Art Exhibition at Gallery 444

PROVINCETOWN — Fine art prints by Buy Wenniger’s Mary Ann will be on display April 13-30 at Gallery 444, located at 444 Commercial Street. A reception with the artist will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 15. Gallery hours are noon. at 7 p.m. or by appointment.

Wenniger creates original fine prints, known as collagraphs, in his home studio in Gloucester. His work expresses his joy of living on a daily basis, on a daily basis. She excels in the craft she has developed over the past 50 years. His collagraphy technique is an art form rarely found in the art world today.

She was one of the first artists to experiment with the collagraph during its genesis in the 1960s when polymeric glues were developed that allow the creation of permanently bonded glued plates, according to a press release. The plates are made from plastic glue fixing found materials on a support: fabrics, papers, strings, eggshells, feathers suggesting in an abstract way subjects that she loved and offering unpredictable textures and gestures. The plates themselves are works of art. They take weeks to build. The assembled collage is then painted with oil-based paints, using a complex and time-consuming process, mixing and applying the appropriate colors with brushes, sponges and cloth, tearing and soaking the etching papers of rag, creating a sandwich of plate and paper on the bed. of the press, then it is the magic moment when the etching sandwich passes under the intaglio roller press, it becomes an exclusive one-of-a-kind collagraphic print. Wenniger chooses as subjects landscapes and seascapes, clothes and clotheslines, people engaged in all kinds of work and, more recently, Aprons with Attitude. They are beautiful celebrations of American life, people and places.

Print by Mary Ann of Buy Wenniger

Wenniger found success not only as a printmaking artist, but also as an informed voice on printmaking. She has published four titles, of which “Collagraph Printmaking” is the definitive book on the subject (Watson-Guptill 1978). A graduate of several renowned schools, including a master’s degree in art education from Harvard University and a master’s degree in fine arts from Vermont College, she studied art history at Boston University and the University of New York. For 40 years, she and her late husband, Mace, were highly respected art dealers and gallery owners. They operated Wenniger Graphics in Boston, Rockport and Provincetown. Wenniger collagraphs are mostly found in private homes.

Wenniger now works at Stone Cottage, Gloucester, his home, art showroom and studio. By appointment only she invites you to come and see her print

and see his work.

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