In print, on display

I still remember my first visit to the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk. It was back in 2011, when I was working on a WAG story about the Connecticut Art Trail for that year’s October “Fabulous Feasts” issue.

I remember how I was so impressed by all that was going on in that historic building nestled into the beautiful grounds known as Mathews Park (and just across the way from that other gem, the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum).

That’s why I was particularly pleased to hear about this upcoming exhibition at the printmaking center.

Recent work by local, national and international printmakers will be showcased in the fourth biennial Footprint International Exhibition, which opens June 8 at the center.

The show includes more than 200 diverse landscapes, portraits, animal paintings and botanicals that have been created by hand, using both traditional and contemporary printmaking methods.

This exhibition offers the chance to examine trends in original prints from around the world, with all work available for sale.

The word “footprint” in the show title refers to the size of the works, with each image a one-foot-square print.

Juror Elisabeth Hodermarsky, the Sutphin family senior associate curator of prints, drawings, photographs at the Yale University Art Gallery, awarded best-in-show honors to Minnesota artist Miriam Rudolph, while juror prizes went to U.K. artist Anne Desmet and Germany’s Josef Werner.

Honorable mentions went to two Connecticut artists, both CCP members – DeAnn Prosia of Newtown and Karen Kalkstein of Stamford.

A reception will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. June 8, with the exhibition continuing through Aug. 31.

CPP is at 299 West Ave.

For more, visit contemprints.org or call 203-899-7999.

– Mary Shustack

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