Artists make 'imprints' on visitors
Posted March 20, 2009
Rafael Anguiano
Gallery visitor Heather Halk joined the guests at the dA Center opening reception for “I’mprints” Saturday. The exhibition, curated by Kathy Spear, included work by area artists Sioux Bally-Maloof, Sandy Garcia, Karen Neiuber, Jan Wheatcroft, Katherine White and Larry White. “I’mprints” will be on display until the closing reception March 28 from 6-10 p.m.

Victoria Farlow
Staff Writer

The gala reception for artist and curator, Kathy Spear’s “I’mprints” show took place at the dA Center for the Arts in Pomona on Saturday.

Spear’s work was on display along with the work of artists Sioux Bally-Maloof, Sandy Garcia, Karen Neiuber, Jan Wheatcroft, Katherine White and Larry White.

“Most artists have been creative for a while,” Spear said.

Spear teaches the art of monoprinting.

Monoprinting is a form of printmaking that has images or lines that cannot be reproduced exactly.

“The exciting thing about printing is that it is so unique,” Spear said. “Monoprinting is so spontaneous.”

Spear said the process begins with paint on plexiglass then an image is printed on paper through a printing press.

“There is only one print,” Spear said. “That is what monoprint means.”

“Some of us choose to go back and add but many leave the original,” Spear said.

Walter Fasutlin and his wife Josie Faustlin enjoyed their second night at the dA center.

“The monoprints are our favorite,” Walter Faustlin said.

“The black, white and red one stands out to us,” Josie Faustin said.

The couple pointed to Bally-Maloof’s “Finding November.”

Bally-Maloof was born in Akron, Ohio, but was raised in Claremont.

She was attracted to the arts at an early age and graduated from Scripps College with a degree in fine arts.

Bally-Maloof owns Heartstone Arts, a graphic design business in Claremont.

She has been a painter in California for many years and believes there is much to discover about the printmaking process.

Bally-Maloof loves the way the monotype method completely allows her to work in a painterly fashion.

She also loves how it gives surprise results nearly every time a painted plate is put on the press.

Bally-Maloof has paintings in private collections in both Europe and the U.S.

Rachel Boell from Pomona admired Garcia’s folk art.

“Wow this is really cool,” Boell said. “We need stuff like this. We need to get exposed to art.”

Boell, who creates art with her husband, especially liked Garcia’s Sugar skulls and Los Muertos paintings.

“I love the artist’s watercolors, “ Boell said. “I am fascinated by watercolors.”

Garcia was born in El Paso, Texas, and raised in East Los Angeles.

Garcia’s inspiration of Mexican Folk art is partly due to her grandparents as Mexican folk dancers.

Garcia was also inspired by her father’s painted murals in storefronts.

Garcia is a self-taught and self-supporting artist who experiments with watercolor, acrylic and monoprinting

In addition to painting, Garcia also teaches mosaic workshops.

Boell tries to attend the dA Center exhibits every Saturday.

“I often bring my husband and my children. The music is great and I always have a great time,” Boell said.

Jeffery Washington from Pomona had mixed feelings about the I’mprints gallery.

“This type of art is new to me, but it does have my interest,” Washington said.

Washington especially liked Rick Caughman’s acrylic on canvas, “Return to Forever.”

“That mountain scene is beautiful,” Washington said. “It reminds me of what I like about Southern California. Just about every part of if looks completely different.”

I’mprints will be at the dA Center for the Arts until March 28.

Spear offers a printmaking workshop at her studio in Upland with spring and summer dates coming soon.

For more information, call 909-949-1842 or e-mail

creativearts@earthlink.net.

Victoria Farlow can be reached at victoria.farlow@laverne.edu

 
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