Friday, February 21, 2014

ray esposito - innovator

Minimalism Series Three
Paper Size: 22" x 30" 
Image Plate: 10.5" x 18"
Paper Type: Rives BFK White

Innovator from Washington D.C., Ray Esposito is ready for the next phase of his life. He is a print maker, painter, and a photographer who came out of retirement, when he moved from Texas to Omaha, Nebraska. He has his sights on Print House Press, or something like that. He has birthed SEVEN other places to make prints. He sold all the presses he had in storage. Be that as it may, he is resourceful, and he recently joined the Nelson Atkins Print Society in Kansas City. He is looking for a place around the Omaha area, to set up camp, get local photos on display, generate some buzz and a following, and THEN start up his Print House Press. He envisions a place where artists can go and learn to make printmaking, and then develop a portfolio, complete with casing. He's done that before when he was living in Maryland. I interviewed him at last month's Love of Art luncheon. Video runs four minutes.      Karl Marxhausen

Mission 2
30" x 40"
Sand Based Acrylic Painting
(All links courtesy of Brass Ring,,
accessed March 6, 2014)
Esposito is a member of the Nelson Atkins Print Society. His Florida website is You can see his monoprints and paintings here. You can see the prints he has collected over the years. At you can read questions he had about print making when he first started out. He is a member of Lomography out of Brussels. You can find out more about this analogue photography community, click on

february - luncheon highlights

"My husband and I had a great time at the Love of Art Luncheon. This was my 20th one !!"  Ruthie Osa

Rod Mill by Jackson Lee Nesbitt, ABOVE. It was an industrial etching of Sheffield Steel. Not many artists from this area do industrial etchings. Nesbitt was commissioned by Sheffield to do twenty industrial etchings. This one happened to be a Sheffield steel plant in Texas.  This was one of five print nominees considered for print selection. Double click on image to enlarge.

 Close up of Threshing by Claire Leighton, LEFT.

Both works were introduced by Jack Olson of the American Legacy Gallery, Kansas City, RIGHT.

Olson makes comments on Nesbitt piece. One minute video.

Close up of Still Life by William Bailey, RIGHT. It is a dry point.


Introduced by Kathy Ashenbrenner of Galerie Karl Oscar, Kansas City, RIGHT.

    Umbra RL-2 by Laura Berman, multi-plate color monoprint, RIGHT.

Introduced by Bill Haw of Haw Contemporary Gallery, Kansas City BELOW.

Blind Mickey Blues by William T. Wiley, color lithograph. Introduced by Mike Sims of The Lawrence Lithography Workshop, Kansas City LEFT.

"My thoughts, reflecting on the traditional luncheon over the last 20 years, are that, not only have we grown in numbers, but that the print choices have gotten more impressive - especially in recent years. I believe this is the combined result of higher purchasing budgets and the quality selections made by our (temporary) curator, Lisbeth Lurey."    Ruthie Osa 
"I enjoy sitting with new members and meeting folks who are getting in on the fun of choosing a museum contribution for the first time."      Ruthie Osa
"We have a greatly diverse membership, now, and I think we will start seeing that reflected in our future acquisitions."  Ruthie Osa
"What a wonderful time to be involved with this vital society. (I wish George as here to see it!) I miss our old members who have passed away in the last few years or can no longer participate with us, and I can feel the legacy they created be embraced and enhanced as we grow." Ruthie Osa
After the luncheon, we voted on our choice of print by casting ballots.
Counting ballots.

The chosen print ABOVE.

Submitted remarks by Ruthie Osa.
Photography by Karl Marxhausen.
Both are Print Society members