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Printmaking Exhibition Opens at JCC Center Gallery

Spring-Bursting,-Audrey-Kay-DowlingThe Cattaraugus County Arts Council (CCAC) and Jamestown Community College (JCC) invite the public to the opening reception of a new exhibition, Inked: Select Prints by Audrey Kay Dowling, Peg Nocciolino, and Jenny Pope. The exhibition will open on Friday, Feburary 28 from 6-8pm at the Center Gallery on JCC’s Olean Campus and runs through April 10.

This exhibition showcases work from three contemporary Western New York printmakers, each practicing in their own unique style. Hailing from Westfield, NY, artist Audrey Kay Dowling is a versatile artist whose body of work includes painting, ceramics, and mixed-media pieces in addition to her block printmaking. Drawing much of her inspiration from the natural world, she noted, “Patterns, like the sweeping gesture of flying birds through the sky, the swirl of fish through water, the gentle curve of wind blowing a branch or flower, light playing through trees, the crashing Lake Erie waves in front of my cottage … all come through my work as I capture nature’s flow and powerful life force energy.”

Peg Nocciolino lives and works as a fine artist, illustrator, designer and educator in Binghamton, NY. The work featured in Inked, inspired by Nocciolino’s personal travels, includes excellent examples of her darkfield monotypes. “I have traveled to places where the landscape has resonated with me and where I have experienced moments of insight regarding light and form. These prints reflect the memories and experience of those landscapes and places.” This unique and celebrated printmaking technique allows the artist to apply ink to a glass plate and then subtract pigment to create the image. This painterly method produces a one-of-a-kind print and the artist can utilize a variety of tools to create texture and depth.

Ithaca area artist, Jenny Pope, is known for her large, color-reduction woodcut prints, often informed by a strong personal interest in flora, fauna, and the environment. Describing her technical process, she commented, “Color-reduction woodcuts are a way to get multiple colors in a print using only one block. First I start by drawing an image onto a piece of MDF. Then I carve away the areas where I want the white to show through, roll up the block with the first color and print 12. Then I carve away that first color roll up my block with the second color and print it on top of the first. When I am finished all that is left of the block is the last color I printed, usually a dark color. I can never redo the edition unless I carved and printed an entire block again.” Her brightly colored works often feature compelling combinations of species with odd or interesting elements from their natural histories.

The opening reception for Inked will be held from 6-8pm at JCC’s Center Gallery in Olean on Friday, February 28.  The reception is free and open to the public and includes happy hour refreshments and hors d’oeuvres. The Center Gallery is located on the 2nd Floor of the College Center on Jamestown Community College’s Cattaraugus County Campus at 260 N. Union St. in Olean. For more information, please contact the Cattaraugus County Arts Council at 716-372-7455 or visit www.myartscouncil.net.

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