First Friday features printmaking

The Columbia Art Gallery continues its ongoing tradition of First Friday openings, now joined by downtown merchants. The gallery's October exhibit opens Friday and features the Northwest Print Council print show at the gallery, located at 207 Second St. in Hood River.

A reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the gallery. Refreshments will be served, and gallery members on hand to answer questions.

The Northwest Print Council is a non-profit organization that promotes the printmaking process as an art form. Printmaking dates to the 1960s and, according to the council, "prints have an aesthetic of their own, resulting from the interaction of ink, paper and press." Printmaking has been described as a democratic art form because it allows artists to do multiple, though limited, editions of a piece.

The show will represent a number of traditional art print forms in the 40 pieces selected from Print Council members' work. The show will offer an opportunity for people to join in the ongoing debate about whether there is value in art prints that distinguish them from photomechanical reproductions.

Several accomplished printmakers from the area whose work is represented at the gallery include Sue Allen, Marilyn Bolles, Peggy Dills Kelter, Sorcha Meek, Jane Pagliarulo and Shelly Smith.

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