You are here: Home » Art Exhibition » Etching at the Argos Gallery – a Really Wondrous Revival

Etching at the Argos Gallery – a Really Wondrous Revival

"A Burro Train, New Mexico" by Peter Moran, 6.75" x 9.25", etching, 1882. An example of the Etching Revival. Seen at the Argos Studio Gallery.

“A Burro Train, New Mexico” by Peter Moran, 6.75″ x 9.25″, etching, 1882. An example of the Etching Revival. Seen at the Argos Studio Gallery.

During the recent workshop I attended, I covered my first solarplate in Akua carbon black ink and my heartbeat accelerated because the etch in the plate was suddenly apparent.

At the same time, Ken parked the rental car off Canyon Road in Santa Fe. As my spirits lifted from the past evening’s disappointment of believing my plate to be a total disaster, Ken walked into a gallery and made an import discovery.

In talking with Monica at the Ventana Gallery, Ken added a new art’s space to our short list (special shout out to gallery maven Monica!). it’s good to have a short list since there are hundreds of galleries in that sweet western town – the Argos Studio Gallery, home to the Santa Fe Etching Club. With this knowledge came a name – Eric Thomson, gallery director.

That Friday, Ken and I stood in the Argos Gallery talking with Eric. I fear I stood there like an idiot with my mouth hanging open. Etching hung over the entire wall surface. An antique press commanded center attention and off to the side was a small Takach press on loan. The club meets Thursday evenings for working studio nights (they also offer live drawing sessions).

In the main gallery, a historical print show is on exhibition until June 10. It’s called from Barbizon to Santa Fe and features 19th century prints of the Etching Revival. It includes the French artists of the Barbizon School and finishes with American artists Thomas, Mary Nimmo and Peter Moran. Many of these are of early scenes of Santa Fe.

Eric kindly showed us around the exhibit, filling us in with the history of the Etching Revival. To sum it up (and it deserves more pomp and circumstances), around 1860 in France the general populous rediscovered their love of etching as an art form in its own right. They had tired of the mass produced prints. And this fever spread to the U.S.

The Met’s Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History describes this quite nicely:

“By the 1860s, however, etching was embraced as a reaction against the negative associations of these media with industry and mass production. Produced by sketching upon a malleable wax ground instead of carving into a copper plate, etching more closely resembled the practice of drawing and was seen as directly connected to the artist’s hand.”

The Argos’ exhibition shows prime examples that fit this definition, many of the pieces coming from the Santa Fe Etching Club’s benefactor Bob Bell’s personal collection.

What made this an extraordinary experience was Eric’s willingness to share in the history and techniques. Rediscovering printmaking for me means having to go past the little I know about traditional etching and drypoint, which mainly involves etching needles. Now I know about wax grounds and roulette wheels.

And Eric shared one of his own etchings with us. The level of detail and skill in his finished piece is extraordinary, so even if you miss the current show – it’s worth it to see the current work Eric and the other members of the Santa Fe Etching Club have on display.

Oh, and my first solarplate was not a true disaster. I learned to trust in Don Messec’s wisdom of no-matter-what-always-ink-your-plate-and-run-a-proof. Had I done this the night before, I would have slept much better.

For more information on the Argos Gallery or to see a portion of the prints on display, please visit argos-gallery.com.

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

The Unwinding Path is the blog of L.S. King – photographer, want-to-be printmaker and sometimes hypnotist. By day she is an arts communications officer at a rural university (translation: photographer, writer, and media content provider), and most of the rest of her time she is an MFA graduate student at Radford University.

