Eclectic art on view at COA

BAR HARBOR — Woodcuts, engravings, etchings, silkscreens, and lithographs from the sixteenth to the twenty-first centuries will be displayed at College of the Atlantic’s Ethel H. Blum Gallery. The exhibit, “Collected Prints: A Selection of Works on Paper from the Collection of Catherine Clinger,” includes a wide range of work and subjects and will open on Friday, Feb. 15 at 4:30 p.m.

The exhibit is an eclectic mix, says Clinger, COA’s Allan Stone Chair in the Visual Arts. “Really, what the pieces have in common is the fact that they are composed of ink on paper.”

The prints hail from Europe, Asia, and the United States. They include a piece by Giovanni Battista Piranesi, an eighteenth century Italian artist known for his etchings of Rome, several hand-printed books—among them a version of Lucretius’ “On the Nature of Things,” with wood engravings by early twentieth century artist Paul Landacret, a print by Kathe Kollwitz, as well as contemporary work by Kiki Smith and John Talleur, Clinger’s mentor. The sixteenth century works are two small images of musicians by Jacques Callot, an artist who, says Clinger, ran off to live with gypsies twice in his boyhood years.

While serious art viewers will appreciate the exhibit, Clinger says her main aim is to engage students in prints and printmaking. She hopes to whet the community’s appetite for prints and printmaking. Come fall, COA will have its own printing press, and students will be able to create their own etchings beginning in 2014.

The prints will be on display until Mar. 1, with a gallery talk on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 4:10 p.m. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.

Contact COA at 288-5015, or Clinger at [email protected]

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