Beginning with an artists’ reception from 6:30–7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 6, and running through December, BlackBird Frame & Art is featuring Unframed, an exhibition of works by members of Asheville Printmakers, an organization dedicated to exploring print media.
These are original prints, typically small editions made from a single printing plate (as distinguished from prints such as giclées and offset lithography that are reproductions of a single original work). Original prints offer not only relative affordability, but also have special value in that the artist and printer, often one and the same, are challenged to use specialized skills and techniques through multiple processes.
The prints in Unframed, made on paper and other non-rigid materials, will be displayed unframed. They will be placed next to a selection of frames to better illustrate the effect that frame and mat will have on the final presentation of the pieces.
Asheville Printmakers was formed last year to encourage printmaking in the arts community and to provide a forum for sharing experiences among its members. The group has a broad definition of print that includes most works in which artists are engaged in the production process.
Printmakers employ a variety of relief and intaglio methods, such as woodblocks, linocuts, engravings, etchings, collographs, and photogravure, as well as monotypes and alternative photographic printing processes.
BlackBird Frame & Art is located at 365 Merrimon Avenue. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. To learn more, visit blackbirdframe.com, call 828.225.3117, or email John Horrocks email@example.com.