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Current by William Hosterman FAC Transferring Ink II

The Boulevard Magazine Sep 2010

Print Making is one of the most eduring art forms and always begs the question, is the print original art?

The answer is “yes!”

According to Mary Perhacs, executive director of the Fallbrook Art Center, “I’m often asked ‘What is a fine art print?’ The short answer—an original print is the result of a process that produces multiples. It is no sense a copy or reproduction because in this process there is no original to copy. Rather, each print is itself an original—the print is the process.”

Fallbrook, which makes a splash in the art world far out of proportion to its size, will focus on printmaking and the various processes involved in making prints during September, with three venues promoting the art form, all sponsored by San Diego and North County Printmakers.

One of the venues for the monthlong event is the Fallbrook School of the Arts, where the Printmakers have a permanent presence. The school hosts workshops by both local and nationally-known print artists.

The printmakers have invited Freda Fairchild—an internationallyacclaimed printmaker who co-founded the organization but now lives in Kentucky— to teach a class during the week of Sept. 11 at the same time that some of her work will be displayed around town, including the Brandon Gallery.

Art venues that will feature printmaking in September include:

• The Fallbrook Art Center, 103 South Main Street, “Transferring Ink II” exhibiting prints both old and new, Sept. 5–Oct. 17.

• Brandon Gallery, 105 N. Main St. (
www.fallbrookbrandongallery.org) Featured artist, Freda Fairchild, reception Sept. 11, 3–5 p.m. Fairchild’s work will be exhibited the entire month.

• The Fallbrook School of the Arts, 310 East Alvarado St. will host a lecture and demonstration by Freda Fairchild. Sept. 12 , 1:30 -3:30 p.m. Admission is $25.

Three-Day Workshop
The Fallbrook School of the Arts will offer a three-day workshop conducted by Fairchild Sept. 13, 14 and 15. Cost for the three days, material provided, is $345. Fairchild will teach the use of polyester plates and her specialty, ImageOn techniques (includes photographic techniques to making plates) used on fabric, wood, metal and paper. Manipulating the surface and layering  images create rich surfaces and depth of color.

According to Fairchild, “I work intuitively, without conscious awareness of content. I have an image or feeling that I try to force into the open so that I may see it more clearly, understand it better, It may arrive in a different form than I originally envisioned. That is one of the joys of this process - to allow what you don't even understand yourself to becomerevealed.”

She feels that the same process occurs with people who view her work. Each one brings a different perspective and background and takes away something different.

“Art exists as an interdependence of audience and work,” she says.

With "Polyester Plate Lithograph" you will be able to get the full spectrum of lithographic marks but the process is much easier than conventional lithography without the chemical processing.

The image may be drawn on the surface of the plate with anything waterproof such as lithograph pencils, oil stick, ball point pen, markers, eyebrow pencil, crayons and a variety of other tools. Images may also be transferred using a laser printer or copy machine. The plate is dipped in a water and vinegar solution and rolled up. Only the marks you have made will attract the ink. This is the part that seems magical.

“ImageOn” is used to create an intaglio print. The image is carried in the groves and depressions below the surface. Traditionally an etched plate required acid to eat away the image which was unprotected on a metal plate (copper or zinc). The areas to remain white were covered with a substance which resists the acid. With

ImageOn, light is used rather than acid to burn the image into the plate. The plate is soaked in a tray of water with a small amount of soda ash, then dried and hardened byexposure to light.

Fairchild will also present a lecture and demonstration on Sept. 12 from 1:30–3:30 p.m. for those interested in learning more about this artist and her work.

Call the school at 760-728-6383 for more information or to enroll, or go online at www.fallbrookschoolofthearts.org.

Transferring Ink II
Several distinguished printmaking artists will participate in the two-part “Transferring Ink II” show in the Janice Griffiths Gallery of the Fallbrook Art Center.

The varying processes of printmaking will be explored in the show in an unusual manner—contrasting historical works with the works of juried contemporary printmakers.

One section of the show will identify the four main processes: relief, intaglio, lithography, and serigraphy using works by historically significant artists including Whistler, Currier & Ives, Picasso, Warhol, and Rockwell Kent.

The other section features contemporary works by 25 artists selected from an international call for entries. According to Perhacs, the art center received submissions from across the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom.

The museum-quality show has an additional twist: many of the pieces are for sale.

Local artists in the show include N. Dixon Fish of Fallbrook; Rita Miller of Fallbrook and Kathleen Morgan of Fallbrook.

Brandon Gallery
Finally, Fairchild will be the featured artist at Fallbrook’s Brandon Gallery in September, capping a month-long series of regional workshops and special showings by the San Diego and North County Printmakers Association.

Fairchild, will be Brandon Gallery's featured artist September 1-30, and will host a reception there from 3-5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 11.

Over the past 20 years, her work has won awards throughout the United States and Europe. In addition to producing and displaying artistically intriguing prints, Fairchild has taught art at the secondarymand college levels. Her work is represented in private collections that include the National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington, DC), Grunewald Center for the Graphic Arts (UCLA, Los Angeles) and the Athenaeum Music and Arts Gallery in La Jolla.

Brandon Gallery, a non-profit artists’ cooperative with 28 members, is the only place where her art will be on display for all of September.


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