Chestertown Several etchings by area artist Anne Gregson, which blend humor, magic and mystery, will be included in the “Winter Magic” exhibit which opens this weekend at Art in Chestertown Gallery on Main Street in downtown Chestertown.
Gregson, a New Jersey native who works out of her Schroon Lake home, moved to the Adirondacks in 1981 and taught art here for several years.
An experienced artist in a wide variety of media, Gregson has concentrated for the past 10 years on Solarplate printmaking that utilizes light-sensitive metal plates to create etching-like images.
To make a Solarplate print, Gregson draws an image on translucent film or ground glass. A metal plate is coated with a light-sensitive material, and the film or glass is pressed against the plate, and this sandwich is exposed to ultraviolet light, which impresses the image onto the plate —much like a photographic contact print.
Gregson manipulates and enhances the image further with water or watercolors for various effects. The process produces prints that have the appearance of an intaglio print or an etching, a lithograph, a relief print; a screen print, a linocut, or even a photograph.
The wide variety of effects that can be created make the process fun, Gregson said. “Begin with a vision of what you want, and then let the materials talk to you as you create,” she said, noting that sometimes she lets the process itself — stretched to its limits — determine the outcome.
For the “Winter Magic” exhibit, Gregson will be showing three etchings she made during 2003 when she studied under master printmaker Dan Welden in Florence, Italy.
In all three prints, characters are wearing fantastic masks like those worn by Italian street performers or by Mardi Gras revelers.
The works blend portraits and abstractions, suggesting the character, emotions and mystery that her subjects embody.
“Winter Magic” exhibit’s opening reception is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 20 in the Art in Chestertown Gallery on Main Street. A number of the 55 artists whose work is included in the show are scheduled to be on hand.
The gallery is open weekends through the winter, and the exhibit will be on display through March 3.
More details on Gregson are available on her website, AnneGregson.com.