Last Saturday, artist Gail Gwinn demonstrated printing an etching at the Freeland branch of the Sno-Isle library system. Our library has very dedicated supporters, who in turn provide support for educational programs at the library.
Each year at the Froggwell Biennale, I like to plan something new. It’s one of the reason I invite guest artists each year, so that we don’t just have the usual suspects. This year, I decided that we should have printmakers and sculptors doing some demonstrations throughout the weekend. When people ask a printmaker, what is a print? or how do you do that? the explanation is usually too long and wordy for most people. You see them falling over in a stupor or chewing off their leg to escape after about 3 sentences.
But Gail Gwinn owns one of the world’s cutest etching presses, which has the advantage of being extremely portable, or as Gail says, easily moved by a puny, middle-aged woman. So, throughout the weekend of August 3-4-5, there will be informative (or so they tell me) demonstrations of etching, linoleum block prints, stone carving, and who knows what all. The show is open from 10 AM till 5 PM each day, with demonstrations going on from around 11 AM until 3 PM.
Each time an etching is printed, you must go through the same inking, wiping and printing process. This is no push button copy machine.
Here are a couple of Gail’s finished etchings. I love the complexity of the images and attention to detail. Her work comes from a very internal place with a lot of thought and emotion put into them.