Acton Coffee House Art Exhibition
We are pleased to exhibit Lonnie Harvey’s monoprints in the café. Ms. Harvey has been creating monoprints for over twenty years. Lonnie grew up in a small town in the Midwest. She studied drawing, painting, and printmaking techniques at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After moving to the Boston area in 1990, she enrolled in printmaking classes at the DeCordova Museum School where she focused on making monoprints and quickly became enamored. She lives in Carlisle, and currently has her printmaking studio at the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts in Concord.
Ms. Harvey provides the following statement on her work:
My monoprints are scenes painted from nature; landscapes, still lifes, and organic forms that are simple yet contain complexities of color and texture much like those often overlooked in the natural world. I am influenced by the places I have visited, inspired not only by the raw natural beauty but also the emotional responses they can elicit. Many of my images come from my own backyard, from the trees that surround my house, from my walks through the woods. In my work, each tree possesses its own personality. They can emerge intertwined in groups or individual “portraits”. I attempt to translate these through transition of colors, light, shapes, and texture.
Monoprints are described as painterly prints. They are one-of-a-kind prints, a unique process that combines painting and printmaking. The basic technique uses a “plate” (usually plexiglass) as a canvas. The painting is created with a variety of inks using rollers and paintbrushes. I use oil-based etching inks to achieve a richness and transparency of color. After my painting is completed, it is rolled through an etching press onto heavyweight printmaking paper. I use a variety of techniques in my work: chine collé, carborundum, collagraph, collage, stencils and found objects, hand printing, multiple plates, viscosity printmaking, photo emulsion plates, inkjet images, and the use of different materials to provide depth and texture.
I try to approach each work as if putting together a jigsaw puzzle; different components are fitted together to produce a final result that is exciting and not always predictable!
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342 Great Road, Acton, MA 01720
Monoprints: Impressions of Nature
Interested in showing your work at Acton Coffee House?