It’s official! Summer has ended. It’s been put on clearance in shops and stores. Time to get ready for the autumn shows and exhibitions. Artists & crafts people are busy in their studios creating. Same for me.
The RAAC organization coordinates a county wide event every year that showcases artists and craftspeople working in their studios and presented in galleries. It is well worth the trek to Rappahannock County You can visit their web site for more info.
During that weekend I’ll be pulling some prints on my Griffin etching press. If you’re not familar with the etching or engraving process, now’s your chance to get a closer look! It hasn’t changed much since Rembrandt’s or Albrecht Durer’s time.
This year I’ve made several trips to the National Gallery of Art research rooms. We were able to get up close and gloved hands on with original Rembrandt’s etchings and M.C Escher’s work. What an opportunity to examine closely the lines, details, a series, and artist proofs of these masters, that you only see in text books or online. All it takes is a phone call to the Print Study Rooms at the Nat’l Gallery, set your appt. talk to the curator and get ready to be slightly awed on your visit! It would make a great field trip for an art class.
My printmaking studio is at the rear of our coffee roastery. After your visit you can enjoy fresh roasted coffee and snacks. I’ve posted some drawings and engravings that you can check out. Enjoy. Don’t forget to mark your calendars!