Solar Impressions & International Masters/Collaborations in Printmaking
NOVEMBER 16-DECEMBER 29, 2019
Presented with Inspiration Plus and Dan Welden
FREE PUBLIC OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, 11/16 from 6-8 PM
Gallery Hours: Thursday to Sunday, 12-6 PM
Admission: $5 (Free for Friends of SAC & Children)
November 16, 2019 will be the long anticipated opening of two simultaneous exhibitions focusing on the world of printmaking: The Solar Impressions Juried Exhibition, and International Masters/Collaborations in Printmaking. Presented by Southampton Arts Center and Inspiration Plus, this momentous event will feature giants in modern and contemporary art, along with talented artists from all over the world. Both exhibitions, the brainchildren of Sag Harbor artist and master printmaker Dan Welden, combine to create a milestone event that brings printmaking to the forefront of art.
The SOLAR IMPRESSIONS juried exhibition, featuring works created by means of the scientific breakthrough of light sensitive plates, is sponsored by Inspiration Plus Foundation, a 501 c-3 non profit organization dedicated to creating art that celebrates and educates through science. Over one hundred impressions were selected from more than 700 entries from across the United States, Ireland, Israel, England, Denmark, Australia, New Zealand, Peru, Canada, Spain, and France. The esteemed jury consisted of Laura Einstein, manager of the Mezzanine Gallery at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Alex Ferrone, owner/director of the Alex Ferrone Gallery in Cutchogue, NY; and Ron Pokrasso, Santa Fe artist and world printmaking traveler. The awards juror is the acclaimed international artist Eric Fischl, who will be presenting 40 individual awards worth over $28,000 to the numerous works.
Noteworthy are the health, safety, and environmental factors involved in the use of light sensitive plates, constituting the scientific side of the show’s theme: All images showcased were processed with sunlight (or UV light) and ordinary tap water to harden and etch the light sensitized steel backed polymer plates. No acids or hazardous chemicals needed to be used for this technique.
Special Programs and Events:
Open Portfolio Sessions with Exhibiting Artists
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16 | 12:30-2:30 PM | FREE
Demonstration/Talk with Master Printmakers Dan Welden and Ron Pokrasso
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16 | 3 PM | FREE
Juror’s discussion with Alex Ferrone, Laura G. Einstein and Ron Pokrasso
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16 | 5 PM | FREE
Public Opening Reception and Silent Auction Begins
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16 | 6-8 PM | FREE
Gallery Talk with Dan Welden: Stories and Images from the Masters – de Kooning to Nicolson
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17 | 12:30 PM | FREE
Panel Discussion: Understanding Printmaking – How Prints Are Made, an Art Collectors/Appreciators Guide
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17 | 3 PM | FREE
Solar Plate Workshop for Kids with Dan Welden
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8 | 3 PM | $20 ($15 for Friends of SAC)
Solar Plate Workshop for Veterans with Dan Welden
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12 | 6 PM | FREE
Solar Plate Workshop for Adults with Dan Welden
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15 | 3 PM | $20 ($15 for Friends of SAC)
Closing Day Gallery Tour & Champagne Toast
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29 | 12:30 PM | FREE
Artist Eric Fischl has collaborated with Dan Welden to produce a special print for the exhibition to benefit Southampton Arts Center. The first 5 impressions will be available to SAC Friends only at a special rate of $1500, first come first served. The remaining 25 will be sold at $1750. Only 30 editions will be available to purchase.
Please contact Amy Kirwin at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire.