LCDS Prints its Mark on First Friday

Upper School printmaking will meet downtown Lancaster’s First Friday from 5-9 p.m. at Mulberry Art Studios, 19-21 N. Mulberry St. Twelve students from grades 10-12 will display 27 pieces in the North Gallery on the second floor of Mulberry Art Studios. For those who can’t make it Friday, the show will run though November during regular gallery hours, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays.

“It’s a great experience to have students in a gallery show, to be involved in everything from setting up to going through the curating process to decide which pieces to include,” said Candy Thompson, printmaking teacher and mastermind behind the exhibition.

Thompson first got the idea for the show in September, and both Mulberry and her students, including junior Quinn E. who’s taking an independent study in visual arts, signed on to the idea straight away. Project Arts also expressed its support by buying frames for the students’ work.

Part of the appeal of printmaking lies in the wide variety of images, shapes and colors that one can create with relative ease, compared with some slower and necessarily less freewheeling modes of expression. “If you’re drawing or painting, there are a lot of decisions you have to commit to along the way,” Thompson said. “With printmaking though, there’s not the fear of failure that you might have otherwise, because if one idea doesn’t work out, there’s flexibility within the medium to explore other possible solutions.”

A striking sources of possible solutions has come from the thick reference books of maps that Thompson salvaged from a recent library cull of dated material.

“These books are great because we can use the maps as a canvas of sorts and maps themselves provide room for reinterpretation. Their figurative meaning can go far beyond — and not even necessarily have anything to do with — their literal one, but if nothing else they help provide subtext and another way to express meaning through color and layers,” Thompson said.

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