Between May 19-June 7th, I will be showing the following print, "Moonface" at the Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery located on Granville Island in Vancouver. The Open Print Show is a juried international show of traditional and digital prints.
I was really happy to be accepted into an international printmaking show but I was just thrilled once I saw the calibre of artists that I would be showing with. The artists at Open Print are equally skilled as they are creative.
I would like to share with you a few of the artists that particularly struck me.
Amie Roman entered this smaller woodcut "Pays d'hiver". I really enjoy Amie's work and the graphic quality of her nature imagery. Amie is a wealth of online information for other printmakers with her Squidoo lense and blog "Burnishings".
As well as having an Etsy site in which she sells her editions, she's active in the Etsy printmakers street team,"Printsy". As one of the editors of the Printsy blog, she organizes and conducts the interviews of fellow Printsy members. It truly is one of my favorite blogs.
Mariko Ando's etchings made my eyes grow big and wish that I had some extra cash to claim one of them as my own. As an artist who loves children's book illustration, Mariko's work is right up my alley. They are illustrative, clear and an imaginative take on the Alice in Wonderland theme.
As a side note, I obtained permission from Mariko and the other artists to use their images on this blog and had initially tried to copy them straight from the show website. Each time I tried I was blocked and was only able to get a black square. I was very impressed. Most artists take the risk of their work getting copied once they post online and this gallery took steps to stop that. As such, I went to each artist's personal site for their images.
Joanne Price's works appealled to me in the same way as Mariko's in their illustrative quality. Graphic, humourous and compelling, Joanne's work makes me want to try my hand at engraving. I love a well printed black and I was in awe of Joanne's obvious skill as a printmaker.
Take a look at all the artist's websites to see some of their other pieces or better yet, come down to Granville Island if you can and see them in person. The show runs May 19-June 7, '09. You will be impressed.