Wednesday, October 27, 2010
The Printmakers Network of Southern New England held their fall meeting at the Providence Art Club in downtown Providence, R.I. (Just down the hill from RISD.) What a wonderful environment!
The Providence Art Club was founded in 1880 and created to promote the appreciation of art in the community. It's home to studios, galleries, and a clubhouse housed in a procession of historic buildings. You can check them out at their site. http://www.providenceartclub.org/
There have been renovations made in one building to house classroom and exhibition spaces while parts of the older buildings step you back in time.
You could almost imagine dropping by for afternoon tea as you set foot into some of the rooms. The buildings are connected by atrium like hallways.
It was a beautiful day to visit Providence and a treat to check out the various corners of this wonderful old establishment. It's always great to get together with fellow printmakers to share ideas and plan for group projects and exhibitions. Being a printmaker is almost like belonging to a secret society; if you meet another printmaker, talk immediately turns to techniques and materials. There seems to be an almost instantaneous collegiality among printmakers that I'm not sure is there among other artists, or at least it's not the same. Every printmaker that I've met, either in person or online, has been enthusiastic about what they do, and generally very generous with their knowledge and insights. I think we're all pretty much caught up in the process, at least to some extent, of our given printmaking media, and recognize that spark of craftsmanship in other printmakers, too. Needless to say, it was an enjoyable meeting.