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'Markings' to Open at Press Gallery

09/24/2013

NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - The PRESS Gallery will present a new exhibition of work, "Markings," created by PRESS interns, volunteers and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) faculty beginning Thursday, Sept. 26.

An opening reception will be held on Thursday, Sept. 26, at the 49 Main St. gallery, 6-8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

"Markings" features letterpress prints and artist books by former PRESS interns and volunteers Adriana Alexatos, Hayley Parker, Antoine Scalbert and Leeya Jackson, as well as PRESS founder Melanie Mowinski, assistant professor of art at MCLA. 

Inspiration for this exhibit stems from a quote by Theodore Roethke, "Time marks us while we are marking time." Each artwork created reflects time spent in the studio, at the press or the typecase, considering text and image. Each mark on the page, is a mark in time, whether a day in the life of an intern, or months or work towards an end goal.

On view will be reduction cuts, works that combine text and image, poetry broadsides, artist books and more. One of the most important parts of an internship at PRESS is learning how to use the equipment and then creating a print or a series of prints that utilizes these new skills.

This internship also includes understanding how different papers, inks and other mediums change how the work is received. Mowinski will highlight this relationship with three new pieces created with the same print matrixes but with different papers and formats. These works are part of a greater body of work entitled, "When I am Among Rocks and other stories of walks in the woods."

At the opening reception, MCLA also will celebrate the release of "Integrating the Arts across the Content Areas," by MCLA Associate Professor Lisa Donovan. According to Mowinski, Donovan's book is an incredible resource for teachers wanting to bring arts back into the classroom, including how and why the arts can be used.

Stop by between 6:30 and 7:15 p.m. to meet Donovan. Congratulatory remarks will be made at 6:45 p.m.

Before joining MCLA last January, Donovan was an associate professor and director of the creative arts in learning Division at Lesley University. She is a theater artist, educator, administrator and arts-based researcher. For two years, she served as audience engagement liaison for Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival, and conducted research as part of a Wallace Foundation Grant.

For more information, go to www.mcla.edu.

PRESS is supported by MCLA and is part of DownStreet Art, a program of MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center.

PRESS is at 49 Main St. in North Adams. The gallery is open from Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, go to letterpressasapublicartproject.wordpress.com, to www.downstreetart.org, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/letterpressaspublicartproject or contact letterpress105@gmail.com

To access downloadable photos, go to www.flickr.com/photos/letterpressasapublicartproject/sets/72157635622287425.