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Ernst Community Center to display printmaking art show

Potomac Book
Anne Smith; Potomac Book (desert); silkscreen and etching on paper; 3 7/8” x 3 7/8” x 3/4"; photo courtesy of the artist.
Adjowa Burrowes; Undercurrent_1; monotype on paper; 28” x 36”; photo courtesy of the artist.

The Verizon Gallery at the Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center at Northern Virginia Community College’s Annandale Campus is honored to display The Language of Impressions, a printmaking art show that will include works created by 13 artists from the mid-Atlantic region. The show will be on display for the month of June with an artists’ reception scheduled for 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 3.

The Language of Impressions presents various printmaking techniques including silkscreens, etchings, collographs, serigraphs and monoprints. With the exhibit, the artists are presenting to viewers their voices through the art of printmaking. Cheryl Edwards – an exhibiting artist who also organized and curated the show with Exhibition Director Mary Welch Higgins – explained that sometimes language can be visual, and printmaking is a language of impressions. 

“The most common use of language is words either spoken or written to be read and comprehended. There are other vernaculars of language which are sometimes visual,” Edwards said. “Printmaking is a language of impressions. One of the oldest printmaking techniques is a woodcut which involves the carving of an image into a wooden surface. This is then inked and printed, leaving the carved-out image in negative as well as occasional traces of the wood’s grain. Upon viewing the exhibit, it is their hope that you will experience the various dialects of printmaking, as well as the creative imagery of each individual artist.”

Artists participating in the show include Edwards, Joan Belmar, Adjowa Burrowes, Helen Frederick, Amelia Hankin, Azia Gibson-Hunter, Maroulla Morcos, Lisa Rosenstein, Anne Smith, Hendrik Sundqvist, Alec Simpson, Michelle Talibah and Nikki Whipkey.

The Verizon Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and is located in the Ernst Center on the Annandale Campus at 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA, 22003. The show and reception are free and open to the public.


Media Contact: Raytevia Evans | 703.425.5839 | revans@nvcc.edu



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