The Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville/Douglas County presents Pressing Matters, the annual juried membership show of the Atlanta Printmakers Studio including etchings, lithographs, screen prints, intaglio prints, woodcuts, linocuts and many monoprints as well as mixed media pieces. in its September exhibition at the Cultural Arts Center in downtown Douglasville. The 51 pieces on display by 31 Atlanta area artists amply illustrate the diverse potential of contemporary printmaking techniques and represent a wide range of intriguing, often experimental aesthetic perspectives. The exhibition opens September 5th and will be on view through Sept. 27. Hosted by the CAC satellite and local theater group C.A.S.T. (The Community Alliance of Stage and Theater), the reception will be held on Thursday, Sept. 5, from 6 until 8 p.m. Awards will be made to the exhibiting artists and pianist Amy Wilson will perform during the reception. This event is free and open to the general public.
Among the many highlights of this beautiful show at the Cultural Arts Center are Tim Hunter’s large woodcut, “Veery Thrush (After Audubon),” a straightforward yet dramatic reinterpretation of an Audubon print offering a fresh contemporary viewpoint of avian beauty; Debra Santini’s “Till The Days Go By,” a collaged linocut characteristically presenting a dark but playful Grimm’s fairytale vision of a baby doll with movable parts; two painterly monoprints, “Overarching Secret" and “Fore Knowledge,” engaging viewers with lovely sweeping gestures; and the purely beautiful diptych by Heather Flitz, “Three Eggs,” with its delicate etched lines balanced with deep relief printing, and her enchanting mixed media lithograph, “Lost and Found,” with its leafy, over-reaching patterns hiding two faces and obscuring the distinction between image and frame. Other standouts include the dark atmospherics of Steve Dinnino’s intaglio prints, Nate Maldonado’s terrific Pop Art-referenced screen prints, Judy Winograd’s charming broadside of Robert Giannetti’s poem, “Sleepers Awake,” Nancy Hunter’s delightful tiny triptych, “Summit, Arabia Mountain,” Eleanor Neal’s wonderful circular excursions in her abstractions, “Dancing Around the Moon” and “Imaginary Sky,” the profound rising emptiness of Cassidy Russell’s monoprint, “Things Remain Unfinished (It is Holding),” which includes embroidery and watercolor in a stark central image, and the purely silly pleasures of Chris Neuenschwander’s “Cuddle Puddle,” a woodcut on cut wood of a sunburst formed of cats in a pile encircled by sly valentine mice and more curly tailed felines, a technical triumph and good fun.
Founded in 2005, Atlanta Printmakers Studio promotes the fine art of printmaking, offering access to a well-equipped studio and diverse educational programs that foster the development of printmaking as a vibrant and progressive art form. Its mission is to nurture the practice of printmaking as an original art form among professional artists and anyone who wants to learn. Atlanta Printmakers Studio provides studio space and equipment for artists at its downtown facility, a warehouse space in southwest Atlanta and offers community outreach through classes, workshops and exhibitions in order to enhance the understanding of appreciation for fine art printmaking. Under the leadership of its executive director Kathy Garrou and with the support of its members, the Fulton County Arts Council, Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, Georgia Council for the Arts, the LUBO Fund and the Sara Giles Moore Foundation, Atlanta Printmakers Studio has developed a year-round calendar of outreach events including the popular “Print Big!,” which uses a steamroller to press gigantic prints, a critically acclaimed residency program, and many exhibits and classes featuring and led by outstanding printmakers in Atlanta and the U.S.
The mission of the Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville/Douglas County is to nurture, guide and stimulate the enjoyment of and participation in the arts among Douglas County residents by providing an atmosphere conducive to the arts, broadening the spectrum of quality exhibits and performances available to the community, and fostering individual interactions with the arts through a wide range of satellite organizations. The Cultural Arts Council and its exhibitions at the Cultural Arts Center are supported by its members, sponsors, the City of Douglasville, the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, and Georgia Council for the Arts through appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly. Georgia Council for the Arts also receives support from its partner agency, the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Cultural Arts Center of Douglasville/Douglas County is located at 8652 Campbellton Street in historic downtown Douglasville, Georgia, about 20 miles from Atlanta and just off I-20 west (exit 36). Hours of operation are Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For directions and more information, please contact the Cultural Arts Council at 770-949-2787 or visit our web site, www.artsdouglas.org.