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The Art of Printmaking

Saturday, February 3

3:00 p.m. Exhibition Related Programs

Details of prints by Haig Demarjian (left), Len Thomas-Vickory (center), Stacy Thomas-Vickory (right).

 

Join Montserrat College of Art professors Stacy and Len Thomas-Vickory, and Salem State University professor Haig Demarjian as they share the various techniques and unique expressive qualities of traditional printmaking processes. The excitement of cutting and gouging (woodcut), dissolving metal in acid (etching), forcing ink through fine mesh (screenprint) and printing from a slab of limestone (lithography) will all be presented and discussed. The artists will show printing plates, blocks and screens as well as examples of their work. 

Free for Museum members, students with a valid student i.d. or with Museum admission.

Reservations required: Reserve online at Eventbrite or call (978)283-0455 x10.

 

About the artists

Haig Demarjian, Professor of Art + Design at Salem State University, is a Gloucester-based artist who has been relentlessly painting, printmaking and drawing for over 25 years. His artwork has been exhibited internationally and his creative output spans a broad range of media from fine art to commercial illustration to motion picture film.  Recently, his printmaking was included in the juried national exhibition Impressions 2018 at Montgomery College, Maryland as well as in traveling shows such as the Engraving 2009 print portfolio and the Southern Graphics Council International Juried Members Show which toured the US from 2012 through 2015. Always unable to settle his ideas into a single medium, this newest work fuses his comic book creation Super Inga with a variety of printmaking media to spawn something unlike anything he’s done before. To see more of his work, check out http://www.artofhaig.com/ and follow his progress on Instagram @PlanetHaig 

Stacy Thomas-Vickory is infatuated with the world of drawing. Her work spans small etchings and mezzotints to large scale graphite drawings,  wall drawings and installations.    She takes inspiration from the natural world creating work that champions the often overlooked parts of the surrounding landscape including the  beach stones, weeds and wildflowers we often pass by. Stacy has been on faculty at Montserrat College of Art for over fifteen years where she teaches Printmaking and Drawing courses. 

Len Thomas-Vickory was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1969. As the son of blue collar parents, these values would later go on to be a part of his ethics in his choice of printmaking as a viable manner of art making. He received a BFA from Montserrat College of Art (1995) and an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (1998). Initially a painter in trade and training, Len would abandon painting in exchange for his preference in printmaking. Seeing that printmaking could provide a social influence in addressing his images and ideas to the public more effectively he moved decidedly to printmaking in 2003. During that year Velvet Pelican Projects was initiated. Velvet Pelican Projects would spend the next 4 years producing silkscreened booklets that would address the public in large run hand editioned silkscreens. These booklets covered topics from third party candidacy to the value of particular education levels. Since 2011 Len Thomas-Vickory works on both public art projects and displaying works in various exhibitions between the left and the right coasts. In 2008 Len began annual trips to Japan that would influence his prints for many years to come. Currently he is pursuing a line of work that is entitled “Grey Matter and Language.”

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