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    Sunday, December 03, 2023

    Printmakers’ work on view at United Westerly

    Kim Tester, “Insights As the Crow Flies“ (Submitted)

    An exhibition opening Thursday at The United in Westerly showcases the work of the Printmakers' Network of Southern New England.

    The “Pearls Portfolio” has been created in celebration of the group's 30th anniversary. Additional prints from members of the group will also be on view.

    Founded in 1992 through the coordinated efforts of local printmakers and the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, PNSNE's first public exhibition was held at Bradley International Airport in 1993. Entitled "Tools of the Printmaker," the exhibit displayed not only original hand pulled prints but also various tools and materials used by the printmakers to create the prints.

    Since its founding, PNSNE has mounted more than 50 group exhibitions in venues throughout southern New England and beyond. The Slater Memorial Museum in Norwich is the repository of the PNSNE archives.

    Member artists create prints with diverse subject matter that employ a wide range of processes and techniques associated with both traditional and contemporary printmaking. In today's rapidly evolving field of contemporary printmaking, PNSNE facilitates the exchange of information and provides a platform for discussion of new standards and artistic collaboration among its members. At the same time, PNSNE promotes the appreciation of the art of printmaking to the general public.

    “Pearls Portfolio of the Printmakers' Network of Southern New England,” The United, 5 Canal St, Westerly; opening reception Thursday, with music by Greg Piccolo & Mark Ballou; exhibition runs through Nov. 13; gallery hours 4-9 p.m., Mon. and Tues., noon-9 p.m. Wed.-Sun.; free; www.printmakersnetwork.org.

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