Beneath the Surface

January 6 – January 27, 2017

Davis Arts Center begins 2017 by presenting Beneath the Surface, an exhibition featuring artwork by the members of the California Society of Printmakers.  The exhibition will showcase a broad range of techniques, from traditional processes to newer, more experimental methods.  From unspoken subtext and hidden motivations to dream like illusions, artists will explore what lies beneath the surface.

The Second Friday ArtAbout reception will be on Friday, January 13, from 7 – 9 pm.  At the reception, the following exhibiting artists will discuss their techniques and the ideas that inspire their work:  Shari Arai DeBoer, Joanna Kidd, Dixie Laws, hj mooij, Barbara Nilsson, Susan Silvester, Maryly Snow and Katherine Venturelli.  The reception is free.

Dixie Laws.

Dixie Laws at Myrtle Press, Photo by Diana Jahns.

In addition to the viewing the exhibition and enjoying the talks during the Second Friday ArtAbout reception, there will be free printmaking activities for everyone to try pulling their own prints.


hj mooij.  "Time Reversal" 2007.

hj mooij. “Time Reversal” 2007.

The exhibit will feature the work of:  Shunsuke Ando, Sandra Beard, Sherry Smith Bell, Angélica Carrasco Acevedo, Jen Cole, Hélène Paulette Côté, Alice Cronin, Shari Arai DeBoer, Beth Fein, Dana Harris, Debra Jewell, Joanna Kidd, Dixie Laws, Barbara Milman, hj mooij, Gustavo Mora, Barbara Nilsson, Carrie Ann Plank, Laurel Prieto, Luz Marina Ruiz, Susan Silvester, Maryly Snow, Herlinde Spahr, Colleen Sullivan, Ginger Crawford Tolonen, Frances Valesco, Katherine Venturelli, Pete Villaseñor and Linda Yoshizawa 

The California Society of Printmakers is the oldest printmaking organization in the nation.  The international organization promotes the practice and appreciation of contemporary fine art printmaking through lectures, exhibitions and events to promote awareness of contemporary printmaking.  Their mission is to support the integrity of traditional printmaking while providing a home for artists exploring new directions in contemporary print methods.  Founded in 1912 as the California Society of Etchers, it reflected a surge of printmaking activity in the West during the early part of the century.  In 1968 the California Society of Etchers merged with the Bay Area Printmakers to form the present California Society of Printmakers.  More information about the CSP and the artists participating in the exhibition, please see