Community Printmaking Sessions at Davis Arts Center: Monday January 13, 4pm-6pm
Artists will demonstrate various printmaking methods and participants can observe and try their hand at printing. Different topics will be presented at each drop-in. All ages and levels of experience are welcome. No registration is required, simply arrive for either or both drop-ins.
Chris Dewees – Gyotaku (Fish Printing)
Betty Friedman – Monotype and Chine Collé
Robert Simons – Intaglio
Chris Dewees has been printing fish since 1968. A lifelong lover of fish and the sea has lived in Davis since 1972. His work has been displayed at the Smithsonian and at galleries in France, Japan, New Zealand and Australian. Currently Chris is the Marine Fisheries Specialist Emeritus at UC Davis. The pilotfish printed in the “First Impressions” exhibition was caught while fishing for tuna at Guadalupe Island, 150 miles off the Baja California coast. Pilotfish swim alongside large sharks and turtles on the high seas. Large white sharks were swimming around our boat and taking some of our tunas off our lines. This gyotaku was printed on silk which was mounted over paper with a shark fin painted on the background paper.
Betty Friedman is a Professor Emerita in Art at Notre Dame de Namur University, where she still teaches part-time. She is a printmaker and papermaker, printing her abstract intaglio images on her own handmade paper, produced at her studio and paper mill located in Oakland, California. Her paper pieces appear in the collections of The Oakland Museum of California, Apple Computers and Adobe Systems.
Robert Simons has been active in printmaking in the Bay Area for over fifty years. After receiving an MFA in Printmaking from CCAC in 1972 he studied at The Croydon College of Art and Design outside London, England. He has been a Professor of Art at Holy Names University in Oakland since 1977 teaching printmaking, painting, photography, design and art history. His work emphasizes Asian, Mexican, and Surrealist themes utilizing high- key color often with mixed media elements.
Supported in part by a grant from the City of Davis Arts & Cultural Affairs Program