First Impressions

January 9 – January 24, 2020

Sylvia Solochek Walters.

The California Society of Printmakers returns to Davis Arts Center presenting the exhibition, First Impressions.  The exhibition includes 30 artists and features a wide range of printmaking techniques, from traditional processes to more experiment methods (including books and other 3d work).  The free Second Friday ArtAbout reception will be on Friday, January 10, from 6 to 8pm.  The public is encouraged to attend as many of the artists will be attending the reception.  The exhibition opens Thursday, January 9 and runs through January 24, 2020.

In addition to the exhibit, there will be free community printmaking drop-ins on Monday, January 13 and Thursday, January 16, both from 4 – 6pm.  No registration is required, simply arrive for either or both drop-ins.  Different topics/techniques will be presented at each drop-in.  All ages welcome.  The printmaking drop-ins are supported, in part, by a grant from the City of Davis Arts & Cultural Affairs program.


First Impressions artists will demonstrate various printmaking methods and participants can observe and try their hand at printing!.  On Monday, January 13, see demonstrations and try printing using gyotaku (Japanese fish printing) and various intaglio techniques (intaglio is the process where an inked plate is run through a press, transferring the ink in the grooves of the plate onto the paper); and chine collé (a fun way to collage colored and textured papers onto an image).  On Thursday, January 16, participants will learn about screenprinting, relief printing and monotype (a spontaneous way to print painterly images).  All ages and levels of experience are welcome.  There is no registration- simply arrive for either or both drop-ins.


The exhibition features the work of:  Shunsuke Ando, Sandra Beard, Robert Brokl, Donna Brown, Hélène Paulette Côté, Christopher M. Dewees, Betty Friedman, Karen Gallagher-Iverson, Rozanne Hermelyn Di Silvestro, Susan L. Howe, Debra Jewell, Joanna Kidd, Dixie Laws, Kent Manske, Sharon Augusta Mitchell, Barbara Nilsson, Anna Rochester, Ashley Rodriguez Reed, Luz Marina Ruiz & Debbie Koppman, Aslı Sağlam, Susan Silvester, Maryly Snow, Herlinde Spahr, Laurie Szujewska, Jami Taback, Nikki Thompson, Katherine Venturelli, Sandy Walker, Sylvia Solochek Walters and Nanette Wylde.

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

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