September 19 - November 13, 2015
Sat 9/19, 4-6 pm - Print Fair: Opening Reception plus a special view into our entire print collection
Sun 11/1, 4-6 pm - Day of the Dead: Capitol Square's annual celebration
Fri 11/13, 6-8 pm - End of Run: Closing Reception
The word reveal pertains to the moment an artist sees an image emerging from a printmaking process for the first time. It's the a-ha in an artist's studio, as it is in a gallery when a viewer truly looks at a print for the first time. In Reveal, printmakers Grace Bentley-Scheck, Prilla Smith Brackett and Nina Wishnok will present new and recent collagraphs, woodcuts and monoprints that diverge widely from each other in process and content. Overall, Reveal will parallel the Boston Printmakers 2015 Biennial in its celebration of printmaking and the diversity of imagery it renders.
About the Artists
Grace Bentley-Scheck was born in Troy, New York and now lives in Narragansett, Rhode Island where she maintains her studio, Sassafras Press. She holds BFA and MFA degrees from the State University of New York at Alfred. Her work has been exhibited in the United States, Poland, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Ireland and Australia, and it is included in many private and public collections including those of the Portland Art Museum in Oregon, the Knoxville Museum of Art in Tennessee, and the Newport Art Museum in Rhode Island. She has been a full-time printmaker since 1972. Bentley-Scheck is a member of the Society of Boston Printmakers, American Graphic Artists, Los Angeles Printmaking Society, American Color Print Society, Printmakers Network of Southern Rhode Island, Art League of Rhode Island and 19 on Paper.
Prilla Smith Brackett is known for working with landscape conceptually so it depicts more than a description of place. In her work in Reveal, Brackett sets furniture from previous eras in old growth forests, exploring the intermingling of the domestic with the natural. In both monoprints and paintings, she plays with the furniture's transparency and its location in the forest: floating above, embedded within, or buried below. The fragility of domestic life is thus entwined with both the refuge and dangers found in the tangle of the woods. Brackett has exhibited throughout the US including the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, the Danforth Museum, the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC and the Hanoi Contemporary Art Center in Vietnam. Her work was recently acquired by Smith College Museum of Art and the Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, Mass.
Brackett's honors include a finalist award in painting from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Ragdale Foundation, an award and residency at the Ucross Foundation, an Earthwatch Artist award in Madagascar, and a fellowship in painting at the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College. Born in New Orleans, Brackett has social science degrees from Sarah Lawrence College and the University of California at Berkeley. She earned her MFA in drawing and painting from the University of Nebraska and added printmaking to her practice in 2003. Brackett lives and works in Boston.
Printmaker and graphic designer Nina Wishnok received a BA from New York University and a Graphic Design Certificate from Massachusetts College of Art. She has also studied art and design at the DeCordova Museum School, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Rhode Island School of Design, and Santa Reparata International School of Art in Florence, Italy. She has received various grants and fellowships for her work, including from the Saint Botolph Club Foundation, Anderson Ranch Arts Center (where she was a 2006 Artist in Residence), and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
"We are constantly moving back and forth between the particular and the general, from daily interactions with each other and the world, to intellectual or emotional processing and reactions. These two threads - literal and abstract - inform each other and visually I try to depict the fluid boundary between the two. I'm interested in how we navigate the relationship between inner and outer life; how we reconcile dichotomies such as emotion and intellect, chaos and control; and how we find balance within these seeming extremes.
I work mainly in printmaking because I love the way it plays an active role in producing a finished piece; and I tend to mix techniques such as woodcut and paper lithography, intaglio, trace monotype and encaustic. Drawing from collected imagery such as natural and manmade forms and structures, my work explores themes of inner/outer life, generic/individual, micro/macro, and how the pairings relate to space, structure, systems and networks."