Ecoart, Monotypes, Paintings and Prints On Display in October

October 5th, 2006 by Adam

October brings three new and diverse exhibitions to separate venues at Plymouth State University, opening Wednesday, Oct. 18, according to Director of Exhibitions Catherine Amidon. Receptions will be held at each venue from 4–6 p.m. on the 18th.

The Karl Drerup Gallery in the Draper & Maynard Building on North Main Street in Plymouth, will host Susan Smith: The Comerford Project, a collection of drawings, video and audio segments relating to architectural, environmental and construction history and water management damissues of the 21st century. The Comerford Dam spans the Connecticut River in northern Vermont and New Hampshire. Completed in 1930 to produce power for the New England states and to control flooding, it also helps supply irrigation for farms and water to urban areas.

The siting of the International Style Comerford Dam in the Connecticut River Valley, its architectural beauty and the environmental implications of its addition to the landscape, all provided impetus for this project. Problems of water quality, wildlife habitat and water management, so important to the region, influence Smith’s works. The exhibition runs through Dec. 16.

Susan Smith will speak on “Love and Hate on the Connecticut River—the Comerford Hydro Dam,” at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, in Boyd Science Center room 114. Boyd Science Center is located on Highland Street in Plymouth.

art printPrint Works: The Monotype Guild of New England Juried Exhibition will hang in the Silver Center for the Arts, Oct. 18 through Dec. 6. Scott Schnepf, associate professor of drawing, printmaking and painting at the University of New Hampshire was juror for the show and will be at the October 18 opening. The exhibition represents a cross section of regional work.

To create a monotype, the artist manipulates ink or paint onto the surface of a smooth plate and then transfers that image onto paper by means of pressure. The plate may be made of anything that can withstand the pressure of hand-rubbing or an etching press. Since no image has been incised or otherwise permanently fixed to the plate as in other print media, the image cannot be repeated exactly and only one (mono) print can be made. Frequently, an artist may rework a completed monotype with the addition of collage materials, pastels, inks or other drawing materials.

The Monotype Guild of New England is a regional organization of more than 200 artists, founded in 1985.

Lamson Library on Highland Street will present a series of 10 engravings Oct. 18 through Dec. 6 by San Francisco painter and printmaker, Art Hazelwood, collectively entitled Hubris Corpulentus. Hazelwood created the pieces, which required minuteness and control, as a way to help him process his anger and frustration with the U.S. military incursion into Iraq.

engraving“Engraving seemed like the best way to focus. It is a laborious process: a method of cutting a metal plate with tools to create an image,” Hazelwood said.

Plymouth State Librarian David Beronä wrote an article on Hazelwood for Image [&] Narrative magazine.

“A glimpse of his [Hazelwood’s] work reflects the acceptance of his own personal creed, as a witness to our contemporary culture and the development in craft and content that has culminated in his recent controversial series of satirical prints against the war in Iraq,” Beronä wrote.

Hazelwood will attend the October 18 gallery opening at Lamson Library.

For information about the Gallery and Exhibitions Program at Plymouth State University, call (603) 535-2614 or send e-mail to

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