Schroon lake artist/printmaker Anne Gregson poses with one of her Solarplate works, ‘Too Much Carnivale. ‘Three of her prints are featured in the ‘Winter Magic’ exhibit that opens this weekend in the Art in Chester Gallery.
A Schroon Lake artist is exhibiting her work nearby.
Anne Gregson’s work is part of “Winter Magic,” which is on display at the North Country Arts Center in Chestertown.
Located on Main Street, the gallery will be will open weekends through March 3. The exhibit features three works by Gregson and works by 45 other Warren and Washington county artists.
Gregson, who works from her Schroon Lake home, was born in New Jersey but has lived in several states. In 1981, she came to the Adirondacks, where she settled in Schroon Lake. She is a retired art teacher at Schroon Lake Central School.
The Schroon artist has worked in many mediums, but has concentrated on Solarplate printmaking recently. The artform makes use of light-sensitive metal plates to create an image that looks like an etching.
To make a Solarplate print, Gregson explained, the artist makes a drawing on a transparent or translucent film. Gregson often uses a film of ground glass. The metal plate is coated with a light-sensitive material, the film placed on top of the plate, and then the ultraviolet light from a sunlamp helps impress the image on to the plate. Gregson then processes the plate further with water to create the image she wants.
Sometimes she uses watercolors to make the print more vibrant; often she uses sepia tones to capture an older, antique look. The solarplating process can make a print look like either an intaglio print or one done in relief; it can also make the print look like an etching, a lithograph, a screenprint, a linocut, and even a photograph.
Gregson said her art focuses on fun.
“Keep it fun,” she said, “and flexible. Begin with a vision of what you want, and then let the materials talk to you as you create.”
Sometimes her final print is different from the vision of it she had when she began, but for Gregson, this creative process is simply normal and an important part of what makes art fun for the artist and interesting for the viewer. She explained that creating art was like a rubber band. When she begins a print, she stretches the limits of possibility as far as they can take her. Then, like the rubber band contracting and strengthening around the object it binds, she gives her print a final, definite form.
During the “Winter Magic” exhibition, Gregson will display etchings made during the summer of 2003 when she studied under master printmaker Dan Welden in Florence, Italy. In all three prints, the characters are wearing masks like the masks worn by Italian street performers or by Mardi Gras revelers in New Orleans.
Gregson’s art can also be seen online at AnneGregson.com.