Wednesday, February 13, 2013

print crawl - kc

"Attending the Print Crawl is like.....hunting for Easter eggs filled with candy."     paula winchester
 "We were given the itinerary and list and descriptions of the prints that had been selected by the curator for us to look at, as well as a checklist to aid in our decision making."    susan lawrence 
IN ALL thirty-three 33 ink impressions were studied. We viewed works by Luis Jimenez-- Roberto Juarez -- Joseph Raffael -- Hugh Merrill-- David Root -- Norman Akers -- Jacqueline Bishop -- Karsten Creightney -- Emmi Whitehorse -- Robert Sudlow -- John Newman -- Laura Berman -- Michael Krueger -- Andrzej Zielinski -- Paul Gentry --Larry Welo

"The print crawl is like a marathon tour....we had to rush through to get everything in."   susan lawrence
 "This year the print crawl covered SIX galleries instead of FOUR."  paul sokoloff

"About 25 members of the Print Society met Saturday morning. Our first stop was Kathy Ashenbrenner's house to view selections from Gallery Karl Oskar. We were greeted by lively dogs and a lovely spread of cakes and beverages. We then all piled into cars, some people carpooling for convenience, and drove to Todd Weiner Gallery in the Crossroads district, where we were treated to a lively exhibition and discussion by the gallery owner. Some other people joined the tour at this point. The third gallery was Sherry Leedy Gallery, and the fourth gallery was Lawrence Lithography Workshop. After that we went to Dolphin Gallery in the West Bottoms, and ended the tour at American Legacy Gallery."     susan lawrence

"This is my 3rd one as a very new member of the Print Society.          I love these. First of all I am in a relatively small group of passionate persons – some collectors, some artists, some print makers, wow!     I get to go to places I normally probably wouldn’t go to, and then a selection has been made for us to ponder."   paula winchester
the business of picking

"Looking at prints on the Print Crawl is like... getting to be a judge at the "Miss America" contest. It's all delicious and wonderful." r hudson
"We generally know if the Nelson (gallery) has one by this artist or does not. I think about a lot of things when looking. First my reaction do I like it for whatever that all encompasses, but then I also think that art should tell future viewers of what is happening during our times like the Luis Jimenez Snake and Hawk #2."    paula winchester
What condition is it in?  Will it need repair or conservation prior to being exhibited?  Is it artistically relevant, meaningful or important? Is it an exceptional use of the medium?  Is there technical quality? Is it pleasing to the eye?  Is it a keeper?  How significant is the artist, which created the piece?  Does it complement or support other ink impressions in the Nelson Atkins Museum of Fine Art collection, be it contemporary, Asian, Native American, European, and other?  What makes this a "museum quality" work?  Does it warrant genuine consideration?  Does it help us further our Mission? Does it support local artists and the Kansas City art community?    Do I like it of not? Hmmm...
"I learned by listening to everyone." paula winchester

Melissa Rountree (center at Gallery Karl Oskar)
"While at the Sherry Leedy, Joe Zanatta, of Zanatta Editions (above) was present to discuss a number of prints published by his company. We looked at prints by Karsten Creightney, Emmi Whitehorse, and New Orleans artist Jacqueline Bishop."        paul sokoloff
"Todd Weiner (above) pointed out the new body of work by Hugh Merrill was inspired by a recent 6 week residency program in China. These were complex prints incorporating a variety asian motifs."      paul sokoloff
 "It is always a pleasure to visit Mike Sim's workshop and gallery. There are few places where one can see so many prints as well as talk with the master printer who has worked with the artist to produce them."    paul sokoloff
 "I have signed up for Mike’s print making class mid-March to help me better understand the process. I am really beginning to love these things. I even took Picasso and More class at the Nelson where I got to make a monotype print and an intaglio print. By my doing it even makes me appreciate more that which I see."   paula winchester
"A drive down to the West Bottoms brought us to the Dolphin Gallery, where prints by Laura Berman, Andzej Zielinski and Michael Krueger would be considered."     paul sokoloff
Jack Olson of the American Legacy (below) spoke on wood engravings by Paul Gentry. 
"Inspite of the rushing, still there was time for some people to buy some prints at several of the galleries."   susan lawrence

"Everyone enjoyed the opportunity to socialize with members and to visit so many galleries at one time." susan lawrence
"By 2:30 in the afternoon it was time for lunch and discussion. Our lunch was at Bella Napoli restaurant at 63rdand Brookside, where we enjoyed Italian food, good conversation, and cast our votes."      susan lawrence                            "Our group selected 8 ink impressions for the luncheon in February.
Double click on images to enlarge.

