2012-10-19 / Community

InkSplash Exhibit Comes To RAA


“French Quarter Crib” by David Betts, rendered in pen and ink, and watercolor. One of the artworks in “InkSplash: A Print Exhibit” at sTudio 6 Gallery, Fort Tilden. “French Quarter Crib” by David Betts, rendered in pen and ink, and watercolor. One of the artworks in “InkSplash: A Print Exhibit” at sTudio 6 Gallery, Fort Tilden. Rockaway Artists Alliance presents “InkSplash: A Print Exhibition,” which showcases the traditional printmaking arts brought into a contemporary context. A diverse cast of printmakers create original print works in techniques that include intaglio, monoprint, etching and original experimental techniques, often combining both old and new in one work. InkSplash is on view in sTudio 6 Gallery in the Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA) in Fort Tilden from October 20 through November 11, 2012. The opening reception is Sunday, October 21, 12-4 p.m. Sunday, November 4, at 2 p.m. there will be an artists’ talk, “The Art of Printmaking in a New Age,” presented by exhibition participants, who will discuss the techniques used in their work. Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday 12-4 p.m. and by appointment. Admission to gallery, reception and special events is free. The participants include master printmaker Christian Le Gars, whose work appears in the portfolio of the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop housed in the Library of Congress, and who is curator of the exhibit for the fourth consecutive year. Also for the fourth consecutive year, InkSplash is scheduled to coincide with the prestigious International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA) Print Fair and Print Week (November 1 – 4). In the past, InkSplash has appeared on the IFPDA website and in the Journal of the Print World. “The purpose of the exhibit,” Le Gars has said, “is to show the tradition of printmaking in a changing time; to show traditional printmaking as it is pushed into its contemporary stages.” Pushing ‘the walls of the box,’ InkSplash will include pen and ink and a sculpture by well-known multimedia artist Esther A. Grillo that incorporates an original print work by her.

InkSplash was the first, and for three consecutive years, the only Queens print show on exhibit during Print Week. Fort Tilden is part of Gateway National Recreation Area, a scenic urban national park whose coastal nature trails, marshlands, woodlands, beaches and animal and bird refuges border the Atlantic Ocean and Jamaica Bay and are open to the public.

For further information, scheduling and directions contact the Rockaway Artists Alliance: Phone: 718-474-0861; Fax: 718-474-4373; e-mail: info@raa116.org; website: www.rockawayartistsalliance.org

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