Solar Impressions Brings Innovative Work to Southampton

The Southampton Arts Center is presenting an innovative series of hundreds of work by emerging and internationally renowned artists using the innovative technology of solar printmaking using light-sensitive plates.

The two simultaneous exhibitions, “Solar Impressions” and “International Masters/Collaborations in Printmaking” are being organized by Sag Harbor master printmaker Dan Welden, and will open with a day full of workshops and reception on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. and will run through Dec. 29.

“Solar Impressions” is a worldwide juried exhibition sponsored by the Inspiration Plus Foundation, with more than 100 impressions selected from more than 700 entries. Forty awards worth a total of $28,000 will be given to artists who participate.

Mr. Welden has been collaborating with artists using stone lithography and etching since 1971, and the “International Masters/Collaborations in Printmaking” exhibition includes work Mr. Welden collaborated on with artists ranging from Willem and Elaine de Kooning to Kiki Smith, Estavan Vicente, Dan Flavin, James Brooks, Eric Fischl, Robert Gwathmey, Paul Davis, Syd Solomon, Roy Nicholson, Jack Youngerman, Robert Dash, Louisa Chase, David Salle, Alfonso Ossorio, Ibram Lassaw, Lynda Benglis, Bill King, Jane Freilicher, Jimmy Ernst and Kurt Vonnegut.

Mr. Welden has helped to pioneer the use of light sensitive plates for printmaking, which are a marked health, safety and environmental improvement over historic printmaking technology using polymer plates, sunlight and ordinary tap water, with no acids or hazardous chemicals.

Dan Welden
Dan Welden and abstract expressionist Willem de Kooning

Programs in conjunction with the exhibitions include open portfolio sessions with exhibiting artists on Nov. 16 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., followed by a demonstration and talk with Mr. Welden and fellow master printmaker Ron Pokrasso at 3 p.m. and a juror’s discussion with jurors Alex Ferrone, Laura G. Einstein and Ron Pokrasso at 5 p.m., followed by the opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. All Nov. 16 events are free and open to the public.

On Nov. 17, Mr. Welden will give a free gallery talk with stories and pictures from the masters included in the second exhibition at 4 p.m.

On Sunday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m., Mr. Welden will lead a solar plate workshop for adults and kids, which is $20 per person or $15 for friends of Southampton Arts Center.

Mr. Welden will also give a free workshop for veterans on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. 

A free closing day gallery tour and champagne toast will be held on Sunday, Dec. 29 at 12:30 p.m.

The Southampton Arts Center is located at 25 Jobs Lane in Southampton, and can be reached at 631.283.0967.

Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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