Area art enthusiasts have a rare opportunity to see some of the finest examples of contemporary printmaking in the nation here in Topeka. View the amazing prints in the Printed Image 4, a juried, biennial exhibit starting Nov. 16 at the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery.
Hand-pulled prints are beautiful, velvety and can express any idea. Juror Yuji Hiratsuka, a printmaking professor at Oregon State University, has selected 52 works from 194 submissions from as far away as Hawaii and New York. Some are 5-foot to 6-foot tall, so there’s a lot to see, including 12 pieces from Kansas artists.
Most prints convey an idea, from commentary about the environment to family memories. In Vision I, Scott Brown created a print composed of the right eyes of the U.S. presidents on paper currency. Old family photos inspired Faded Love Letters by Kathleen Ristenen.
Printed Image 4 Opening Reception is Friday, Nov. 16 from 5:30-8:30pm. Learn more about the art form during Hiratsuka’s Artist Talk Sunday, Dec. 9 from 7-8:30pm. Hiratsuka is interested in expressing the human conditions such as mood, feeling and thought through ambiguous and whimsical figures, which bear a slight resemblance to traditional Japanese Ukiyo-e prints.
Juror and purchase awards will go to the top artists. A people’s choice award will also be given. Come in and vote for your favorite before it’s too late. The exhibit will close Dec. 28. For more information and a list of participating artists, visit Printed Image 4 online. This exhibit and related programs are supported by the Friends of the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library.
As you step into the gallery, view Ink This!, an exhibition about printmaking on display in the front space in the Sabatini Gallery.
The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library is a 21st-century, landmark library, and features the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery, the Millennium Café, Chandler Booktique, meeting rooms, and free computer and Internet access and training.
Gallery hours are the same as library hours: Mon. through Fri. 9 am to 9 pm, Sat. 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday 12 pm to 9 pm.