THE Matilda Street Art Gallery in Macksville will be displaying works by three Nambucca Valley artists until mid November.
Titled "A Passion for Printmaking," the showcase of talent brings together the works of Catherine Eadie, Juliet Tilson and Jenny Thorsby.
Drawing, painting and papermaking formed Catherine Eadie's artistic origins, which transformed into printmaking when she started attending classes at NERAM in Armidale some 12 years ago.
She attended workshops with Master Printmaker Basil Hall, including two weeks on a Greek Island.
These workshops inspired the formation of the highly respected printmaking group the Black Gully Printmakers.
Fortunately for the recently formed Coffs Coast Printmakers, Catherine relocated from the Armidale area to Macksville and joined their group as an active member, exhibiting, teaching, and enjoying the endless possibilities printmaking provides.
Catherine's artwork demonstrates her deep connection with the natural environment.
Juliet Tilson has always had an affinity with art.
Abstract painting was Juliet's passion for many years, along with drawing and painting in the field.
Her artistic practice developed through studies in visual arts at the North Coast TAFE in Coffs Harbour, where she was introduced to printmaking by J.P.Wills and Sara Bowen.
Printmaking is a detail and process-focused art form that balances the openness of the abstract painting format.
In 2020 Juliet joined the Coffs Coast Printmakers with friend Jenny.
Since that time, Juliet has been immersed in printmaking, learning new techniques, exhibiting, and recently instructing.
"I love the special quality of ink on paper," she said.
Her inspiration often comes from nature, but she also has an eye for a touch of the retro and nostalgic.
Jenny Thorsby loves the mystery of printmaking, never knowing exactly how the image will turn out till you pull that final print.
Wood engraving is Jenny's favourite form of printmaking, although she also experiments with etching, lino and drypoint.
Her subjects include old houses, flowers and images from the natural world.
Jenny aspires to the works of Lionel Lindsay in Australia and Howard Phipps, Sue Scullard and the old English wood engraver Thomas Bewick.
"It's the fine lines of wood engraving that I love most," Jenny said.
The Passion for Printmaking showcase started on October 2 and will continue at the Matilda Street Art Gallery until mid November.
A "Meet the Artists" event, where they will demonstrate printmaking techniques, is scheduled for October 9, from 9 am to 12 pm.
Expressions of interest in attending Printmaking workshops can be made at the gallery.
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