Zea Mays Printmaking Studio
July 5-31, 2017
Reception: Monday July 31, 5:00-7:30 PM
A collection of new prints by 63 members of Zea Mays Printmaking Studio will be on display at the Hosmer Gallery in July. The exhibit features a wide breath of styles and techniques, all using non-toxic, alternative printmaking processes with a clear commitment to innovation and quality.
Founded in 2000, Zea Mays Printmaking is a studio, workshop, gallery, educational facility and research center dedicated to the safest and most sustainable printmaking practices available. Attracting artists worldwide, Zea Mays Printmaking shares its research into safer printmaking practices through workshops and tutorials.
The studio’s name comes from the botanical name for Sweet Corn. Zea Mays is a plant known for its ability to extract heavy metal toxins form the soil through its leaves and roots. Just as this plant is being used as a natural way of restoring contaminated earth back to health, our mission is to restore the art of printmaking to a healthy art form. At Zea Mays, we honor the rich tradition of printmaking by exploring alternatives that are safe for artists and the environment.
Techniques of printmaking done and taught at the studio include intaglio, monotype, relief, screen printing, lithography and letterpress. All of these techniques are represented in the work in this exhibition. Many artists are showing work from new series they are working on.
Half of America by Ray Radigan
Underwater Photography by Shannon E. Ryan
Portraits and Drawings by Lisa Yeisley
August 2-30, 2017
Reception: Wednesday August 2, 5-7 PM
It was on long, cross-country drives that Ray Radigan first glimpsed the American struggle between hope and despair that became the inspiration behind his paintings. His oil paintings of buildings depict this struggle: to repair or to demolish. They are not intended as commentary, only as observations. Each has its own history and tells a different story. Together, they help to exemplify a nation’s people caught between optimism and surrender.
After growing up in Pearl River, NY, Ray attended SUNY New Paltz where he studied art education. He earned his masters degree in illustration at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Since graduating in 2008, he has worked for the National Park Service and non-profit museums on illustration and design projects. In 2013, he began painting his “Half of America” series.
Secrets of the Sea by Shannon Ryan: “Since I was 7 years old I have been deeply drawn to the ocean and the life it holds. As I grew older I became aware of just how vast and intricate the oceans really are, how all life is connected to the oceans, and how we as humans are treating this crucial part of our existence. My main goal in sharing my photographs is to bring both awe and knowledge to the public. I want people to be aware of the ‘Secrets of the Sea’ and understand their role in sustaining it. I am particularly drawn to preserving this invaluable resource including sharks, the planet’s most misunderstood marine animal. I am a local resident, certified as an advanced and nitrox scuba diver, and a third year student at Maharishi University of Management majoring in Sustainability.”
Lisa Yeisley is a portrait and figurative artist based in Western Massachusetts, near a lake with eagles, otters and the occasional double rainbow. She’s been drawing all her life, and after a decades-long detour into the world of graphic design, she returned to full-time art making because she was tired of keyboards and screens… and she really really missed getting her hands dirty.
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