Peta Orbach, Dancing Girl,  Etching

Peta Orbach

www.petaorbach.com

I want my paintings to speak for themselves. I look for a certain power and simplicity in my work, images that work at a gut level which also invite a wry, humorous look at life. I like to challenge bland emotions and poke fun at sacred cows.
The roots of my work are in expressionism; my influences are from everywhere: a childhood in West Africa, French political posters of May 1968, Topolski’s sketchbooks, Munakata’s woodcuts. I also admire Chinese brush painting with its object of capturing a single Zen moment in a few simple brush strokes.
My themes are grounded in everyday life, in my experience of life as a woman. As an artist I like to work within the traditions of art and history, at the same time to play with its icons and stretch its boundaries. My subjects are landscapes and people, animals and flowers, dancers and musicians, a celebration of life.
Art for me is not only about life but a way of adding to it, exploring it. I think with my brush. I think about the marks I make. I want to blow fresh air into established ways of looking at life and constantly to redefine myself and my relationship to the traditions of art.

"Art" doesn't literally speak, but instead it can be "a way" of communicating with color, texture, sound and shape. In my artwork, I am careful to remember movement, joy, and mystery, to make viewers feel happy and think about the meaning of my art.  I think that expressing how you enjoyed creating is one of the biggest keys to making artwork successful.Each technique of Printmaking has its own distinct character:Silkscreen is a great technique for detailed graphic lines.Etching techniques make pen-drawing prints and different shades or tones.Lithography is a perfect technique to print exactly how you draw.Monotype is a fun technique to create unique prints with brush strokes.My goal is to create prints that have many unique "flavors" within each edition, so viewers can choose the style that fits their tastes.
Dale Klein was born in Buffalo NY and spent most of her life in Upstate New York.  After 25 years as a Clinical Social Worker, she received her Bachelors Degree in Studio Art in 2006 and her MFA from Rutgers in 2010. She is now living and working in Rochester. Dale is a painter and printmaker whose primary interest is in the post-industrial landscape of the Northeast United States as a microcosm of what is happening to our country and most of the developed world.  She is interested in the concept of entropy and how it affects contemporary life. Working on the boundary of abstraction and realism, she transforms her world in order to delve into it deeper emotionally and let the viewer bring his or her preconceptions to it. Since 2006, Dale’s prints have been in numerous national juried shows and have won several prizes including the Purchase Prize at Hunterdon Museum of Art. She had solo show at the Washington Printmakers Gallery in 2012, a two-person show in Rochester in 2009 and a three-person show at Nazareth College in Rochester in 2105. She has been chosen to participate in two juried portfolios, the Syracuse University Printmaking Department MFA Portfolio and the Purdue University Portfolio, Disguise. In 2012 Dale was commissioned to create the annual patron print for the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester and in 2015, The College at Brockport purchased a print for its new Liberal Arts Building. Her work was also selected to be in the Los Angeles Printmaking Society’s 20th annual show and she was admitted to the LA Printmaking Society. She has been awarded a residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, the Hambidge Center, and The Millay Colony. She has  taught printmaking at the Garfield Middle School in Revere, MA and printmaking, painting, and drawing at the Creative Workshop at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester.
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Jan. 11, 2020

ImMigration Project at Self Help Graphics

Saturday, January 11th to February 22nd, 2020

Opening Reception, January 11th, 7PM - 9PM

Join us February 1st, 2020 from 1PM-3PM
For or a Gallery Walk through with participating artists followed by a
Panel Discussion on "Migration and Art”  with

Pavel Acevedo, Marianne Sadowski and Phumilelele Tshabalala

Included in this exhibition is a special preview of PAPER BOATS, a small flotilla will be on view in preparation for LA Printmaking on view at SGCI 2020 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, April 1-4, 2020.


The ImMigration Project, back from an exciting installation in Venice Italy, in October 2019 currently comprises 145 artists from all over North America and Europe!
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