Talent and tradition: a Printmakers exhibition in Rockville, Maryland

For more than 30 years, the talented members of Printmakers, Inc., have shared their facilities, materials, and ideas while educating the public about a time-honored art. You can meet these artists at the Torpedo Factory, and their work is readily found worldwide, from the Library of Congress to the art collection of British Airways—and for a few days more, you can enjoy a local exhibition that showcases their incredible range.

Above: Norma Pfaff, Avis Fleming,
and Joe Regan

Since April 6, 2014, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville has showcased nearly 50 prints by 10 printmakers: Penny Barringer, Anne Buchal, Judith Coady, Avis Fleming, Laura Huff, Norma Pfaff, Joe Regan, Patrick Sargent, Carolyn Witschonke, and Priscilla Young. Laura Huff, who arranged the show, has found that this impressive array of styles, techniques, and perspectives has drawn numerous compliments and provoked conversation while also providing the artists with an opportunity to explain their techniques to curious visitors—reminding them that the art of printmaking is alive and well.

The show remains open through Sunday, May 25, 2014, at the UCCR at 100 Welsh Park Drive in Rockville Maryland. Stop by, and then come to the Torpedo Factory to browse more work by these fabulous artists in studio 325. You’ll have a new appreciation for the fact that true prints aren’t mere reproductions, but unique works of art handmade by artists who have painstakingly drawn, etched, or engraved a reversed image onto materials that will only survive a few pressings. Each one is a “limited edition” in the truest sense of the term—and an absolute labor of love.

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