PLYMOUTH — The Lamson Library and Learning Commons at Plymouth State University is hosting two exhibitions this fall.
Route 66, Westbound to Paradise, the 2014 portfolio exchange, is a national collection of works by 18 nationally and internationally noted printmaking artists, curated by artist Fawn Atencio of Denver. The exhibition presented under the aegis of the Lamson Learning Commons Print Series, runs through December 5 on the Learning Commons Art Display Wall.
Route 66, also known as "the road to opportunity," linked Chicago to Los Angeles between 1926 and the mid 1950s. The road functions as a metaphorical bridge, taking people to California. As people migrated along the route, it served as a cultural conduit, transporting ideas, progressive thinking, and diversity westward. The road to opportunity led to California, a place people thought of as offering a better life and where paradise could be found.
Portfolio exchange participants were asked to provide their own take on "Route 66, Westbound to Paradise."
Fawn Atencio graduated with honors from the University of Northern Colorado School of Art and Design, earning a bachelor's degree in art with a minor in environmental science. She continued her education in printmaking and drawing at Washington University in Missouri where she assisted master printer Maryanne Ellison-Simmons at the Washington University's Island Press from 1998-2000. She completed her MFA degree in 2000 and works as a full-time studio artist in Denver. Atencio's work has been shown and is in private collections internationally and nationally.
Creativity in Printmaking: Recent work from Professor Emerita of Art Annette Mitchell's summer graduate course. The unique prints created by the 16 participating artists combine polystyrene foam block prints on both paper and fabric, and sometimes other art media such as Sumi ink. New works were created each of the 9 days of the course and local artists in many media visited the studio nearly every day. Mitchell told prospective students, "Buckle up, because we're headed into the Art Zone!" Students came to the first day of class with a "wish plan" of what they would like to learn or explore. The exhibition reveals their execution of those wishes.
Participant Alma Grand commented, "Annette's classes are always fresh, new and exciting. We are completely immersed in the world of art, and we become a real community of artists."
A reception with Mitchell and the artists will be held from 5:30–7:30 p.m. Thursday, September 11. The exhibition runs through October 3 on the newly dedicated David A. Beronä Exhibition Wall. Beronä recently retired as Dean of the Library and Academic Support Services at Plymouth State.
Exhibiting are: Betsy Ayotte, Paulette Brace, Jessica Cobbett, Lynn Decker, Helen Downing, Alma Grand, Peg Hartz, Caroline Luke, Glenn Madon, Gloria Sterling, Ariel Rothbaum, Virginia Slayton, Eleanor Spencer, Linda Walsh, Susan Wei and Amy Wilson.