The Center for Contemporary Printmaking will have the opening reception of "Portraits in Print: The Annual CCP Members' Exhibition 2013," from 2 to 5 p.m., on Sunday, Feb. 10, in the Grace Ross Shanley Gallery at 299 West Ave., in Mathews Park, Norwalk.
Admission is free, and an awards presentation will take place at 3 p.m.
The exhibition will be on view through Sunday, March 31, and introduces more than 80 new original prints by accomplished artist/printmakers affiliated with the organization.
The contemporary world of art and fashion is seeing a resurgence of portrait art, and the theme for the 2013 Members' Exhibition is portraiture. This new portraiture has often meant an indirect approach to the genre, even a conceptual one, or has used the subject as a foil, with portraits serving as writer and curator.
Portraits can be of individuals, couples, parents and children, families, or collegial groups. Animals, pets and even inanimate objects can be chosen as the subject for a portrait. The challenge to the artist is that a well-executed portrait is expected to show the inner essence of the subject (from the artist's point of view), not just a literal likeness.
Everett Raymond Kinstler is the awards juror this year. Kinstler, a renowned portrait artist, has painted more than 1,200 portraits of leading figures in business, entertainment and government, including the portraits of seven United States presidents.
The prizes, which will be given to the award winners at the opening reception on Sunday, include best in show, with the winner getting a solo exhibition in the Lithography and Etching Studios to coincide with the 2013 Annual Members' Exhibition; second prize, which awards a half-day printing with a CCP printer; and honorable mention, which earns one day of studio rental at CCP.
Norwalk is well represented by CCP artist members in the "Portraits in Print" exhibition, including Karen Brussat Butler, Kevin Di Mauro, Katharine Draper, Jack H. Hellaby, Julyen Norman, Judith Wershil, Betty Ball, Hanneke Goedkoop, Louis Killeffer, Lisa McHugh and Grace Shanley.
Other Fairfield County members include Mary Manning, of Darien; Roxanne Faber Savage, of Fairfield; Nomi Silverman, Marian "Bing" Bingham, Kees de Waal and Malcolm Moran, of Greenwich; Terry Spring, of New Canaan; Eileen Tavolacci and Katherine Lucia, of Redding; Suzanne Benton and Deborah Weiss, of Ridgefield; Sarah Fabien, Mari Gyorgyey, Robbin Juris, Karen Kalkstein, and Mary Louise Long, Stamford; Leslie Giuliani and Julie Headland, of Weston; Ann Chernow, Brenda Giegerich, Barbara Gray, Marcy Juran, Ruth Kalla Ungerer, Amy Lowey Horowitz, Claudia Mengel, Rebecca Ross and Lucy Sallick, of Westport; and Renee Santhouse, of Wilton.
The 2013 Annual Members' Exhibition will be accompanied by a solo exhibit of Courtney Johnson's cliche verre works, "Cycle of Cities I: Collapse." Johnson received the best in show award from "Panorama: The Annual CCP Members' Exhibition 2012."
The artist/photographer has been expanding on a painted negative technique invented in the 1800s, creating cityscapes by painting on glass negatives and film that is then modified, manipulated and printed. Johnson references contemporary and historical events, focusing on major global epicenters, and draws attention to a universal recurring theme, the cycle of destruction and rebirth.
The Center for Contemporary Printmaking is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the art of the print: intaglio, lithography, monotype, silkscreen, woodblock printing, paper works, book arts, and digital arts.