"Mountain Spirits/ Nuclear Rods" by Luis Jimenez, lithograph, 1994, 47-5/8 X 33-1/2” from Gallery Carl Oscar -- Kathryn Ashenbrenner --  (  More on Jimenez (courtesy of Mati.Eas Asu Edu,, accessed Feb 3, 2013)

 "Made In China" by Hugh Merrill  from The Todd Weiner Gallery, 115 W. 18th St., Kansas City, MO 64108 (816-984-8538)

Sonatina by Jacqueline Bishop, 2010, lithograph in black over color archival pigment print, edition 22, image 18 ¼ x 60” on 22 x 64” sheet Sherry-Leedy Gallery, 2004 Baltimore, Kansas City, MO 64108 (816-221-2626)
"Eagle and Snake by Luis Jimenez,  ’08, litho, 33-3/4”X 43”, Ed. 40 YES from Lawrence Lithography, 2011 Tracy, Kansas City, MO 64108, (816-471-4848) (image courtesy of Lawrence Litho, accessed Feb 2, 2013)
Michael Krueger. Changing of the Guards, 2012. Lithograph, Ed. 40. 36 x 46 inches. $1200
"Changing Of The Guards" by Michael Krueger, lithograph, 2012, ed. of 45, litho, 46” X 36”  from the Dolphin Gallery, 1600 Liberty, Kansas City, MO 64102 (816-842-5877)(image courtesy of Davidson Galleries, accessed Feb 2, 2013)
"We will have a really good selection to see at our luncheon in February. Thanks to Beth Lurey for making her initial selections and to all the galleries that participated. It was a really fun and educational day. And I would say that a good time was had by all."                       susan lawrence
Contributors Susan Lawrence, Paula Winchester, Paul Sokoloff
Photos by Robin Gross and John Mallery
Layout and editting by Karl Marxhausen

IN ALL thirty-three 33 ink impressions were scrutinized. We viewed Luis Jimenez (1940-2006) Heron Skull, lithograph, 12/20, 21” X 21" -- Two Horses Skulls, lithograph, 11/20, 21” X 21” --- Mountain Spirits/Nuclear Rods lithograph, 1994, 47-5/8 X 33-1/2” -- Radioactive Skull, 20/20, lithograph ’1994, 32” X 31-7/8”-- Roberto Juarez (b. 1952, Chicago, IL) Portfolio of Seven Prints, no date, 3/20, 21-1/2” X 15-3/4" -- Joseph Raffael (b. 1933, Brooklyn, NY) Autumn Fish, ’98, 18/40, 31-1/2” X 24-1/4” -- Hugh Merrill, Kabwash, 2012, mixed media on paper, 12” x 16” -- Made In China, 2012, mixed media on paper 12” X 16” --Guanlan Days, mixed media on paper, 40”X 48 ¾” -- David Root, Icarus at Countdown, 2011, woodblock print, 24”X 24” -- The Log Roll, 2011, woodblock print , 21-1/2 X 8-1/2” --Norman Akers (b.1958, Fairfax, OK) The Gathering, 2012, color lithograph, edition 20, image 22 ¼ x 16 ¼” on 29 ½ x 21 ¼” sheet, printed and published by Mitchell Marty Studio (Santa Fe, NM) -- Jacqueline Bishop (b. 1955, Long Beach, CA) Sonatina, 2010, lithograph in black over color archival pigment print, edition 22, image 18 ¼ x 60” on 22 x 64” sheet, printed by Neal Ambrose-Smith and Karsten Creightney at Hand Graphics (Santa Fe, NM), published by Zanatta Editions (Shawnee, KS) -- Karsten Creightney (b. 1976, Albuquerque, NM) Untitled , 2009, suite of nine lithographs in black, edition 13, 10 x 10" each image/sheet, printed at Tamarind Institute (Albuquerque, NM), published by Zanatta Editions -- Emmi Whitehorse (b. 1957, Crownpoint, NM) Pollination, 2011, color monotype with collage elements (rice paper and sheets with monotype) and extensive hand drawn additions (pencil, color pencil, chalk and oil stick), unique from series, image/sheet 29 ¾ x 22 ¼”, printed by Michael Costello at Hand Graphics, Santa Fe, published by Zanatta Editions.Signed on front with artist’s mark in oil crayon; signed and dated on reverse in pencil -- Luis Jimenez, Eagle & Snake, ’08, litho, 32-1/4 X 43-1/4, Ed.44 -- Eagle and Snake II, ’08, litho, 33-3/4”X 43”, Ed. 40 -- War Horse, ’01, litho, 22-1/4” X 42”, Ed. 50 -- Robert Sudlow (1920-2010) From Markleys Hill, 1995, chine colle --
John Newman (b. 1952, in Flushing, NY) Unraveling and an endless Loop -- Three categories: Black, White, & Lying -- Laura Berman, Assistant Professor of Printmaking at the Kansas City Art Institute, Umbra Home, 2012, Suite of three, unique relief prints 20” X 15” -- Michael Krueger (b. 1967, Kenosha, Wisconsin) Changing of the Guards, 2012, ed. of 45, litho, 46” X 36” -- Drifter’s Escape, 2012, ed. of 45 litho, 46” X 36” -- Andrzej Zielinski, (b. 1976, Kansas City, MO) Orange Paper Shredder, 2009, 7/20, 7-color litho, 28-3/4” X 21-3/4”, printed at Lawrence Lithography, Kansas City, MO -- Robert Sudlow, Near Ottowa, lithograph, 27/60, 16” X 22-1/2” -- Winter. Baldwin, lithograph, 7/54, 22-1/2” X 30” -- Maple Hill,’87, lithograph, 20/35 -- Paul Gentry (b. 1954, Independence, OR) Quiet Land, wood engraving, 15/25, 5-3/8 X 7-1/4” -- Big Sky, wood engraving, 7/30, 6-1/4” X 9-3/8” -- Shadows and Steel, wood engraving, 7/35, 9-1/4” X 7” -- Larry Welo, Cotton wood Falls, etching, 20 X 14 -- Duluth, etching, 38/100, 17-3/4” X 12”