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Eastern Presents Printmakers Network of Southern New England

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The Akus Gallery at Eastern hosted an exhibition by Printmakers Network of Southern New England (PNSNE) titled "Score 2012" from Aug. 30-Oct. 1; a special opening reception was held on Sept. 6. The exhibition, which included PNSNE's sixth portfolio, celebrated the organization's 20th anniversary. "Score 2012" featured the work of such New England artists as Shirley Bernstein, Joan Cole, Eric Goldberg, Melody Knight Leary, Amanda Lebel and Rhea Nowak. Founded in 1992 by four artists and the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, the organization is a loose-knit network of artists and printmakers who remain independent, yet have common goals.

"I have been involved with the Printmaking Network of Southern New England since our first organizational meeting 20 years ago," said Shirley Bernstein, former assistant professor of visual arts at Eastern. "I was drawn to the idea of promoting printmaking by educating potential printmakers and the public through workshops, demonstrations and exhibitions. I find this group and their work personally inspirational. The network creates an environment that encourages collaboration within as well as networking outside the group." 

Score 2012 showcased both PNSNE's 2012 portfolio and individual works of art, which explores a variety of printmaking techniques and creative expression of regional, contemporary printmakers. Lebel, assistant professor of visual arts, said she used a technique called "designed repeat" to emphasize the conundrum of collecting, in that even when more is added, the collection is never complete. "I began working on both of my prints for the exhibition while teaching screen printing at Eastern last semester," said Lebel.  "Students were able to see my process throughout the semester and, with this exhibition, will be able to experience the final pieces." Above, exhibiting artist Amanda Lebel talks with Elliott Woolworth '13 and Laura Visinski '13.

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