An exhibition of the work of Kate Georgallas.
July 18 - August 13
Also showing at the Fraser Gallery:
The Society of Antigonish Printmakers
Group ShowJuly 18 - August 13
SOAP, or the Society of Antigonish Printmaker’s has been in existence since the early 1990's. It is a group of artists who meet to make unique, one of a kind prints. Our home base is Antigonish but some of our members have come from as far as Pictou, and Cape Breton to be a part of our creative society.
It began when the department of art at STFX University, under the Chair of Tom Roach, bought a printing press for the Art Department. “If you bring it they will come”. As well as facilitating a new course in etching for the growing department, this new press provided a community and artistic resource for local artists and would be printmakers. Spearheaded by Vicki MacClean and Anna Syperek, two well respected local artists, SOAP evolved in a natural way. Artists soon came to know that on Fridays you could go into the art department, soak up all the creative juices and either make prints or learn to do so.
Over the years , through continuing education at the University and through their own resources, SOAP have run workshops in intaglio printmaking techniques (etching, aquatint, and drypoint). They have also reached out to other artists with expertise in other disciplines. Most recently SOAP has given workshops at STFX and at The Inverness Center for the Arts. The group possesses a small mini etching press which allows them to give both demonstrations, and small workshops around the province.
This show at the Fraser center includes work by some of the original members of SOAP as well as some of their newer members. There will be works by Anna Syperek, Vicki MacClean, Odile Tetu, Kate Brown Georgallas, William Rogers, Sarah Avmaat, Brendan Sanserson, and Setsuko Ohara. The works are for the most part etchings, drawn on copper plate, etched in an acid bath, and printed on archival paper using an etching press. Though multiples of an image can be produced, each individual print is hand inked and unique. Etchings are renowned for their glowing colour, rich tone, and exquisite detail.