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Profiles from ‘Collective Ink’: Janet Gohres

Janet Gohres, printmaking at Lee Arts Center for the Popcorn Gallery, Collective Ink show
Janet Gohres, printmaking at Lee Arts Center for the Popcorn Gallery, Collective Ink show
James George

Janet Gohres is a naturalist, and was probably a “green pioneer.” She enjoys a good walk in the woods, and her Falls Church home is nestled in what might be described as a sanctuary. When she is not knee deep in clay, she is likely covered in ink as she works in both the pottery and printmaking studios at Lee Arts Center. That makes it interesting as some art shows include potters and printmakers and she can exhibit both.

Janet Gohres, printmaker, making art at Lee Arts Center
James George

In the “Collective Ink” show, expect to see consistently representative work.

The print medium allows an artist to refine impressions of nature from the harsh reality to something that is as delicate as essence. For instance, a photo of golden rod may capture it perfectly, but a print of golden rod is meant to be experienced.

See the slideshow of Janet in the studio making her art. Janet often makes etchings and prints from plates.

“Etching is the process of using strong acid or mordant to cut into the unprotected parts of a metal surface to create a design in intaglio in the metal (the original process—in modern manufacturing other chemicals may be used on other types of material). As an intaglio method of printmaking, it is, along with engraving, the most important technique for old master prints, and remains in wide use today.”

  • Blackberries by Janet Gohres
  • Goldenrod by Janet Gohres
  • Monarda by Janet Gohres

“Collective Ink
February 15- March 16, 2014
Reception: Saturday, February 22, 2014 3-5 p.m.
Popcorn Gallery
7300 MacArthur Blvd.
Glen Echo Park, MD 20812

The show's visual interest is enhanced by the diverse methods of printmaking represented (including monotype, etching and aquatint, reduction woodcut and photopolymer intaglio) and the subject matter included, but the exhibition remains a unified body because all of the exhibited works will be prints.

Collective Ink incorporates a variety of prints and techniques, allowing each artist to present the best of her work. Each offers a unique take on a theme, ranging from landscape, photo imagery and still life to fantasy and portraiture.”

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