Monday, May 22, 2017

Archway Gallery Presents Ink&Image 2017

Archway Gallery presents Ink&Image 2017 
 in conjunction with PrintHouston
Featuring Printmaking by Anderson, Coker, Cromwell, Gray, Joiner, Perkins, and Riccetti

Group Show               June 3 through July 5, 2017

Opening Reception
DATE:                         Saturday, June 3, 2017
TIME:                          5 – 8 p.m.; with Artist Talk at 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION:                 The Front Space at Archway Gallery,
2305 Dunlavy, Houston, TX 77006

Complimentary Valet Parking                                                         

Houston, Texas (April 28, 2017) Ink&Image 2017, at Archway Gallery June 3 – July 5, highlights the breadth of contemporary printmaking with prints by seven Archway Gallery artists: Joel Anderson, Christie Coker, Kevin Cromwell, Mary Lee Gray, Harold Joiner, donna e perkins, and Shirl Riccetti. Ink&Image is a venue of the biennial city-wide series of exhibits and events celebrating the ancient art of printmaking, sponsored by the professional printmaking organization, PrintMatters. 

Archway artists follow the ancient tradition of making marks as statements, including those of the stamped and stenciled hands found in caves and shelters on every continent of the world, except Antarctica. There are thousands of these stamped and stenciled prints made by men, women and children who lived as early as 40,000 years ago. These hand prints seem to say clearly, "We are here. We are."

Ink&Image artists create art that explores the scope of making prints using relief, intaglio, monoprint, monotype, combinations of these, as well as experimental processes.

The Archway artists will be present at the opening reception on Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 5 - 8 p.m. to visit with viewers and explain their printmaking processes; the Artist Talk will be at 6:30 p.m. Complimentary valet parking and light refreshments will be available.

Joel Anderson is an encaustic artist incorporating modern, digital elements into an ancient art medium. For this exhibition, Anderson layers encaustic over monoprints or other base imagery then adds upper layer graphics via a digital image transfer process. Other techniques specific to encaustic are also shown, such as coating with shellac and then lighting the whole piece on fire.
Christie Coker typically works with acrylic paint on textured surfaces using sights and sounds from nature as her inspiration. For this show, she continues her exploration of texture while incorporating printmaking techniques into the artistic process. Coker received a Bachelor of Science in Education with a specialization in art from Lamar University. She has also studied at the MFAH's Glassell School and has participated in workshops that encourage artistic growth. After a successful career as a classroom art teacher, the artist developed curriculum for a local non-profit organization providing art enrichment for children in the greater Houston area.  Currently focused on producing art full-time, Coker has been represented by Archway Gallery since 2001. Her work is included in private collections in the United States and abroad.

Kevin Cromwell has been working as a printmaker for the last four years after starting with a "Steamroller Print" event in 2012.  He works to make that process more visible in his latest works. Cromwell is currently exhibiting prints at the Universidad de Veracruz Ana in Mexico and has recently travelled to the University of Belgrade in Serbia to promote PrintMatters and the annual "Steamroller Print" festival.

For printmaker Mary Lee Gray making art involves using images, color and form to communicate a response to what has touched her life. Gray's initial impulse may come from a tree etched against light, a human form in movement or very still, a thought, phrase, idea, random sound, or even from the tools and processes used to make the piece. Making a work of art resembles putting together a puzzle from disparate parts. The surprising result is a new image that can stand alone, speak for itself, and provoke a response from the viewer. Art is a discrete form of communication.

Harold Joiner is a painter who explores themes related to the natural or built environment. His work ranges from the purely abstract to the fully representational; he is inspired by what he sees in the cities, parks and nature preserves, as well as the open countryside of central and south Texas. Joiner is new to printmaking and has recently explored the use of unusual media in the development of prints. One such exploration involves using wax paper as the applicator for prints on smooth paper or on Yupo, a slick plasticized surface which is like Mylar. The resist of the wax paper in combination with the slick surface creates pleasant abstractions reminiscent of natural forms.

Painter donna e perkins approaches monotype printmaking in an experimental and playful manner. She is interested in the play of light on metallic surfaces.

With an extensive background in drawing, Shirl Riccetti has always enjoyed the physical activity and drama of transferring one image many ways. So much can be told in the placement, color intensity, and design on the paper. Riccetti received her BA in Fine Arts from the University of St. Francis. She continued her education at the La Romita School of Art in Terni, Italy, the University of San Francisco, San Francisco Art Institute, and Rice University. Her international painting trips include the Mas de la Chappelle, Provence, the Couvent du Jardon, Aups in France, as well as the Amalfi Coast of Italy, Spain, Portugal, and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Riccetti writes a monthly column for the Watercolor Art Society of Houston, called "Art on the Go", for artists who travel.

Artist owned and operated since 1976
Archway Gallery, one of Houston's and the nation's oldest artist-owned and operated galleries, is located at 2305 Dunlavy and is open Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 – 5 p.m.  Since 1976, Archway Gallery has been exhibiting the work of the area's finest artists, providing a great selection of affordable, high quality art including sculpture, pottery and painting in a variety of media and styles. One of the more than 30 member artists is always on site, providing visitors a unique experience to meet the artists who created the work, offering a personal insight into the process. Each month features a special exhibition highlighting member artist(s). The public is invited to the monthly opening receptions that celebrate the new installations and work, usually held the first Saturday of each month from 5 – 8 p.m.  In addition to monthly exhibitions, Archway also hosts a variety of demonstrations and monthly readings for local writers and authors, as well as a "Tea and Tour" program, providing visitors with a free artist-led tour of the current exhibition, followed by tea and refreshments.  With 30 artist-members, Archway Gallery is THE destination in the Houston area for affordable art directly from the artist. For more information, visit or call 713.522.2409. Like Archway Gallery on Facebook.

--   donna e perkins