The Rob Schouten Gallery is delighted to host its first Invitational Handmade Print Show, a celebration of hand printing techniques both traditional and new. Hand-pulled prints are sometimes referred to as “multiple originals” as each plate must be inked for each individual print there will always be variations, both dramatic and subtle, in the prints. It creates an endlessly fascinating series of original one-of-a-kind prints.
The invited artists bring to the gallery a fascinating representation of original one-of-a-kind prints. Linnane Armstrong‘s linoleum and wood cut prints feature her love of nature with detailed patterns adorning dramatic landscapes. Anne Belov will be exhibiting monoprints which include both lithographic and etching techniques, used in combination with experimental applications of color.
Kathleen Frugé-Brown has been making making block and linocuts for over twenty years, like Linnane, Kathleen’s work is inspired by nature, and both like to add hand color to their prints as well. Both Kris Wiltse & Peter Durrand work with linoleum blocks, often creating and using multiple blocks for each print.
Melissa Koch has been an active printmaker since 2006, using techniques which do not require a printing press, namely using clay slab and collograph techniques. She is interested in the hands on process of layered imagery and color.
Sandra Whiting develops texture, layers, and depth in my monotypes by applying ink to her plate with brushes, rollers, cardboard, bubblewrap and anything else she can find of interest in her studio. She then takes off as inspired, sometimes using other blocks as well as working with collage, oil pastel, watercolor or pencil.
“People are going to really enjoy this rich display of original hand made prints. Each print is truly one of a kind, and the skill of these seven artists is quite stunning,” said gallery owner Rob Schouten. “Not only are these prints really gorgeous, but because of the ‘multiple originals’ aspect of this technique, the prices are reasonable.
Rob Schouten Gallery, a premier showcase for Whidbey Island and Northwest artists, is located at historic Greenbank Farm on scenic Whidbey Island amidst rolling hills and forests offering breathtaking views of Puget Sound and the Olympic and Cascade mountains. Gallery Hours are 10 to 5 daily. For further information call 360.222.3070 or visit the website.