The public is invited to an opening reception on Sunday, March 5 from 2:00-4:00 pm for Art at the JCC’s newest exhibition featuring Santa Barbara Printmakers. Come enjoy live gypsy music, appetizers, and wine followed by an awards presentation at 3:00 pm and special slide presentation by juror and master printmaker James L. Webb from 3:15-4:00 pm.
The exhibition will be on display at the Jewish Federation’s Bronfman Family Jewish Community Center, 524 Chapala Street, from March 5-May 17, 2017.
Hired straight out of the printmaking program at Cal State Long Beach, Juror James L. Webb was a Master Printmaker at Gemini G.E.L. in LA from 1966-77. His first client was Josef Albers, the influential modern artist and color theorist best known for Homages to the Square. Webb subsequently worked on prints with an impressive list of well-known artists—Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Claes Oldenburg, Roy Lichtenstein, David Hockney, Ed Ruscha, and Frank Stella. These prints were recently featured in The Serial Impulse at Gemini G.E.L. exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). At the opening reception on March 5th, Webb will present examples of his work and share colorful anecdotes from his time with these famous artists.
Santa Barbara Printmakers is a non-profit organization dedicated to printmaking as an art form. Printmakers are artists who use hand and press printing techniques such as etching, dry point, monotype, mono print, woodblock, collagraph, linocut, clay, lithography, serigraphy (silkscreen), transfer, and digital programs to create unique, one of-a-kind prints as well as editions of identical images. Santa Barbara Printmakers evolved from the Monotype Guild, founded in 1989, which focused on a single printmaking technique, monotypes—one-of-a-kind, hand-pulled prints.
The group has since evolved into a multi-generational membership organization of more than 75 active printmakers from the California Central Coast. It includes recent college graduates, established artists, and returning artists—all dedicated to artistic exploration and expression using a variety of printing techniques that range from traditional to contemporary. The spring 2017 exhibition will be its sixth collaboration with Art at the JCC.
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