http://www.lskingphotography.com

459 Comments

  1. Pingback: cialis from canada
  2. Pingback: Brand viagra
  3. Pingback: cialis discount
  4. Pingback: cialis generic
  5. Pingback: best ed medication
  6. Pingback: canadian pharmacy
  7. Pingback: Cialis in usa
  8. Pingback: cheap levitra
  9. Pingback: levitra for sale
  10. Pingback: slot machine games
  11. Pingback: cash advance
  12. Pingback: online loans
  13. Pingback: viagra 100mg
  14. Pingback: jonnie
  15. Pingback: irwin
  16. Pingback: online slots
  17. Pingback: cialis generic
  18. Pingback: cialis 5 mg
  19. Pingback: cialis internet
  20. Pingback: 5 mg cialis
  21. Pingback: online slots
  22. Pingback: Kobe Bryant Jersey
  23. Pingback: viagra alternative
  24. Pingback: buy viagra on line
  25. Pingback: otc viagra
  26. Pingback: levitra
  27. Pingback: online cialis
  28. Pingback: online viagra
  29. Pingback: Yeezy
  30. Pingback: Yeezy
  31. Pingback: Adidas Yeezy
  32. Pingback: Yeezys
  33. Pingback: Timberland Boots
  34. Pingback: Adidas yeezy
  35. Pingback: viagra cheap
  36. Pingback: tadalafil
  37. Pingback: viagra generic
  38. Pingback: online cialis
  39. Pingback: buy Cialis 10mg
  40. Pingback: shop generic ed
  41. Pingback: lasix 100mg prices
  42. Pingback: propecia 5mg price
  43. Pingback: viagra dosage
  44. Pingback: antabuse 500mg usa
  45. Pingback: cheap viagra
  46. Pingback: money order viagra
  47. Pingback: aricept 5 mg pills
  48. Pingback: generic viagra
  49. Pingback: cialis dapoxetine
  50. Pingback: cheap buspar 10mg
  51. Pingback: cardizem cheap
  52. Pingback: tadalafil 5mg
  53. Pingback: tadalafil dosage
  54. Pingback: cipro tablet
  55. Pingback: red dog casino
  56. Pingback: online casino
  57. Pingback: gambling casino
  58. Pingback: real online casino
  59. Pingback: real money casino
  60. Pingback: buy viagra
  61. Pingback: best car insurance
  62. Pingback: buy cialis canada
  63. Pingback: rbc car insurance
  64. Pingback: buy cialis brand
  65. Pingback: cbd oil
  66. Pingback: tadalafil cialis
  67. Pingback: cbd oil for dogs
  68. Pingback: cvs viagra
  69. Pingback: homework research
  70. Pingback: buy essays papers
  71. Pingback: write essay online
  72. Pingback: cleocin australia
  73. Pingback: clomid for sale
  74. Pingback: clozaril otc
  75. Pingback: combivent price
  76. Pingback: buy viagra jelly
  77. Pingback: Order viagra
  78. Pingback: compazine nz
  79. Pingback: cozaar uk
  80. Pingback: ddavp 0.1mg canada
  81. Pingback: cheapest depakote
  82. Pingback: differin otc
  83. Pingback: Buy online viagra
  84. Pingback: etodolac otc
  85. Pingback: flomax 0,4mg pills
  86. Pingback: geodon canada
  87. Pingback: imdur coupon
  88. Pingback: a knockout post
  89. Pingback: cheap imuran 50mg
  90. Pingback: indocin purchase
  91. Pingback: lopid 300 mg pills
  92. Pingback: lopressor tablets
  93. Pingback: macrobid pills
  94. Pingback: micardis pharmacy
  95. Pingback: where to buy mobic
  96. Pingback: motrin online
  97. Pingback: nortriptyline uk
  98. Pingback: phenergan pharmacy
  99. Pingback: viagra
  100. Pingback: viagra tijuana
  101. Pingback: provigil generic
  102. Pingback: pulmicort pharmacy
  103. Pingback: remeron canada
  104. Pingback: revatio cheap
  105. Pingback: robaxin usa
  106. Pingback: rogaine 5% tablet
  107. Pingback: skelaxin cheap
  108. Pingback: toprol 25mg canada
  109. Pingback: tricor usa
  110. Pingback: voltaren 100mg nz
  111. Pingback: buy 3 cialis
  112. Pingback: additional hints
  113. Pingback: zocor usa
  114. Pingback: zovirax nz
  115. Pingback: zyloprim otc
  116. Pingback: how to buy zyvox
  117. Pingback: buy aripiprazole
  118. Pingback: clonidinemg nz
  119. Pingback: generic cialis
  120. Pingback: clindamycin usa
  121. Pingback: warfarin australia
  122. Pingback: cost of phenytoin
  123. Pingback: order venlafaxine
  124. Pingback: 141generic2Exare
  125. Pingback: urchpuiy
  126. Pingback: tamsulosin generic
  127. Pingback: rpyqcejz
  128. Pingback: isosorbide 60mg uk
  129. Pingback: bcbsil cialis
  130. Pingback: cialis lilly
  131. Pingback: buy cialis
  132. Pingback: viagra 50mg
  133. Pingback: terbinafine prices
  134. Pingback: lasix 10 mg daily
  135. Pingback: ivermectin 9 mg
  136. Pingback: metoprolol cheap
  137. Pingback: buying an essay
  138. Pingback: thesisacloud.com
  139. Pingback: thesis only phd
  140. Pingback: buy cheap essay
  141. Pingback: pay to do my paper
  142. Pingback: arghentina cialis
  143. Pingback: soft gel cialis
  144. Pingback: neurontin 600
  145. Pingback: Tenormin
  146. Pingback: cheap drugs
  147. Pingback: grapefruit cialis
  148. Pingback: online cialis
  149. Pingback: original low price
  150. Pingback: buy ativan europe
  151. Pingback: cytotmeds.com
  152. Pingback: priligy and viagra

We would love to hear from you!