Written by Chris Herman
Willimantic, Conn. - The Akus Gallery at Eastern Connecticut State University will host an exhibition by Printmakers Network of Southern New England (PNSNE) titled "Score 2012" from Aug. 30-Oct. 1, with a special opening reception on Sept. 6 from 5-7 p.m. The exhibition, which includes PNSNE's sixth portfolio, celebrates the organization's 20thanniversary.
"Score 2012" features the work of such New England artists including 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 today 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 showcases both PNSNE's 2012 portfolio and individual works of art, which explore 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."
PNSNE meets six times a year, visiting numerous museums and gallery sites prior and school print studios in Southern New England, picking central locations to give members an opportunity to visit different print workshops and exhibitions. PNSNE has collaborated with local New England poets to produce a book titled "Travel." Their work has been featured in many venues, including Wheaton College, Fairfield University, the Dodd Center at the University of Connecticut and the Newport Art Museum.
For more information on Score 2012, contact the Akus Gallery at (860) 465-4659.