Curtis Bartone's work explores how human beings perceive, define,
and mythologize wilderness and our fragmented view of our place in the environment.
His recent pieces combine various perceptions of the natural world, ranging
from non-objective, scientific views to Judeo-Christian ideas of mankind’s
dominion over “every living thing that moveth upon the earth” to “pagan” views
of natural occurrences as codes or messages to be deciphered. Bartone fuses
Renaissance painting, 17th-century Dutch still life, 19th-century scientific illustration, literature, and collections
in natural science museums, with a contemporary aesthetic informed by
photography and mass media. His work has been shown in 21 solo exhibitions and
in more than 80 group exhibitions in several countries. He has received
numerous grants and awards, including two Illinois Arts Council Grants, and has
been awarded several residencies--most recently, the Emmanuel College Artist
Residency in Boston for the summer of 2016. There, he will be creating a suite
of etchings based on the ten plagues of Egypt. Currently, Mr. Bartone resides
in Savannah, Georgia with his wife and seven cats. He splits his time between
making prints and teaching printmaking at the Savannah College of Art and
Sandra Beard is from Ontario, Canada and now lives in Sacramento, California. She received her B.A. in Fine Art from the University of Ottawa, Ontario and an MFA from San Jose State University. Other studies include working with Master Printer, Joe Zirker and residencies at KALA, the Edna St. Vincent Millay Colony and the Vermont Studio Center. Her prints and paintings have been exhibited locally and internationally: Spain, France, England, Korea, New Zealand, Canada and Denmark.
Sherry Smith Bell creates innovative prints and mixed media drawings of houses, barns, doors, windows and nature. Her art works use the tools of the artist: line, tone, color, ink, shape. Her art works are represented in many museum, university and private collections.
Grace Bentley-Scheck was born in Troy, New York and now lives in Narragansett, Rhode Island where she maintains her studio, Sassafras Press. She holds BFA and MFA degrees from the State University of new York at Alfred University. Her work has been exhibited in the United States, Poland, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Ireland and Australia and has been included in many private and public collections including the Portland Art Museum, Oregon, the Knoxville Museum of Art, Tennessee, and the Newport Art Museum, Rhode Island. She has been a full-time printmaker since 1972.
Clovis Blackwell is an interdisciplinary artist with expertise in screenprinting. His work explores themes of suffering, perseverance, and transformation, and is regularly exhibited in Southern California and internationally. Juried competitions and group shows includes at the Kennedy Center Terrace Gallery in Washington, D.C. and the World Financial Center Gallery in New York City. He received his BFA from San Francisco Art Institute in 1999, MFA from Azusa Pacific University in 2009, and has taught printmaking for many years. Blackwell is a juried member of both the Los Angeles Art Association and the Los Angeles Printmaking Society. He owns and operates Fleur de Boom Editions, a publisher of limited edition fine art serigraph prints. Find out more at www.clovisblackwell.com.
Blair works in woodcut and etching, using traditional techniques. Her interest lies with mark-making that is in tune with her material - whether it be copper or wood. The woodcuts are typically monoprints. Her vocabulary includes abstraction, small editions, serial presentation, simplificiation, images emergent from process. Her most frequent subjects are weather and the landscape. The 2017 installation "Salamander Parade" included oversize etchings and is her first figurative work.
My journey into printmaking is informed by early work in the screen-printing industry. After graduating from the University of Oregon in Fine and Applied arts, I went to work at Bay Street Productions in Oregon as a color matcher and screen-printer for fine custom wallpapers. From there I’ve built a busy full time studio practice, making art daily. In addition to printmaking, I work in painting, ceramics, jewelry, fabric and combined techniques.The ancient tradition of the print is always at the heart of the work. Now decades into this journey, the pleasure of process and a newfound freedom with materials and techniques keeps it all moving into new territory. I make prints not as copies or reproductions at all. Silkscreen yields the jazzy and juicy layers of color, and clear shapes. Intaglio and monotype renders deep blacks of varying densities and values. Chine collé provides “moving parts” in the form of favored shapes and colors. Layering of colors, use of multiple plates, evolving plates, and marks allows the medium to “talk back” at some point. I treat printmaking as an open ended and ongoing investigation into a hidden world.Most recently I have established screen-printing courses at the Schack Art Center in Everett, Washington, and at the Kirkland Arts Center in Kirkland, Washington. In 2014 I taught a reduction screen-print workshop in Venice, Italy at the Scuola di Grafica. I worked in 2015 at the Skopelos Foundation in Greece. I am an active member of Print Arts Northwest, Seattle Print Arts, and Los Angeles Printmakers Society. Many of the hand-printed silkscreen prints are placed in national and international collections. At present my studios in Kirkland Washington, and in Downtown Los Angeles are open by appointment.While all this history is of value, real life is lived in the joy of process, in a world of visual wonder. My mission is to continue to share it, and to live it fully every day.
Mary Sherwood Brock was born in Washington, DC and attended the Boston Museum School and Tufts
University graduating with a BFA in 1978. In 1990, she moved to Los Angeles and
graduated with an MFA in painting from UCLA in 1992.She has been awarded two traveling scholarships, a Visual Artist Fellowship from the NEA, a Printmaking
Fellowship and Painting award from the Artist Foundation of Massachusetts and UCLA Graduate award. She was a
founding partner of the Artist Proof Cooperative Print Studio in Cambridge MA, which
was honored for it’s contribution to the painterly print by the Boston Public Library in
2000 with an exhibition and catalog; “Proof in Print; a Community of Printmaking
Studios”.She has exhibited her painting and prints in numerous international and national
exhibitions focusing on printmaking since 1980. In recent years she has curated exhibitions researching the history of printmaking in Los
Angeles. “Connections; LA Printmaking 1962-1973” at the Los Angeles Municipal Art
Gallery as part of the LA Printmaking Society’s 20th National in 2010 and brought together 34 significant works from artists who came to prominence in LA in the 1960’s.
In 2013, “Leonard Edmondson” she curated and wrote the catalog for a retrospective of the paintings and prints of this influential
teaching artist at CSUN Art Gallery. In 2014 at the LA Print Space “the press is my
paintbrush” presented work from two master print shops, both artists in their own
right; John Greco of Josephine Press and Francesco Siqueiros of El Nopal Press.She has taught printmaking at the Boston Museum School, Otis College of Art and Design and Loyola Marymount University and continues her
research on the impact of printmaking as an art form for the LA Printmaking