Community Press: Printmakers from Barnsdall Art Center
Exhibit runs: March 8th – April 5th, 2014
Etchings, monotypes, collagraphs, and relief prints by thirteen artists from Barnsdall Art Center (BAC), a community art center located in the East Hollywood area of Los Angeles.
Opportunities to engage in printmaking are few; many techniques require specialized chemicals, expensive equipment, and dedicated workspace. BAC places printmaking in the hands of anyone with a desire to learn. BAC printmakers include artists and designers, educators, office workers, nurses, lawyers, social workers, historians, photographers, event planners, retirees, and others… all seeking to exercise their creative impulses, learn new skills, and enjoy the camaraderie and fun of making art. The group comes together for inspiration and collaboration, and to teach and learn from each other.
Though thirteen artists are represented in this exhibition, the BAC printmaking community includes many more. BAC’s printmaking program includes four instructors and approximately fifty students at any given time. In addition to printmaking, BAC offers courses in ceramics, life drawing, weaving, jewelry, stone sculpture, painting, collage, ukulele, photography, and other media. The center provides more than 300 affordable art classes to children and adults every year, and reaches more than 3,000 persons annually.
Funded by the City of Los Angeles and the Barnsdall Art Center Student Advisory Committee (BACSAC), the center is located in Barnsdall Art Park. Perhaps best known to the public as the site of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House, the park is an iconic center for history, art, and culture in Los Angeles. The park is the legacy of Aline Barnsdall, who donated the property to the City of Los Angeles in 1927 for use as an accessible arts center, demonstrating her belief that “no country can be great until the least of its citizens has been touched by beauty, truth, and freedom.”
Co-sponsored by Barnsdall Art Center Student Advisory Committee (BACSAC)
Aviva Weiner Fontes
Upcoming Monotype Printmaking workshop: HERE.