Celebrate American printmaking with new Clay Center exhibit

“Tamarind Touchstones: Fabulous at Fifty, Celebrating Excellence in Fine Art Lithography” opens Friday, Jan. 11 See a sampling of lithographs spanning the last 50 years from a world-renowned print workshop as the Clay Center continues its celebration of American printmaking. “Tamarind Touchstones: Fabulous at Fifty, Celebrating Excellence in Fine Art Lithography” opens Friday, Jan. 11. View the exhibit for free at a public reception from 6 – 8 p.m. on opening night.
Featuring more than 60 works on paper, the exhibition from the University of New Mexico’s Tamarind Institute showcases the history, methods and techniques used in lithography across the past half century. See works from some of the most significant American artists and printers of the past few decades in this display honoring the notable studio’s golden anniversary.  
“Tamarind Touchstones” is the second exhibition in the Clay Center’s “Celebrating American Printmaking.” series of programming. The tribute kicked off in October with the exhibit “Associated American Artists: Art by Subscription” and the new free lecture series “Impressions: Conversations on American Prints and Printmaking.”
Learn more about this interesting art form as the Center hosts two more free lectures. Go on a walkthrough of the exhibit with Tamarind Institute Director Marjorie Devon on Thursday, Jan. 17, and learn about collaborative printmaking with Tamarind Master Printer Bill Lagattuta and New York City artist Lesley Dill on Thursday, Feb. 21. Both programs begin at 6 p.m. in the art gallery.
These lectures are presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.
Plus, watch an artist and master printer come together to create a four-color lithograph in a free film screening of  “Four Stones for Kanemitsu” on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 12:15 p.m. in the art gallery. As always, this special edition of the Center’s monthly lunchtime lecture program is free and open to the public.

“Tamarind Touchstones” is sponsored by The Elliot Foundation. The exhibit will be on display through April 21. Museum gallery admission is free for museum members or just $6 for children and $7.50 for adults. For more information on these and other Clay Center exhibits and programs, visit www.theclaycenter.org or call 304-561-3570.

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