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Artists unite for exhibit at Raven

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The "Beyond Printmaking II" show features this work by Josephine Gibbs

Courtesy photo<br> The "Beyond Printmaking II" show features this work by Josephine Gibbs

Nine artists who became friends while pursuing their passion for printmaking at Yavapai College have united once again in "Beyond Printmaking II," an exhibit of their artwork at the Raven Café.

Said Maria Lynam, coordinator of the show, "What we all find amazing is we work in close proximity to each other, discuss technical problems and various techniques, but we each have uniquely different ways of expressing our art."

Lynam is known for including gold leaf in her collages and printmaking. Many of her works are abstract compositions based on organic elements in which the colors and forms establish harmonious and balanced relationships.

Josephine Gibbs is the adjunct professor of printmaking at Yavapai College. "Her knowledge of all kinds of printmaking, along with proved and experimental techniques, have enriched the program," Lynam said, adding that all the other printmakers in the show have studied with her. "Her work explores the inner spirit and uses iconic references of the Southwest," Lynam said.

Other artists in the exhibit include Mary Lou Asaro, Joanne Frerking, Leslie Parsons, Megan Dean, Sue Robertson, Elizabeth Khalife and Barb Wills.

Asaro travels extensively and uses her photographs to create intaglio-type plates (etchings) that she prints over monoprints. She uses many organic materials including handmade paper.

Frerking is a mixed media and fiber artist. Her 2-D work is primarily collage with a contemporary, Asian flair. Beginning with colorful monotypes as backgrounds, Frerking then turns to her collection of papers, foils, and wires, for example, to complete her pieces.

Parsons focuses on backgrounds and monotype printing, creating a one-of-a-kind image that emerges with each pass through the press, presenting itself as the perfect process within which to build those backgrounds. In addition, Parsons uses intaglio, digital overprinting, transfers and graphite line work to allow for the focal point of the foreground to develop.

Dean prints linoleum block prints with imagery she takes from sketches inspired by everyday living, mythology, tribal cultures and her Western heritage. She also prints on unusual substances, such as old weathered wood.

Robertson's current work is a reflection on myth and the environment of secret places and dreams. She investigates the world of color, the essence of the gesture, the mood of abstraction and the effect of layering. She runs many pieces through the etching press 10 times to achieve the depth of field that orchestrates this series.

Khalife, a contemporary printmaker, crafts many of her prints by overprinting linocuts over monoprints. She describes her work as "quirky, using strong imagery to make a statement about the world around us, including current political and economic influences."

Wills, a printmaker and fiber artist who exhibits nationally and internationally, creates mixed media works on silk. Much of her work in this exhibit is mounted on canvas and overpainted with acrylic to bring out the unusual printing techniques. She also displays pieces that have been handpieced and sewn.

All works are for sale in the Beyond Printmaking II show, which will run until Jan. 10. The public is welcome to meet the artists at a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 10 at the Raven Café, 142 N. Cortez St., in Prescott.

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