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Lithographic printmaking Sept. 23, 24 at Dordt

September 13, 2005

A hands-on offset print workshop utilizing 20 recently acquired lithographic limestones is being offered at Dordt College on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23 and 24 in the upper mini-gymnasium print room.

Area artists, college art educators, recent Dordt alumni, Dordt senior art majors and printmakers will be participating in the workshop, with Dordt College art professor Jacob Van Wyk serving as instructor. Jake Van Wyk

The Dordt community and area public are welcome to view the display and the process in action during the workshop times, Friday, starting at 1 p.m.; and all day Saturday. An extensive display of original lithographs will be exhibited, featuring a retrospective assemblage of Van Wyk’s prints and work from a recent Frogman’s workshop portfolio that he participated in. Lithographic prints from The Jerusalem Windows by Marc Chagall will also be on display, on loan from Rod Harris Fine Art in California.

Jacob Van Wyk has been making lithographs from stone for the past 30 years and has produced nearly 100 prints, specializing in multi-color images that require multiple stones and overprinting to produce the complex images.

Offset prints are created by drawing on the grained surface of lithographic limestones, then processing and printing on paper with the aid of a special press. Dordt College also recently installed a second printing press, manufactured by Nelson Wynia of Sioux Center.

The lithographic process reached a commercial zenith at the turn of the Twentieth Century. When commercial printing plates replaced lithographic limestone, many valuable stones were lost or used as fill. Artists rejuvenated the lithographic process in the 1930s (Grant Wood was a noted lithographer). The stones are mined in only one place in the world, Bavaria, Germany. While the stones often have engravings on one surface of historical value, artists value the medium for the rich tonal ranges of color and value that are possible with the process.

For more information about the workshop, contact the Dordt College Art Department at 712-722-6201.

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