallery founded in Washington, D.C., in 1985 by a group of local printmakers. Previously in the District’s Dupont Circle neighborhood, the gallery now is located in the Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Silver Spring. Known as the D.C. area’s primary source for artist-pulled fine art prints, WPG boasts a membership of exceptional local and national printmakers. The gallery also offers a limited collection of artist books and portfolios.
WPG’s joint-venture with Brentwood Arts Exchange continues its mission of educating the public about art and the history of printmaking.